2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball Goes Prospecting with ’70s Flair

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2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball puts the 1970 spin on the game’s prospecting and young stars. Going in several similar routes as its MLB counterpart, the checklist includes several familiar designs. This is also where collectors can find on-card autographs from minor league players.

2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball Base

Each box of the hobby-only product has one autograph and one relic.

2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball Base Set Basics

The main set, which draws from 1970 Topps Baseball, has a total of 200 cards. Besides basic player cards covering every level of MiLB, there are a couple of subsets. Sporting News All-Stars burst out from the newspaper with key players. League Leaders spotlight those with the best numbers.

In true Heritage fashion, short prints round out the base set, making things a little more challenging in the process.

Parallels come in four levels including Blue Border (/99), Black Border (/50) and one-of-one Red Border. New for 2019 are Gold Border cards, which are a case hit.

Select cards also have short print Image Variations. These are stealth inserts that look like regular base cards but have different photos and are much tougher to find.

Autographs, Memorabilia Cards and Other Inserts

Real One Autographs highlight the signature chase. These are signed on-card and look similar to the main set. Parallels come in Blue Border (/99), Black Border (/50), Player Name Color Change (/25) and Red Border (1/1).

2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball Real One Autographs

Image Variation Autographs have 50 copies each while Real One Dual Autographs are numbered to 20.

Other signature inserts in 2019 Topps Heritage Minors include Bazooka Autographs (/50, Red – 1/1) and Fresh on the Scene Autographs (/99).

2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball Fresh on the Scene Autographs

On the memorabilia side, there are Clubhouse Collection Relics. These use both game-used jersey and bat swatches. In addition to the base versions are Blue (/99), Black (/50), Orange (/25) and Red (1/1) parallels.

’70 Mint Relics (/99) have a coin embedded in them. Parallels are available in Black Quarter (/50) and Red Quarter (1/1). Some cards also have autographs (/10).

Two new insert sets join the checklist: Fresh on the Scene and Fantastic Feats.

2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball Fantastic Feats

Outside of the regular packs, each hobby box also has a 1970 Topps Super Baseball Box Loader. Autograph versions have 25 copies each.

Make Your Pro Debut

The Make Your Pro Debut promotion returns in 2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball. Inside each box are two entries for a grand prize that includes both a one-day contract with the Rocket City Trash Pandas but a card in 2020 Topps Pro Debut Baseball as well.

2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: 8
Packs per box: 18
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: 200 cards
Release date: September 25, 2019

Shop for 2019 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball hobby boxes on eBay.

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Memorabilia or Manufactured Relic Cards – 1
  • 1970 Super Baseball Box Loaders – 1
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Ryan Cracknell

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4 comments

  1. Brandon Grasmick 12 August, 2019 at 12:51

    It’s around a month and a half until this product blasts off, but no sign of the checklist as of today (8-12). Any idea when it might arrive?

    • Ryan Cracknell 12 August, 2019 at 13:42

      @Brandon – Checklists normally get released about a week before the set comes out.

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