2015 Topps Chrome Checklists BY TEAM!!!

After someone asked for a 2015 Topps Chrome TEAM checklist for their beloved Kansas City Royals, I decided to please all team collectors by making team checklists for all of the teams. Yes, 2015 Topps Chrome checklists for ALL 30 TEAMS can be found here:

2015 Topps Chrome TEAM CHECKLISTS!

This is a great way to keep track of ALL of the 2015 Topps Chrome cards of your favorite team!! If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks!

Picture of 2015 Topps Chrome Jumbo Box:

  

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2015 Topps Chrome PLAYER CHECKLISTS!!

Yesterday, Topps officially released the long awaited 2015 Topps Chrome baseball cards. Collectors wishing to collect all the 2015 Topps Chrome cards of their favorite player can now do so by looking at my player checklists!!! Simply click on the player checklist link on the righthand side of this blog or you can click here:

2015 Topps Chrome PLAYER CHECKLISTS!

I hope you enjoy using this new way of looking up all the cards of your favorite player for a particular brand. I will be adding more in the near future.

Picture of 2015 Topps Chrome Jumbo Box:

  

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2015 Topps Heritage Baseball ’51 Collection

In a surprise announcement, Topps will be producing a special boxed set this year called 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball ’51 Collection. 2015 is already a big year for Topps Heritage baseball as Topps is bringing back the high number series to pack form. The limited edition '51 Collection box set will include all 104 base cards which mirrors the original offering back in 1951, along with 21 mini parallel cards for collectors to chase. As an added enticement, each factory sealed box set will include one autograph card. 
  

Topps has stated that they will make every effort to acquire on-card signatures but there is the possibility of stickers in this product. Some collectors frown on the idea of sticker autographs, especially with the Topps Heritage brand. Topps Heritage has never had sticker autographs except in the Topps Heritage Minor League release.
Back in 1951, Topps produced these cards that came two to a pack and it only cost a penny. They were produced in two different series commonly known as blue backs and red backs. Here is a 1951 Topps red back wrapper followed by a blue back wrapper:

   
 
Blue backs were rarer than the red backs and generally are worth twice as much as red backs on average. Red backs had 52 players in the red back checklist and blue backs had 52 different players in the blue back checklist.  Here is a pic of a 1951 Topps red back box followed by a blue back box:

    
 
Each box set of 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball ’51 Collection will have 21 parallel inserts of the 104 base cards broken down into the following colors:

· Red Back Parallel – 10 per box

· Blue Back Parallel – 5 per box

· Green Back Parallel – 3 per box

· Black Back Parallel – 2 per box

· Gold Back Parallel – 1 per box
 
  
 
Although the autograph subject list isn’t complete yet, Topps has announced that there will be up to 25 active stars that will be featured on a base card variation. Some of these players include these rookie sensations: Jacob deGrom, Jorge Soler, and Kris Bryant. Again, collectors will only find one autograph per box so there will not be many of them. These autographs can in the following parallels:

· Blue Back Parallel – sequentially #ed to 25.

· Green Back Parallel – sequentially #ed to 10.

· Black Back Parallel – sequentially #ed to 5.

· Gold Back Parallel – numbered one of one.
  

Collectors can look to find these boxed sets available in October. For some Topps Heritage die hards, these sets will be nice additions to their complete set runs as currently Heritage has only been patterned after the 1952 through 1966 Topps designs. So what do you think of this box set? Love it? Hate it? I would like to hear your comments!


1951 Topps Ringside #38 Laurent Dauthille Boxing Card
1951 Topps Ringside #38 Laurent Dauthille Boxing Card
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1951 Topps Ringside #45 Barney Ross
1951 Topps Ringside #45 Barney Ross
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1951 Topps Ringside #23 Bob Satterfield PSA 7 NM Cert #20077489
1951 Topps Ringside #23 Bob Satterfield PSA 7 NM Cert #20077489
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1951 Topps Ringside #84 Charlie Fusari PSA 7 NM Cert #21698389
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1951 Topps Ringside #45 Barney Ross PSA 7 NM Cert #20077490
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1951 Topps Ringside #11 Max Baer PSA 7 NM #20089900
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2015 Topps Chrome is LIVE!!!

