Box Busters Live: 2014 Topps Heritage — watch the replay + comment to win one of our boxes

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Are you ready to rip into some 2014 Topps and chat about it live?

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into hobby boxes of 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards and chat with you in the latest edition of Box Busters Live.

When? Today, (March 14) at Noon Central

Where? Right here (above). To submit questions, leave a comment below or tweet @beckettmedia on Twitter.

What else? We’ll be giving away nearly all of the boxes during the event. (At least one we open will be given away in a future issue of Beckett Baseball.)

HOW CAN YOU WIN ONE OF THE BOXES NOW? Leave a comment below telling us what you think of 2014 Topps Heritage and we’ll pick a winner from all comments left before April 1.

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.




Ripping Retail: 2014 Topps Heritage

Card gallery: 2014 Topps Heritage

Heritage checklist includes Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Betty White, Keith Olbermann and more

UPDATED WITH SIX CONFIRMED: What intentional errors might be in store for 2014 Topps Heritage?

First look: 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards


  1. Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Love the design and the card stock looks better this year. Wish the embossed inserts were more attainable, but still can’t wait to bust some!

  2. Richard Hardy
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Loving the design this year. My opinion is that they picked a great base design. Also, the look of the inserts and autos are fantastic!

  3. Erik Lokken
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Like the design of the 65 throwback. Always interested in a product with Mays autographs in it. I could do without the celebrity cards (Olbermann/White). Those should stay in the A&G wheelhouse rather than a true throwback set like Heritage.

  4. Trevor G
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I really like the card design

  5. Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Personally, the 1965 is my favorite design of the 1960s (I’d go with the 1968 burlap as my least favorite). I’m curious to know what your favorite (and least favorite) designs of this decade are.

    How about the worst Topps flagship design ever? I despised the 1986 set.

  6. Brandon
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    As someone getting back in to collecting after stopping in the 90s, the design of this set is really exciting. The design is really fun and makes every card stand out rather than being another 400 action shots.

    I can’t wait to get my hands on some.

  7. Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I love the new Heritage. Then again I always love the new Heritage. Though, since I chase the master sets every year, I’d appreciate a little less variations. I don’t mind some, but sometimes in certain years they can get way out of hand (remember the dicebacks?)

  8. Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Watching your retail jumbo break from yesterday. Cool that Raul Ibanez’ rookie card is in the 1965 set, and he’s in 2014 Heritage!

  9. Eduardo solis
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Looks great as a tribute to the 60’s set of cards. Great for killing time while Baseball season starts.

  10. Dmfgol
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Kids love the throwback style, helps to teach them the roots of card collecting.

  11. Jason
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I love what I have seen so far. The 1965 design is one of my all-time favorites. And you can never go wrong with short print cards in my opinion.
    Good luck to you Chris and everyone else out there ripping!

  12. Jessica
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    This is my favorite non Bowman product. Reminds me of the cards my Dad used to have. Should be fun to see what is inside.
    Thanks for doing these live breaks. I predict a HUGE hit today. :)

  13. Jason Duncan
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I love what they did with Topps Heritage this year. The throwback style is always great. The design of the cards are great can’t wait to get some! The autos are really cool too!

  14. Robert
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Kudos to the Topps design team in 1965. It is holding up, nearly 50 years later.

  15. Kevin
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Just went and grabbed a retail jumbo pack this morning. Pulled a chrome refractor. I think the design this year bodes well for these, they look much better than the previous few years.

  16. Lane Pierce
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I love the look of heritage this year. The dual clubhouse autos are amazing.

  17. Ryan
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Probably my favorite heritage design in awhile. Just so clean.

  18. Chuck
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Favorite insert or variation? I really like the throwback unis.

  19. Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Best event of the year!

  20. Ben Wilson
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Rocking the A’s hat (as always)… 3 time repeat!

  21. Chip Conyard
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Love this product so much! I am a 16 year old and I just love the old school look! I just can’t afford something like this but I wish so badly to!!

  22. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I love the fact that the card stock is appropriate and thick. Gives the set a nicer, higher-end feel.

    Like Topps’ goal in ’65, I’m sure :)

  23. Jamie Baldwin
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Been waiting to see these in person. LOVE the design of the cards. Love the 60s throwback style. Would love to get a box but we just had a boy so finances are tight.

  24. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Have you pulled a stadium insert yet? Is that a separate set or is it part of flashbacks? I believe i saw an Astrodome card??

  25. Ben Wilson
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Disappointed with the checklist of the Embossed originally (no A’s)… But then to see how SSP they are, makes me happy (although they did do a Jarrod Parker Auto). It’s one of my all time favorite Topps vintage sets. Wish they had made a 30 card set, one per team. And they weren’t as hard to pull. Fantastic set from the 60’s and great 2014 tribute.

