My wonderful husband bribed me with a box of baseball cards this past weekend. He wants to work an event at work and offered to buy me a box of Heritage in exchange for giving him up on a Sunday. I certainly couldn’t refuse. Especially since I’ve been wanting to catch up on some movies on Netflix that I know he has no interest in watching. So here goes the 2015 Topps Heritage post!
Heritage is by far one of my favorite sets. It doesn’t look like much when you first crack open the packs, but a little bit of research can lead to a better understanding of the awesome product that you are holding in your hands. I’ve noticed that it’s not a big seller at my local card store and can’t help but wonder if the fact that there is only one autograph or relic card per box. I know that a lot of people buy cards for the big hits so they can be sold or traded. I buy cards for the nostalgia and then sort them all into a box for me to pull out and reminisce at a later date. Therefore, this set is perfect for me. Plus, the matte finish of the cards should be a big draw for autograph seekers since signatures show much more beautifully on these cards.
The 2015 edition of Topps Heritage is modeled after the 1966 Topps set. It includes the normal base cards along with variation. I was able to pull a couple of them when I opened this box. Also, any card numbered over 425 is a short print. The base set including short prints consists of 500 cards.
The first variation that I came across was the Yu Darvish action shot which replaces the normal portrait card. This is card #497 so it is also a short print variation and currently books for $8.
The second variation that I came across was the color swap. The color swaps in this set includes black as the primary color which you can see below. The one that I pulled was the Bryce Harper variation which books for $30.
An easy way to pick out variations within your cards is by looking at the card code at the bottom of the back of the card. Base cards end in a 53 while the short prints have a code that ends in 58. The action images like the Darvish card pictured above have a code ending in 62 while the color swaps end in 63. Other variations that I wish I could have pulled include errors (end in 59), traded player (60), and Throwback uniform (61). There also gum damage back that are supposed to mimic the damage gum would cause in packs back in the day along with blue backs which replaced the black Venezuelan backs from previous years.
I have enjoyed this set very much over the last few years and have picked it to be one of my mainstays to collect in the future. I hope that you can also pick up a few packs and appreciate the history behind the set along with the variations.