Completed set – 2013 Topps Archives

12 08 2015

A big part of the appeal for Topps Archives has to do with the inserts – Topps does reboots of old oddball sets and even a few 90’s inserts from non-flagship Topps products.  But there is a base set, and in 2012 and 2013 it was pretty neat.  I don’t have the ultra-rare card #241 from 2012 Topps Archives (and probably won’t ever buy it), so I finished the 2013 base set first.  This is still a tough set to finish, though, as there are 45 “Fan Favorite” cards that are Short Prints.  I finished this set in December of last year.

Info about my set:

How I put the set (base / SP) together:

  • 170 (164 / 6) cards from hobby box #1
  • 42 (36 / 6) cards from hobby box #2
  • 4 SP cards from retail packs
  • 17 SP cards from COMC
  • 12 SP cards from Beckett Marketplace

Card that completed my set: #214 – Fred McGriff

2013 Archives finish set McGriff

This was one of 3 of those Fan Favorite SPs I bought in December last year (Darrell Evans & Ray Knight were the others)

Set composition: 245 cards – 74 retired players, 171 current players

Player with the most cards in the set: no player has more than 1 card 

First Card and the Hundreds: #1 – Babe Ruth, #100 – Bryce Harper, #200 – Mike Trout

2013 Archives first and 00s Harper Ruth Trout

Highest book value: #241 – Fred Lynn

2013 Archives Fred Lynn

There are 29 retired players in the regular part of the set that include Ruth, Griffey, Ripken, etc.  The Short Print cards aren’t all-time greats, but I think Lynn is the most valuable out of those guys.

Most notable card: #156, 241 – Goose Gossage, Fred Lynn

2013 Archives Fred Lynn 2013 Archives Goose Gossage

This isn’t a base set that has any intention of having a notable base card – but there are 2 cards that are in the category of “cards that never were”.  Gossage didn’t have a 1990 Topps card (he did have a card in 1990 Donruss).  Lynn did have a card in 1975 Topps, but it’s his rookie card which is a 4-player prospect card.

Best card (my opinion): #233 – Vince Coleman

2013 Archives 233 Vince Coleman

This is a great card that looks like it could fit right in with the 1986 Topps set.  But what puts it over the top for me is the back of the card, which is done in the form of the Record Breaker card from 1986.  The write-up is the same as Coleman’s RB card from that set – it honors his rookie record of 110 stolen bases.

Second best card (also my opinion): #212 – Otis Nixon

2013 Archives Otis Nixon

Topps found the perfect photo for the 1992 design here.

Favorite action photo: #217 – Mookie Wilson

2013 Archives Mookie Wilson

I considered the Vince Coleman card above, but going purely for the shot on the front of the card?  I love the dirty uniform here!

Favorite non-action photo: #35 – Adam Dunn

2013 Archives Adam Dunn

Dunn literally looks like a jolly teddy bear here.  Probably more than any player on any card ever.

My Favorite Reds card: #244 – Eric Davis

2013 Archives best Red Eric Davis 244

1987 Topps has a special place in my baseball card heart, and Eric Davis was my favorite player when I was in my first decade of existence.  This card could really compete for best card in the set with the Nixon and Coleman.

Other info: Sets represented are below.

  • 54 cards – 1990 Topps
  • 53 cards – 1982 Topps
  • 51 cards – 1985 Topps
  • 50 cards – 1972 Topps
  • 4 cards – 1986, 1988, 1992 Topps
  • 3 cards – 1976, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1993 Topps
  • 2 cards – 1975, 1978, 1979 Topps
  • 1 card – 1968, 1973, 1974, 1991 Topps
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