Although Topps announced that the release date was moved to August 19th, it seems that there have been sightings of 2015 Topps Chrome at retail outlets including this nice rookie card of Joc Pederson. 

 
I was told that Topps has asked retailers to hold off on releasing Topps Chrome until the 19th, but that's like asking a kid to wait until New Year's Day to open their Christmas presents. Topps Chrome is always a fun rip that doesn't take long since there are not many cards per pack. Although I know I won't be seeing any Topps Chrome where I live for a while, I do plan on getting a box or two when it hits my local Wal-Mart. 


2) Buster Posey 2015 TOPPS CHROME GALLERY OF GREATS / PRISM REFRACTOR LOT GIANTS
2) Buster Posey 2015 TOPPS CHROME GALLERY OF GREATS / PRISM REFRACTOR LOT GIANTS
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(2) Andrew McCutchen 2015 TOPPS CHROME GALLERY OF GREATS / PRISM REFRACTOR LOT
(2) Andrew McCutchen 2015 TOPPS CHROME GALLERY OF GREATS / PRISM REFRACTOR LOT
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Xander Bogaerts / Mookie Betts 2015 TOPPS CHROME COMMENCEMENTS INSERT LOT BOSTON
Xander Bogaerts / Mookie Betts 2015 TOPPS CHROME COMMENCEMENTS INSERT LOT BOSTON
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2015 Topps Chrome Baseball Refractor Autograph Terrance Gore 344/499 RC Auto
2015 Topps Chrome Baseball Refractor Autograph Terrance Gore 344/499 RC Auto
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Clayton Kershaw / Yasiel Puig 2015 TOPPS CHROME GALLERY OF GREATS SP INSERT LOT
Clayton Kershaw / Yasiel Puig 2015 TOPPS CHROME GALLERY OF GREATS SP INSERT LOT
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2015 Topps Chrome Baseball Refractor Autograph John Holdzkom 118/499 RC Auto
2015 Topps Chrome Baseball Refractor Autograph John Holdzkom 118/499 RC Auto
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The most difficult Topps set of the 1960′s to complete is???

What is the most difficult set of the 1960’s to complete?

As you know by now if you are a reader of my blog, I have been working on a complete Topps set quest from 1951 to present.  I have been doing this for about 25 years now.  I was asked the other day which set of the 1960’s was the toughest one to complete.  For me, it is an easy question since the only set I haven’t completed of the 1960’s is the 1961 Topps set.


At the time of this blog post, I am currently 39 cards away to complete this monster of a set.  So why is it so difficult?  It is because of the hard to find and expensive high numbers.  The high numbers (cards 523-589) were produced in lesser quantities than the rest of the set.  The lowest valued card in the high number series books at $30 and the highest valued card books at $500 (#578 Mickey Mantle AS -- shown above).  Of the 39 cards that I need for my set, 10 of them are star cards and the other 29 are out of the high number series.  I would like to complete this set soon so I can say that I have every set from 1959 to present but this is one set that just takes time to complete.

If I were to rank the 1960’s sets in terms of difficulty to complete, here is how I would rank them along with notes as to why:

1)      1961 Topps (high numbers, three regular Mantles, and a couple of Mantle subset cards)

2)      1962 Topps (high numbers, wood grain borders hard to find in nice condition)

3)      1967 Topps (high numbers which includes tough rookie cards of Tom Seaver and Rod Carew)

4)      1963 Topps (Pete Rose RC!!)

5)      1960 Topps (two Mantles, older set, loaded with stars)

6)      1966 Topps (tough high numbers – especially Choo Choo Coleman and Grant Jackson)

7)      1964 Topps (not too tough to complete in low grade, Mantle is always tough)

8)      1965 Topps (same as 1964 – not too tough to put a low grade set together)

9)      1968 Topps (Nolan Ryan RC!)

10)   1969 Topps (Mantle’s last year – not too hard to complete, especially in low grade for those on a budget)

So what do you think?  Which set do you think is the toughest to piece together?  I would like to hear from you so please let me know.

