Yesterday I spent about six hours opening and sorting through my box of 2016 Topps Heritage Baseball. It was a fun and rewarding process. Not only does this product take you back in time when it comes to it’s design, it takes you back to a different way of collecting. The Heritage brand has a loyal following. Probably one of the largest followings when it comes to set building. Its one of those very few products released each year where the main focus isn’t always on autographs and relics. I welcome it with open arms, as its quite refreshing.
You could easily rip through all (24) packs quickly searching for your (1) autograph or relic and call it a day. But that isn’t what Heritage is about. If you want the full experience, you need to take your time. Errors, variations, color swaps, and throwback uniforms are the heart and soul of this product. Rushing through it isn’t going to help. You’ve gotta take the time and watch for this stuff. What looks like a simple old base card, could easily be one of the biggest pulls you’ve ever had. All it takes is a missing letter, misspelling, or nonexistent stat line to make all the difference. The amount of money some of these die-hard set collectors are willing to spend on these is absolutely amazing. Quantities have been rumored to be no more than (25) copies for some of the rarer variations. This year Topps made it extra tough too. Variations and base cards now contain the same small code printed on the back. In years past, they were different making them easier to find.
No matter what product you’re looking at, chrome parallels will always be popular. The chrome parallels found in Heritage seem to be in even more demand. Especially when it comes to the low numbered ones. You can’t go wrong with an old school design printed on chrome stock.
All of these things add value to a product where your “hit” will most likely be a one color jersey. From what I’ve seen, autographs have been difficult to pull. Heritage screams on-card autograph goodness. Although traditional “hits” aren’t the main focus, there are some nice autographs and relics to be found. There is no denying that. Outside of the low numbered parallels and variations, my favorite pulls will always be the Real One Autographs. All that great photography mixed with hard-signatures will never get old.
Even if you’re not a fan of Heritage, you have to admire the way Topps can drive so much attention to cards that aren’t autographed or contain a relic. In today’s hobby, that is very difficult. Nobody is better at this than Topps.
Here is what I pulled:
- Pablo Sandoval Real One Red Ink Auto #’ed/67
- Yoenis Cespedes Chrome Refractor #’ed/567
- Andrew McCutchen Chrome #’ed/999
- Toronto Blue Jays #345 Gum Stain
- Buster Posey #460 Action Image
- Buster Posey #460
- David Ortiz #438
- Matt Harvey #493
- Masahiro Tanaka #436
- Jose Fernandez #442
- A.J. Pollock #466
- Troy Tulowitzki #446
- Jose Altuve #470
- Trevor Brown/Mac Williamson/A.J. Pierzynski/Arodys Vizcaino Ad Panel Box Loader
- Roger Maris Flashbacks Baseball
- Tom Seaver Flashbacks Baseball
- Che Guevara Flashbacks News
- Evel Knievel Flashbacks News
- Harmon Killebrew/Joey Votto Then & Now
- Jim Bunning/Clayton Kershaw Then & Now
- Steve Carlton/Clayton Kershaw Then & Now
- Troy Tulowitzki New Age Performers
- Mark Melancon New Age Performers
- Bryce Harper New Age Performers