This set faced a big delay due to the pandemic shut downs. Normally, this set would be released in July, but this year it finally hit stores in mid September. The great card rush is still going on, but it remains to be seen how that will affect this release. While this is a heavy hit product, with three per hobby box, there is a mix of baseball players past and present, and many other pop culture subjects. It’s not a set for everyone.
It can have wide spread appeal, because you can find some subjects that would normally not get cardboard treatment. That same feature can turn off baseball purists, though. It doesn’t get the same sort of attention as other releases, despite the large number of hits, because you primarily see a lot of lower end relics. The biggest current rookie prize is Luis Robert, and he has autographs in this product, but it doesn’t seem to be driving the treasure hunters like in other products.
The base set contains 300 cards, with an additional 50 short prints running 301-350. There are a few regular parallels, with most of the parallels in mini card form. We see a few baseball related inserts sets, but then also some random inserts such as “Where Monsters Live” and “Citadels & Strongholds”. Overall, it’s a fun set as a throwback to a late 1800s set.
A box contains 24 packs of 8 cards, and advertises 3 hits per box.
With Stadium Club we see another release during the summer of the hobby spike. Other releases this summer are almost immediately spiking in price, to the point that people are going around, cleaning out retail and immediately trying to resell for three times the price online. It’s not really clear what’s driving this excitement. Is it the rush for the hot new prospect? Maybe. It doesn’t feel like a huge influx of people trying to collect the cards, but that’s difficult to be sure in the middle of a release.
This isn’t normally a prospect heavy release, so despite high quality images on high quality cards, with on card autographs, for whatever reason, the release just isn’t as popular. The base set of 300 cards features many stars from today, as well as heroes from the past. There are the usual parallels involving different foil on the cards, as well as a subset with the cards in a chrome finish. You also have a few regular insert sets back again this year, but inserts are not really what drives this product.
Each box contains 16 packs of 8 cards and advertises 2 autographs per box.
We see another regular release during the great trading card boom. Recent releases seem to immediately shoot up in price. People are going to retail outlet and clearing the shelves to resell blaster boxes at three times the normal price online. Will that continue with Archives? That’s not clear, yet, but I suspect not. While Archives may contain some of the new rookies, the hits are primarily focused on retired players from years gone by.
It’s early, but so far, this release doesn’t seem to have the same bump. Is the bubble starting to slow down a bit? Or is this a one-off because it’s not rookie focused? Time will tell. It’s still difficult to find at retail, but that is often the case during the first week or release. Some people claim that no product being available is a great sign for the hobby, but I don’t think so. If you spend a few minutes online, it’s very clear that product is selling out because people are trying to resell it for an inflated price, rather than actually collect the product. That’s anything but good for the hobby. If product is not available, people are going to end up not buying any. After a few releases where someone can’t find any product to buy, why would they want to keep looking?
After about a two month delay due to the world wide pandemic, Topps brings us the second series of The Rise of Skywalker. There is quite the backup of releases right now, and it seems Topps is pushing to clear that backlog quickly. Unfortunately, that has led to some quality issues.
There have been reports of poor collation and missing hits. We didn’t see that here, but it seems to be a common complaint right now. We did see pack sizes vary between 18 cards and 3 in some cases in non-hit packs. Given the quality issues for recent releases like Topps Total, these seem entirely plausible.
This series features a 100 card base set, with a number of parallels, as well as inserts also coming in parallel versions. The box contains 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. A box advertises two hits per box, including one guaranteed autograph.
This entry level product returns for another year, after a bit of a delay due to the global pandemic. It’s the same basic card set, but this time the complete base set has been reduced to 300 cards. The configuration of the box has also changed a bit. Instead of the standard 24 packs per box from years past, this year we see 18 packs of 10 cards. The price seems to have dropped a similar amount, so all is not lost.
There are possible hits in this product, but that’s not really what drives it. A hobby box does not contain any hits, but it does come with a few parallels and insert cards. Overall, it’s a fun little set to collect that won’t set you back nearly as much as most of the other regular releases.