I've kept my mouth pretty well shut on Topps Archives from the first leaks of images from the Fan Favorites autograph set to the release of the sell sheets, but the time has come to have my say.
We haven't seen previews of any of the retired players in the base set. The Reggie above is part of a reprint insert set. Will the entire set be done Fan Favorites-style, including the retired players? Or will retired players be reprints? (If so, what's the point of the reprint insert set?)
Something else bothers me with the first two images in this post: putting current players on vintage designs is fun, but that's what Topps Heritage is for. Really, Fan Favorites is best used on retired players - and best done as Fan Favorites was, with new images on designs that existed when that player was playing. Archives is just a reprint set, so I'm up in the air on that concept. I really need to see how this base set plays out.
Summary: the base set, if done properly as Fan Favorites, is a must-have. The autograph checklist is something to check out for those minor stars who never had a certified auto and some big names to score big bucks in return, and the inserts look like a good collection, even if they aren't ones I want. Please, Topps, do a 1983 mini "parallel" set!
I WANT: Base set (if done as Fan Favorites), Deckle, Sticker, 3D
I DON'T RECOMMEND: The reprint insert set.
See the entire sell sheet at JayBee's site.