Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Topps Archives rack pack x 2

Sport:  Baseball
Product:  2014 Topps Archives
Break Date:  June 7, 2014
Hit Breakdown:  None
Summary:  When we made our regular Target trip, I went looking for Topps Archives in the card aisle; all they had left were a couple of rack packs, so I picked them both up.

My first impression is that the cards kinda make me feel old. When 1986 and 1989 Topps designs qualify as retro, well, ouch.

The qualify of the cards themselves seemed a bit shoddy as well. There was significant ink chipping on a few of them; the black on top of the '86 design seems especially prone to defects.

The break itself was decent. There was a cool 1987 All Star insert of Matt Harvey, and one of the racks had a 1968 relic, which is a pretty tough pull. I'd have liked a better player than Mesoraco, but the checklist on that insert set doesn't exactly blow my skirt up as it is, so I'm not going to complain about a pretty rare hit out of retail.

So, a few lessons learned from, once mid- to late-80s cards are used to show vintage card designs, it makes you feel old. Two, and more importantly, the quality of this set leaves a lot to be desired. They used pretty cheap paper stock that seems prone to defects.

Grade for the product:  B
Grade for the break:  B+

1968 Topps Relics:  Devin Mesoraco
1987 Topps All-Stars:  Matt Harvey

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