 

Thanks!

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2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Top Selling Singles!

Topps Allen & Ginter has been out for a couple of weeks now and collectors have had some really good pulls out of this product.

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The best baseball card I ever pulled from a pack myself was back in 2010 with a pack of Allen & Ginter.  It was a redemption card for a Stephen Strasburg Autograph.  Only 10 copies existed.  I ended up selling it for over $3,000 at the peak of his popularity right before he had his injury.  My timing couldn't have been more perfect as I actually thought about redeeming it.  I didn't get a card near as good in this year's Allen & Ginter but it did make me wonder what great pulls other collectors were getting from their cases.  I researched some completed auctions to see what kind of cards were out there and what they ended up selling for.  Here is a sampling of some of the best I found.

 

FIVE OF THE BEST 2015 ALLEN & GINTER COMPLETED SALES!

Click on the picture of the card to see what similar cards are going for on eBay.

2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Ichiro Blue Ink Autograph SOLD: $702.75

Click To See More Like This Ichiro On eBay

 

2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Ichiro Blue Ink Autograph SOLD: $735.00

Click To See More Like This Ichiro On eBay

 

2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Rocky Balboa Blue Ink AUTOGRAPH  SOLD: $950.00

Click To See More Like This Rocky Balboa Autograph On eBay

 

2015 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER MIKE TROUT / YASIEL PUIG DUAL RIP CARD 2/5  SOLD: $796.00

Click To See More Like This Double Rip Card On eBay


2015 Topps Allen Ginter ANTHONY RIZZO / JORGE SOLER Cabinet Book Relic 1/1  SOLD: $1,150.00

Click To See More Like This Cabinet Book Relic Card On eBay

 

So there are a few of the higher dollar hits so far with Allen & Ginter.  Do you think there are more to come?  Or do you think the best has already been pulled?  For those who have studied the checklist and know of all the rare cards in this product, if you could pick one card to keep in the entire product run, what would it be?  I would like to hear your comments!

Craig from Texas


2015 ALLEN AND GINTER NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE DIE CUT ROBINSON CANO SEATTLE MARINERS
2015 ALLEN AND GINTER NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE DIE CUT ROBINSON CANO SEATTLE MARINERS
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2015 Topps Allen and Ginters Carl Crawford true 1/1   card num 88
2015 Topps Allen and Ginters Carl Crawford true 1/1 card num 88
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2015 ALLEN AND GINTER NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE DIE CUT DAVID WRIGHT NEW YORK METS
2015 ALLEN AND GINTER NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE DIE CUT DAVID WRIGHT NEW YORK METS
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Matt Carpenter 2015 Allen And Ginter Mini Jersey
Matt Carpenter 2015 Allen And Ginter Mini Jersey
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Zach Lowe 2015 Allen And Ginter Memorabilia Sports Writer
Zach Lowe 2015 Allen And Ginter Memorabilia Sports Writer
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Anthony Ranaudo 2015 Allen And Ginter Mini Auto
Anthony Ranaudo 2015 Allen And Ginter Mini Auto
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2015 Topps Baseball Factory Set Parallels

Recently, Topps released the annual offering for this year's flagship base set -- 2015 Topps Baseball Factory Sets. This year, the set has 700 cards which comprise of both Series One and Series Two. Every year here recently, Topps has included five special cards that can only be found in these factory sets. These cards are very limited and this year they are numbered to just 179 copies. Some of these cards command some pretty serious coin as you are about to find out.

Every year, I buy a factory set for my son and basically put it on a shelf for him until he gets older. I have been doing this since he was born in 2012. I don't open them -- I will let him decide what to do with them when the time comes. I also buy two more factory sets for a friend of mine who basically is doing the same thing for his kids (he pays me back --I am not THAT nice). He keeps one of them sealed and he opens the other one. Each year, he opens the five card pack inside and shows me what he got. In 2015, this is what he received:

2015 Topps Factory Parallel #211 Clay Buchholz 004/179
2015 Topps Factory Parallel #244 Bartolo Colon 121/179
2015 Topps Factory Parallel #316 R.A. Dickey 064/179
2015 Topps Factory Parallel #411 Nelson Cruz 130/179
2015 Topps Factory Parallel #489 Jeremy Hellickson 008/179

The parallel cards he received out of his set were average and probably would not sell for a bunch if he chose to sell them.  However, he probably could get some of his money back if he did.   But what if he got a very popular card like a Mike Trout, Derek Jeter, or Kris Bryant???  Well, if he were to get one of those, he would have been extremely happy. Check out some of the prices these cards have sold for recently...

