Preview: 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball

A staple of the Topps brand is back for another season in 2013 Topps Heritage.

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An always popular set is back again in the Real One Autographs. This set features retired and active players and the cards are hand numbered to 64. There are also Real One Dual Autographs hand numbered to 25, and Real One Triple Autographs hand numbered to 5.

Also look out for Clubhouse Collection Relics and Autograph Relics. The Autograph Relics are hand numbered to 25 and there are Autograph Dual Relics hand numbered to 10.

Another interesting set are the Flashback Autograph Relics. This set will feature retired players from the 1964 season. Each card will be numbered to 25 or less.

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Each box contains 24 packs with 9 cards. In each box, it will contain 1 autograph or memorabilia card.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases on March 6, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

2012 Topps Heritage Has Redemptions…For Quarters

I know I harp on and on about redemptions, but this time the redemption has gone too far. We are now waiting for redemptions for US currency embedded in cards in 2012 Topps Heritage.

Why are we waiting for redemptions for quarters? QUARTERS? Seriously? At the point, I’m just waiting for the point where I open a box of cards and all it contains is a redemption.

“This is a redemption for the cards inside the box you just purchased. This expires on 3/17/2014.”

The only reasoning I can think of is to chase away pack searchers, but were the coin cards from the past couple years redemptions? Or why not just try something other then coins embedded in cards? I understand your set is based off the 1963 Topps design, but what does coins have to do with baseball cards?

At least we know these redemption cards will be worth at least 25 cents.

Preview: 2012 Topps Heritage Baseball

Oh, what a year.

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Topps’ set back in ’63! What a very special time for me! I remember what a year!

Okay, I don’t remember anything about 1963, but really…if you do, you weren’t really there. Actually, my mother was 4 and my father was 2. I’m pretty sure I was nothing more then two children living 15 miles apart who could barely put together a sentence and hardly knew each other existed.

But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t other things going on in the world, like Topps baseball cards.

2012 Topps Heritage baseball is helping you relive those years and those cards by bringing back that design with today’s players. With a nice 500 card set, it will be fun to put together for those who really love that old school design. And just like the ’63 set, you will find you veterans, rookies, and even manager cards.

Each hobby box will have 24 packs of cards will include 1 autograph and 1 relic card. The autographs will feature some players who were actually in the 1963 set, as well as current players and past stars. You can find the checklist here.

A nice inclusion is a little tribute to John F. Kennedy, the U.S. President assassinated in 1963. These will replace some of the World Series cards and will feature coins, stamps, and other variation cards that pay homage to our former fallen leader.

So check it out comes March 14, 2012, for around $70, and relive those nights back in 1963.

Preview: 2011 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball

I’m just warning you right now, this is a different type of preview from the normal. You’ll see why just by the way I’m writing.

We are in pennant race season in Major League Baseball and Topps is bringing out…Topps Heritage Minor League baseball? Really? Honestly, I don’t even want to preview this but since everyone in the country has such a love affair with prospects nowadays like Bryce Harper, Topps thought it would be a good time to try and make money off the MiLB. And honestly, I don’t know why. Well I do, but don’t see the point.

Last year we had Strasburg-mania and this year is Harper-mania and next year will be “insert name here”-mania. This seems to be happening a lot recently in baseball. With people jumping all over trying to get these newest rookies like they are the next Ted Williams, Topps has definitely tried to ruin rookie cards even more.

It’s funny, I’m looking at this product sell sheet and there is like 6 different pictures of Bryce Harper on it with autographs and game used pieces. Sure, you get 2 autographs and 1 relic a box in this Heritage themed product, but every card isn’t Bryce Harper and certainly every card will not be Bryce Harper. But everyone wants Bryce Harper like he’s some sort of “Chosen One”. Have you seen his AA stats?

This product will be hobby only and will contain 24 packs per box and as I said will contain 2 autographs, 1 relic, and 4 parallels per box. But it will have Bryce Harper in it! And of course, other great prospects like Manny Banuelos, Luke Jackson, and some Dustin Ackley.

But none of these cards have the rookie logo on them because they are minor league cards. Hey, guess what? Everyone is going to start calling these rookie cards now because some of them are the first cards of these players. Rookie cards were already screwed up in 2006 when the modern rookie logo rules were put into place and now we are stuck with minor league cards put out by a top producer of sports cards. Just more of a headache.

Anyway, enough rambling, this product comes out on September 21, 2011, for around $65. The one thing I like is at least the price is lower than most products out there. I would have pictures of what the cards look like, but I don’t want photos of Bryce Harper on this blog and that’s apparently the main reason to buy this product, according to the Topps sell sheet as seen above.