Before they got the go-ahead to go all out in 1952, Topps dipped a toe in the water of baseball card production with its Red Black and Blue Back game card set in 1951. Now, the company is tipping its cap to that first venture with 2015 Topps Heritage ’51 Collection, a 104-card offering to be sold as a boxed set later this fall.
Each box, which will likely retail for $85-100, will include a complete set of 104 cards, done in the size of modern era cards rather than the smaller originals. Each box will also contain one autographed card and 21 mini parallels that will be in the size of the Red and Blue Backs from 64 years ago.
Topps did stray from the original in that the 2015 version will have square corners rather than the rounded ones that kids collected in 1951.
Topps promises to include as many on card autographs as possible with this year’s product but expect to see a few stickers as well. About 25 players will have autographed cards and promotional material showed signed cards of Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Jacob DeGrom. Each player will have autograph parallels featuring blue (# to 25), green (# to 10), black (# to 5) and gold (1/1) backs.
All 104 base cards will have red, blue, green, black and gold parallels. Each unopened boxed set will have ten reds, five blues, three greens, two blacks and one gold parallel.
2015 Topps Heritage ’51 Collection is set for release the last week of October.