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In anticipation of the release of 2014 Topps Heritage (now since delayed to March 14th), Topps made the set’s checklist available on their website. Because I enjoy deconstructing checklists in my free time, here are my first five thoughts:
1. It’s weird to me that Topps didn’t follow their own checklist from the original 1965 set. In the original, the reigning NL MVP (Ken Boyer of the Cardinals) was put on card #100, and the reigning AL MVP (Brooks Robinson of the Orioles) was put on #150. Instead, the Heritage checklister went the straight team-to-team route, assigning #100 to Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright and #150 to the Orioles’ current third baseman, Manny Machado. If they had followed the script of the original, reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates would be #100 and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers would be on #150.
By deviating from the original, the meaning of the set changes. It’s no longer a retelling of the original 1965 set, but rather an ode to the idea of the 1965 set. This is especially weird considering…
2. Topps has hinted that there will be base-set errors and variations in the spirit of the original set. What’s especially odd about that is that two of the most well known variations in the original are on checklist cards themselves. Checklist cards aren’t even assigned checklist numbers in the Heritage base set, so I’m guessing that these variations won’t be included in the new set.
3. There are no team cards, and only 17 managers are represented. Also, teams are not represented equally. The Cardinals clock in with 19 individual cards (18 players plus manager Mike Matheny). On the other side of the spectrum, the Astros have 10 players and no manager. The highest-numbered Astro is Dexter Fowler at #394, which means there are no Astros in nearly a quarter of the set, including the desirable on-checklist chase SPs.
4. The high-numbered on-checklist SPs (#426–#500) are all big-name players, including Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, Derek Jeter, and Yasiel Puig. As far as Topps went to deviate from the original 1965 set, they went even further away from the spirit of previous Heritage sets with this move. Honestly, I’d be surprised if future Heritage sets don’t go the full Allen & Ginter rip-card route for the final 75 cards.
5. Finally, when did the idea of the “Real One” autograph subjects list change to include retired players not represented in the original set? Around 10 years ago, when the Heritage brand was a fresh idea, the autograph checklist was made up of players from the original set from that year, with only two or three current players. But guys like Bo Jackson? Bret Saberhagen? Rafael Palmeiro? Dave Concepcion? Isn’t this why Topps rebooted Topps Archives? These players should not be all together in a Heritage set until the year 2036, for Topps Heritage ’87. (I almost forgot: not one but two different Keith Olbermanns…. Sheesh.)
Really loving the eye black on #FaceOfMLB #DavidWright card in #2014HeritageBB #March7 http://t.co/5EVuO5OjrH— Topps Company (@toppscards) February 27, 2014 This year’s Topps Heritage set was originally scheduled to be released today, but it’s been pushed back a week. The Mets have 15 players and manager Terry Collins in the main set. Thanks to the magic […]
With this year’s Topps Heritage set less than a week away, Topps has begun teasing images of what’s to be found in this year’s remake of the 1965 Topps set.
Now that the 2014 Topps Heritage final checklist is out, it’s time to guess what the product’s 1965 error variation cards might be.
The final checklist for this year’s edition of Topps Heritage has been released, and there are nearly 60 different signers on the autograph checklist alone as Topps turns back the clock to 1965 in this long-running brand.
It’s easily a driving force in the hobby, a mainstay of collecting and it’s got nothing to do with the current card companies’ creations, the headlines or even much to do on the field today. It’s vintage.
One of my favorite things to do is put together checklists for custom sets. A checklist I’ve been
trying to figure out—before Topps announces it in the next few weeks—is that of 2014 Topps Heritage.
From on-checklist in-jokes to creative checklisting decisions, Heritage proves interesting on an annual basis. And as I’ve gotten back into collecting new cards, it’s usually my favorite set of the year. 2014′s offering is especially fun, as it will undoubtedly celebrate the 2013 Boston Red Sox. Plus, its basis (1965 Topps) is one of the few vintage sets I’ve completed. Needless to say, I’m ready to complete the master set and pair it with my ’65 set.
