First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League
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.
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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisolds2009.