  26. Josh
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Really cool, love the throwback theme

  27. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Congrats on your Swisher pull last night, Chris. It’s awesome that all of us collectors are the same – it still rocks when you pull a card of your favorite player, “value” be darned!

  28. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I love the design, always like the Heritage and Vintage feel. Vintage should get more love in the hobby than all the craziness over the rainbow/parallel/auto craze

  29. Scott Sypien
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I like the design – I think they could add another “hit” 2 autos / relics per box

    I also think there is too many variations now, logo / action variations

    I enjoy building the set so its more challanging with 75 short prints at the end of the set

  30. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Any idea yet on the story behind the bizarre, fake-looking “cloudy sky” that have appeared on some cards?

  31. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I just hit a Moose Relic in my box too! (Tweeted the photo)

  32. Matthew Duckworth
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I love Heritage and I’m very excited about this year’s set! What a great design for a great brand of cards!

  33. Matthew Duckworth
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I love Heritage! What a great year this going to be for Heritage collectors!!!

  34. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Did not realize that large number of “big names” and “stars” reside in SP. Could be frustrating for fans who, obviously, like to pull cards of players they like, which are typically “stars” or “bigger names”.


    Do they have other, standard base cards throughout the rest of the set?

  35. Jason Taylor
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I’m a vintage collector, so I always love Heritage. The ’65 set is one of Topps’ best designs, too. I’m also intrigued by the auto checklist this year, especially the non-baseball players. Should be a fun set to build.

  36. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Loved that Robinson Flashback….great design. Love the Mattingly manager card, too – he’s my favorite!

  37. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I absolutely loved the 2011 Heritage “Mauer Sends One Into Orbit” homage to the 1962 Topps “Killebrew Sends One Into Orbit” card. Is there a card in 2014 Heritage, or any other Heritage set that has stood out to you as being awesome?

  38. Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    love the original 65 set. These look very nice. I just wish it matched up better with the price point. With usually just a lone jersey card per box, this should be a base product. Not mid range.

    That said, it’s Heritage, and Topps knows most of us will still try to build the set. Me included.

  39. Scott Sypien
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Whats your favorite topps design of all time?

  40. Oscar Hernandez
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    The 65 set has always been a favorite of mine. Love that Heritage is bringing it back!

  41. Clay Lawhorne
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    2014 Topps Heritage looks great and can’t wait to pick up some packs today.

  42. Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Great design.

    I’ve always been a fan of the throwback sets. Maybe we can get a throwback set to reflect the awesomeness of 89 Score series 1.


  43. Ian Gibbs
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Really geeked about Heritage this year. Everything that I have seen has been really sharp. Excited to see some these live.

  44. Al Nagel
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Love the cards and that was a nice Beatles card you just pulled. Makes me want to go out an get a box or 2.

  45. Andy York
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Like the cards, love the older designs renewed. Love the BBL as well, nice to see the cards and try and win some.

  46. Jake
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    One of my all-time favorite vintage Topps sets. I wish the star players were more attainable (not short-printed). I can’t wait to see the minor league cards.

  47. Joshua Morris
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I really like the look of the 2014 Topps Hertiage and would love to win a box to see them in person!!!

  48. Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Chris, how many cards are in the miniature insert set?

  49. joe
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Nice break!!! Love the design this year!!! Thanks!!

  50. cardboardcaleb
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink


  51. Jeff S
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I like it in general, but the errors and SSPs are starting to get a bit much. If it isn’t clear right away a card is different, don’t make it.

  52. Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Best thing about this year’s Heritage is a Don Zimmer Real One Autograph!

  53. Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    LOVE the set! Thank you for busting!

  54. Brian Hayes
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I like the ’65 design – very colorful. I hope that Heritage stays around for a long time! Great bang for your buck when you buy a box.

  55. Jason K
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to Heritage every year, but had especially high hopes this year as it is based on my favorite set of the 60’s. Like I’ve said in past reviews of this product (and like others have said above), I wish they would stick to what the heritage brand has always been, and quit trying to make it like A&G and Archives. When all 3 brands are basically the same, then there is nothing special about the brands individually.

  56. Ken
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Love the old school design, always great to see current stars in an old format. The best baseball product by far. Mattingly card is my favorite!

