Saturday, June 3, 2017

3 Blaster Boxes of 2017 Topps Archives Baseball

So I got bored and took a trip to Wal Mart to see what they had in stock. I don't normally do retail, but I had "the itch" and so I saw 3 boxes of Archives and said what the hell, let's give it a shot. Here are the results from the break!

Blaster 1

Coins (2 per box)
Orlando Arcia
Noah Syndergaard

Peach Parallel (1:18)
Edwin Encarnacion (#122/199)

1960 Topps Stars Rookie Insert (1:14)
Andrew Benintendi

1959 Bazooka Insert (1:7)

Paul Konerko

Derek Jeter Retrospective (1:7)

2011 Topps (DJ-19)

Blaster 2

Coins (2 Per Box)
Orlando Arcia (yep again)
Anthony Rizzo

1959 Bazooka Insert (1:7)
Corey Seager

Derek Jeter Retrospective (1:7)
2008 Topps (DJ-16)

2016 Retro Original (1:14)

Miguel Cabrera

1960 Topps Grey Back (1:137)

Melky Cabrera

Peach Parallel (1:18)
Sandy Koufax (#26/199)

Blaster 3

Coins (2 Per Box)
Orlando Arcia (3rd one LOL)
Anthony Rizzo

1959 Bazooka Insert (1:7)
Yulieski Guerriel

Derek Jeter Retrospective (1:7)

2000 Topps (DJ-8)

1960 Topps Rookie Stars (1:14)
Yoan Moncada

Fan Favorites Autograph Light Blue Parallel (1:582)
John Hirschbeck (#48/75)

Overall Thoughts: I like the idea of Topps Archives..similar to Heritage in using 3 different Topps designs (this year's choices were 1960, 1982, and 1992). The collation though was pretty terrible..especially on the bonus coins. Each blaster had an Orlando Arcia coin..while 2 had Rizzo. So I only got 3 different players out of the 25 in the set. That's insane. Also Box 3 started BRUTAL..with nearly every pack a pack full of duplicates. Nearly had 3 packs worth a doubles to start off that box. Overall I thought I did Okish..nothing groundbreaking, but I did pull 2 of the best rookies in the 1960 Rookie Stars insert set in Benintendi and Moncada, plus a low numbered Koufax parallel and an auto. I wish the auto was not of an umpire, but it's still a 1:582 pull for retail so not too bad. A fun little break to pass time on this Saturday afternoon. Here's pics of the base cards and then the hits of the break.


Top 5 Pulls of 2017

#1- 2016 Donruss Optic Gold Vinyl Cam Newton 1/1
#2- 16-17 Donruss Optic Jaylen Brown Rookie Signatures
#3- 16-17 Donruss Optic Larry Bird The Champ Is Here Gold Holo (#4/10)
#4- 2016 Donruss Optic Derrick Henry Rated Rookie Autograph (#43/150)
#5- 2016 Donruss Optic Kenneth Dixon Rated Rookie Holo Autograph   Redemption (# to 99)


  1. I can't wait to find 2017 Archives blasters at my local Target. This is my favorite product of the year. Congratulations on pulling the autograph.