First look: 2015 Topps Archives baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is dipping back into its archives once again for another edition of Archives.

That was the news Friday when the company unveiled the first looks at 2015 Topps Archives, a two-autograph-per-b0x trip through the past photos and designs in the 60-plus year history of the company. The brand is set to arrive on June 10.

Every 24-pack box will include eight cards per pack, while every case will include 10 boxes. The basic set will consist of 300 cards using the designs from 1957, 1976 and 1983. Each card also will have three parallels as well as a set of printing plates. The parallels will be Silver, Gold and 1/1 Black cards. All three will be numbered, though production amounts had not yet been finalized.


Each box will have two autographs inside with the Fan Favorites cards also found with Silver, Gold and 1/1 Black parallels just like those from the base set. A new inclusion for 2015 will be 1990 Topps No. 1 Draft Picks autos — cards using that year’s basic design for past draft picks from all years — which will have the same parallels.

Topps Originals autos also can be had — they will be numbered buyback autos — in limited quantities.

Among the insert cards will be 1990 No. 1 Draft Picks with the same array of parallels along with a 1968 Topps Game insert as a nod to that  set from the past. The 1990 set gets yet another push with 1990 All-Star Rookies as the company looks back 25 years. These, too, will have the same three parallels as well as an autographed version. Presidential Chronicles cards will look back at U.S. Presidents in both standard-card and cut-autograph form.

A preliminary checklist was not released.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



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  1. David D 19 December, 2014 at 19:28

    I am convinced that a team of morons gets together every winter and decides what the ugliest designs of the past 64 years have been- then presents it in Archives. Another “No Thanks” to the latest brand of incompetence.

  2. David Hollingsworth 19 December, 2014 at 20:14

    I have always liked those 3 designs so can’t wait.
    But, if I am reading that right chris, you say every 24 pack box will include 8 cards only? 24 packs for only 8 cards or 8 cards per pack.

  3. FQ 20 December, 2014 at 01:50

    I’m very excited about 2015 Topps Archive’s inclusion of two of my favorite designs… 1976 and 1983. I’m going to get at least a couple hobby boxes.

  4. Phil 20 December, 2014 at 06:45

    “Every 24-pack box will include eight cards” Puzzle cards maybe? Will the autos be split cards as well? Gives new meaning to “cut auto”!

  5. Dan 20 December, 2014 at 13:00

    Love this set! Always a fun trip down memory lane. Even the “ugly” designs are endearing in their own way.

  6. Jim 20 December, 2014 at 16:59

    I am probably in the minority on this but to me a 2015 set should have players that played in 2014. If Topps wants to put out cards of Mays,Ruth,Gehrig etc there should be an oldtimers archives set. Would also like to see a Bowman archives set.

  7. Paul Angilly 20 December, 2014 at 22:31

    They picked three of my all-time favorite designs – so looking forward to the base set. The non-auto insert sets have gotten less appealing each year overall, but looking forward to the 1968 game style.

    One unanswered question: The base set has jumped to 300 cards with three designs, instead of 200 non-SPs over four designs, so guessing 100 cards for each design. Would that mean no more SPs? Or is it 300 non-SPs, plus additional SP cards? Or are the SPs just mixed in with the 300 – maybe 75 regular and 25 SPs of each design? Or did Topps just not mention SPs yet? Personally, I wouldn’t mind at all if Topps got rid of the SPs, so I could get the full set without breaking the bank.

  8. chrisolds 21 December, 2014 at 09:22

    There was no mention of SPs on the preview info — just 100 cards per each year in the base set.

    That doesn’t mean there won’t be more — or there won’t be SPs. Just nothing mentioned at this time.

  9. Steve A. 21 December, 2014 at 22:06

    There are 24 packs, per box with 8 cards per pack.
    There are 2 auto’s (on average) per box.
    There are 10 boxes per case

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