  57. Ryan Sutley
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Love the on-card autos in this, still remember pulling one from a retail pack a few years back. Don’t always need flashy designs to make a great card

  58. Elex
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Heritage design is always a classic. I look forward to its release every year

  59. Joe
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Hands down!!!!!! This is the best heritage release thus far for the simple fact of the 1965 design. Bringing back that true nostalgia feel of America’s best game. The not computer enhanced pictures to where you can see the players pimples and nose hairs is also a really cool aesthetic look that brings you back to when packs were a nickel and not a benjamin. It also looks like this year with the coding on the back of cards you can more easily tell what card you have and see if it is a variation or sp which is completely awesome and time saving. From the looks of feebay it also looks like the hits are farely well conservative with only one hit per box which keeps the price down so that is also good. Now I just hope I get the box right in time for me to get home from Afghan! Thanks for the spreads Chris always a pleasure watching!

  60. Chad Clark
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I actually like the backs of the cards the best…LOL. The backs of these cards really pop. I love the large set size, the potential hits in these boxes and the insert sets are interesting. I really enjoy the “First Draft” inserts. Also I can’t wait to find out what the error cards are going to be this year. I had a lot of fun last year searching my stuff and not finding any. I think Heritage is far and away the best throwback product every year because its simple and it is actually all baseball cards that consist of all baseball players. Cough Cough…Ginter. I also can’t wait to see what the secondary market looks like on this product. Hopefully there will be nice Derek Jeter stuff in this set for me to chase!!!

  61. Paul schenck
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I love the errors and variations . You need a checklist when you open a box. Looking forward to opening a few.

  62. Matt Weber
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Love the Heritage design and hope they have the hot boxes again as last year I got a purple refractor blaster hot box last year. Wish the Gilligan’s island was not so tough to get.

  63. David Brewer
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Im freaking blown away

  64. Sean
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    I think my favorite part of the Heritage series is the old-school designs. The vintage look makes me long for the cards of the ’60s and ’70s, when cards were simple — you didn’t need things like chrome or relics to make the cards stand out. The designs and the photography stood on their own back then, and those same elements make Heritage an AWESOME product … all that’s missing is the bubblegum stains on the back of the cards! :)

  65. Ron Atkinson
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m certainly old enough to have collected the original 65’s but unfortunately I stopped collecting in 1961 after starting in 1957. I then took a major hiatus until resuming collecting in 1987. I’ve picked up a few 65 SF Giants along the way but I’m anxious to acquire the 2014 Heritage Giants team set. I’ve been doing this since 2007 (1958 redux) because Heritage is my favorite Topps retro brand. Needless to say, I’m an old-school kind of guy!

    Long live Heritage!

  66. Shaun Baus
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Love the 65 design, Heritage is always one of my favorite sets. Will definitely be getting a few boxes… Love going to games and getting the cards signed.

  67. Luke Santavicca
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    I usually am not a huge Heritage fan, but this year just might change that! With me being a fairly young collector, I think it is pretty neat seeing how the older cards looked like. Also, I would love to get some of this so I can rip and enjoy the cards with my dad and my grandpa, who enjoyed collecting around 1965. Also, that Padres player is pronounced “Wahkeen Benwaah” (He was on the Tigers and he was our closer in the 2013 season.) Also being a Tigers fan, I love that reference you made with Ian Kinsler! Thanks Mr. Olds, and keep ripping!!!!!

  68. Tucker Webber
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    I think the Heritage brand looks great this year. I pick one baseball set every year to collect. Last year was Gypsy Queen and this year will definitely be Heritage. I really enjoy your videos because I can see the product first and then decide if I like it and want to collect it. Thanks!!!!

  69. Randall
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Found some retail rack packs Friday morning after I watched your Ripping Retail. This is the only series of cards that I build sets for nowadays. Not too many cards or subsets and you still get a bunch of cards in each pack. Time to start building!

  70. Ron J
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Heritage has always been one of my favorites. I am old so the old style cards have appealed to me more. Can’t wait to bust a few of my own.

  71. robert
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Topps should get out of the cut auto business if they are going to trend in the direction they did in 2014 Heritage. Unexcusable when you are a fully licensed company to not put a photo with logos, etc. on a cut auto card. At least they could have used a photo and still had a jumbo cut (executed like the jumbo ticket stubs in Ticket to Stardom).

  72. Michael Windsor
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Like the 65 design. Did find the short prints to be more star-heavy than the regular base. Believe its time for Topps to develop a new line of inserts instead of relying on New Age, Then & Now and the Flashbacks.

  73. Jon Pop
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Most overrated junk product Topps produces.

  74. Tony E.
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I love the throwback- My son and I can talk about the older designs and compare to original ’65 cards we have in our collection. Getting the reprints of the older players to allow us to talk about baseball players of old.

