First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage High Number baseball
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Heritage High Number is back in packs beginning on Sept. 23.
Topps revealed the details on 2015 Topps Heritage High Number on Wednesday, a product that makes a return in pack form for the first time since 2009. Topps released the Heritage update in packs in 2008 and 2009 along with a few basic Topps Update cards in every pack before placing the season-capper into boxed set form in 2012, which has been the routine since then.
This second helping of the 1966 Topps design will include one autograph or Relic in every 24-pack hobby box with a base set that begins with card No. 501 and adds 225 more cards to the overall set. This allows for 2015 call-ups to get their shot on a retro-styled Heritage card.
While the final 25 cards in the set will be short-printed, there also will be other cards to chase. Action image variations return as do Blue backs, minis (for 50 players; /100) and the standard Chrome parallels — Refractor (/TBD), Black (/66) and Gold (/5).
Inserts for this one will be a new batch of what we saw in the first series with some new inclusions, too — Rookie Performers, Now and Then, Award Winners and Combo cards.
For autograph collectors, there will be a new batch of Real One autos with Red parallels limited to 66 copies. There also will be Real One dual autos limited to only 25 as well as 1/1 1966 cut autos. For fans of auto Relics, the Clubhouse Collection cards return with auto Relics limited to 25 and dual auto Relics limited to 10.
For standard Relics, there are a few options — Clubhouse Collection (with Gold parallel /99), Clubhouse Collection dual (/66), Clubhouse Collection triple (/25) and Clubhouse Collection quad (/10).
Box-toppers will be back for this release, too, with ad panels (three-card strips), 1966 Topps buybacks and the 1966 Punchboards. Those will be limited to only 50 copies for the standard one with a jumbo patch Relic version limited to 25, an autographed version limited to 10 and a jumbo patch auto version also limited to 10.
A preliminary checklist was not released.
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