2014 Topps Archives is set to be released sometime next week and my set building focus will shift once again. This is a release that seems to polarize collectors. True to form from the last couple years, the base set will consist of 50 cards from 4 different Topps designs from the past (1973, 1986, 1989 and 1980) then 50 short prints for a total set of 250 cards. I want to put you all on notice that I will be collecting the set so if you happen to buy a few packs and pull some SPs, keep me in mind for trades!
While not the greatest design choices, I am happy about the 1973 inclusion, it is the next vintage set I should be completing. I have a special place in my heart for 1980, it was the second set (after 1981) that I ever completed and has one of my favorite cards of all time in the Rickey Henderson rookie. I am fine with 1989 and not surprised about it after the minis from the flagship set. I think the 1986 set is the biggest travesty, why not go back to a more classic set like 1975 or even something like 1968.
Beckett has a nice preview of the set here. It features an awesome Rickey Henderson auto - I sure hope it isn't short printed as I would love to hunt one down. The Major League inserts look like fun but I haven't decided which insert sets I will chase. Several of the insert sets last year were so rare that it was virtually impossible for me to go after them. I am looking forward to cracking a couple of boxes very soon.
I can't have a post without pictures so I thought I would share some of my "hits" from Gypsy Queen and give a status of my Giants acquisitions since I am not going after the set.
|All 3 Giants Autos. I shared the Williams from my Group Break and picked up the Mitchell and Kickham on eBay. I love that Williams and Mitchell are in this set.|
|Hunter is starting to heat up this year and am glad to have his relic.|
|This reverse negative of the Say Hey Kid was a great pick up for $10 delivered and a card I honestly thought wouldn't make it into my collection.|
|Probably my favorite card from 2014 Gypsy Queen - lovin the Jumbo relic.|
Bring on Archives.