Completed insert set – 2013 Topps Archives ’83 All-Stars

14 07 2015

It’s All-Star day today!  In a few hours, I’ll be taking in the second All-Star game of my life.  The first one was at Riverfront Stadium in 1988.  So if you’re scoring at home, that’s 2 All-Star games, 2 ballparks, and 1 city!

In honor of the All-Star game, I decided to do a completed set post that fits the bill.  This is from 2013 Archives, a 30-card set that uses the design from the 1983 Topps All-Star subset.

Info about the set:

Set description:  “Modeled after the 1983 Topps All-Star subset”.  The ’83 All-Star subset is pretty similar to the base cards from that year.  The front has a white border and features a blue star in the bottom right, which basically replaces the cameo portrait that’s at the bottom corner of the regular cards from the set.  The players’ league is designated to the right of the star, with blue background for AL players and red for NL.  The red backs feature write-ups and the box score from a selected All-Star game.

Set composition:  30 cards, 1:4 (2013 Topps Archives)

Hall of Famers:  13 – Andre Dawson, Carlton Fisk, Cal Ripken Jr., Dave Winfield, George Brett, Gary Carter, Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt, Nolan Ryan, Paul Molitor, Rickey Henderson, Ryne Sandberg, Tony Gwynn

Card that completed my set:  83-BP – Buster Posey

One of 3 cards I picked up from Check Out my Cards last November from the Black Friday special they have.  I always go a little crazy over that weekend and end up putting myself way behind on completed set posts.  So expect to see more of these in the future!  The other 2 cards I got were Ripken and Brett.

How I put the set together:

  • 12 cards from two hobby boxes
  • 2 cards from a blaster
  • 16 cards from Sportlots, COMC and Beckett.com

Thoughts on the set:  I really like the inserts cards from Topps Archives – along with the Fan Favorite concept (which was basically discontinued after 2013), it’s much better than the base cards.  The base cards basically feel like a modified version of Heritage.  But for the inserts, Topps takes old cards from their history, like oddballs and subsets, and makes for a fun collectible.

I generally like it better when they do an oddball from the 60’s or 70’s – but this is one exception.  I’ll always have a soft spot for 1980’s cards, and this was a cool set to re-do.  Additionally, Topps did very well from an execution standpoint here.  They stayed true to the design of this set – as you can tell from the Henderson cards below (the one on the left is the new card).  The 19 retired players in this set were all in Major League Baseball in 1983, and Topps generally used pictures that were era-appropriate (Fred Lynn being the only real mistake).  That doesn’t happen often, but when it does – it’s a set well-done in my opinion!

2013 Archives 83AS G Carter

Best card (my opinion):  83-CR – Cal Ripken.

This seems to be an era-appropriate picture of Ripken, and I like how you can see the seats in the background.

My Favorite Reds card:  83-JB – Johnny Bench.

The lone Redleg in this set.  Bench didn’t make the 1982 All-Star game, which is the game the original subset picked players from.  But he did make the 1983 Summer Classic, so this is something of a cool “card that never was”. 

2013 Archives 83 All Star inserts

2013 Archives 83 All Star inserts 2

2013 Archives 83 All Star inserts 3

2013 Archives 83 All Star inserts 4

Any other tidbits:  Back when I first started collecting this set, I did a post comparing guys who had cards in this set and the Topps All-Star subset from 1983.  Out of the 19 retired players, 7 of them fit this criteria.  You can see that post here.

Also, only 2 of the guys above (Dave Winfield and Leon Durham) actually made the 1982 All-Star game and thus have “provenance” in this set from that perspective.

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