I don’t think I’m alone when I say that one of the the best things about this year’s Archives set is the wrapper. It reminds me of a line from a Beach Boys song:
I threw away my candy bar and I ate the wrapper
And when they told me what I did, I burst into laughter
Obscure pop culture references aside, I got to wondering where Topps got the wrapper design from. I mean, it’s Archives, it’s supposed to be pilfered from somewhere in Topps’ stockpile of designs.
A quick bit of research turned up the above image of a 1971 Topps Super Baseball wrapper. For those who aren’t familiar with the set, they’re oversized cards a little bigger than 3″x5″, and much thicker than a regular baseball card. The corners are rounded and the back is similar to the regular 1971 cards.
I don’t actually have any 1971 Supers – lo siento – but I do have a couple of 1970 Supers, like this Rusty Staub.
I suppose I should say something about 2013 Archives, shouldn’t I? Well, I appreciate that they made the cheap card stock more cardboard-like this year, but the set still leaves me a bit cold. Maybe if they used designs that resonated more with me, emotionally… If 2014 Archives uses designs from 1974, 1976, 1983 and 1991, and if they’re done reasonably well, then we might be on to something… but again, that’s just me.