It is that time of the year again for another installment of Topps Heritage Baseball. This year we will be celebrating the iconic 1970 Topps set design that was originally released 50 years ago. Collectors will find a mix of hall of famers, legends, current stars, and upcoming rookies. The main draw for Topps Heritage year after year is the inclusion of Real One Autographs. Topps Heritage is known for having ON-CARD autographs as you will not find stickers. These autographs are the real deal and highly collectible. Each hobby box is guaranteed to have one autograph or relic card plus one boxloader.
In order to put a set together, collectors will need to know that card numbers 1-400 are
base cards and 401-500 are considered shortprints. Shortprint cards are generally found one per three packs. However, there are what is known as base card parallels to keep collectors scrambling for their favorite player or engaged in completing sets that provide more of a challenge. All 500 cards will have a black border parallel numbered to 50 and a flip stock parallel numbered to 5. There will also be a 100 card skip-numbered set known as base card chrome parallels. These cards come in the following formats: chrome, chrome refractors numbered to 570, black chrome refractors numbered to 70, gold chrome refractors numbered to 5, and superfractors numbered 1/1. There will also be hot box refractors found both in hobby and retail in which every pack in a box has a special “hot” refractor. Other base card variations include throwback uniform variations, action image variations, team name color variations, mini base cards numbered to 100, and silver metal base variations numbered to 70.
Insert cards are also chased by collectors for their master sets. These insert sets for 2019 Topps Heritage include New Age Performers, Then and Now, Baseball Flashbacks, News Flashbacks, and 1970 Topps Scratch Offs. Collectors also enjoy an added bonus inside each hobby box. Known as box loaders, collectors can find one of the following inside 2019 Topps Heritage hobby boxes: 1970 Topps Super Baseball, 1970 Poster Box Loader, 1970 Topps Originals, and 2019 Topps Teammates.
There are many different types of autograph cards to collect in 2019 Topps Heritage. Real One Autographs showcase retired and active players with cards signed in blue ink ON-CARD. Some of the cards will feature players that appeared for the last time on a Topps card in 1970. The cards will also have red ink versions also known as Special Edition autographs hand numbered to 70 or less. Another autograph
surprise for collectors to find in hobby packs are dual and triple autographs featuring cards with two or three autographs on the same card. Also, back in 1970 the Milwaukee Brewers debuted. Collectors can re-live that moment by collecting autographs from a few of the retired players from that team. Autographs and relics combined with the 1970 design make some very cool cards. Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics, Dual Autograph Relics, and Flashback Autograph Relics are highly collectible year after year and this year will be no different.
Relic cards are always a collector favorite. Collectors can find Clubhouse Collection Relics, Dual Relics, Triple Relics, and Quad Relics in hobby and retail packs. A special patch parallel of each type are numbered 1/1 and can only be found in hobby packs.
There are a few specialty cards that collectors chase each year. Coin cards have been
popular and make their return in nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar versions. Stamp cards return as well and are numbered to 50 copies each. The rarest Topps Heritage cards that collectors dream of pulling out of a pack are cut signature cards. There are two versions – baseball and celebrity. These cards feature players, musicians, and celebrities that were popular in 1970.
2019 Topps Heritage will hit stores in February 2019