While it is one of the first releases of the year, I suspect Heritage is also one of the most anticipated. It doesn’t hurt that 1970 is one of my favorite sets from the era. It’s a pretty well known format by now.
This release follows a well established format at this point. The base set consists of 400 cards, with an additional 100 Short Prints , rounding out the 500 card set. There are also a number of base variants, including action photos, errors, traded, and color swap. We also see Baseball and News Flashbacks to the year.
Heritage High Numbers exists as essentially an update set for the regular Heritage release. It picks up where the first set ends, containing cards 501-725, of which the final 25 are SPs. The SPs are a much smaller portion of the set for High Numbers, so they are easier to complete.
This set has cards for some traded veterans, people left out of the first release, as well as hot rookies making their debut this year.
Once again, we have the return of short print variants with team color swaps, errors, traded, action, and others. There’s an extra wrinkle to those this year, which I think it long overdue. At least for this release, gone are the days of trying to read a tiny product code to be sure which variant you have. Instead, Topps includes a label below the card number telling you which variant you have. Hopefully this is a feature that sticks around in future releases.
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.
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.
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.