First look: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you wanted more Heritage this year, you’re getting more Heritage this year.

Well, it’s next year’s … at least for now.

Topps revealed on Friday the first full look at a card design you might remember from back in 1964 if you’re old enough — the 2013 edition of Topps Heritage. If not, you’ll get to live it all over again next year in the 13th installment of the retro-designed brand.

Set to arrive on March 6, Heritage will include autographed cards at twice the previous rates, according to the company, though there will be just one autograph or Relic found in every 24-pack hobby box.

First impressions: 2013 Topps Heritage

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The base set will consist of 425 cards capped by 75 short-prints found one in every three packs. This time around, there will be other types of variations to be  found, and Topps is announcing them in advance — base card variations will be based on errors in the 1964 set along with Throwback Colt .45s variations for Houston players. Those will be limited but found in all packs, while Action Image variations will have different photos and there will be color variations to search for — but only in hobby packs.

There will be three types of parallels in this one, a Venezuelan parallel in the style of the regional issue from 1964, mini parallels — a new inclusion — and the standard Chromes that have been done the last several years with the typical Refractors (standard and Black) joined by new Gold Chromes limited to just five copies.

Box-toppers will include a three-card ad panel and 1964 Topps buybacks as has been the norm, while new this year will be 1964 Jumbo toppers with Relic versions for 20 players limited to 25 and autographs for 10 players limited to 10.

The insert card lineup will include recent standards — New Age Performers, Then and Now, Baseball Flashbacks and News Flashbacks — along with a Memorable Moments set highlighting a dozen notables from this season. (Example: Matt Cain‘s perfect game.) New for this one will be a redemption card good for a complete 1964 Topps set, Topps Tattoos buybacks and 1964 Bazooka Stamps buybacks.

Among the autograph selections are Real Ones — players whose last appearances came in the 1964 Topps set — limited to just 64 copies, Real One Duals with two sigs limited to 25 or less, Real One Triples with three sigs limited to five or less and a selection of 1/1 cut autographs.

Autographed Relics will include Baseball Flashbacks with highlights from 1964, Clubhouse Collection autos and Clubhouse Collection Duals, which will only be found in hobby packs and be limited to 10 or fewer copies.

On the Relics-only side, Topps has added a but of high-end to the mix with Esteemed Heritage book cards — 1/1s showcasing premium pieces such as bat knobs, bat nameplates or patches. Players listed here on the preliminary checklist include Ernie Banks, Felix Hernandez, Evan Longoria, Yoenis Cespedes and Red Schoendienst.

Meanwhile the standard coin (different quantities for different coins) and stamp Relic offerings come along with Clubhouse Collection and Clubhouse Collection Duals. The standard Relics will have Gold parallels limited to 99 copies.

New this year will be 1964 Topps Coin Relic cards that use the 1964 Topps Coins embedded into the cards. These will be limited to five or fewer copies.

Among the retired players listed on the preliminary autograph checklist are Bob Gibson, Dick Groat, Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, Andre Dawson, Juan Marichal, Luis Tiant, Maury Wills, Stan Musial, Billy Williams, Al Kaline and Willie Mays.

Notable current signers listed on the preliminary autograph list include Jose Bautista, Will Middlebrooks, Jay Bruce and CC Sabathia. Others include David Freese, Paul Goldschmidt, Todd Frazier, Starling Marte and Madison Bumgarner.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



Ben G

OMG TOPPS STOP USING THAT UGLY HERITAGE LOGO ALL HUGE ON THE FRONT OF THESE. Put the logo on the back, part of the reason the original designs looked so good is… surprise! NO LOGO.

Posted September 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

I love heritage, but I’m not a big fan of this design. I’ll probally get a blaster or so simply because it’s heritage, but I’m really waiting for 2014 heritage. That ’65 design is going to be amazing when it’s enhanced..

Posted September 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

i will make my mind up after i see the 99 cent jerseys and the checklist for the 1-2 autos per case

Posted September 11, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

Love, love, love Heritage. Always fun to see the old designs. Ben G has a great point about the logos though. One thing I’d like to see Topps try with these are to include HoFers that weren’t in the 1964 set. I’d love to see Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr., Paul Molitor, etc. on these classic designs.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

Actually, I like the Heritage logo on the front.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink
Matt Gilman

Love the design..always an exciting set to collect!

Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

Better than the 2013 flagship design

Posted September 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink
Joseph Reynolds

This looks awesome, I can’t wait to rip into these!


Posted September 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink
Justin G

I am not usually a big fan of Heritage but this design looks great! The only thing that worries me about heritage is that the mem cards are usually low end and cheap.Maybe if I pulled some bigger hits in the past I would be more excited about the set every year.

Posted September 15, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

I love the Heritage design! My girlfriend’s mom started collecting cards in 1964 and my daughter has always liked them, even though she doesn’t know many of the players on them. Now, she can get her favorite players of today in the design of yesteryear. A great way to tie young and old collectors together!

Posted September 16, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

I’d have to agree on the Memorablia comment. The last few years, I haven’t gotten anything decent in my 5-6 boxes each year. Would be nice to have more of them if you can’t have the stars. Having the box hit be a bat card of someone with <100 major league AB's is disapponting.

Posted September 17, 2012 at 7:24 am | Permalink

1964, 1965, 1966, 1967…they are all interchangeable…but, guys, IT’S HERITAGE…and everybody loves Heritage.

Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink
David Weiser

The design takes me back again to when I was living on Ft. Bliss. I was hoping they would include the coins that came in packs that year. I still have many of them, rusty though they may be.

Posted October 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

Why does Topps have to put the Heritage logo on the front of the cards. It destroys the look of the cards?

Posted January 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

Topps always has.

Posted January 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
Randy P

love the 64 design…agreed …..dont have mem cards for non-stars..give the collector something worth the cash out lay. Maybe I missed it….coins in the set like 64? this would be neat. Loved the 62 offering didnt like 63 as much as I thought I would but love Heritage!!! I will spend more on hobby boxes this campaign.

Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink

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