Right on time for the holidays, with visions of spring training around the corner, Topps has released two products that will help baseball fans and collectors ease the longing for the upcoming season. The arrival of the 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball and 2015 Topps Archives Signature Series both make for exciting treats as 2016 quickly approaches.
The 2015 Topps Archives Signature Series boasts an impressive list of signers that includes Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, as well as Ken Griffey Jr., who is sure to be the next member of baseball’s most exclusive club when the voting is announced in January. Each box contains one original Topps buyback card that is autographed directly on the card, giving a true vintage feel to the product. Collectors will enjoy not only the chase of the top-tier players, but also the excitement of getting an autograph on one of Topps’ classic releases. At a price point under $60, the Topps Archives Signature Series provides fans an entry point to score an autograph of some of the greatest names in the Hall of Fame.
For collectors that are seeking a more modern product that is filled with tomorrow’s superstars, they have to look no farther than the 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball set. Prominently featured are the top picks of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft including the first overall pick, Dansby Swanson. The 200-card base set allows fans to get familiar with the future faces of their favorite franchise, as well as get updates on the progress of their favorite prospects that were featured in Bowman’s earlier products this season.
Each box of Bowman Draft Baseball guarantees one autograph from the aforementioned prospects, as well as a plethora of inserts and parallels that are the hallmark of Bowman’s baseball product line. The box that was opened for this review yielded one autograph, two serial numbers parallels (one limited to a run of 50, the other 150), as well as five other different parallels and inserts. Die hard baseball collectors will enjoy the Draft Dividends insert set, which highlights the jump in draft position that members of the 2015 class made from being drafted out of high school. Swanson made an impressive jump of 1,157 slots from when he was drafted in high school in 2012 to becoming the first overall pick in 2015.
Whether one is looking for a gift for a collector in their family, or a product to purchase with their newly acquired holiday money, Topps provides exciting options for the end of the 2015 that will satisfy until spring training arrives.