‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Heritage”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Heritage”, I Think Of…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Heritage”, I Think Of…

Today is release day.  And on this day, the new 2014 Topps Heritage issue becomes available to collectors for the first time.

Many collectors are excited about this.  I am not one of them…  I’ll grab my Marlins team set, a few cards for my player collections and then I am done.  No packs, no box breaks, nada.

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting 5 ½ years ago, I was immediately drawn to the Heritage theme as I always had a strong liking for vintage card design, especially the ones from my youth.  And I thought it would be neat to see modern players featured in modern sets with those old-school looks.  Topps’ Heritage, Archives, and Fan-Favorites give us precisely that.

But now, I am bored by most of it.  Sure, I like the idea.  But I think it has morphed into way more than it should be.  And it has invaded more and more products as the years have passed.

So, when I hear ‘Topps Heritage’, the first thing that I think of is ‘PLAYED OUT’.

Topps Heritage

If Topps kept this special, I think it would be so much better.  As much as I like insert sets and seeing modern players featured on classic baseball card designs, it is just too much right now.  And in my eyes, it has made the Heritage brand not as special as it should be.  Sure, the Heritage set is the one that truly pays homage to the full set from that collecting year, as is stays true to the card style, the variations, and errors, but as we get closer and closer to the Heritage sets that will honor the great sets of the 1970’s and 1980’s, we will have already seen modern Topps products that features the 1971, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1983, 1987, and many more card designs.

And it is at that point that I think that Topps Heritage will sink.

This is just my opinion, but if you are a Topps Heritage fan, I would suggest that you enjoy the next few years because once we get into the designs of the 1970’s, you’re going to feel like you’ve seen all of this before…

What do you think?  What Is The First Things When You Think Of When You Hear ‘Topps Heritage’?

Let me hear it!!

10 responses to “‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Heritage”, I Think Of…

  1. The first thing I think of is “delayed”. Today is NOT the release day. Topps pushed it back to March 14.

    Heritage is great because the designs of the 60s were Topps best. Yeah, I’ll drop off from Heritage when they get to ’73. Because 72 was the last good design they had. OMG, the 80s? The words that come to mind are “recycled” and “crap”. The 70s designs were plenty dull (yes, I know everybody likes the 75s. Me, not so much).

    But this year is ’65’s year. The best design Topps ever did. That’s what baseball cards are supposed to look like. And Topps has not overdone the ’65 design in its inserts. They’ve barely done anything with it. Donruss did a poor imitation, once, but that wasn’t the 65s. I’m a big fan of the ’66 design, as well, and everybody loves a good ’67. That’s two more designs Topps has hardly touched. Then comes ’68, which everybody hated (and which, again, Topps hasn’t touched). And then ’69-’72…which have been overdone, but which are still in that run of Topps greatest designs ever. After that, I’m not really interested. Its been snooze city for the last 40 years.

    • Stubby- I would agree that the 65 design is very, very solid. But after that, it is a big drop off – 66, 67, and 69 offer little when it comes to the graphics.

      And once it gets into the 70’s, it has all been pretty much re-done already (sometimes more than once).

      • To each his own. But I disagree completely. What, you like ’65 because it has a pennant but dislike the others because they don’t? I guess you love ’81 because of the stupid cap. The thing that counts is the overall look. I like ’66 because it was colorful, though I recognize it’s not a popular design with others. ’67 is always among the top designs given by collectors across a wide spectrum of age groups time after time after time–specifically because it is “clean” (the top designs usually end up being–in no particular order–’52, ’65, ’67. After that there’s a huge drop-off, then you get some mix of ’53, ’57, ’64, ’69, ’70, ’71, ’72, ’75, ’83 & ’84.).

        Anyway, Heritage will be just fine. Why? Because the design for any given year is 50 years old and you’re always going to have a group of people nostalgic for that design because that’s when they collected, or because that was “vintage” when they started collecting, and there are new people coming into the hobby all the time. Hey, I never thought there’d be a market for junk wax (and the people who were collecting then may indeed be pretty much turned off to it), but I see people collecting that stuff all the time. You like the ’89 design? Want to build that set? Heck, you can probably buy a case of it for $50 or $60. And me, I think that design sucks. But you’ve got modern collectors building it old school–one card at a time–and they’ll tell you they like the design.

        If anything, I’d worry about the flagship. I think that’s on life support, right now. People only buy it out of habit, certainly not for design or content or value.

        If there’s love out there for junk wax, though, Heritage will have no problem surviving. You’re played out on it? There’s five more collectors lining up to take your place.

      • Stubby- I appreciate your opinion. I just don’t share it. Thanks for your contribution.

  2. When I think of Topps Heritage I think of the word troubled. I LOVE Topps Heritage; it has been a great set for Topps and I have been a big supporter of this series. I don’t think that seeing repeated designs in Heritage is as big of an issue as some of the changes that Topps has made to the Heritage.

    – Starting with 2012 Heritage Minors Topps began using an inferior white card stock on Heritage cards. A big draw of Heritage was the use of old school card stock that was originally used.

    – In 2012 Topps began selling an (overpriced/limited) online exclusive Heritage Update set. Topps used to sell Heritage Update in packs that could be found almost at every LCS or retail store.

    These two changes have been a huge turn off for most collectors of Heritage and I think that these changes are going to be the downfall of Heritage.

    • Matt- Excellent commentary. I did not even think about the distribution of the cards. Topps did this to themselves, and these online exclusive sets are getting a bit tiresome (in my opinion). 1 is ok, but now it is 3-4, and soon who knows??

  3. connorhoopman

    I know this wouldn’t happen but Inqould love to see curret players in 89 topps design. And first thing that comes to mind is nice product but overpriced,

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