Topps confirms 2011 Heritage Baseball SPs and variations

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By Chris Olds | Editor

Collectors have been examining their 2011 Topps Heritage baseball cards closely since their arrival earlier this month, discovering variations and nods to the past here and there.

But on Thursday Topps made all the guessing games end as it confirmed a group of variations in the set.

The short-printed base cards are Nos. 426-500, while card Nos. 110-158 and 160-196 have green-tinted variations. There also are blue-tinted versions of those cards found in Walmart loose packs and red-tint cards found in Target loose packs.

Six short-printed variations in the set include:

— No. 490: Alex Rodriguez (reversed negative), a card that has sold for as much as $300.

— No. 125: Vladimir Guerrero (listed as a pitcher on the back)

— No. 139: Joba Chamberlain (normal one is a Babe Ruth Story card)

— No. 279: Bengie Molina (Wrong birthday on back)

— No. 392: Ryan Zimmerman (batting average incorrect on back)

— No. 478: David Wright (Cincinnati Reds listed on front)

Topps also confirmed that Green Refractor Hot Boxes are found one per hobby case. It also confirmed that the Babe Ruth Story cards have a short-printed Jackie Robinson Story counterpart that also can be found with as a limited edition Relic card.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

18 Comments

  1. Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Nice try guys… Reverse negative… I don’t think so…

    Take a look at the Yankees logo on his shirt and hat, They are both right reading.

    If you don’t believe me try looking at them in a mirror.

    Ray

  2. chrisolds
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    It’s a reverse negative of the photo. The logo is nearly symmetrical but tweaked.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/yankees_logo.gif

  3. Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Take a closer look. the slash in the letter N points at his shoulder in the left hand picture while the slash in the N points towards his throat in the right hand picture. Both logo’s are right reading.

    Ray

    From mod: You are correct.

  4. Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Card #85 Ike Davis has a UER (probably unintentional), saying his dad Ron went 14-2 in 1975. It was actually 1979.

  5. A_Pharis
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Haha reverse negative fail.

  6. Tom Waldron
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    ok so Topps is certainly going bask to 80’S with the constant gimmicks how about just making good cards .I’m really not intrested in made up hype on these carsds I don’t know any collector who wants to have a ‘SP’ that touts the ‘wrong bithday on a card or player position wrong.
    I’m notlooking for that when i buy the pack of cards.
    If Topps is going to do this Throwback set ok do it like it was then and do it better with insets and SP the rookies or better yet add more Veteran auto’s.
    Remeber it was just the other day we got ‘seat cards for bat cards in Tribute.
    Topps can do better don’t ya think?
    We need more companys liscensed to produce baseball cards’more means change,innovation.

  7. kevin thoma
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    who cares ..this crap is dumb..can we just make normal cards like they did back in 62.

    if i wanted this crap i’d subscribe to highlights magazine..

    topps just make regular cards and do away with all this dumb tricks and tints, and what not. a david wright reds card is just stupid

  8. John Pitts
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Soooooo, which A-Rod card is the “Reversed Negative”, the one on the left or the right? How about telling us what the stats on the back of the other variation cards are supposed to be (Birthday / Batting Avg.)? I thought this post was to remove “the fog” hanging over the answers of what is an SP and what isn’t!

  9. Bill
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    So the photo looks like a reverse negative aside from the logo. Is that because of any copyright issues with reversing the logo? If I’m looking at this correctly they reversed the photo then photoshopped the logo to be facing the right way – both on the hat and the uni.

    And the expression on his face looks even more ridiculous when you put them side by side. Should have had a “Cameron Diaz feeding him popcorn” variation.

  10. Ross Maute
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    What’s really weird is the backgrounds are different. Look at the field and the outfield walls on each side.

  11. chrisolds
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    1. The card on the left is the rare version.

    2. The background is different because the outfield that is showing in one version is underneath his name and vice versa.

    3. The logo was probably altered at the request of MLB — or to not make them mad.

    4. The errors are all corresponding to cards in the 1962 set. The 125 card corresponds to card No. 521 since there aren’t that many cards in this year’s release.

  12. Posted April 1, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    cmon man what the hell is this 1989 upper deck with the dale murphy reverse negitive. topps you are better than this,you are suppose to be the kings. please no more sp cards. we need more rookies and chromes. lets go yankees.

  13. Kevin McDonald
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Card No. 22 the San Diego Padres Team Card has a UER, too. The Stats on the back belongs to the Cleveland Indians.

  14. TOM TOMAE
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    If you guys don’t like the Heritage product because of the errors and variations, JUST DON’T BUY IT. If you want “regular” cards again, stick to the Topps base issue set that they also release every year. The purpose of the Heritage cards, and they’ve been doing this pretty much since the inaugural sets were released, is to be “authentic” to the original set they are mimicking, which includes a lot of these errors, variations, and short prints.

    So again, if you don’t like that Topps does this, simply don’t buy the product. There are a lot of us that do enjoy tracking these down, and we’ll gladly buy up the boxes you put back in the supply chain.

    That’s my two cents

  15. manuel gonzalez
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    well where do i start??? first off these sp”s crazy. u get them then the next month they go down like in the topps series one.gonzalez card i pull this month price $20 down. but to the real issue at hand i have purchase 6 hobby boxes no autos just the same freaky relic card of david wright.that really suck!!! and to top it off from different shops ,whats up with that? very dissappointed with topps product.plus that pannani product what a joke with redemptions as well with topps i sent in stuff in 2009-2010 still have’nt recieved.why don”t they just place the cards in the boxes saves us buyers alot of wait grieve. with lack of jobs in the usa gas going up.cant we at least enjoy are hobby as card buyers and card collectors.wow well thanks 4 ya alls time.

  16. DAVID A. HODSON
    Posted May 25, 2011 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    IN REFERENCE #392 RYAN ZIMMERMAN’S 2011 TOPPS HERITAGE BASEBALL VARIATION. WHAT IS THE ERROR, WHAT IS THE CORRECT BATTING AVERAGE. A FELLOW COLLECTOR HAS THE CARD AND STATES ZIMMERMAN WON THE “PERCENTAGE TRIPLE CROWN” AMONG NATIONAL LEADUE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2010 BY POSTING AN OBP OF .388, SLG OF .510 AND OPS OF .899. HIS MORE TRADITIONAL TRIPLE CROWN NUMBERS OF .307-25-85 WERE STRONGLY COMPLEMENTED BY HIS USUAL BRILLANCE AT THIRD BASE AND THE CALM LEADERSHIP HE PROVIDED IN THE YOUNG WASHINGTON NATIONALS CLUBHOUSE. MY FRIEND CLAIMS THIS IS THE SHORT PRINT AND IS TRYING TO SELL IT FOR $175. IS THIS CORRECT CARD OR THE ERROR SHORT PRINT, PLEASE RESPOND BY SENDING ME YOUR REPLY BY EMAIL. THANKS.

    From mod: The error says his average was .370.

  17. Clint
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    So I just went to target and bought 5 packs of 2011 Heritage. I ended up pulling the #139 Joba Chamberlain red tint and I have been trying to get an idea of how good of a card this is worth. On ebay someone is selling one for $150 another is going for $80 I don’t know too much about this product and just starting buying it. Started doing some research and it looks like no one knows too much about the pricing just yet. Whatever advice you can give me would be helpful on this card thanks!

  18. Blaine Kinsey
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Why is there 2 Mark Teixeira cards with 2 different poses? Card #110 also states on the front 1 base and card #400 states 1B what’s the purpose for the 2 cards.

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