COUNTDOWN OF TOP FIVE 2015 TOPPS FACTORY PARALLEL CARDS THAT HAVE RECENTLY SOLD!

Click on the picture of the card to see what similar cards are going for on eBay.

5. #1 Derek Jeter /179  SOLD: $49.95

Click To See More Like This Derek Jeter On eBay

 

4. #300 Mike Trout /179  SOLD: $59.99

Click To See More Like This Mike Trout On eBay

 

3.  #1 Derek Jeter /179  SOLD: $72.50

Click To See More Like This Derek Jeter On eBay

 

2. #1 Derek Jeter /179  SOLD: $74.99

Click To See More Like This Derek Jeter On eBay


1. #616 Kris Bryant /179  SOLD: $150.00

Click To See More Like This Kris Bryant Card On eBay

 

So as you can see, it is tempting to open up factory sets for a chance to get one of the most expensive cards in the set.  It is my hopes that more people will open their factory sets to dry up the supply of them.  Then maybe by the time my son is ready for college, he can choose to sell his for a nice sum if he so chooses.

Craig from Texas


2015 Topps #413 Anthony Gose Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
2015 Topps #413 Anthony Gose Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
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2015 Topps #40 Joakim Soria Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
2015 Topps #40 Joakim Soria Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
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2015 Topps #484 Melvin Mercedes Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
2015 Topps #484 Melvin Mercedes Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
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2015 Topps #148 J.D Martinez Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
2015 Topps #148 J.D Martinez Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
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2015 Topps #140 Alex Avila Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
2015 Topps #140 Alex Avila Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 Tigers
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2015 Topps #368 David Robertson Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 White Sox
2015 Topps #368 David Robertson Sparkle Foil Factory Set Parallel /179 White Sox
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2015 Topps Allen & Ginter – Brent’s Best from 36 CASES!

The season for Topps Allen & Ginter is officially in full swing as collectors including myself look forward to this time every year.  Allen & Ginter is on the top of many collector's list as being one of their favorite products.

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In case you don’t know already, Allen & Ginter has morphed into a solid brand of cards featuring baseball players, retired greats, non-baseball players, famous objects, landmarks, and other interesting and unusual subjects. Some baseball collecting purists prefer to have their baseball cards be 100% related to baseball and that is OK. However, Allen & Ginter is not for everybody but it is for those who like baseball along with a bit of the odd and abnormal. Starting back in 2006, Allen & Ginter won over collectors with a solid autograph lineup and the introduction of rip cards. Rip cards provide collectors with an interesting dilemma. Collectors who get a rip card can either keep the card as is or they can rip the tab on the back of the card exposing the prize inside. These rip cards have been a thriving part of Allen & Ginter’s success over the years. As popular as rip cards are, I am surprised that Topps has not used the concept of rip cards in their other brands. Although I didn't open much Ginter this year I couldn’t help to wonder what cards I would get if I was to open several cases of Allen & Ginter? Well, I know someone that did so I contacted him to find out what his great pulls were.

As most of you know by now, Brent Williams, the world's number one case breaker when it comes to volume (and service in my opinion), opens several cases of most Topps products. For 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter, he opened 36 cases!!  I immediately contacted him on Twitter (his handle is @brentandbecca) and asked him what his top five 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter pulls were by wow factor out of his incredible 36 case break. After days of ripping, sorting, listing, selling, and shipping, Brent kindly found a little time to provide me with a list. There are definitely some cards that make me go "wow"!

Here are Brent's best hits ranked by "wow factor". Brent gave me a Top 5 list of his pulls. Here they are from 5 to 1:

TOP FIVE BIGGEST WOW FACTOR CARDS OUT OF BRENT’S 36 CASE BREAK!

