The clock turns back –or should we say forward– when 2019 Topps Heritage Baseball once again pays tribute to one of its vintage sets. An annual late winter staple and one of the new collecting season’s first products, the next edition of Heritage is all about 1970.
Hobby box cost should drop somewhere around $70 at retail. Heritage will again be packaged in different methods at the retail level as well.
2019 Topps Heritage Base Set and Parallels
One of the few new releases that truly focuses on the base set, ’19 Heritage will have 500 cards, including 100 short prints (#401-500) featuring veterans and rookies.
You like parallels? Heritage will have plenty of them, starting with the return of the Black Borders. They’ll be numbered to 50 and are planned as a Hobby Box exclusive. Flip Stock parallels will feature a matte paper front and glossy back. They’ll also be in hobby boxes and numbered to just 5.
Base Card Chrome parallels include 100 cards that will be done on Chrome stock:
• Chrome Refractor Parallel – #’d to 570.
• Chrome Black Bordered Parallel – #’d to 70.
• Chrome Gold Bordered Parallel – #’d to 5. (Hobby only)
• Chrome Superfractor Parallel – #’d 1/1.
• Chrome HOT BOX Refractor Parallel: (Hobby and retail Value Box)
Base Set Variations
In addition to the base set parallels, there will be numerous variations of what you’ll find in the base set. These will include Throwback Uniform, Action Images and Team Name Color. There will be Mini Base Variations numbered to 100 and Silver Metal Base variations numbered to 70.
Retired and active players will be signing Real One Autographs on card in blue ink. Select cards will feature players that appeared for the last time on a Topps card in 1970. There will be Red Ink autos numbered to 70 or less. Dual and Triple versions will again be in the mix, all hand-numbered.
In 2018, Topps honored the inaugural (and only) season of the Seattle Pilots with a special autograph set featuring members of that team. This year, the move to Milwaukee gets the same treatment with Inaugural Brew Crew Autographs featuring members of the 1970 team.
Look for Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics which feature game-used memorabilia and are signed on card by active and retired players. Hand-numbered to 25 or less with 1/1 Autograph Patch Parallels. Dual (# to 10) versions will also have the 1/1 Parallels.
Flashbacks Autographed Relics will showcase some highlights from the 197o MLB season and feature an autograph and piece of memorabilia. They’ll be numbered to 25 or less with a 1/1 Parallel.
Topps has bought autographs it’ll use to create Cut Signature cards of players, musicians and celebrities who made the headlines during 1970. All will be 1/1.
Non-autograph Clubhouse Collection Relics will have Gold Parallels numbered to 99 and 1/1 Auto Patch Parallels. There will also be Dual versions numbered to 70; Triples numbered to 25 and Quads numbered to 10–each again with 1/1 versions.
Coins and Stamps
The relic coin concept is back in 2019 Topps Heritage with relic cards that feature retired and active stars along with a coin minted in that year.
The hobby-only insert will include:
• Nickel – #’d to 15
• Dime – #’d to 10
• Quarter – #’d to 5
• Half Dollar – #’d 1 of 1
The stamp relics feature U.S. postage stamps created in 1970 alongside a star player of the era. Each will be numbered to 50.
Several different insert sets are planned including:
New Age Performers – Top current players “whose performances have eclipsed the greats of the past,” according to Topps. They’ll be found 1:12 packs.
Then and Now – Statistical comparisons of a 1970 player vs. a 2019 player. 1:20 packs
Baseball Flashbacks – Flashback highlights from the 1970 season. 1:20 packs
News Flashbacks – World news moments from 1970. 1:20 packs
1970 Topps Scratch Offs – Replicating the 1970 Scratch Offs insert. 1:24 packs.
Box Loaders return with a shout out to some 1970s Topps issues. Collectors will find one of several different possibilities on the top of each hobby box including:
1970 Topps Super Baseball – Styled after the “oversized” 1970 Topps Super Baseball Cards.
1970 Poster Box Loader – Styled after the 1970 Topps Posters insert. Limited to 70.
1970 Topps Buybacks – Original 1970 Topps cards, given a foil stamp to denote their being used in 2019
2019 Topps Teammates – Styled after the rare 1970 Topps Teammates cards. Limited to 70.