The Braves of 2013 Topps Archives

  • This is seemingly a set designed for someone like me. I love to see current players on older cards. I won't be collecting the set however. I have my Braves. I'll pick up the Heyward insert. I'll grab the Evans auto. Combine those with my team set, and I'm done. (I did open two rack packs and I pulled a Don Baylor auto which is kind of cool.) 
  • I have no idea who at Topps is responsible for picking the Braves checklist, but they blew it. I get that you only have so many cards to give to the Braves, but surely Justin Upton should have been in the set. (And, this is another Topps set this year without an Andrelton Simmons or Evan Gattis card.) 
  • I have no issues with the four sets that Topps used for their designs this year. I know I'm in the minority, but I love the look of 1990 Topps.  1985 Topps has always been one of my favorite sets, and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the hockey stick set of 1982. The other design Topps used in the Archives base set is the 1972 Topps design, but there are no Braves on the 72 design. For shame Topps, for shame.
  • For the most part, I like the autograph lineup in Archives. The team favorites autos are among my favorites. Considering recent events, Topps probably could have chosen a better Braves player than Otis Nixon though. Last year, we got Ron Gant, Sid Bream and Terry Pendleton. That seems better than Otis and Darrell Evans. (I'm not complaining too much. I've been a fan of Evans forever.)
  • Last year, I though I wanted to build this set. I stopped at a card shop nearby to buy two hobby boxes. The owner opened a new case and told me I could pick the two boxes I wanted. I just grabbed the two boxes on top. Each box had EXACTLY the same base cards. The hits, inserts and SPs were different, but I was so far form the proper base set, I gave up before I got started. 
  • I have complaints about the Braves in this set, but at least they tend to get respect. [The Astros situation with Topps is pathetic on Topps part, and their response to Sam's tweet is horrendous.]( It basically sums up Topps attitude towards a certain group of collectors.