So as I put together my Heritage checklist, a few questions arise. First and foremost, how many cards will Topps allot to each team? I see this resolving in one of two ways:
• Each team gets 16 cards (including a manager card, a team card, and one doubleheader rookie card)
This option allows for 390 individual player cards, 30 managers, 30 team cards, 30 doubleheader rookie cards, leaving 20 “free” cards, 12 of which are league leaders, at least 6 are World Series, and probably the final 2 are “MLB Rookies” or AL or NL–specific doubleheader rookies.
• The teams original to 1965 Topps (Yankees, Orioles, A’s, Angels, Twins, Rangers (Senators), Twins, Red Sox, White Sox, Tigers, Indians, Reds, Cubs, Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Phillies, Braves, Astros, and Cardinals) will get more cards than those teams that post-date the original set (Royals, Padres, Nationals, Brewers, Rockies, Marlins, Rays, Mariners, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays)
In this second option, only those teams original to 1965 Topps would get team and manager cards, and only a manager card if that team had a manager in the original set.
Either way, I don’t see Topps including actual checklist cards on its Heritage checklist, and instead including four different checklists randomly as pack loaders. The checklist space is too limited, and the pack value is too high to waste a card slot on a checklist.
Second: League leaders will be on #1–12. World Series cards will be on #132–138. But which players will be assigned the iconic numbers from the original set? There are only a few guarantees, I think. Here they are:
#100 – Andrew McCutchen (2013 NL MVP)
#140 – Max Scherzer (2013 AL CY)
#150 – Miguel Cabrera (2013 AL MVP)
#300 – Clayton Kershaw (2013 NL CY)
#340 – Wil Myers (2013 AL ROY)
#460 – Jose Fernandez (2013 NL ROY)
It gets murky once you’re beyond the award winners. Here are a few more guesses:
#350 – Derek Jeter
#200 – Bryce Harper
#400 – Mike Trout
#500 – David Ortiz
Here are my guesses for the titles of each World Series subset card:
|132||Sox Crush Cards to Take Series Opener||WS Game 1|
|133||Wacha Carries Cards to Victory||WS Game 2|
|134||Cards Win in Wild Finish||WS Game 3|
|135||Sox Tie Series on Gomes’ HR||WS Game 4|
|136||Lester Wins Pitchers’ Duel||WS Game 5|
|137||Victorino Powers Sox to Title||WS Game 6|
|138||The Champs Celebrate at Fenway||WS Summary|
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Topps Heritage is getting a limited High Number update series again this year, sold exclusively through Topps’ online store. The 100-card box set will retail for $99.99 and each box will include one autograph card. The regular set features two Mets cards: H532 John Buck and H568 Zack Wheeler. Wheeler is also one of the […]
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Topps Heritage High Numbers are back this year and some of the top rookies from 2013 will be included.
It’s time to turn the clock back to 1965.
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1. I’m still marveling at the profil…
Heritage is headed down to the minors for the third straight season.
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Picking up where we left off yesterday, here’s the rest of the players who have hit a home run in their first at bat in the past 10 years.6/5/08: Mark Worrell. I don’t have any cards for Worrell, probably, because beyond hitting this home run, he didn’…
Wikipedia is full of lists. One I came across recently is a list of players who hit a home run in their first at bat. I’ve checked some other sources as well and it looks like the Wikipedia list is up-to-date. On average, this is a pretty rare feat. On…
While trying to get my Topps Heritage Braves team binder together I checked a whole lot of online checklists to figure out what I actually needed. I learned a lot from my research – that all online checklists should be taken with a grain of salt. Espec…
These Topps Heritage player sample cards really grab my attention because they have a bit of mystery.
Topps Heritage baseball cards came out last week, and I’m pretty happy with this year’s set. We’re up to the 1964 design, which is pretty simple but appealing – at least for the Mets. I decided to skip buying unopened packs this year and just picked up most of the singles I wanted at the [...]
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2013 Heritage came out last Wednesday or last Monday if there’s a Wal-Mart near you. I’m not as active in the blogosphere as I once was but I’m pretty sure there’s been a flurry of Heritage posts all over the place. A lot of people like it, a lot hate …
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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Susan Lulgjuraj as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps Heritage and chat with you at 5 p.m. Central time.
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Product released 6th March 2013Topps Heritage is a throwback to the Topps 1964 baseball card release, featuring the top MLB players of today and retired legends from the past. BASE CARDS (1-500):Base Cards (425 Subjects): Veterans & Rookies i…
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