As mentioned yesterday, I got a boxed set of this year’s Topps Heritage High Numbers.
This is the second year that Topps did this boxed set. I said last year it seemed like a bit of a money grab, and it frustrated some of the Heritage collectors out there. It’s challenging enough to complete the Heritage set with the SP’s from cards 426-500, and adding this with a $100 price tag probably made some folks abandon their pursuit. At the same time, I kind of like these online-only products in limited doses. I didn’t go for Topps mini this year, but I did buy some Turkey Red cards back in February.
If the price point had been $50 – I think you’d see a lot less complaints. And Topps corrected two important (at least, important to me) errors this year. The box has a design and color scheme in line with the current year Heritage set (white background). Last year they used a design and color scheme analogous with 2011 Heritage / 1962 Topps. – not the yellow and red that matches 1963 Topps packaging. Wil Myers, Zach Wheeler, Manny Machado, Hyun Jin Ryu, Gerrit Cole, Yasiel Puig adorn the box. I was confused with Machado – he doesn’t have a card in the base set, but after looking it up, he actually is one of the autographs you could pull.
Second, they fixed the numbering snafu. Last year the High Numbers set started at 576 and numbered off to 675. Unfortunately, that made no sense since the regular Heritage stopped at 500. This year the High number set starts up correctly at 501.
Here’s some of the base cards from set. They have a bunch of players that you’d think they would from the Topps set – guys with new uniforms or rookies. They also have some players who just weren’t in the first 500 cards – guys who had somewhat surprising performances in 2013 that now get put into Heritage. No clue why Chris Davis didn’t make it, though – he was good in 2012 leading up to his breakout 2013 campaign.
You have the traditional rookies – Fernandez and Myers as the Rookie of the Year winners, Puig who got the most headlines of any rookie this year, and then guys like Gattis, Ryu and Michael Wacha who all had notable debuts this year.
Topps also included some guys that would have been in your typical traded set – players who switched teams in the offseason via free agency or a trade.