There will be a 2016 Topps Heritage Minors set but according to the company, some changes are in store with hopes of boosting sales of the kid brother to the ultra-popular annual Heritage base set that was released in March.
Topps is promising “a more consumer-friendly price point and configuration” and all on-card autographs from some of the top minor leaguers. In addition, new autograph and insert card subsets are planned for the product, which is designed along the lines of the 1967 Topps set.
Expect eight cards per pack and 18 packs per box at a retail price point of around $40-$45 per box–a far cry from the $60-75 release price of a year ago but you’ll get one autographed card instead of two. If you’re looking to grab a box and head to your local minor league ballpark in search of autographs, though, you’re out of luck. The product won’t be released until September 28, a few weeks after most minor league teams have closed up shop for the season.
2016 Heritage Minors Base Set
- Blue Border
- Peach Border– sequentially numbered to 25.
- Black Border– numbered 1/1.
- Printing Plates – numbered 1/1.
There will be short prints and base card variations to chase, if you’re so inclined. There is also a Base Card Mystery Redemption program in the works.
Autograph subsets include Looming Legacy and Attributes.
Memorabilia cards, packed one per box, include Clubhouse Collection Relics with Peach (# to 25) and Black Patch (1/1) parallels.
Topps will bring the 1967 Sticker insert cards to Heritage Minors but they won’t actually be stickers—just cards designed to look like them. Minor Miracles will highlight the “most miraculous” performances from last year.
Make Your Pro Debut Contest
The Make Your Pro Debut promotion will return this year, offering the chance to spend the day with a minor league team. The 2015 promotion winner, Christian Byrnes, made his debut with the Durham Bulls recently, getting his own uniform and a chance to take part in pre-game warmups and batting practice and throwing out the first pitch.
2016 Topps Heritage Minors is a hobby-only product. You can see singles, sets and boxes on eBay by clicking here.