Tuesday, June 23, 2015

2015 Topps Archives Review: Minnesota Twins

In recent years Topps Archives has become a new favorite among card collectors for it's mix of current players with designs from the past. There are even former stars on new designs for a throwback feel that collectors love to get their hands on.

The 2015 Archives Baseball set, a 300-card base set, uses designs from 1957 Topps, 1976 Topps and 1983 Topps. Each design is broken into 100 card chunks with parallels that include Silver, Gold, Black and Printing Plates.

Compared to some of the other sets released earlier this year, Twins fans are going to have to spend some more time hunting down their favorite players. Let's dive into the set and see who is out there for Twins Territory to collect.

Archives Base Set
13. Joe Mauer
33. Oswaldo Arcia
55. Trevor May- RC
63. Rod Carew
87. Kennys Vargas
155. Brian Dozier
181. Harmon Killebrew
219. Kurt Suzuki
243. Phil Hughes
286. Danny Santana

The base set includes a good mix of young players, current regulars, and former stars. Trevor May is the lone rookie card in the set even though it's the first Archives cards for Danny Santana and Kennys Vargas. It's nice to have Brian Dozier in another set and hopefully his personal checklist will continue to grow over the next couple years.

May also gets included in the 1990 Topps All-Star Rookies insert set. This throwback design will bring Twins fans back to the World Series years in Minnesota. It's fun to see a current player on a design that had been previously reserved for the likes of Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek.

One of the best parts of this set is the inserts called Fan Favorites Autographs. In recent years, Twins fans have been able to hunt down the likes of Kent Hrbek and Gary Gaetti. This year's set includes autographs from 1987 World Series MVP Frank Viola. "Sweet Music" fans can hunt down his autograph in limited edition Silver (#/199), Gold (#/50), and Black (1/1)

Joe Mauer continues to get some insert love as he is included in the 1968 Topps Game Insert Set and the 1990 Topps #1 Draft Picks Set. Mauer continues to be the most recognized name on the Twins roster but one has to wonder if his card totals will decline in the coming years.

This set doesn't include a lot of inserts but collectors can go out and try to hunt down all of the Twins in the base set. Frank Viola is an integral part of Twins history so it nice to have him included in the Fan Favorites Autograph set. Archives might not be my favorite set but it offers so nice variety in the multitude of offerings from the Topps company.

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