First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League


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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Baseball card collectors will get another chance to revisit 1966 this year as Topps‘ annual retro minor-league set arrives in September.

Topps released the basic details and first images of 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League on Friday, and it’s a farm-team twist on the 1966 Topps design that will pack two autographs and one Relic into every 24-pack hobby box when it hits on Sept. 16. This will be a hobby-only product.

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The base set will consist of 200 cards capped by 25 short-prints. Each will have five parallels — Blue, gum-damaged card backs, Orange (/25) and 1/1 Black and printing plates.

Like its big-league counterpart, there will be Real One Autographs with Blue, Orange (/25) and 1/1 Black parallels along with printing plates. An autographed insert will be Looming Legacy  where past and present minor leaguers’  autos will be seen on a retro design. These will be numbered (volume TBD) with a 1/1 Black and printing plate parallel.

The autographed Relics will be Clubhouse Collection cards once again with Orange (/25) and 1/1 Black and plate parallels. Unsigned Relics also will exist with Blue joining the same rainbow.

For insert cards, there will be Minor Miracles — top performers of the last year — along with Road to the Show, a set that will note teams a guy played for while advancing in his career.

Last but not least, there will be the latest chance for a collector to become a minor-leaguer for a day with the Make Your Pro Debut contest. It will be the fourth time someone will sign a one-day contract with a minor league team and go through everything a player does in a day — and even more.

A preliminary checklist was not released.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter @chrisolds2009.


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  1. Tom 11 May, 2015 at 12:35

    Minor leaguers with scribbled chirography on stickers? These guys can’t take a moment out of their AAA lives to sign a real baseball card (or Topps does not care enough to try)?

    Try Panini Cooperstown Signatures – all Hall of Famers, all (or almost all) are hand signed and great players like Kaline, Seaver, Eckersley, Ryan, Ripken, etc. all care enough about their name to make their autograph legible. Who cares if the manufacturer has a license when in comes to the importance of the signature?

  2. phillies_joe 12 May, 2015 at 11:33

    This is a “buy a box and put it in the closet for 5 years” product for me (after opening… all cards must be set free!!!!. Other prospect products are much nicer looking…insert sets look nice though. Disappointed if Looming Legacy auto’s show players in thier MLB uni’s

  3. cardcollectorfromwayback 14 May, 2015 at 15:53

    This is another bummer for Heritage. The quality of the photos is terrible, again, as it has been since the mid-to-late 2000s in Heritage. If you don’t believe me, get some original 1966s and compare those photos with 15 Heritage.

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