2019 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Last October while diving into my box of Heritage High Number I was greeted with a Shohei Ohtani Real One RC Auto.  Trust me.  I did not see that coming.  Sure it was always a possibility, but the odds of pulling one were incredibly rare.  But that’s proof big hits can happen anywhere and to anyone.

Hobby boxes of 2019 Topps Heritage High Number cost about $100 right now.  Every box has (24) packs and a box topper.

Continuing where the regular Heritage set left off, Heritage High Number goes from #501-#725.  The last (25) cards are Short Prints.

Parallels include Black Border #’ed/50 (Hobby), and Flip Stock #’ed/5 (Hobby).  Those Flip Stock parallels are the easiest ones to miss.  That’s why you need to take you’re time with a product like this.  A Flip Stock parallel could easily end up being the big hit of the box.  CMP codes don’t apply to them either.  Feeling the front and back of each card is a must to be sure the sides aren’t reversed.

Outside of the Black Border and Flip Stock parallels there are a bunch of cards that can be pulled where the CMP code does come in handy:

  • Base (#501-#700) – #321
  • Base SP (#701-#725) – #329
  • French Text – #322 or #330
  • Silver Metal – #340
  • Error – #341
  • Trade – #342
  • Throwback – #343
  • Action Image – #344
  • Team Name Color – #345
  • Nickname – #346

Minis #’ed/100 and Chrome cards are also possible pulls.  The Chrome cards have Hot Box Purple, Base Refractor #’ed/570, Black #’ed/69, Gold #’ed/5 (Hobby), and Superfractor #’ed 1/1 parallels.

Inserts include 1970 Topps Candy Lids (Target only), 1970 Topps Cloth Stickers (Walmart/Meijers only), 1970 Topps Player Story Booklets (Retail only), 1970 Topps Scratch Off, Award Winners, Combo Cards, Now and Then, Rookie Performers, The Hammer’s Greatest Hits, 1970 Topps Super Baseball Box Topper, 1970 Topps Poster Box Topper, and 1970 Topps Originals Box Topper.

Hobby boxes each contain (1) autograph or relic.  Most of the time you’re hit will be something from the Clubhouse Collection.

Relic types include Clubhouse Collection Relics, Clubhouse Collection Dual Relics, Clubhouse Collection Triple Relics, Clubhouse Collection Quad Relics, Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics, and Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relics.

Autograph types include Real One Autographs, Real One Dual Autographs, The Hammer’s Greatest Hits Autographs, and 1970 Cut Signatures.

2019 Topps Heritage High Number is one that most set collectors should enjoy.  The mix of parallels, variations, and new rookies gives you plenty to look for outside of the main hit.  Its a relatively small set you should be able to put together quickly.  Former Phillies Manager and current Hitting Coach Charlie Manuel’s rookie card comes from 1970 Topps.  I wonder if any of those made it into the 1970 Topps Originals Box Toppers?

We have one more set this year to feature the 1970 Topps design – 2019 Topps Heritage MiLB.  Then we move on to the 1971 Topps design.  1971 Topps is one of the most condition sensitive sets ever made because of the black borders.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Yaisel Puig Clubhouse Collection Relic

SP Photo Variation

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Action Image

Parallels

  • Alex Wood Black Border #’ed/50
  • Carter Kieboom RC Chrome Refractor #’ed/569

Short Prints

  • Chris Paddack RC #703
  • Victor Robles #701
  • Adam Jones #705
  • Luis Cessa #724
  • Mychal Givens #721
  • Cameron Maybin #710
  • Hunter Strickland #712
  • Thomas Pannone RC #715

Inserts

  • Jack DiLauro 1970 Topps Originals Box Topper
  • Salvador Perez Scratch Off
  • The Hammer’s Greatest Hits – Hank Aaron #10
  • Lorenzo Cain/Christian Yelich Combo Card
  • Keston Hiura Rookie Performers
  • Jon Duplantier Rookie Performers
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Performers
  • Zack Greinke Now and Then
  • Cody Bellinger Now and Then
  • Khris Davis Now and Then
  • Shohei Ohtani Award Winners
  • Alex Bregman Award Winners
  • Steve Pearce Award Winners

Astros ’18 Topps High Tek Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to kinkinsley on being the lucky winner of the J.D. Davis 2018 Topps High Tek RC Auto.  Once kinkinsley sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Astros ’18 Topps High Tek Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a J.D. Davis 2018 Topps High Tek RC Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 14, 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 High Tek Baseball Box Break & Review

Acetate stock, on-card autographs, and a quick-thrill (1) pack per box configuration.  Yes please.  Sign me up!

Don’t let the (1) pack fool you.  2018 Topps High Tek is for both fast ripping thrill seekers, and collectors looking to complete that ultimate rainbow.  At first glance the patterns and parallels can be mind bending, but after awhile you’ll understand how things flow.

(112) cards make up the base set.  The National League and American League each have (4) distinct levels of pattern rarities.  Patterns 1-4 will look a certain way for NL players, while AL players will have their own set of patterns.  #1 is the easiest, while #4 traditionally is the most difficult.

Packaged inside every (1) pack box are (40) cards.  Yes, I said (40).  That’s quite a brick.  When breaking down the pack, you should find Rainbow Foils, Magma Diffractors, Orbit Diffractors, and Galactic Diffractors.  Each of these have their own parallels:

  • Rainbow Foil – Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Black #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, Gold #’ed 1/1
  • Magma Diffractor – Green #’ed/99, Black #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, Gold #’ed 1/1
  • Orbit Diffractor – Black #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, Gold #’ed 1/1
  • Galactic Diffractor – Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, Gold #’ed 1/1

(5) players – Aaron Judge, Kris Bryant, Mariano Rivera, Mike Trout, and Shohei Ohtani have Black & White Image Variations #’ed/50.  You can also find Gold SpecTEKular Diffractors of these #’ed 1/1.  From the looks of it, the parallels only apply to the first pattern.  In other words, you won’t find an Orange Orbit Diffractor #’ed/25 featuring the NL or AL third pattern.

