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2015 Topps Heritage

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Posted in Baseball, Cards, Collection, Featured, Heritage, Sports, Uncategorized

Let’s Talk About Rip Cards

Rip Card Front

Allen & Ginter first introduced the rip card in their 2006 relaunch of the set. It’s a regular size card that is numbered with a card inside of it that can only be accessed by ripping the outer card. The cards inside are short printed mini cards that can have autographs, redemption codes and can be made of wood. There is only one of them per case of  cards so these are pretty rare and highly sought after every year.

I know that a lot of people sell their rip cards intact for big profits. If the lucky owner decides to keep it (as I did), then it can cause some anxiety. You run the risk of destroying the outer card only to find a card that is lesser in value. People say that there are tricks to find out what is inside the card without opening it, but none of them worked for me. Trust me. I tried.

Alan Narz invented the rip card for Topps and he runs the local card store that I go to. It’s called Big League Cards and if you ever find yourself in the Orlando area, I highly recommend that you check out this store. The guys are very knowledgeable and they have an amazing amount of product. I’ll be doing a post about the store soon. When I spoke to Alan about the fact that he invented the rip card, I made sure to let him know that it was extremely cruel of him to do that to a collector. Awesome idea, but cruel.

The card that I pulled was from a 2012 Allen & Ginter box. These boxes are extremely hit or miss for me, but this time Ginter was good to me. I pulled a Curtis Granderson that was numbered to 25. It was an agonizing couple of hours while I debated to rip or not to rip with my husband. I had never pulled anything like it before.

Rip Card Back

So in the end I ripped the card. The temptation was just too great for me. Maybe it was the fact that it was a Granderson card that made me more inclined to rip it. He’s not a player that I have made it a point to personally collect and it was while he was with the Yankees. I have serious doubts as to whether or not I would have ripped a Ripken or one with a lower number.

What I found inside was a mini Nolan Ryan card. I have to admit that I was disappointed. I spent some time researching in an effort to make an educated decision. I had read about the the red on card autos and I was irrationally hopeful. The minis found in the rip cards are exclusive to rip cards so you will not be able to find them in a pack. I tried to find a print count for these mini cards, but I have not been able to find anything. When I pulled the card, I looked up the book value which was $75 and I figured fair enough. I put it in a case and filed it away with the rest of my 2012 Allen & Ginter.
Ryan Mini Front

A few days I decided to go back and see what had happened to the value in the last couple of years. I was surprised to see that book value has increased to $250. I tried to find more information about the card, but I could only locate one other person that was in possession of this card. Like I said before, I cannot find a print count for any of the mini exclusives. Plus there is no way to tell how many of these are still sitting in unopened rip cards. The rarity of this one intrigues me, but I will be selling this one. I know that there are people out there that are trying to complete the master set and someone may be looking for this one.  I know that if I had left card intact, then I would never want to get rid of it. But, oh well. That’s the chance you take with a rip card.

Posted in Allen & Ginter, Baseball, Cards, Featured, Rare, Sports

Organizing My Life… Kind of


I have recently decided to organize my massive baseball card collection. I am constantly debating whether or not I have too many cards or not enough. I usually decide that I don’t have enough, but my bank account decides that I have too many. Either way, there are thousands of them and it’s time to get it under control. I don’t even know half of the cards that I have. Some of these boxes haven’t been explored in over 20 years. I have tried before to get everything in order, but quit after a few hours out of frustration.

This time will be different though. I have a few things working in my favor. I’m finally realistic about the amount of time this is going to take: at least a year. I have a new laptop to help me log everything and determine values. My husband has also agreed to help even though it makes him miserable. I knew that I married him for a reason. Plus, we are saving for a house so it’s better for me to revisit my collection than to add to it.

I will also be doing something that I never thought I would do which is selling some of my cards. As I said, we are saving for a house and there are some cards that I am willing to part with. It’s probably also helpful to cut down on the amount of space that these take up.

So this will be about the cards that I come across and cards that I always wanted. An educational reminiscence. A lot of the was given to me by my dad whom I always shared a passion for baseball with. I blame all of this on him. So wish me luck (I’m going to need it) and I hope that someone stumbles upon this and enjoys this as much as I do.

Posted in Cards, Collection, Featured, Personal, Sports