2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Box Break & Review

Burlap was the style in 1968.  Topps plastered that stuff on everything.  Pitchers Jerry Koosman and Ron Tompkins may not have had Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame worthy careers, but will forever be known as those “other guys” pictured with Nolan Ryan and Johnny Bench on their 1968 Topps rookie cards.

You’ll find that Heritage High Number continues where regular Heritage stopped.  The set consists of (225) cards #501-725.  #701-725 are short prints.  Although they aren’t serial numbered, parallels of the main set include Blue Border #’ed/50, Bright Yellow Backs #’ed/25, Gray Backs #’ed/10, and Flip Stock #’ed/5.

(50) players have Chrome cards #’ed/999.  Refractors that can be found include Purple Hot Box Refractors, Refractors #’ed/568, Blue Refractors #’ed/68, Gold Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed/1.  Chrome versions of classic Topps designs look so cool!  (50) players also have mini parallels too.

It wouldn’t be a Heritage product without a good chunk of variations.  Checking the CMP code on the card backs can really help you in identifying them.

  • Base – ends in #23
  • Short Prints – ends in #33
  • Chrome – ends in #38
  • Error – ends in #45
  • Trade – ends in #46
  • Throwback Uniform – ends in #47
  • Action Image – ends in #48
  • Team Color Swap – ends in #49

I know the Heritage line isn’t the only set to feature variations, but it seems like collectors are willing to spend more for the Heritage ones.  Given that this product is targeted towards set builders, some people will spend a lot for a single variation just because its rare.  In some cases, these variations can be a player’s most valuable card.

Like I previously mentioned, this product is a set collector’s dream.  Most likely your “hit” will be a regular relic, but the high-end “hits” are so nice looking.  Everything from the on-card autographs to multi-colored patches are superb.  Even the low-numbered plain relics get more attention from this product when compared to others.  I think that fascinates me more than anything.  The type of product, players involved, and numbering make all the difference.

Overall, my break fell in line with what you’d normally pull.  Topps should consider trying some on-card Chrome autographs for Heritage.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Aroldis Chapman Clubhouse Collection Relic

Parallels

  • Eric Thames Blue Border #’ed/50
  • Bradley Zimmer Chrome Refractor #’ed/568
  • Aroldis Chapman Chrome #’ed/999

Photo Variation

  • Brandon Phillips Action Image

Short Prints

  • Steven Matz
  • Dylan Bundy
  • Michael Pineda
  • Kelvin Herrera
  • Jared Hughes
  • Trevor Cahill
  • Taijuan Walker
  • Alex Cobb

Inserts

  • Jim Wynn 1968 Topps Buyback Box Loader
  • Nolan Ryan Highlights #5
  • Marcell Ozuna/Giancarlo Stanton Classic Combos
  • Ryan Zimmerman Now And Then
  • Mike Trout Now And Then
  • Eric Thames Now And Then
  • Ben Zobrist Award Winners
  • Kris Bryant Award Winners
  • Eric Hosmer Award Winners
  • Bradley Zimmer Rookie Performers
  • Luke Weaver Rookie Performers
  • Dansby Swanson Rookie Performers

Notable Rookies

  • Cody Bellinger
  • Ian Happ
  • Matt Olson

Card of the Day: Ben Zobrist 2016 Topps Heritage High Number Throwback Uniform Variation #668

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’16 Topps Heritage High Number Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Nick m on being the lucky winner of the Matt Carpenter 2016 Topps Heritage High Number Clubhouse Collection Jersey.  Once Nick m sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

’16 Topps Heritage High Number Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Matt Carpenter 2016 Topps Heritage High Number Clubhouse Collection Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 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!!!

2016 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Box Break & Review

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Part #2 of the beast that is Heritage Baseball.  Its an update set.  If you had fun with the first round that came out earlier this year, Heritage High Number should be your cup of coco.  By some crazy chance this is the first you’ve heard of Heritage, feel free to start with the High Number set.  There aren’t any rules here.

Not much has changed between these two releases.  High Number acts like a good movie sequel.  Its not out to beat what the original did.  Instead it will build upon whats already there.  One of the biggest differences is with the rookie cards.  Regular Heritage made them as a combo card.  High Number switched them back to singles.  When it comes to rookies, I prefer them to be alone.  The combo rookies are a homage to the way rookie cards look in the 1967 Topps Baseball set.  Back then collectors really didn’t have a choice.  Nowadays collectors can choose from a ton of different products.  Unless all the rookies on the card end up being superstars, it probably won’t have that much demand.  The most notable combo rookie card made in recent years that comes to my mind would be the Albert Pujols/Ichiro 2001 Topps Traded & Rookies #T99.  Even that’s quite affordable.

Real One Autographs, high-end patches, and photo variations continue to be the major draw.  We can’t forget about the low numbered parallels too.  This is one of those products where what looks like a simple base card could easily end up being a pull of a lifetime.  Especially when it comes to those superfractors, gold refractors, and throwback uniform variations.  You’ve got to pay attention to everything that comes out of your box.  Luckily, Topps used different codes on the back of each card when it comes to the variations.  This makes them a lot easier to spot.  Basically, if the tiny code on the back ends in something other than 110, you’ve got something other than a base card.  It certainly doesn’t mean your holding a life altering pull, but its worth checking out.

