This was the fourth 2013 Topps Archives insert set I’ve completed. Topps brought 2 new ideas into 2013 Archives. The first was old designs from other sports, the other was old designs from other Topps baseball products. Paying homage to an insert set from Stadium Club and Gallery, Topps gave Archives a new feel (at least in my mind). This led to a nice juxtaposition. Whereas the old football or basketball cards went back to the 60’s and 70’s – the 2 baseball sets were from the late 90’s. Here’s my post on the Stadium Club version.
Info about the set:
Set description: This was based on the Topps insert sets from 1998 and 1999 Stadium Club. Three players have die-cut cards that fit together as a bit of a puzzle. This is pretty cool because you can put them next to each other in a 9-card sheet. A really interesting way to use die-cut technology. This particular design has baseball stitches over a silver foil background. When the cards interlock, the team name is spelled out in the background.
Here’s my previous post comparing the current set with the old set.
Set composition: 21 cards, 1:24 (2013 Topps Archives)
Hall of Famers: 2 – Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey Jr.
How I put the set together:
- 2 cards from two hobby boxes
- 12 cards from COMC
- 3 cards from eBay
- 3 cards from Beckett Marketplace
- 1 card from Sportlots
Card that completed my set: #T-7A – Miguel Cabrera
I picked this card up in an eBay lot (along with Mo Rivera) last September.
Thoughts on the set: C’mon. This set is f*cking cool! Also, I like how Topps only included players who were actual teammates, as opposed to doing a trio like Jeter, Berra and Gehrig. It seems more appropriate.
Best card (my opinion): #4 – Mariners (Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez)
For a set like this, you’ve got to pick the best combination of 3 cards. While I’m partial to the White Sox trio because it matches with a trio from the original Stadium Club insert set, you can’t beat this one. The Mariners team from a better time, when A-Rod was the young budding superstar everyone loved, Griffey was definitely going to be the Home Run King, and Edgar Martinez was the most feared DH in baseball.
My Favorite Reds card: there are none
Any other tidbits: The fact that the White Sox cards features the same trio as the 1998 Stadium Club insert. That’s worth repeating.