Retail Therapy: 2020 Topps Archives Blaster Box

Archives is one of Topps most fun products to open. The set is filled with nostalgia as they throw back to previous sets. This year, the base set is made up of the designs from 1955, 1974 and 2002. The set also features some really fun inserts like Nickname Poster cards and the always popular Fan Favorites Autographs insert set.

The configuration for the retail blaster boxes is 7 packs with 8 cards coming in each pack. Each box also contains a bonus 1964 Topps Giant Set card that features some current stars, legends and Fan Favorites. Each blaster will cost you $19.99.

Here’s a look at what we got from our box:

Pack 1:

Luis Aparicio Purple Border 126/175, Bobby Bradley Rookie, Jonathan Villar, Starling Marte, Alan Trammell, Lou Boudreau, Eduardo Escobar, Alex Bregman.

Pack 2:

Brusdar Graterol Rookie, Fernando Tatís Jr., Cody Bellinger, Elvis Andrus, Mike Mussina, Harmon Killebrew, Khris Davis, Yuli Gurriel.

Pack 3:

Ryan O’Hearn 1960 Topps All-Star Rookies, Sam Hillard Rookie, Anthony Rendon, Ralph Kiner, Chipper Jones, Ramón Laureano, Trey Mancini, Buster Posey.

Pack 4:

Chris Sale The Conductor Nickname Poster, Anthony Kay Rookie, Carter Kieboom, Jackie Robinson, Kole Calhoun, Will Smith, Christian Walker, Danny Jansen.

Pack 5:

Isan Díaz Bowman ‘55 Rookie, Brock Burke Rookie, Ronald Acuna Jr., Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Seager, Charlie Blackmon, Keston Hiura, Brooks Robinson.

Pack 6:

AJ Puk Rookie, Zac Gallen Rookie, 1960 Combo Card Power Producers Aaron Judge & Gleyber Torres, Bryce Harper, Aaron Nola, Luis Aparicio, Robin Yount, Randy Johnson.

Pack 7:

Ryne Sandberg 1976 Topps Traded, Mike Piazza, Shohei Ohtani, Joe Morgan, Rougned Odor, Pail DeJong, Francisco Lindor, Frank Robinson.

Bonus 1964 Topps Super Pack:

Deion Sanders

Review: B+

First things first, the 1964 Topps Super cards are just amazing! It’s not often we get as excited about a box topper or bonus pack card as we were with the beautiful Deion Sanders Super we got. It’s such a sharp looking card, we’ll be working on completing that set.

As for the rest of the set, the base cards are so much fun. Seeing Anthony Rendon in an Angels uniform on a 2002 Topps design is just really cool. The 1955 Topps cards are also really cool and it was really nice to pull a Jackie Robinson card on this year’s Jackie Robinson Day. The cards also don’t have a ton of gloss on them, so they should be pretty friendly for autograph collectors.

The real fun is the search for inserts and variations. We got 6 inserts out of 7 packs, so you almost get one per pack. The variety on the inserts add some fun and some of the retro inserts are really cool to get in the packs.

We didn’t get any big value cards or pull a Luis Robert rookie, but that’s ok. The nostalgia factor is turned way up on this product and I’ll definitely be looking to find more of these blasters at the store. This set really brings back the fun memories of collecting during the junk era and enjoying the design (or this case designs) of a set.

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