Click on the picture of the card to see what similar cards are going for on eBay.

5. Mike Trout Red Ink Autograph /10 SOLD: $675.00

Click To See More Like This Mike Trout On eBay

Brent ended up selling this Mike Trout Red Auto 10/10 for $675. In my opinion, considering the rarity of the card and how great of a season Mike Trout is having, I think both the buyer and Brent got a fair deal with this one.

4. Max Scherzer Jumbo Cabinet Relic Patch 1/1 SOLD:  $450

Click To See More Like This Max Scherzer Cabinet Relic On eBay

These cabinet relics are really neat in my opinion. Brent would have gotten a lot more for this if the relic was of Scherzer's current team, the Washington Nationals. This kind of thing happens quite a bit unfortunately. Card companies have to get the cards ready for production months before release and when a player gets traded it is very difficult to stop the process.

3.  Rocky Balboa Blue Ink AUTOGRAPH

Click To See More Like This Rocky Balboa Autograph On eBay

Not only are Ginter fans wanting this card but it has attracted the eyes of people who are not even card collectors.  It is rumored that there are only ten copies of this card.  There have only been four of these cards to surface at the time of this blog post and the first one sold for $950.  For now, Brent is fielding offers but he is thinking of keeping this one for his private collection.

2. Bryce Harper Autograph CODEBREAKER 1/1  SOLD: $349.99

Click To See More Like This Bryce Harper Autograph On eBay

This card has a little story to it.  When Brent first pulled it, obviously he knew he had a rare card and one that would sell for quite a bit.  He listed it on eBay and it sold fairly quick for $349.99.  He then realized that this card was rarer than originally thought.  If you look at the picture closer, you will see that this is a codebreaker card.  It is a 1/1 card that wasn't supposed to be packed out.  The codebreaker cards were made as the grand prize to be given to the person that cracks the Ginter code game that is taking place right now.  However, Topps screwed up by not holding these cards aside.  Instead, these one of ones were packed out and collectors are finding them and selling them on places like eBay.  Brent was offered a lot more for this card while the sale was in process.  However, Brent is a person with integrity and did not cancel the sale while it was in process like some unscrupulous dealers would have done.

1. Ted Williams Jumbo Cabinet Cut Signature 1/1

Click To See More Like This Cut Signature Card On eBay

Cut signature cards are extremely rare.  In fact, there are only 25 cut signatures in the 2015 Ginter lineup and this is arguably the best one out there.  Twenty of the cut signatures appear on cards and only FIVE appear as jumbo size cabinet cut signatures. This is simply an amazing pull!  Brent is currently accepting offers for this gem and if it doesn't sell, it will end up in his private collection.  Some cut signatures out there from different products look pretty bad. I have to say that this is one of the nicest I have seen.

So how do you think Brent did? Check out some of his previous case breaks to see how well he has fared. On the righthand side of my blog, just click on the category Brent's Case Breaks. Again, you can follow Brent on Twitter at @brentandbecca and you can follow me @parker94ttu.  Be sure to check out my web site at:  www.mytoppscards.com.

Also, you should check out all of the items from Brent's store! He has a lot of great cards and great deals.  You will find that he is great to work with and ships quickly.  Check them all out here by clicking on this logo:

Craig from Texas


2015 ALLEN AND GINTER NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE DIE CUT ROBINSON CANO SEATTLE MARINERS
2015 ALLEN AND GINTER NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE DIE CUT ROBINSON CANO SEATTLE MARINERS
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2015 Topps Allen and Ginters Carl Crawford true 1/1   card num 88
2015 Topps Allen and Ginters Carl Crawford true 1/1 card num 88
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2015 ALLEN AND GINTER NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE DIE CUT DAVID WRIGHT NEW YORK METS
2015 ALLEN AND GINTER NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE DIE CUT DAVID WRIGHT NEW YORK METS
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Matt Carpenter 2015 Allen And Ginter Mini Jersey
Matt Carpenter 2015 Allen And Ginter Mini Jersey
$0.99
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Zach Lowe 2015 Allen And Ginter Memorabilia Sports Writer
Zach Lowe 2015 Allen And Ginter Memorabilia Sports Writer
$0.99
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Anthony Ranaudo 2015 Allen And Ginter Mini Auto
Anthony Ranaudo 2015 Allen And Ginter Mini Auto
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers Preview

As everyone that follows me on Twitter knows, I am a huge fan of Topps Heritage cards. In fact, besides working on my vintage sets from the 1950's and 1960's, it is the only brand I collect. I like the concept of placing baseball players of today on cards of designs that were in the past.

