2005 Topps Heritage

The 2005 Topps Heritage set features the design of the 1956 Topps set.  For the second year in a row, there were 110 different short printed cards.  Topps also threw in an unannounced surprise (that they never admitted to) by producing 220 of the base cards with both a gray back and a white back version.  The white back versions were much tougher to find, although not as rare as a true short print card.  The number (220) coincides with the number of cards on one uncut sheet of cards, and to this day it is still undetermined if this was done accidentally or intentially.  There were different colored backs in the 1956 set, so it's possible it was done on purpose.  Barry Bonds made his return to Topps Heritage in the 2005 set, and of course the Bonds card was one of the white/gray back variation cards.

The 2005 Topps Heritage base set cosisted of 475 cards, including the 110 short prints.  Card numbers #398-#475 are all short prints, as well as 12 randomly dispersed base cards numbered below #398 including Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols.  There were an additional 20 variation cards featuring different poses or vintage logos that were also short printed.  A few of the notable variation cards included a Pujols 1956 uniform variation card and an Alex Rodriguez fielding variation card.  In his base card (which is also a short print) he is batting.

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Chrome/Refractor Cards

The 2005 Topps Heritage chrome set consisted of 110 cards.  There was a regular chrome set with cards serial numbered out of 1956, a refractor set with cards serail numbered out of 556 and a black border refractor set with the cards serial numbered out of 56.  The 2005 chrome set packed quite a bit of star power including superstars such as Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Vladmir Guerrero, Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr. and a ton more!

Real One Auto's

There are 23 Real One Autograph cards in the 2005 Heritage set including several hall of famers.  All 23 were vintage 1956 players including Hank Aaron, Duke Snider, Bob Feller, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra and more.