2012 Topps Heritage High Numbers On Topps Site

The recently announced High Numbers set is now on ToppsStore. There are also a few more details. There will only be 1,000 sets printed, and you can pre-order sets now but they won’t begin shipping out until the week of Nov. 6th. Each set will include one auto and some of the auto’s will be red ink versions that are numbered out of ten.

2012 Topps Heritage High Numbers

2012 Topps Heritage High Numbers

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So There Will Be a 2012 Topps Heritage High Numbers Set

After a brief hiatus, Topps has brought back the Heritage High Numbers set. This will be a little different from past sets as it will be an online exclusive set. The set consists of 100 cards and can be bought at ShopTopps.com. A few notable cards that will be included with the High Numbers set are Bryce Harper featuring an oversize hat which is tilted slightly in one direction, Ichiro in NYY pinstripes, former Nippon Ham Fighters ace Yu Darvish (yes, I realize he is a current Texas Ranger, but Nippon Ham Fighters is so much more fun to say!), and young rookies like Will Middlebrooks and Yoenis Cespedes.

The set has a scheduled release date of Oct. 17th. These cards are sold as a complete set and each set will also include on Real One Autograph card.

2012 Topps Heritage Ichiro In Yankees Uniform

2012 Topps Heritage Ichiro In Yankees Uniform

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Will the 2013 Topps Heritage New Age Performers set be larger?

Ever since Topps Heritage came out in 2001, the New Age Performers set has consisted of 15 cards. Well, while looking over the preliminary checklist that Topps sent out this week, I noticed this nugget:

“New Age Performers
Features 30 subjects including the following:”

So, while this might be a misprint, until we find out otherwise we will have to assume that the 2013 New Age Performers set will be twice as large as in the past.

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2013 Topps Heritage Checklist

We have begun the creation (aka educated guessing) of the 2013 Topps Heritage checklist. Only true Heritage geeks will appreciate this, so if you are one of those, take a look and let us know what your guesses are. We will continue to update this until the actual checklist is released.

2013 Topps Heritage Checklist

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2012 Topps Heritage Black Refractor

Well, after the initial rush has died down I might finally have some time to show off some of my 2012 Topps Heritage pulls.  Since I opened significantly fewer cases this year than in years past, I did not hit any of the super rare pulls, but I did get some nice cards.  I’ll start off with the black border refractors which are numbered out of 63 this year.

The first black refractor I pulled from 2012 Topps Heritage, and it came out of a Walmart blaster! Not too shabby.

2012 Topps Heritage Tim Lincecum Black Refractor

2012 Topps Heritage Tim Lincecum Black Refractor

I only pulled one black refractor out of two hobby cases, and it was this former Oakland Athletic pitcher:

2012 Topps Heritage Gio Gonzalez Black Refractor

2012 Topps Heritage Gio Gonzalez Black Refractor

I bought two cases of blaster boxes this year, with 16 blasters in each case. Through the first 31 boxes, I had pulled a grand total of zero autos and zero black refractors. Well, the final blaster box did not have an auto, but it did yield this nice black refractor:

2012 Topps Heritage David Price Black Refractor

2012 Topps Heritage David Price Black Refractor

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A Look at 2012 Topps Heritage Before Release

The 2012 Topps Heritage set is scheduled to be released on Wednesday March 14th and if you have collect Topps Heritage in the past, you probably already know that the 2012 cards will be modeled after the 1963 Topps set (one of my personal favorites).  Packs will contain nine cards and hobby cases will contain 12 boxes of 24 packs.  All autographs are on the card and each hobby box will contain one autograph or relic card.

For the fifth consecutive year, the base set will consist of 500 cards and like the past few years, the last 75 cards will be short prints.  In addition to individual player cards, there will be multi-player rookie cards, league leader cards and World Series highlight cards.

The chrome sets will maintain the standard Heritage format with a 100 card regular chrome set (#’s out of 1963), a refractor set (numbered out of 563) and a black border refractor set (numbered out of 63).  All four regular insert sets return as well…the fifteen card New Age Performers set, the ten card Then and Now set, the ten card Baseball Flashbacks set and the ten card News Flashbacks set.  There will be a new 46 card Topps Stick-Ons set that is a tribute to the original 1963 stick-ons and there will also be serial numbered original 1963 Topps Stick-Ons in some hobby boxes.

The relic cards this year are similar to 2011, with 50 Clubhouse Collection relics, five Clubhouse Collection dual relics, ten Flashback stadium seat relics and the return of the coin and stamp cards.  There are two coin sets, the ’63 Mint set and a new JFK Story ’63 Mint set.  The stamp set is a seven card JFK Story Stamp Collection.

Autographs include the well known Real One (blue ink) and Real One Special Edition (Red Ink #/63), Real One Dual Auto’s, Flashback Auto’s and 1963 Cut Signatures.

Autograph relic sets will consist of Clubhouse Collection Auto Relics (#/25), Flashback Auto Relics (#/25) and Clubhouse Collection Dual Auto Relics (#/10).

Hobby box toppers will return for 2012 as well.  Each hobby box will contain either an advertising panel featuring a strip of three cards or a foil stamped 1963 Topps original card.

I will post more information on 2012 Topps Heritage as the release date approaches.

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Another Black Refractor

This time of the Boston Red Sox variety, by way of the Far East.

2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Takashi Saito Black Refractor

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2009 Heritage High Number Clubhouse Collection Jimmy Rollins

Decent looking Clubhouse Collection card of Jimmy Rollins with a piece of game worn jersey.

2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Clubhouse Collection Jimmy Rollins

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My First 2009 Heritage High Numbers Ink

Pulled an auto from a pack of 2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers. Brian Barton of the Atlanta Braves. I have to say, the name power in this set is pretty low, but the quality of the cards is much better than the last few Heritage sets when it comes to centering, roller marks, etc.

2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Brian Barton Real One Autograph

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2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Have Arrived

Just received my order of 2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers. Overall, the production quality seems to be a bit improved. The majority of the cards are centered well and I have not seen any (yet) with the infamous print roller marks. I did get three SP’s out of one box that had the same dinged corner. None of the other cards in those packs had dinged corners, and the SP’s are in the middle of the pack so it must have happened pre-pack-insertion. That’s a little bit of a bummer, but the rest seem to be fine. First semi-big pull was this Matt Holliday Black Refractor #’d out of 60.

2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Matt Holliday Black Refractor

2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Checklist

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