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Topps Archive Collections: the perfect Father’s Day gift

By Aaron Somers

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and finding that perfect gift is always a challenge. That’s where Topps, the leading retailer of officially licensed baseball cards, comes into the picture with their recently launched Topps Archive Collections, Series 1. Topps combed through their archives, putting together an all new collectible product inspired by some of the greatest teams and most memorable moments that Major League Baseball has ever seen.

The Topps Archive Collections, Series 1 pays tribute to superstars and unsung heroes alike, capturing players in their heyday just as fans remember them. In this case, the focus is on the 1986 New York Mets when the team set out to “Make the Dream Work”.

Mets fans fondly remember the ‘86 season, particularly how it came to a triumphant end. Mookie Wilson pushed a ground ball through an unprepared Bill Buckner’s legs, giving the Mets new life in Game 6 of the World Series before the team came back the next to win it all. A 24 year old Darryl Strawberry was a key cog in the offense, hitting 27 home runs while batting .259/.358/.507. Gary Carter added 24 homers of his own, leading the team with 105 RBI. Keith Hernandez, Wally BackmanRay Knight, and Lenny Dykstra all rounded out the lineup with contributions of their own with names like Wilson, Howard Johnson, Kevin Mitchell, and Tim Teufel coming off the bench. On the mound the team employed five starters under the age of 30, led by then 21 year old Dwight Gooden. Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco shared closing duties, each saving more than 20 games.

The Topps Archive Collections, Series 1 is sold in a single box set and includes all of the following:

  • 1 wax pack poster set (5 posters)
  • 6 team patches
  • 6 team buttons
  • 1 team pennant
  • 1 team t-shirt
  • 1 team hat

The Topps Archive Collections, Series 1 is available at, select MLB stadium stores, hobby shops and retailers.