Topps Community Break Box #8: 2002 Topps Archives Reserve Best Years

Hey everybody!  Sorry about the brief delay.  If you’re anything like me, you’re most interested to see what’s going to come out of this heavy box right here.

Autographed ball! With Cards, too! How often does that happen anymore?

It’s worth mentioning each and every time, all of these boxes are courtesy of our good friends and Community Break Sponsor: BASEBALL CARD EXCHANGE

Like what you see? Find more of the same here!

I think the next time I have a group break, I’m going to have to find another box with a ball inside.  Does UD have one of those?  They’re probably up next.

Scan time!  Here’s a small sampling of the chrome refractors that are the base cards.

Imagine if the chrome technology existed back then.

As you can see, it’s not about the rookie cards.  They feature the “best years” cards.  I don’t know if that’s production wise, or Topps’ opinion about their own cards.  Probably the former.


We were guaranteed 3 cardboard hits, and this is the downside of having unclaimed teams left over.  As I said in the video, I bought this box with the specific purpose of getting some legends cards and hits out to all of you.  Instead, I’m holding all of them.

Feel free to make me an offer, but I don’t anticipate moving the Jenkins or Ryan without something I can’t refuse.  If I could afford to collect Nolan, he would be my number 1 focus.  I toyed with the idea of collecting Puckett as well, but that probably won’t happen.

Enough of what is now my stuff.  Does the autographed ball go to anyone at least?

Top view.

Authentication sticker and serial number. This is the highest print run of all the possibilities

Sort of smudged signature. Can you guess who it is?

Ta da!

Congratulations to Kyle of Baseball Card Hall of Fame!  Graig Nettles goes to the Yankees.  Don’t worry, it hasn’t and won’t leave the ball cube.  I’ll figure out a good way to ship it off to you.

If you were looking for a box to pump your numbers, this wasn’t going to be it.  A few teams were completely shut out, while a couple got as many as 6 of the 40 possible cards.  Still, I think this was the most interesting box, and hopefully you enjoyed watching it even if you didn’t personally get too much in your stack.

Team breakdown so far:
Anaheim Angels – Base:  37 –Inserts/Parallels: 1  –Hits: 2
Arizona Diamondbacks – Alec– Base:  15 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Atlanta Braves – Colbey– Base:  48 –Inserts/Parallels:  5 –Hits:  0
Baltimore Orioles – Hobb’s Knights– Base:  24 –Inserts/Parallels:  2 –Hits:  0
Boston Red Sox – Summa Cum Lousy– Base:  24 –Inserts/Parallels:  4 –Hits:  0
Chicago Cubs – Base:  23 –Inserts/Parallels:  4 –Hits:  1
Chicago White Sox – Base:  26 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Cincinnati Reds – Jason C– Base:  25 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  1
Cleveland Indians – Baseball Dad– Base:  37 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  1
Colorado Rockies – Cards From the Quarry– Base:  26 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Detroit Tigers – Grand Cards– Base:  17 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Florida Marlins – Base:  27 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Houston Astros – Base:  26 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Kansas City Royals – Base:  17 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Los Angeles Dodgers – Stealing Home– Base:  27 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Milwaukee Brewers – Base:  10 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Minnesota Twins – Base:  13 –Inserts/Parallels:  3 –Hits:  1
Montreal Expos – Base:  22 –Inserts/Parallels:  4 –Hits:  0
New York Mets – The Sandlot– Base:  31 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
New York Yankees – Baseball Card Hall of Fame-Base:  58 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  1
Oakland Athletics – Base:  22 –Inserts/Parallels:  2 –Hits:  0
Philadelphia Phillies – Daddyoho– Base:  36 –Inserts/Parallels:  3 –Hits:  0
Pittsburgh Pirates – Base:  19 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
San Diego Padres – Base:  21 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
San Francisco Giants – Cheap Card Collecting– Base:  22 –Inserts/Parallels:  2 –Hits:  0
Seattle Mariners – Baseball Card Hall of Fame– Base:  22 –Inserts/Parallels:  2 –Hits:  0
St. Louis Cardinals – Cards on Cards– Base:  34 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – Base:  14 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Texas Rangers – Play at the Plate– Base: 25  –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Toronto Blue Jays – Dave– Base:  28 –Inserts/Parallels:  2 –Hits:  0

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