Thursday, June 26, 2014
Archives From the Dollar Store
So far, my lone foray into 2014 Archives was a foursome of rack packs I snagged a couple weeks ago. I netted five of the six Mets included in the regular 200-card checklist. The exception: David Wright.
That's where the blogosphere and a fellow Mets fan comes into play. Douglas C. (aka Buckstore Cards) put together a most righteous PWE that included the M.I.A. card of the Mets' captain, featured on the '89 Topps design. It's a beautiful marriage of my favorite design and my favorite player.
Also included in the envelope from my Canadian buddy...
There were a few Mets embedded in the short print portion of the 2014 Archives checklist, as well. Among them is Mookie Wilson. He's appropriately framed on an '86 base card design. A pretty good-looking card.
Deckle David. Using the exact same photograph from the base Archives card, though it's not cropped as tightly. Not the most mortal of sins, I guess.
On the other hand, the 1987 All-Star inserts. I was excited for these when I first read about them. But, of course, Topps whiffed big time. Instead of making the cards glossy like their ancestors, they're just plain ol' regular Archives card stock. Kind of a buzzkill.
And, as far as the photo choices?
Seen this one in flagship Topps already this year.
Saw this one in last year's Archives (the HoJo short print on a 1990 base card).
This one has seemingly been used a zillion times in various sets the past couple years. Gary Carter, one of the most photogenic players ever, and we have to keep using the same snapshot. Sigh.
I can't think of where I've seen this one off-hand--maybe it hasn't been used. But, I'm not giving Topps the benefit of the doubt. Shame on you, Topps!
However, in spite of it all, I do like the nod to the great rack-pack inserts from my childhood. Could these have been better executed? Sure, maybe someone who actually collects cards and cares about cards might have done a more thoughtful job in making these the sparklers they were meant to be. Oh well, I guess it's at least nice that the Mets got four players in this particular insert set.
Since Douglas did such a wonderful thing by sending these my way, I'm even less tempted to buy any more Archives. I'm sure I will at some point, but these do a fine job of scratching any itch I might have.
Oh, and one final piece to the PWE...
My favorite hockey-playing Gabriel. If there could just be a way to get the talented young Swede to wear the blue sweater of the New York Rangers someday.
What's that? Oh yeah, baseball. What place are the Mets in?
Man, I miss hockey season already.
Thanks for the goods, Douglas!