At it’s core, Heritage and Heritage High Number are for set collectors.  It always will be.  I don’t see them switching it to a high-end brand anytime soon.  In an age where the focus is mainly on autographs and relics, its always refreshing to see collectors jump all over something else.  Between $50-$60, it offers lots to look for.  You’ll be flipping through your stack a few times.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Matt Carpenter Clubhouse Collection Jersey

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Parallels

  • Jake McGee Flip Stock #605
  • Aaron Blair RC Chrome Refractor #’ed/567
  • Aroldis Chapman Chrome #’ed/999

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Photo Variation

  • Joey Rickard RC Action Image #566

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Short Prints

  • Jose Berrios RC #709
  • Hyun Soo Kim RC #721
  • Trevor Story RC #707
  • Jeff Samardzija #724
  • Domingo Santana #719
  • Tyler Naquin RC #714
  • Blake Snell RC #705
  • Aroldis Chapman #718

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Inserts

  • Terry Fox 1967 Topps #181 Box Loader
  • Aaron Nola Rookie Performers
  • Aledmys Diaz Rookie Performers
  • Corey Seager Rookie Performers
  • Jose Bautista/Josh Donaldson Combo Card #17
  • Jake Arrieta/David Ross Combo Card #20
  • Bryce Harper/Max Scherzer Combo Card #1
  • Willson Contreras Now & Then #12
  • David Ortiz Now & Then #5
  • Khris Davis Now & Than #15
  • Jeff Banister Award Winners #7
  • Salvador Perez Award Winners #9
  • Carlos Correa Award Winners #5

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Card of the Day: Tommy Joseph 2016 Topps Heritage High Number RC #686

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Altuve ’15 Topps Heritage High Number Relic Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Irondequoit36 on being the lucky winner of the Jose Altuve 2015 Topps Heritage High Number Clubhouse Collection Jersey.  Once Irondequoit36 sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Altuve ’15 Topps Heritage High Number Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jose Altuve 2015 Topps Heritage High Number Clubhouse Collection Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 23, 2015 @ 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!!!

2015 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Box Break & Review

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Now this is a product that has some depth to it.  2015 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball is not something you can rip through in a few minutes.  This is a product you need to take your time with.  You cannot open the packs looking for that (1) “hit” and simply disregard everything else that you pulled.  2015 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball packs quite the punch compared to previous years.

Today’s hobby is drastically dominated by autographs and relics.  You’ll find more than enough cards like that within this product.  Autographs and relics from the Heritage line are some of the most sought after cards the hobby has to offer.  Especially when it comes to those Real One autographs.  They just look out of this world.  Topps expanded the checklist for the Real One autographs by a ton.  In the past, Real One autographs were limited to a select group of players.  For 2015, Topps has included players coming before, during, and after the year the set design commemorates.

One area Heritage shines the most are with it’s SPs, variations, and parallels.  A lot of these can bring in more money than the autographs and relics.  I think it has a lot to do with the nostalgic factor.  Using those classic designs (1966 for this year) combined with photo variations and hard to pull parallels (Black and Gold) really drive up the demand.  The Max Scherzer SP that I pulled has a mark on the back side.  At first I thought it looked like stadium lights, but upon further inspection I believe it to be just a mark.  This is one of those rare products where the focus isn’t always on the traditional “hits”.  Its very refreshing!  2015 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball is one of the most comprehensive sets Topps has released all year.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Jose Altuve Clubhouse Collection Jersey

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Parallels

  • Blake Swihart Chrome RC #’ed/999
  • Yasmany Tomas Chrome Refractor RC #’ed/566

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Action Image

  • Francisco Lindor RC #717

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SPs

  • Kris Bryant RC #725
  • Austin Hedges RC #720
  • Max Scherzer #708
  • Raisel Iglesias RC #713
  • Carlos Rodon RC #710
  • Addison Russell RC #718
  • Yasmany Tomas RC #705
  • Edinson Volquez #703

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Inserts

  • Johnny Stephenson 1966 Buyback #17
  • Kris Bryant Rookie Performers #RP-4
  • Javier Baez Rookie Performers #RP-9
  • Byron Buxton Rookie Performers #RP-10
  • Mike Trout Award Winners #AW-1
  • Corey Kluber Award Winners #AW-3
  • Madison Bumgarner Award Winners #AW-10
  • Kershaw Climbs To Triple Digits Now And Then #NT-9
  • Harper Hammers 6th In 3-Game Spree Now And Then #NT-15
  • Altuve Sends Seattle To Showers Now And Then #NT-12
  • Reds Partners Combo Card #CC-3
  • Mets Rising Combo Card #CC-8
  • J & J Blue Jays Combo Card #CC-2

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Notable Base

  • Noah Syndergaard RC #618
  • Carlos Correa RC #563

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Terrible Serial Number Scam

Serial numbering scammers are a pain in the you know what.  A few days ago I found a few collectors talking about this subject over on The Bench.  They uncovered a seller who has done probably one of the worst serial numbering jobs I’ve ever seen.  Take a look at these two basic Topps cards which seem to be “one of a kind”.

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When was the last time you saw cards from a basic Topps set contain serial numbers that look like this?  Probably never.  If cards like this are numbered at all, its usually done with very small font on the back.  You also don’t find many regular Topps cards with one of one’s being printing as “01/01”.  They usually don’t put zeros before the one.  Luckily only a few of them sold and not all.  The Dunn sold for the most and a couple others went for $5.00.  This is just another case of when buyer’s don’t quite know everything about what they are purchasing.  Be careful out there.