Monday, February 3, 2020

REVIEW:2020 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Players

With football season ending yesterday, it's time to put all focus on the upcoming baseball season which should be an interesting one with all of the controversy going on within the sport.

One controversial thing that hasn't even been discussed with it is happening with baseball cards. Why is Topps Series 1 not the first release of the card season?! I mean, Series 1 has been the first release since the dawn of time. Caveman waited by the edge of the cliff for a brontosaurus to arrive with their shipment. Gotta say I am a bit thrown off by the whole things and wondering how the baseball card collectors will feel about this.

Anyways, I can only assume the Astros are at fault here. Seems to be the ones to blame.

Regardless of why it changed, we still have a new baseball product to bust and to kick off the 2020 baseball card season. I know I am excited! Time to move on from 2019 and get some 2020 going.

Let's see how I did with first release of the baseball card season in Topps Archives Signature Series Active Players.

Each box of 2020 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Players comes with one encased autograph card. Each box currently goes for $45.

Topps Signature Series offers a variety of MLB brands adds an on-card autograph, foil-stamped logo and is numbered then is encased. Being active players, it suggests that it's players from today only. Not ones from the past or legends of the game.

Here is a quick look at the autograph player list,
A.J. Puk
Aaron Nola
Adam Ottavino
Andrew Benintendi
Anthony Rizzo
Austin Meadows
Austin Riley
Blake Snell
Bo Bichette
Bobby Bradley
Brendan McKay
Brendan Rodgers
Bryce Harper
Buster Posey
Carter Kieboom
Cesar Hernandez
Charlie Morton
Chris Sale
Christian Vazquez
Christian Yelich
Clayton Kershaw
Corey Dickerson
Corey Kluber
Daniel Vogelbach
Dansby Swanson
David Peralta
David Price
Dawel Lugo
DJ LeMahieu
Dominic Smith
Dylan Cease
Eloy Jimenez
Eugenio Suarez
Fernando Tatis Jr.
Francisco Lindor
Gavin Lux
George Springer
Gerrit Cole
Gleyber Torres
Hunter Dozier
Hunter Pence
Jack Flaherty
Jake Bauers
JD Martinez
Jean Segura
Joey Votto
Jorge Alfaro
Jorge Polanco
Jose Altuve
Josh Hader
Josh Naylor
Juan Soto
Justin Smoak
Keston Hiura
Ketel Marte
Kevin Newman
Kohl Stewart
Kris Bryant
Kyle Hendicks
Lance McCullers Jr.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Lucas Giolito
Luis Severino
Matt Carpenter
Matt Olson
Max Kepler
Max Muncy
Max Scherzer
Michael Chavis
Miguel Cabrera
Mike Clevinger
Mike Trout
Mitch Garver
Mitch Haniger
Mitch Keller
Nick Senzel
Nolan Arenado
Ozzie Albies
Patrick Corbin
Paul DeJong
Paul Goldschmidt
Pete Alonso
Renato Nunez
Rhys Hoskins
Ronald Acuña Jr.
Rowdy Tellez
Scott Kingery
Shane Bieber
Shin-Soo Choo
Shohei Ohtani
Tim Anderson
Tommy La Stella
Travis Shaw
Trevor Bauer
Trevor May
Victor Robles
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Whit Merrifield
Will Smith
Willson Contreras
Yasmani Grandal
Zack Wheeler
 
Some good ones mixed in with some lesser names. So 50/50 you land someone decent.
 
Here was my break,
Brendan Rodgers /33. Not too shabby and sadly one of my best hits from the product. It hasn't been kind to me. So a possible rookie stud I will take over the pitchers I usually get.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Well, honestly, this isn't really a product for me. I do like the concept of it, but one card-one hit products have never been up my alley. I prefer quantity over quality.

Just to toss this in there as well, there are also dual autographs to find as well!

Thanks to Topps for providing me this box to review. You can check out Topps website HERE. And find them on FACEBOOK  and TWITTER as well! Don't forget to give them a follow on each!

3 comments:

  1. Looking at that checklist...how many of those guys could really have an auto worth $45, even if you hit something low-numbered? 10, maybe? A lot of the top guys aren't even in the set--no Pujols, deGrom, Verlander, Judge, Betts, or Stanton, for example. Those high-end, one-per-box cards just don't make economic sense to me.

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  2. I like blaming the Astros for this. I'm going to start blaming them for everything that goes wrong. It'll be fun.

    I've seen a fair amount of this opened online. All of the autographs have been meh.

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  3. Collectors need to stop busting this product, so distributors, card shops, and other dealers will complain and stop reordering it. That's what it'll take for Topps to stop producing this overpriced buyback autograph stuff. However year in and year out... people open this stuff up. And every year there are individuals who sell their unwanted singles for $3 to $6 on eBay and at card shows. Which is where I come in... and buy the unwanted crumbs for pennies on the dollar. Although this is probably my last year of doing so. Those darn holders are heavy and take up too much space. I'm debating on popping all of them out of their holders.

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