More Details And Images From The Upcoming 2013 Topps Heritage Release
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2013 Topps Heritage Baseball heads back to 1964. Getting its roots from 1964 Topps Baseball, the set also includes a lot of the quirks and surprises that have helped make it one of the premier brands among set builders.
The 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball set has 500 cards. This includes 75 short prints that fall every third pack. As with years past, collectors can look for several variations. All Houston Astros in the base set have a Throwback Colt .45 variation using images from the 2012 Turn Back the Clock games. Errors from the 1964 Topps Baseball are recreated intentionally for a series of short prints variations. Action Photo and Color Change variations can also be found in the set.
Numbered Chrome parallels return, as do Black Bordered Chrome cards (#/64). New to the set are Gold Bordered Chrome parallels. Numbered to 5, they are hobby exclusives. Limited Mini parallels make their brand debut in 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball. Also new to the set are Venezuelan parallels where card backs change from orange to black.
As with years past, 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball hobby boxes deliver either a relic or an autograph. However, Topps is promising that signature cards fall twice as often. Real One Autographs mix current and retired stars. Among them are players who had their last Topps card in 1964. With more than 50 players, the checklist includes Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Ernie Banks, Bob Gibson and Jose Bautista. Real One Special Edition Autographs are numbered to 64. Hobby boxes also have random Dual (#/25) and Triple Autographs (#/5). One-of-one 1964 Cut Signatures all have players from the 1964 Topps Baseball set.
Clubhouse Collection relic cards return. Premium versions include Gold parallels (#/99), Dual Relics (#/64) that pair a current player with a retired star, Autographs (#/25 or less) and Dual Autographed Relics (#/10).
High-end relics can be found in Esteemed Heritage Book Cards. Each is a one-of-one and comes with either a patch, bat knob or bat plate.
’64 Mint cards have a 1964 coin embedded into it. Versions include Nickel (#/15), Dime (#/10), Quarter (#/5) and JFK Silver Half Dollars (1/1). New 1964 Topps Coin Relics come with original 1964 Topps Coins added to a card. Numbered 1964 U.S. Postage Stamp Relics have an original 1964 stamp put into the card.
Basic inserts continue sets used in past Heritage sets. They include New Age Performers, Then & Now, Baseball Flashbacks and News Flashbacks. Memorable Moments looks back on some of the big-time highlights from the 2012 season. Baseball Flashbacks also has an autographed relic version with cards numbered to 25 or less.
A pair of framed buybacks further the look back on 1964. Collectors can find original 1964 Topps Tattoos and 1964 Bazooka Stamps. There is also a redemption for a complete 1964 Topps Baseball set.
2013 Topps Heritage Baseball has three types of hobby box toppers. Three-card strips and foil-stamped originals return. There is also a limited number of over-sized box loaders based on 1964 Topps Giants. Twenty relic versions are numbered to 25 while ten autographs are numbered to 10 or less.
Estimated Release Date: 3/4/13 Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 9 cards per pack Price Point: Low-End Baseball Card Target Audience: Set Builders, Old-Time Baseball Fans, Heritage Collectors