Am I the only one that knows that 2013 Topps Heritage baseball is only 91 days away? Those that are familiar with me know that I am the biggest Topps Heritage fan out there and cannot wait for March 6th to get here! The design of 2013 Topps Heritage is patterned after the 1964 Topps set, a set that I am only FOUR cards away from completing. This year I cannot wait to bust cases of this product! Why? Well, first let me give you a little retail blaster Heritage history lesson and then I will tell you why I think 2013 could be the best Heritage year since 2001. But first let me show what Topps teased us with today:
Nice sheet that would be an awesome addition to my Heritage collection. Are you listening Topps? :0)
OK, now here is my history with Heritage retail blasters. Because I live near a Wal-Mart, I buy a lot of blasters there. I open these in the parking lot (you know you do it too!) before heading home. From the years 2008-2012, I could not tell you exactly how many blasters I have opened but I wouldn’t be surprised if the total number was around 1,000 boxes (that’s 8,000 packs!!). Of all these Heritage blasters I have never pulled a single autograph which is hard to believe given the amount I have opened. I firmly do not believe that the retail odds stated on the back were a true representation of the actual odds. I believe my sampling size was large enough to determine that this belief is indeed fact. By the way, these boxes were not searched as I know the people who stock the shelves and they are trustworthy. Besides, I’m an advanced collector and would know if a sealed blaster has been tampered with. On a side note, I never buy retail loose packs or rack packs. We all know that people search these and card companies do not really care about or at least taken a stance on pack searching because in my opinion, it does not affect their sales. It would be great for card companies to come out with tamper proof packaging for loose packs and rack packs, don’t you agree? Is it really that hard for them to do this? Besides is pack searching at Wal-Mart really profitable? I have my doubts.
Basically, the last five years have been rather bad in my experience with Topps Heritage blasters. The supply seems to have increased as demand has decreased. I think one reason the demand for Heritage has gone down is due to the fact that there are much better pulls coming out of other 2012 Topps products. People were buying these other “hot” products while Heritage has been “cold” all year long. In 2011 and again in 2012, Heritage blasters remained on store shelves. Even with a price cut to $11.99, these blasters can still be found. I think more people are finding out that hobby packs provide a much better value than retail.
Heritage is a product that was on fire in 2001 and continually over the years it has been watered down. All you have to do is look at the increasingly difficult odds for getting an autograph over the years and you will have proof:
2001 one in 142 packs
2002 one in 180 packs
2003 one in 188 packs
2004 one in 230 packs
2005 one in 332 packs
2006 one in 366 packs
2007 one in 327 packs
2008 one in 247 packs
2009 one in 560 packs
2010 one in 357 packs
2011 one in 303 packs
2012 one in 289 packs
So, after a solid start in 2001, it is my opinion that Heritage has lost a lot of its luster and it seems that each year the product gets more and more watered down. However, I am thankful that they have revived it a little bit in 2011 and 2012 with additions of autographs from the big three (Mays, Koufax, and Aaron) but the odds of us getting one of those is astronomical and does not entice me to want to buy more product. Despite my bad blaster experiences, I continued to buy for the shortprints in order to build master sets. But it would be nice to get a Topps Heritage autograph out of retail. Every year I keep telling myself it will get better.
So with all of my bad experiences with Heritage, why am I so excited about 2013 Topps Heritage? Will it really be any different this year than the past several years? The answer is YES! The reasons why I am excited are because I think that Topps has really stepped up to the plate with other products after the release of 2012 Heritage and has really surprised me as a collector. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter was a great product with lots of value as was Bowman, Gypsy Queen, and Topps Archives. Plus, Topps now has a great presence on Twitter and cares about collectors by allowing us to contact them with our concerns, questions, and pictures of our great pulls. I sincerely believe that the interaction between Topps and collectors makes for a better product and enhances the card collecting experience. Topps listens to our ideas. The voice of the collectors has been heard and Topps has given us a preview of Topps Heritage that sounds very promising!
Read my extensive preview on 2013 Topps Heritage here:
For me, the best thing to look forward to is that autographs can be found at twice the rate as we are used to. What exactly does that mean? It means expect to find an autograph one in every six hobby boxes instead of twelve like last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if Topps inserted autographs at a rate of one per four hobby boxes. Even though I live next to Wal-Mart, I have now stopped buying retail. It is tempting to just throw a blaster into the shopping cart every time I go grocery shopping but I think after 1,000 blasters I have learned that it is just not a good idea. My Heritage money is better spent on hobby boxes and that is exactly what I plan to do in 2013. However, I could be enticed by retail if other people are reporting positive experiences from it.
Care to know what I would do if I was in charge of 2013 Heritage? Read about my ideas that I submitted to Topps several months ago here:
Do you think that Topps listened to any of my ideas? I’m excited that for the first time, Heritage will have triple autographed cards which are something I suggested to them. Whether they actually listened to me or if it is just a coincidence – I guess I never know. But Topps, if you are reading this, and want to give me credit for this idea, let me know by sending me a DM on Twitter. :0)
Let it be noted that the images you see here are the Real One Autographs -- they just have not been signed yet.
By the way, if you have not joined the Twitter bandwagon, now is the time to jump on. You can follow me on Twitter @parker94ttu and please give @toppscards a follow as well. Whenever I bust my hobby cases, you can bet I will be sharing my pulls on Twitter and summarizing them here on my daily baseball blog. March 6th cannot come here soon enough!
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