Not long ago, it was announced that 2015 Topps Heritage would be coming out with a high series and that it would be in pack form. Let me tell you why this is a big deal.

In 2008, Topps produced a Heritage high number set for the first time. The packs had eight cards -- six of them were Topps Heritage cards and two of them were from the 2008 Topps Updates and Highlights set. Most collectors that I talked to back then didn't like that Topps was mixing two products into one pack.  It confused collectors and the product wasn't a strong seller. However, I really liked the product simply because I was getting some really good autographs. I was averaging about five autographs a case which was unheard of for a Topps Heritage product. Also, I hit a card that most of were presumably damaged in production -- 2008 Topps Heritage Chrome Jerry Hairston. Supposedly this card was numbered to 1959, but only a few made it to packs. I ended up selling mine for $300+.

The next year in 2009, Topps Heritage came out with high numbers once again. The odds on autographs weren't that great as it was in 2008 so I didn't end up buying much. The set is pretty tough to put together because of the inconsistent patterns of the high number short prints. Some short prints I ended up with 8-10 copies each and some I only had one each. Not sure why this happened as most years Topps Heritage short prints are even distributed throughout cases.
In 2010 and 2011, there was not a Topps Heritage high number set produced.  The collectors I talked to were on the fence about this decision. Some wanted the high number sets to continue while others wished they never started to make them in the first place. I liked having the high number sets and was disappointed about not having them for 2010 and 2011.

In 2012, Topps Heritage announced there would be a high number set.  I was pleased about this news until I found out about the distribution method. Topps stated that the set would be 100 cards and could only be ordered online from Topps. As selling point, each set included one autograph. This reminded me a little bit of the Topps Traded sets back in 1999 and 2000. I ended up staying clear from buying this set. I actually didn't buy much in 2012 since that was the year my son was born.  Topps continued to produce high number sets in this same format in 2013 and 2014.

For 2015, Topps announced that there will be a Topps Heritage high number set.  However, instead of being distributed through topps.com, Topps stated that it will be a packed out product.  I am glad Topps is going back to this method.  I never thought that Topps Heritage would have high numbers again in pack form.  I can only hope that this year will be reminiscent of 2008 in which I scored several autographs.

Take a look at the sell sheets by clicking on this link.

2015 Topps Heritage High Number Sell Sheets

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A Surprise Unlike Any Other…..

Three years ago back in March 2012, I was making several trades for my 2012 Topps Heritage sets. I am a frequent visitor to the Collectors Universe forums and there is a great group of guys over there that I trade Topps Heritage with. I want to share one of the conversations I have had with Dave, someone that I traded Chrome cards with back in 2008 (read this from the bottom up and pay attention to the dates):

 

As you can read, this was a very exciting time for me as my son Drew was about to be born. He was indeed born on May 4th, 2012, and he means everything to me. Dave said he left himself a note to check his Topps Heritage autographs for Drew. I completely forgot about talking to Dave until recently he contacted me. THREE YEARS LATER!  Here's that conversation and once again pay attention to the dates and read from the bottom up:

  

I couldn't believe that Dave contacted me after three years!  Of course I forgot that these messages even took place. Then a few days later, I went to my post office box and there was a package addressed to Drew. It was his first autographed baseball card!  Here it is:

  

A Johnny Gray 2005 Topps Heritage Real One autograph!  Although Drew is too young to really appreciate this, one day he will. I just wanted to share this little story to show that there are some great things that happen in our hobby. I can not thank Dave enough for his generosity. 

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