Did Topps Just Unveil an Early Card of the Year Contender?



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

We’re a week out from the release of 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball. And Topps has previewed what’s likely to be one of the most coveted cards in the product, particularly those into the set’s vintage leanings.

From Topps’ Instagram account came this:

Nolan Ryan and Johnny Bench may not be the rarest or most valuable signatures out there, but put them together on a card that connects to their respective Rookie Cards and you’ve got something. Think of it like a match. Burn one individually and there’s not a big flame. Put them together and you’ve got fire.

Both of the Hall of Famers have their Rookies in 1968 Topps Baseball, the set that 2017 Topps Heritage is based on. Like other Rookie Cards in the original set, Ryan and Bench shared their first cards with other players. They weren’t together like they are on this Real Ones Dual Autograph, but it’s probably safe to say that most collectors would rather have a Ryan-Bench dual than a Ryan-Jerry Koosman or a Bench-Ron Tompkins.

2017 Topps Heritage Baseball releases officially on March 1. A full checklist has not yet been released.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Jacob 22 February, 2017 at 12:27

    Topps basically made this same dual autograph card in 2005 Fan Favorites (they also made a Tom Seaver/Rod Carew 67 reprint)

  2. JDonovan 23 February, 2017 at 08:35

    Jerry Koosman gets absolutely NO love. He pitched in MLB for 19 seasons, winning over 200 games, and received (far too few) votes for the Hall of Fame. But since he shared the card with Ryan, people talk about him like he was nothing more than a September call up.

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