Thursday, December 22, 2016

Box Break: 2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Edition

During the Thanksgiving holiday, I had to run to the grocery store to grab a few things for our family dinner. In my town, that means I had to run to Walmart, as there really isn't much competition.

I decided to check the card aisle to see what was available. I noticed a box of Archives, and I was hooked when I saw the term: "1 guaranteed auto per box."

I grabbed a box and almost choked when I checked out, as it was priced at $24.99 (I did not pay attention to the price on the aisle). 

I was even more upset when I opened the box. Of everything I pulled, only two cards warrant a discussion, and only because one was the auto and the other a "parallel."

Let's start with the parallel:

I didn't think to scan the back, but it is a red back parallel numbered to 50. I'm sure somebody is a Cruz fan, but I'm not one of them.

As for the auto:

Nothing against Scott Hatteberg, but I think I would have preferred a Chris Pratt auto (see what I did there?).

Needless to say, I only purchased one box of this. It is what it is, I suppose. 


  1. They should have stepped up their game and actually used foil. Yes - I am disappointed from a lack of foil. Go figure.

  2. This comes across as nothing but a money grab to me. That Hatteberg auto with him as a Red is pretty neat, but not worth the price tag at all.

  3. OMG.

    Sorry about the bad break. Busting wax can be a real gut-punch sometimes.

  4. Man, I've seen so many bad boxes of this stuff on the blogs. Freaking Scott Hatteberg.

  5. What's the deal with Hatteberg being featured in a Reds uniform? He's definitely a fan favorite in Oakland. Didn't realize he was such a big name in Cincy too.

  6. I've never even heard of this product. I take it all of the base cards are reprints or whatever?