Minor League Baseball products are a niche market. Just like collegiate focused sets. In a way I believe certain baseball fans may have a deeper connection with a MiLB team compared to one from the majors. There are a lot more minor league teams. It makes perfect sense for fans to support the one right in their backyard. From my experience, teams in the minors tend to have better stadium giveaways too. Those teams usually don’t have as much money, so their bobbleheads and stuff can be made in lower quantities.
Its a thrill to see your local minor league team on a Topps card. For me, local teams include the Harrisburg Senators, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Reading Fightin Phils, and Altoona Curve. No Williamsport Crosscutters or State College Spikes though. Products like this I find to be very entertaining as MiLB has some crazy team names and logos.
As is the case with MLB Heritage, it’s minor league counterpart utilizes the 1967 Topps Baseball design. The entire set consists of (215) cards, and the last (15) are short prints. You won’t find as many photo variations, but there are a few. Most of them involve cards containing facsimile autographs or missing team names. Nick Gordon #45 has a blank back, Tyler O’Neill #58 you can find holding a green bat, and Yeudy Garcia #128 can have a misspelled last name. I believe the Garcia misspelling would be the easiest one to skip as its something that doesn’t jump out at you.
The biggest improvement is the addition of on-card autographs. Real One Autographs are so well designed its not even funny. The MiLB ones have gotten better over the years. I think the 2016 ones are the best. Sticker autographs really don’t have a place in any Heritage set.
Plain one color jersey relics aren’t much to talk about nowadays. You’ll find lots of them in this product. I prefer patches, especially the ones housing an entire star. They seem to be quite affordable too after seeing what they go for on the secondary market.
Around $50 for a box isn’t that bad. Not every single MiLB team is represented, but it does offer something a little different. Its mainly centered on young prospects. In the future, I would like to see more veterans make an appearance. The Looming Legacy Autographs do offer veteran content, but they’re hard to pull.
Here is what I pulled:
- Ariel Jurado Real One Auto
- Hunter Harvey Clubhouse Collection Peach Parallel Patch #’ed/25
- Yoan Moncada #215
- Drew Jackson #205
- Christin Stewart #201
- Josh Sborz Peach Parallel #’ed/25
- Victor Robles Blue Parallel #’ed/99
- Mauricio Dubon Blue Parallel #’ed/99
- Jordan Patterson Minor Miracles #1
- Savannah Sand Gnats Minor Miracles #11
- Mike Hessman Minor Miracles #10
- Kyle Zimmer 1967 Topps Sticker #6
- Andrew Stevenson 1967 Topps Sticker #22
- Andrew Benintendi 1967 Topps Sticker #11
- Amir Garrett 1967 Topps Sticker #16
- Hunter Harvey 1967 Topps Sticker #28
- Ted E. Tourist 1967 Topps Sticker #35