I was planning on writing a different preview for today, but with the news that we were selected as a must follow on Twitter by Top Prospect Alert, we are going to treat you all with some information about 2012 Topps Archives baseball.
Topps is bringing back the former brand that was last released in 2002 in order to change the game a bit this season with their roster of products. Archives will rehash some of the popular old Topps designs and include today’s players and some all-time fan favorites.
Speaking of fan favorites, inside each 24 pack hobby box will include 2 Fan Favorites autographed cards from popular players of the past. You may also find full memorabilia pieces as redemptions in this product as well. Imagine pulling a redemption for a full game used jersey of one of your favorite players from today or the past? Great move there by Topps as that is something I’ve been advocating for years.
The base set will feature 200 players from today and years past on four different previous Topps designs, (’54, ’71, ’80, & ’84) all prior to my birth. You will also find Fan Favorites inserts and even some relics of game used jerseys or bat pieces embedded into the cards from former stars and today’s stars.
Of course, everyone will want to know who some of the players that will be signing for this product. How about Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Pujols, Justin Verlander, Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Yaz, Johnny Bench, and more Hall of Famers and past and presents stars.
When Topps started talking about changing the game this season, we had no idea what we were in for. If this product comes out as hot as it looks, be prepared for more great offerings from Topps this year. Be ready on May 23, 2012, right before MLB action starts really heating up and save up your coin as it will close around $86.