The Heritage baseball card line is designed as a throwback. Take an old Topps design and put current players on it. Simple enough and obviously well received over the years. Back in 1964, Topps only needed seven checklists to tell youngsters what cards were in the set. This year? Try a 28 page spreadsheet. The 2013 Topps Heritage checklist includes base cards, the usual collection of short prints, numerous insert sets, parallels, minis and a truck full of other bells and whistles.
One of the interesting major hits this year is a redemption card that will be good for a complete 1964 Topps set.
Heritage hobby boxes will contain some exclusive, random elements like box toppers done in the design of the 1964 Topps Giants set. However, every hobby box will include at least one autograph or a relic card.
Here are a few of the autograph concepts and new features Topps promised when it previewed the product last fall:
Real one autographs
Retired and active players. Subjects will include players that appeared for the last time on a Topps card in 1964.
Real One Special Edition – hand #’d to 64.
Real One Dual Autographs
Up to 10 cards signed by a retired and active player.
Real One Triple Autographs
Up to 5 cards signed by retired and active players. Hand-numbered to 5.
1964 Cut Signatures
Featuring players from the 1964 Topps set. All 1/1.
Real One Triple Autograph Card
Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics
Uniform or bat relic cards, autographed by active and retired players. Hand-numbered to 25 or less.
Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relics
Flashbacks Autographed Relics
Retired subjects featuring a highlight from their 1964 season. Numbered to 25 or less.
Among the new offerings in 2013 Topps Heritage are:
ESTEEMED HERITAGE BOOK Cards
Includes a patch, bat knob or bat plate in a book card. #’d 1 of 1.
Actual 1964 Topps player coins, embedded as a relic. #’d to 5 or less.
1964 U.S. Postage Stamp Relics
Includes a photo of an event or player matched with a stamp from 1964. Sequentially #’d.
1964 Bazooka Stamps, Tattoos and Buybacks
Framed originals from the 1964 set
Venezuelan Parallels: The card back color changes from the traditional Orange to Black for these throwbacks.
2013 Topps Heritage Baseball
2013 Topps Heritage Baseball is leaking into a few retail outlets across the country and should arrive in hobby shops in a few days. Topps and others have been tweeting out some images of the cards, done in the design of 1964 Topps.
Storified by Sports Collector· Mon, Mar 04 2013 19:02:09
Here’s a 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball Checklist to scroll through: