Category Archives: Topps Heritage

2001 Topps Heritage Retail Box Break Throwback

We’re reaching back in time a bit today, to take a look at the beginning of Topps Heritage.  It’s turned in to a fan favorite over the years, but in the beginning, was anyone really sure what to expect?   This release used the same design as the 1952 Topps release.

In a way, it was a simpler time, before new releases of the hot rookie selling for $30k.  While hits existed, it was before the time where hits really drove the product.   Many of the now regular inserts were around for this first release, but they were not nearly as plentiful as today.  These packs advertise autographs with odds of 1:142 and even Clubhouse Collection Relics at 1:592 packs.   This is not the box to chase after hits.

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2018 Topps Heritage Hobby Box Break

The 2018 Topps Heritage release pays tribute to the 1969 Topps set.  After a year of Judge cards, I was slightly concerned we would just see everything over produced to meet the increased demand, but we find that Topps allocated this release a little bit.  Couple that with the inclusion of a hot new pre-rookie SP in Ohtani, and you have a pretty hot product.  Will the value hold up?

It’s pretty striking to me the apparent odds of nearly everything this release.  While Heritage autographs are never really the focus,

they’re even rarer this year.  Is that a sign of really increased production?  I guess time will tell.  Are speculators just driving the prices again?   Don’t get me wrong.  It is still a nice release, but the added speculators will end up making an already expensive set to collect that much more costly.  It will definitely make it more difficult to get value out of a box, especially if you miss out on Ohtani.

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2017 Topps Heritage High Number Hobby Box Break

While acting as an update set for the primary Heritage release, Heritage High Numbers picks up right where the initial release lets off. For the most part, this release continues sets and inserts featured in the February release, with cards 501-725 (701-725 are SPs), as well as more Real One Autographs and Clubhouse Collection Relics. There are also insert sets we’ve seen in previous years, like Award Winners and Rookie Performers.

 

We also see many of the same parallels, with blue, chrome, and minis. The base set variations are also in the same style, with Action Images, Color Swap logos, traded and throwback cards. If you like the regular Heritage set, this one is for you.

A box advertises 24 packs with 9 cards per pack, including one Real One Autograph or relic card per box.

This box contained:

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2017 Topps Heritage Hobby Box Break

The long time favorite Topps Heritage set is back for another release. This time around, there are some significant changes, though, and I’m not sure they’re all for the better. This year, it parallels the 1968 Topps set, and includes some tributes to errors from that set. Returning are the some of the standard insert sets, including baseball flashbacks, news flashbacks, as well as relics and autographs. These all appear to be much rarer than in past years. Does that mean they will hold more value? Or just be harder to complete a set?

Perhaps the most significant change this year is to the base set SPs. For the past many years, the base set was 1-425, with the SPs being 426-500. This year, the SPs have expanded to 401-500. They still fall one in every three packs. With 100 SPs, though, this means a full case of cards would not have enough SPs, with perfect collation, to complete the set. Is that an improvement?

While there seem to be fewer overall inserts, there are a lot more buybacks. This set features the same line of “Rediscover Topps” buybacks as Series 1, with many included per box.

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2016 Topps Heritage High Number Hobby Box

Once again, this release comes along as essentially an update set for the Heritage cards released earlier in the year. They’re packed out in packs, rather than limited edition boxed sets. They are able to feature some roster updates, although many of those are for off season signings, since the base Heritage release is so early in the year. It does contain the first Heritage cards for many of the rookies debuting during the season.

There really aren’t any big surprises, although it does make for a nice finish for the Heritage line. The base set is numbered 501-700, with 701-725 SPs. You get an assortment of possible color changes, action photos, errors, and throwback jerseys. The hobby box contains 24 packs of 9 cards, and advertises one autograph or relic per box.

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