I fell for the nostalgia of the good old days and bought a box Archives, hoping to be lucky with some outrageous redemptions, or at least have fun in the process of busting the box.
Well, it turns out I had a good share of the latter, not so much of the former.
If this box should be valued for its proper hits, the two guaranteed “fan favorites” autographs, in fact, it didn’t make the cut: I had two Phillies that are surely fan favorites, but not hall of fame bound:
There were 26 insert cards in the box, if you consider 6 “reprint back”: I really like the reprint set, and I think I am going to try and complete the 50 cards of the set, it is loaded with all time greats.
The “Deckle edge” insert set is really nice, too: I pulled Longoria, and the printed autograph looked at first a real auto, so I had these 5 seconds of disbelief when I thought I had hit a jackpot:
It wasn’t, of course, but this set is nonetheless nice.
Then I had my golds (with a nice Strasburg), the very cool 3-D, and the not so cool “big head” stickers. I liked the other stickers, the cloth ones.
As for the rest of the cards, they are based on 4 popular Topps sets: 1954, 1971, 1980 and 1984.
I liked all the 4 themes, but particularly the 1954.
Finally, I pulled my first ever Darvish, and a Cespedes too, but they are strictly base cards.
A really fun product, it took the best of Lineage and mixed it very well with the old Archives: there is not gold inside, unless you are very lucky, but surely it is good value for the money, particularly now that the price has gone down a bit.