Set Type: Insert
Card dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Parallels: Black, Cyan, Magenta & Yellow Printing Plates — each serial numbered “1/1”
Additional Information/14,000 Phillies Commentary: Inserted in packs of 2012 Topps Archives. As the name suggests, the set replicates the 1977 Topps Cloth Sticker test issue.
Because it’s the first set of cards I remember buying in packs at the store, the 1977 Topps set remains one of my all-time favorites. Seeing these cards only reminds me that I have to wait until 2026 before I finally see Topps replicate the design in its Heritage offering. Until then, these will do quite nicely. In fact, there’s something rather special about the way that Topps chose the Phillies for this set; they are all: pitchers; wearing their home uniforms; pictured in a similar type of action shot; and the photography is similar to what you would see for action shots that made their way into mid-1970s Topps sets. I know the year is not even half over yet, but in the eyes of this Phillies collector, Topps is going to do have to do something really special to make a better insert set than this one.