The regular cards from 2013 Archives are broken up into 4 different designs in 50 card allotments based on earlier Topps sets. Moving on from the 1972 design is a decade later – 1982.
1982 Topps is affectionately and/or hatefully known (depending on who you ask) as the “hockey stick set”. The front features two lines running parallel down the left-hand side of the card around the bottom of the card. The team (on top) and player name cover the bottom right-hand side. The Topps logo is just above the team name. The cards also contain a facsimile player signature over the player picture. The green card back features stats from each season and career totals and, if there’s room, certain facts about previous MLB seasons (usually having nothing to do with the player on the front) along with a comic-type drawings related to those facts.
There are 5 retired players featured on the 1982 design in Archives who also had cards that year. However, only 2 of them are featured on a team from that design – and both of them are from the Traded set. (note that below, the card on the right is the original)
Reggie Jackson – Topps Traded
Interestingly, Reggie was also featured on the 1971 design in last year’s set, so he is making the rounds in this product.
Of all the cards like this in the regular (non-SP) designs in 2013 Archives, this one seems the most like they actually have a photo from the correct year. He’s got similar style sunglasses, his hair is about the same. I like the new card better than the old.
Ozzie Smith – Topps Traded
The other player who is featured on the same uniform is the Wizard, Ozzie Smith. Smith was traded in 1982 from the Padres to the Cardinals for Gary Templeton. So he got a card in the Topps Traded set as well.
Ozzie would go on to have a hall of fame career with St. Louis. And while the uniform is correct on the photo for this Topps Archives card, the timeframe clearly isn’t. Ozzie was still going with a bit of an afro in 1982. The Archives card is definitely a later era. Given Ozzie’s tighter cropped beard and the look of the Cardinals uniform, I’m guessing this was around 1992 or 1993.
Other players – wrong team
Here are the other three players. Two of them are Big Red Machine members. Tony Perez was playing for the Red Sox at the time his 1982 Topps card came out – he’d move on to the Phillies before coming back to Cincinnati to finish his career. Joe Morgan left the Reds after the 1979 season – in 1982 he was playing with the Giants before he’d also move on to the Phillies.
Tom Seaver was the reverse situation of the other two – he was actually with the Reds in 1982. He’d move back to the Mets in the 1983 season. Topps seems to love reusing the same Seaver photo. He’s shown here on the same photo they used for the 2010 Vintage Legends Collection inserts (featured on a 1962 Topps design).