Disappointment with my Heritage

16 03 2014

Disappointment with Topps Heritage, that is.  I’ve said it multiple times on this blog.  Like in the post I did back in 2012:

2012 Topps Archives – oddball sets that didn’t make the cut

I hope someday Topps does a throwback to this – I’d be disappointed if the 2014 Heritage set doesn’t have these in the product somehow.

1965 Topps Embossed cards

So the news of how rare the embossed cards are in 2014 Heritage for these cards has me bummed.  When I was younger, my mom used to take me and my brother out looking for antique copper luster-ware.  We’d go to antique shops and I remember buying quite a few of these.  I always thought they were pretty cool.  The gold cards have a raised relief sculpture-type picture of the player.  They don’t really depict the player all that well, but I still like them.  And I don’t think I’m alone – like 1987 Topps, collectors seem to have a love-hate relationship with these cards.

Well, Topps did put them in the product.  And I was super-excited – from all the promotional material, it sounded like these would replace the stick-ums from last year’s set.  Meaning, they would be a 3-per box insert or so.  Unfortunately, that’s not what Topps did.  They changed it up and made these super-duper-uber-duber-short-printed.  Supposedly there are only 15 of each in existence, and they’re going for a big price on eBay.  So much for collectability.  I was really looking forward to this year’s Heritage.  The 1965 design is one of the best out there.  I liked the look of their Clubhouse Collection cards.  And the embossed cards put it over the top for me.  But now – I’m just disappointed.  I still got two boxes, but am definitely bummed.

There was an interesting link on blowout cards forums – talking about pre-sells of this on eBay.  I don’t really care too much about this, I’m more disappointed in the fact they were made so rare overall.  Obviously, Topps can do what they want with their product, but I think to get rarity into Heritage a platinum parallel would have been a better idea.

http://www.blowoutcards.com/forums/baseball/682522-i-hope-nobody-presold-any-1965-embossed-cards-heritage-6.html

A lot of the things Topps did with this product isn’t in line with what Heritage has been in the past.  It’s a product geared toward the set collector, and the idea has been to pay homage to the set from back then.  But this year, there are Real One autographs of Jim Rice and Don Mattingly – players who were in middle school when 1965 Topps came out.  But the embossed thing is what bums me out the most.


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16 03 2014
hiflew

I am disappointed as well even though I am one of the people that hates the Embossed cards. They still should have been a normal insert in this product because even the real 1965s aren’t rare. You could put together that entire set without completely breaking the bank, so why should the modern version be that rare?

BTW, Mattingly would have been in preschool not middle school in 1965. He is about 10 years younger than Rice.

16 03 2014
chuckneo

Exactly like I said! The 1965 embossed set is a love/hate thing!

I hear you with Mattingly and Rice – just didn’t feel like typing more words LOL!

5 03 2015
2014 Product of the Year | Lifetime Topps project

[…] foremost, I was looking forward to the reproduction of the Embossed cards from 1965.  Well, Topps screwed that up by making them ultra-rare.  Additionally, they’ve subtly taken away some of the parallels […]

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