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2014 Topps Archives. Singles Only, Please!

2014 Topps Archives.  Singles Only, Please!

While I may be posting this a few weeks after the release, I have yet to truly invest any energy into the new 2014 Topps Archives product.

When the checklist hit, and I saw that the name Andre Dawson was not included in the checklist, the proverbial wind was taken from my sails and I lost interest in the product.

Instead, I focused on other things.  But, now, I am back.

But, instead of spending my time buying hobby boxes and ripping packs of Archives, I am going to be very specific with my shopping – Only singles for me.

I’ll just be buying cards for my player collections and the Miami Marlins for my team set collection.  Other than that, I am out…

2014 topps archives


I’m headed over to Sportlots.com now to make bulk what could be my lone Archives purchase of the year.

Cards to be unveiled soon.

Finally, A 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Retail Blaster Box Break’ – Come See!!

Finally, A 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Retail Blaster Box Break’ – Come See!!

The 2014 collecting year is officially here and your boy at ’30-YOC’ is pumped!!

I bought a retail blaster of the new 2014 Topps release the other day but due to time constraints I was not able to get to a scanner (me and my nutty social life).

So, fast forward to tonight and my cards have been scanned and I am ready to show off the full lot of cards that I ripped open.

Just as an FYI, if you didn’t already know, each blaster contains 10 packs of cards, with 8 cards per pack.  There is also a ‘Bonus’ pack that contains a Manufactured Patch card.

And now with the formalities out of the way, let me show you what I pulled from this box o’ cards!!!

Shall we?


Pack 1 – nice Kimbrel, Helton commemorative


Pack 2 – Joey Votto & AL ROY Wil Myers


Pack 3 – Sweet Griffey, blue border Miguel Cabrera, and a Pennington 2014 Power Players redemption card


Pack 4 – Mo!!


Pack 5 – lots of Red Sox and Matt Harvey


Pack 6 – Iwakuma, Tulo, and a Blue border Future Stars card of Gerrit Cole


Pack 7 – Henderson Alvarez (Marlins) and a nice Yasiel Puig ‘Future Is Now’ insert


Pack 8 – Mike Trout ‘Future Is Now’ insert saves this pack…


Pack 9 – Goldy, Blue Border Justin Ruggiano (Marlins), McCovey ‘All Rookie Cup Team’, and a beautiful Adrian Beltre Super Veterans card!


Pack 10 – Yasiel Puig base card, Joe Mauer 1989 Die Cut, and a Manny Machado ‘Future Is Now’ card


Bonus Card – David Ortiz Manufactured Patch Card!!



Overall, I have to say that I love the product.  The lines are clean, the colors are bright, and the design has just enough flash to be a nice accent to the large images being featured.

It was nice to pull two Marlins cards from this box.  And you better believe that the Super Veterans card I pulled of Adrian Beltre is step one of my building the complete subset.

And while I did not pull any cards for my Stanton, Fernandez, Harper, McCutchen, or Pedroia player collections, I think I have amassed a sold amount of workable trade-bait to help me get some of those cards through alternate methods.

How do you think I did???