Earlier this week, 2012 Topps Archives Baseball hit the streets. This was a set that I was looking forward to as it usually features a nice mix of veterans, legends, and current stars. I was especially looking forward to the Fan Favorites Autographs. The checklist is usually not filled with superstars, but with guys that team fans would appreciate. Past Padres with Fan Favorites Autographs include Randy Jones, Steve Garvey, and Garry Templeton.
So how does 2012 Archives stack up from a Padres fan perspective? Actually, not that great. Let’s just say I won’t be buying boxes of this stuff or taking part in any group breaks. Here is what Padres fans have to chase in this year’s checklist:
Nothing. Not a single Padre in the base set. No former player, legend, or current player.
Dave Winfield #540 1978 Topps Reprint
Tony Gwynn #660 1985 Topps Reprint
Tony Gwynn #82IA-TG In Action
Tony Gwynn #83M-TG Framed Mini Autograph
Unless I missed a card or two, that’s about it for Padres cards. My biggest disappointment with 2012 Archives is that the Fan Favorites Autographs checklist does not feature a single Padre. To me, the Fan Favorites Autographs are the biggest selling point for Archives.
So who are some Padres that Topps should consider for next year’s Archives Fan Favorites autograph checklist? Here is a shortlist of former Padres I wouldn’t mind seeing. These are guys that to my knowledge, haven’t been in a previous Archives or Fan Favorites checklist.
- Andy Ashby
- Nate Colbert
- Greg Vaughn
- Sterling Hitchcock
- Benito Santiago
- Bip Roberts