’18 Topps Heritage MiLB Real One Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Todd Kirk on being the lucky winner of the Drew Ellis 2018 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Real One Auto.  Once Todd Kirk sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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’18 Topps Heritage MiLB Real One Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Drew Ellis 2018 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Real One Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

’18 Topps Heritage MiLB Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Gregory Zakwin on being the lucky winner of the Domingo Acevedo 2018 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Clubhouse Collection Relic.  Once Gregory Zakwin sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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’18 Topps Heritage MiLB Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Domingo Acevedo 2018 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Clubhouse Collection Relic.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 9, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2018 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Box Break & Review

There are a lot more minor league baseball teams than major league ones.  Its a fact.  Minor league teams can be found all over the country.  Some are literally in people’s backyard.  That level of closeness can produce a dedicated amount of fans who attend their hometown team’s games on a regular basis.

Topps produces two minor league products per year.  I believe its part of their exclusive agreement with MLB.  Pro Debut comes first and then Heritage Minor League Baseball.  This version of Heritage Minor League Baseball showcases some of MiLB’s best prospects in the 1969 Topps Baseball design.

The main set consists of (200) cards.  Subsets include Topps News All-Stars and League Leaders.  Card numbers 201-220 are short prints.  Not only can the short prints be identified by their card number, but they state “Short Print” on the back.  Six parallels can be pulled – Glossy (box topper pack), Blue #’ed/99, Magenta Back, Black #’ed/50, Team Color Change #’ed/25, and Red #’ed 1/1.  The parallels DO NOT apply to the short prints.

Variations make a return.  These come in the form of image and circle color variations.  You can use the CMP codes to locate them.  Image variations end in #482, while the circle color end in #483.  Its even easier though if you look just beneath the card number.  They’re now labeled either “Image Var.” or “Color Var.”

Every single box comes with (1) autograph and (1) relic.  Royce Lewis, Brendan McKay, and Hunter Greene each have image variation autographs #’ed/50.  For the most part, your autograph will be a Real One Autograph.  These come in Blue #’ed/99, Black #’ed/50, Team Color Change #’ed/25, and Red #’ed 1/1 parallels.  Other autographs include Dual Autographs1969 Deckle Edge Autographs1969 Mint Coin Relic Autographs, and Bazooka Autographs.

You’re likely relic will come from the Clubhouse Collection which has Blue #’ed/99, Black #’ed/50, Orange Patch #’ed/25, and Red Patch #’ed 1/1 versions.  Others include 1969 Mint Coin Relics.

The 1969 Collector Cards/Transogram and Deckle Edge cards highlight the inserts.  Back in 1969, those Transogram cards had to be hand-cut off a box that housed an action figure.  Having those figures return would have been neat.

As I mentioned when I opened my Pro Debut box, it would be cool to see retired stars/Hall of Famers thrown in here.  Especially since its a retro set.  Tracking down minor league uniforms of those older players for relic cards probably wouldn’t be the easiest though.  But base, parallels, inserts, and autographs could be done.

Cards of Phillies prospects Kyle Young #130 and Spencer Howard #52 are my favorite.  The photos were taken at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA.  Its a ballpark I frequently attend during the summer to watch the Crosscutters.  They have great bobblehead giveaways.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Drew Ellis Real One Auto

Relic

  • Domingo Acevedo Clubhouse Collection Relic

Parallels

  • Zack Burdi Team Color Change #’ed/25
  • Royce Lewis Glossy #185
  • Franklyn Kilome Glossy #104
  • Brendan Rodgers Glossy #136

Short Prints

  • Michel Baez #210
  • Alec Hansen #204
  • Adrian Morejon #209

Inserts

  • Tim Tebow 1969 Collector Cards/Transogram
  • Nick Senzel 1969 Collector Cards/Transogram
  • Corey Ray 1969 Collector Cards/Transogram
  • Jose Albertos 1969 Deckle Edge (Black/White)
  • Jorge Mateo 1969 Deckle Edge (Black/White)
  • Estevan Florial 1969 Deckle Edge (Black/White)
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. 1969 Deckle Edge (Black/White)

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Holy smokes!  What a box!  This is by far the best Heritage High Number Baseball box that I’ve opened!!!

The original 1969 Topps Baseball set brings two cards to my mind.  The first is Reggie Jackson’s rookie card #260.  Coming in second would be Mickey Mantle’s final card as an active player #500.  Given that its a vintage set, non-rookies of popular players in mint condition can fetch quite the price.  Its definitely worth a look if you’re wanting to put together a vintage set.

Between HeritageHeritage High Number, and Heritage Minor League Baseball, collectors have gotten their fill of the 1969 Topps Baseball design this year.  In 2019, the 1970 design will be used.  Its going to be interesting how they handle 1971 with all of those black borders.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number picks up right where the regular Heritage set left off.  It consists of (225) cards (#501-#725).  The last (25) cards (#701-#725) are short prints and fall 1:3 packs.  The main set has four parallels – Black Border (50 copies, hobby), 100th Anniversary (25 copies), Magenta Backs (10 copies), Flip Stock (5 copies, hobby).  Of those four, the Flip Stock would be the one that could easily be skipped over.  I pulled one of these in the past and almost missed it.  When it comes to these, the fronts are rough with the backs being smooth.

(50) players have Chrome cards.  Parallels include Hot Box Refractors, Refractors #’ed/569, Black Refractors #’ed/69, Gold Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.  (50) players also have mini parallels #’ed/100.

You wouldn’t be wrong to make the observation that many products today feature photo variations.  The ones found in the Heritage lines seem to garner the most attention.  CMP codes can help.

  • Base – #575
  • Short Prints – #585
  • Nickname – #601
  • Team Color Swap – #600
  • Action – #599
  • Throwback – #598
  • Error – #597
  • Trade – #477

The folks at Topps made it even easier to spot these variations without having to look at the CMP codes.  Beneath the card number it will state what type of variation it is.  That helps a bunch.

Every hobby box comes with (1) relic or autograph.  For the most part, you’re going to pull a Clubhouse Collection Relic.  At least that’s what I’m use to pulling.  I’ve always appreciated the high-end autographs and patches that come out of this product.  I think it has a lot to do with the retro designs and on-card signatures.  Gotta love that Wendy’s Founder Dave Thomas has a cut signature in here.  Wendy’s was founded in 1969.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Shohei Ohtani Real One RC Auto

Parallel

  • Daniel Palka RC Black Border

Photo Variation

  • Matt Kemp Action

Short Prints

  • Jake Arrieta
  • Lewis Brinson
  • Yonder Alonso
  • Alex Cobb
  • Randal Grichuk
  • Arodys Vizcaino
  • Eric Hosmer
  • Stephen Piscotty

Inserts

  • Shohei Ohtani/Mike Trout Combo Cards
  • Nolan Ryan Miracle Of ’69
  • Reggie Jackson Highlights 1967
  • Shohei Ohtani 1969 Deckle Edge
  • Christian Yelich 1969 Deckle Edge
  • Joey Lucchesi Rookie Performers
  • Amed Rosario Rookie Performers
  • Shohei Ohtani Rookie Performers
  • Bryce Harper Now & Then
  • Didi Gregorius Now & Then
  • James Paxton Now & Then
  • George Springer Award Winners
  • Aaron Judge Award Winners
  • Jose Altuve Award Winners
  • Shohei Ohtani 1969 Bazooka Baseball Extra Ad Panel Box Topper #7

Notable Rookies

  • Shohei Ohtani
  • Juan Soto
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Ronald Acuña Jr.