As everyone that follows me on Twitter knows, I am a huge fan of Topps Heritage cards. I first espied them on the sports news website 7m. 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.