2014 Topps Heritage Baseball arrives at stores across North America Friday morning but the mood was more Black Friday at one Chicago area card shop.
Baseball Card King in Oak Lawn opened the doors–and their freshly minted cases of the popular product–at midnight, giving anxious collectors a leg up on their search for SPs, autographed inserts and base cards to complete the annual offering that pays homage to a Topps set from the past.
Owner Brian Jadzak indicated the first person who walked in at midnight asked to purchase four cases.
Baseball Card King stayed open until 3 a.m. to accommodate collectors.
Among the highlights in Heritage this year: a redemption card that will earn the lucky collector who pulls it a complete, original 1965 Topps set, the revival of the Embossed inserts and plenty of variations, parallels and inserts.
Topps has released a checklist for Heritage (see below) as pre-sales of singles, sets and boxes hit the market.
The base set includes 425 cards with 75 more issued as short prints. Each will come with four variations: errors aimed at mirroring those that occurred in 1965, throwback uniform photos, action shots and logo changes.
available in hobby boxes.
Topps will issue ‘buy backs’ of original 1965 Topps cards and Hot Iron Transfer inserts, stamped unfortunately again, with gold foil. Coins minted in 1965 return along with postage stamp relics and some shouts out to TV and movies with Topps Gilligan’s Island, Flash Gordon and King Kong buy back cards part of the mix.
The Embossed insert set will include current players as well as U.S. presidents. Other insert sets include: New Age Performers, Then and Now (1965 vs 2013), Baseball Flashbacks, First Draft Card (celebrating the first MLB Draft in ’65) and News Flashbacks.
Box toppers include a three-card advertising panel and supersized cards in the 1965 Topps design.
See the preliminary 2014 Topps Heritage checklist and sample images below. See what’s on eBay here.