  75. Ryan
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Great video for a preview of what to expect! Thanks!

  76. John Wayne Mullen
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Love the cards!! Brings back memories. The only thing missing in my opinion would be the gum and the gum stained card!!

  77. Tim Rash
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I love this years Heritage set its my favorite in a long time !! I would love to win a box !! Then my wife wouldn’t yell at me for buying one !!

  78. Posted March 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I wish the embossed cards weren’t rare. Really bummed me out that Topps changed that up.

  79. NickM
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Heritage keeps getting less and less interesting for me. The design is OK (1965 wasn’t a favorite, but it wasn’t one I disliked either), but you keep getting less and less in a box. Loading the SPs with stars is awful for people who buy a few boxes and want to buy or trade their way to a compete set. Chromes no longer being numbered to the year (which started last year) is also tough on collectors – they’re not scarce enough to be highly valuable, but scarce enough that it will be hard to find multiples you need from the same seller (good for the USPS, bad for the wallet).
    And doing things like 1 or 2 total buyback cards from a vintage nonsports set in the entire Heritage print run is pointless. Even if you want to make a highly limited insert, at least use a complete set of the cards you’re buying back.
    I think last year I did 1 blaster of Heritage and 1 team in a small group break (I hit a star Chrome in that break). I doubt I’ll do much more than that this year.
    The value of this set is more and more heavily weighted to gimmicks and rare hits. That doesn’t excite me.

  80. Kraig Feldman
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Ho Hum. Especially after seeing some of the breaks, I will definitely be skipping on this product. There doesn’t seem to be anything new this year that’s really enticing nor are there are hot rookies to pull. I’ll leave this for the rest of you.

  81. Nick
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Topps Heritage is my favorite product. Love the old school look and feel.

  82. Lucas
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Can’t beat the 64 design from last year…

  83. David Brown
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I can appreciate the design, it has a nostalgic feel, almost a pop art look.

  84. Posted March 16, 2014 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    would be nice with more vintage players.

  85. Rick Hissem
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Very nice, if I collected baseball I’d buy many boxes.

  86. steve emerick
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    I hate variations so sick of them. However Topps always does a great job of remaking history

  87. Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    I like this product better with each passing year as it gets closer tot he year I started collecting (1970). I’d love to have a box of this stuff. The only way I’ll get one is if I win one because I sure don’t have the extra income to purchase one.

  88. Rubin
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    NICE! Great looking cards.

  89. Todd Nelkin
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    This is another great heritage product- great job Topps- my issue is 50 years from now, I mean, i wont be around to see it, but how are people going to be able to say- oh look- this looks like a 2014/13/12/11/10- all the base sets look a like today- I have to turn a card over to see what year it is- Topps gave up on base care design and 50 years from now Heritage fans are going to be confused- in my opinion…

  90. Angel Tirado
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Great looking cards

  91. KC
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Another great product from Heritage.

  92. Tyler
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    I like the new design. I look forward to Heritage every year.

  93. Scot Van Asten
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Really like the colors of this years cards and am a big fan of the inserts

  94. Lou
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Heritage is a great product at a great price point. Classic set each year. I rush to do my taxes every year so the refund gets spent on this quickly

  95. Trevor G
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    The design is awesome and so is the checklist232

  96. Jake C
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Love the design of the cards and it is sure to bring back memories to the veterans of sports cards who remember opening this product as a kid. Also, the clean design makes the cards wonderful for through the mail or in person autographs and the retail will be a fun product for kids and adults to open as well.

  97. Richard Sandanam
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Great card design! The base card set and subsets will definitely worth collecting. This products give us a chance at how it felt like to collect some great cards back then in the good ‘ol days!

  98. Steve Ritchie
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Always look forward to the Heritage cards. This year is even better because of the classic 1965 design.

  99. Posted March 24, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Overall, I have been a huge fan of these old style cards. I even like the sp cards, variations, etc to some degree. However, maybe it is time to circle back to the beginning and start with a heritage 1952 style set sometime soon.

  100. Posted March 24, 2014 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Yes, I know heritage started out that way, what I mean is instead of next yer being 1966 and the next year 1967′ perhaps it is time for topps to go back to 1952 one of these years and start the cycle over again.

  101. Posted March 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed watching this pack opening. I just started back into the hobby less then a month ago. Really hard trying to figure out how to spend my money, whether to buy top end cards or go try to complete sets. I can say one thing, it’s nothing like it was when I was a kid! Thanks, and any advice is welcome:)

  102. chrisolds
    Posted April 4, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Jason Adams was our winner.

    Be sure to check out the upcoming Beckett Baseball with Prince Fielder on the cover for your next chance.

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