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

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The final checklist for this year’s edition of Topps Heritage has been released, and there are nearly 60 different signers on the autograph checklist alone as Topps turns back the clock to 1965 in this long-running brand.

Among the signers for this one, which arrives on March 7, are Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones, Don Zimmer, Ernie Banks, Don Larsen, Michael Wacha, Nomar Garciaparra, Willie Mays and plenty more from the past and the present.

Oh, and there will be two Keith Olbermann autographed cards, too — and that’s just the solo sigs.

To view or save a copy of the final checklist as released by Topps, click here.



There are 20 1965 Celebrity Cut Sigs cards to chase with, oddly, more than half of the subjects being baseball players. Among the non-players are Art Garfunkel, Betty White, Charlton Heston, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Carter, John Wayne and Jack Lemmon. Notable players in this one include Bob Gibson, Johnny Bench, Ron Santo, Stan Musial, Tommy Lasorda and Tim McCarver.

There are also 20 other 1965 Baseball Cut Sigs cards to chase with some of the notables including Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Johnny Podres, Jim Palmer, Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver.

For dual Real One autos, there are some nice positional pairings as well as franchise duos. Among them? Ryan and Yu Darvish, Manny Machado and Cal Ripken Jr., Jay Bruce and Frank Robinson, Johnny Bench and Buster Posey, as well as Ken Griffey Jr. and Bryce Harper to name a few.

For Triple autos, there are just five cards — add Fergie Jenkins to that Ryan-Darvish, add Jim Palmer to the Orioles, add Bench to the Reds and throw in a Rod Carew-Josh Hamilton-Don Baylor card for Angels fans and a Bruce Sutter-Billy Williams-Jenkins card for the fans of the Cubs.

The base set will consist of 500 cards (the last 75 being short-prints) with Throwback Uniform, Action Image and Logo Variations to hunt. There are 20 uniform variations, 25 image variations and 25 logo variations in this one with notables such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Derek Jeter and Miguel Cabrera among those getting the switcharoo treatments. (Some players have more than one.) Other variations were not announced.

Among the Rookie Card players in this one will be Xander Bogaerts, Kolten Wong, Nick Castellanos and Billy Hamilton to name a few with nearly all RCs paired on two-player cards like back in 1965. Castellanos and Hamilton will share an RC.

The list of short-printed players is heavy on stars with Yasiel Puig, Jeter, Justin Verlander, Jose Fernandez, Darvish, Paul Goldschmidt, Robinson Cano (Mariners), Matt Harvey and Cabrera among them. There also will be Blue and Red variations, according to the checklist, presumably for retail distribution at Walmart and Target stores as in past years.

There are just three players and four cards in the 1965 MLB Draft insert set — Graig Nettles, Ryan and a pair of Johnny Bench cards. Among the News Flashbacks subjects are Bill Cosby, Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Many of the autograph subjects are players who appeared in the original 1965 Topps set along with other past players. Bill Virdon, Doc Edwards, Don Larsen (Astros), Maury Wills and “The Yankee Killer” Frank Lary are among those on the list.

Signing 1965 Giant box-loaders are 10 players, including Bo Jackson, Craig Biggio, Machado, Palmer and Tom Glavine among others, while names of note on the 10-card autographed Relic list include Cabrera, Goldschmidt and David Freese.  Dual auto Relic signers include Bench, Posey, Yoenis Cespedes, Rickey Henderson, Chipper Hones, Wade Boggs and Evan Longoria.

Players signing Flashbacks auto Relics include Al Kaline, Gibson, Williams, Banks, Frank Robinson, Juan Marichal, Luis Tiant, Wills, Orlando Cepeda and Mays.

Check out the checklist in the link above for more.

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 by clicking here.

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  1. Jeff Peveto 26 February, 2014 at 22:36

    Count me as that guy too. Always my favorite set of the year, but I really don’t understand why include autos of inactive players who did not play in 1965? As a Royals fan I love Bo and Sabes, but they don’t belong here. I see Frank Thomas on the list…here’s hoping it’s the 3 time All Star Frank J Thomas and not the HoF Big Hurt.

  2. Kevin 27 February, 2014 at 08:48

    Where are the pictures?? This product is 8 days out and so far we have seen nothing. No one is excited to see or pull a KO autograph. Is this product going to be 90% redemption? I guess topps just thinks because it has the heritage name on it people will buy it sight unseen. How about some more info guys?

  3. Matthew 27 February, 2014 at 13:36

    Jeff, I’m fairly certain that in this case Topps is including the Frank Thomas who played in the 1960s and was with the Phillies in 1965.

  4. Jason K 27 February, 2014 at 16:08

    I love Heritage. I was especially excited about this year’s set because it pays tribute to my favorite set from the 60’s. But, I gotta tell ya, there are a lot of head scratchers here. Jimmy Carter and Tommy Lasorda didn’t come into national prominence until 1972 and 1976 respectively. Nolan Ryan, Johnny Bench, and Tom Seaver didn’t make their debuts until 1966 & 1967. And why on earth is Olbermann in this set? This set used to be a flashback to the year of the original set with today’s players being a focus.

    With names like Chipper, Nomar, Carew, Ripken, Griffey, Baylor, Sutter, Biggio, Boggs, Glavine, Rickey Henderson, and Bo Jackson (along with the names I already mentioned) this seems more like Archives than Heritage. Don’t get me wrong, I love both Heritage and Archives for what they are, but let’s not dilute either brand by making Heritage into something it isn’t.

  5. Jeff Peveto 1 March, 2014 at 11:21

    Matthew, looks like both Frank’s are represented.

    Jason, I completely agree with the dilution and brand points. One note on Ryan, Bench, and Seaver. They were all drafted in 1965 and are part of the “Draft Pick” subset. But Bo, Boggs, Ripken, Rickey, etc don’t belong here. I’m ok with Olbermann – while I don’t like his political ramblings, he is still one of the best sports reporters of the last 25 years. Not to mention, he used to work for Topps (writing the interesting facts on the back of baseball cards!). He’s also a great supporter of the card industry and collector himself. Lastly, Frank is on the checklist from Topps.

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