In the middle of the 40-card brick is all the good stuff.  Every box should come with (2) on-card autographs.  You’re most likely going to get (2) autographs from the High Tek Autograph checklist.  Parallels include Green #’ed/99, Blue #’ed/75, Black Orbit Diffractors #’ed/50, Orange Orbit Diffractors #’ed/25, Red Orbit Diffractors #’ed/10, and Gold SpecTEKular Diffractors #’ed 1/1.  All of them feature either the NL or AL first pattern.  No autograph will come on patterns 2-4.  Having parallels and autographs for each pattern would be way too much.

Other autographs besides the High Tek ones that you can pull include Black & White Image VariationsPortraiTEKPyroTEKnicsRookie TEK, and Tek Buybacks.  All of these except the Tek Buybacks have non-autographed inserts.

Its a lot to take in.  This product is heavily concentrated with patterns and parallels.  If you feel like busting a box and focusing on just the autographs and parallels, that’s perfectly fine.  Despite patterns 2-4 being more rare, they don’t command too much more on the secondary market.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Mark McGwire
  • J.D. Davis RC

Parallels

  • Whit Merrifield Rainbow Foil Orange #’ed/25
  • David Ortiz Orbit Diffractor Black #’ed/50
  • Pedro Martinez Rainbow Foil Green #’ed/99
  • Kris Bryant Rainbow Foil Blue #’ed/150
  • Johnny Bench Galactic Diffractor
  • Byron Buxton Orbit Diffractor
  • Aaron Altherr Orbit Diffractor
  • Bernie Williams Magma Diffractor
  • Paul Goldschmidt Magma Diffractor
  • Jordan Luplow RC Magma Diffractor

Notable Patterns

  • Mike Trout #4
  • J.D. Davis #4
  • Tomas Nido RC #4
  • Carlos Santana #4

Brewers ’18 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Richard Nebe Jr. on being the lucky winner of the Tristen Lutz 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects Auto.  Once Richard Nebe Jr. sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Brewers ’18 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Tristen Lutz 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 19, 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!!!

Pirates ’18 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to jake1725 on being the lucky winner of the Shane Baz 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects Auto.  Once jake1725 sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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.

Pirates ’18 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Shane Baz 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 12, 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 Bowman High Tek Baseball Box Break & Review

Within the last week some big cards have been on the auction block.  First off, the Shohei Ohtani 2018 Bowman Chrome RC Auto Superfractor #’ed 1/1 sold for an outstanding $184,000.  That’s an incredible amount of money for a modern day card of a rookie.  Especially one who’s future is up in the air upon hearing that it’s recommended he should have Tommy John surgery.  Who knows what he’ll be like after that happens.  Considering all of the unknown factors, I believe it was a good idea to sell it.

Another big card to popup recently is the Juan Soto 2016 Bowman Chrome Auto Superfractor #’ed 1/1.  This one has some controversy behind it.  At one time this card was graded by BGS a 9 with a 9 autograph grade.  Sometime after that it was removed from it’s BGS holder, had the autograph altered, and then submitted to PSA which gave it a Gem Mint 10 grade.  No card in my book should get a 10 grade after the autograph has been altered.  There’s also talk of it being trimmed too.  PSA really dropped the ball on this one.  I don’t see how anyone could do this to a Superfractor.

Speaking of rookies and prospects, 2018 Bowman High Tek recently came out.  Its loaded with lots of good stuff.  I know rookies and prospects that come from products like BowmanBowman Chrome, and Bowman Draft tend to garner more attention.  But I enjoy how products like Bowman Tek are configured.  One box, one pack, and four autographs.  It gets right to business.

Tek has and always will be known for it’s acetate card stock and crazy background patterns.  Just as it was when it debuted in the late 90’s.  There are (56) cards to the base set.  All a mix of prospects and rookies.  (10) different patterns can be found.  The base pattern (Pattern #1) has the following parallels: Purple Rainbow #’ed/191, Green Rainbow #’ed/99, Ocean Blue Tidal #’ed/75, Gold Rainbow #’ed/50, Orange Magma Diffractor #’ed/25, Red Orbit Diffractor #’ed/10, Black Galactic Diffractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Proofs #’ed 1/1.  Patterns #2-8 do not have parallels.  Pattern #9 are SpecTEKular Diffractors #’ed 1/1.  The tenth pattern only comes in Black Galactic Diffractor form also #’ed 1/1.

As I mentioned before, (4) autographs come per box.  When it comes to the base autographs, Pattern #1 is all you’ll find along with it’s accompanying parallels.  Having autographs cover all ten patterns would be too much.

Three inserts are available – 1st Bowman Tek, PyroTEKnics, and Tides of Youth.  Each has their own set of parallels and autographs.  Of those three, I like the 1st Bowman Tek inserts the most.

If you’re into rookies and prospects, but don’t want tons of base cards, Bowman High Tek would be an excellent product to open.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Jo Adell Green Rainbow Parallel Redemption #’ed/99
  • Shane Baz
  • Jesus Sanchez
  • Tristen Lutz

Parallel

  • Ronny Mauricio Pattern #1 Purple Rainbow #’ed/191

Base

  • Shed Long Pattern #3
  • Michel Baez Pattern #4
  • Evan White Pattern #2
  • Corbin Burnes Pattern #2
  • Corbin Burnes Pattern #1