Topps offered Heritage High Numbers in pack form for the first time in several years and collectors seemed to like the decision. Previously, the company had offered 100-card sets issued through the Topps direct to consumer retail area, As many of our readers realize, I’m a big fan of Heritage since the memory of the original sets which I collected many years ago are brought back to life in a fairly faithful re-make using current players. So, on that level and considering the terrific 2015 rookie class, it was a fairly easy decision for Topps to keep the High Number set alive.
Like the annual Heritage flagship set that came out much earlier this year, the design honors the 1966 Topps set. There are 200 cards in the HHH base set, along with 25 short prints (701-725) and a grouping of pose and other variations to chase if you’re so inclined.
Now if Topps really wanted to mimic the 1966 sets, they would have made certain numbers very difficult (most notably #591, which in the original is the now famed Grant Jackson rookie card) instead of the final 25 cards in the set. There are enough SP’s where that would have been a neat trick for this set. #591, by the way, is Roberto Osuna. Oh well. There’s always hope for next year I guess.
The other aspect which fascinated me was there sure seemed to be a lot of Texas Rangers cards I pulled from the box we received from Topps. That instinct was proved correct as there were 14 Rangers cards which came out of our box while on a whim I counted the Astros cards and came up with 10 of that tem. That means that 11 percent of my cards were drawn from both Texas teams, which is fun since both are in the post-season.
Of course, in set like this there are always those players pictured on one team who are no longer with said team. Those include Mike Olt, who at one point was a leading Rangers prospect but has now journeyed to with the White Sox. By the way, here’s some cool trivia: Olt is the first player to hit a homer with both the Cubs and White Sox in the same season.
When I dropped into my local card store (Triple Cards in Plano TX) for his opinion, he mentioned that he had sold several cases at $74.25 per box and one collector had pulled a red ink Kris Bryant autograph redemption (#d to 66). Leading online retailers are $60-65 per box. Just like the regular Heritage, these boxes contain 24 packs with 9 cards per pack and there is one autograph or relic per box.
Here’s what we pulled:
Base Cards; 190 different of 200 with one duplicate
Short Prints: Dexter Fowler, Yovani Gallardo, Austin Hedges, Raisel Iglesias, Craig Kimbrel, Addison Russell, Max Scherzer, Yasmany Tomnas
Chrome Parallel (#d to 999): Joey Gallo
Award Winners: Clayton Kershaw, Buck Showalter, Matt Williams
Now Playing: Miguel Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Trout
New Age Performers: Archie Bradley, Joey Gallo, Francisco Lindor
Clubhouse Collection Relic: Manny Machado
No big hits for us but from a value perspective, the Kris Bryant action pose variation is a nice pull. HHH is more about set building though and getting about 95% of the set in one box is nice. I like the Award Winners subset, which focuses on last year’s honorees (odd to see the recently fired Matt Williams as Manager of the Year) and the teammates idea on the combo cards.
With 25 short prints, you’ll be about 1/3 of the way toward a set of those after one box. Considering the price of master sets right now, you might be better off just buying them that way than hoping for a huge autograph pull.
It’s too bad Topps didn’t put Kyle Schwarber in the HHH set but with Bryant, Correa, Lindor, Syndergaard, etc., it is a nice product coming out at the perfect time.
Now, maybe next year card #600 (Manny Machado?) will be short printed just the way Brooks Robinson was in 1967.
You can see 2015 Heritage High MLB singles on eBay here.