Review: Topps Heritage High Number

1. Card Design:

I must give credit to Topps when it comes to Heritage. Not only do they let us all reminisce like we are opening 1970 Topps with this product, but they also realize its popularity. To capitalize on that, Topps issues the High Number series to mirror products from our yesteryear but also to satisfy everyone’s need for more Heritage. It is hard to argue with the card design of Heritage because Topps is rehashing a tried and true design from years past. This year is the aforementioned 1970 design with its gray border and white frame along with the player’s name in scripted black and the player’s position and team name in red block letters. Part of collecting is about reminiscing and Heritage always hits that mark.

Score 5.0/5.0

2. Checklist Review

This checklist like the card design checks all my boxes because as a set builder, the more base there is, the better. High Number has another 200 base cards to add to the first series of Heritage and its 500 base cards. Add in the 25 SP’s and you have a set count that gets back into those older sets which make use of your 800-count boxes. High Number, like most sets, makes a point to feature many rookies and has that luxury since it is a late season release. In demand first year players like Vladimir Guerrero, Fernando Tatis, Eloy Jimenez and Pete Alonso are here to give the base top value. In fact, over 20% of the base (42 cards plus 4 more SP’s) have the “RC” logo which means this set also caters to the prospectors. Those parallel chasers can go after Black Border that are numbered to 50 and Flip Stock (card construction is flipped with matte on the front and glossy on the back) that are numbered to 5 among others that are mentioned below.

Score 4.3/5.0

3. Collectability

As I have previously mentioned, Topps Heritage High Number reaches all collectors on many levels. If you are a set builder, check. If you like a product that looks back at a previous time, check. If you are a prospector, check. If you are a team collector, check. If you like inserts of all types, check. All are a tribute to this product’s popularity every year it comes out.

Score 5.0/5.0

4. Favorite Parallel/Insert Set

There are those of you that are set builders (like me) and then there are those that take it to the next level: master set builders. Heritage High Number meets your needs too with its numerous parallels and inserts. I already mentioned the Black Border and Flip Stock. Everyone loves the 50 Chrome parallels which are numbered to 999. Chrome also includes Refractors numbered to 570, Black Border numbered to 70, Gold Border numbered to 5 and the elusive 1/1 Superfractor. In addition, Hot Boxes will have exclusive Purple Refractors. But that’s not all – there are also parallels in Metal, Trade, Nickname, Throwback Uniform, Action Image, Team Name Color, French and Minis. If that was not enough, there are also some cool inserts. One in particular is my favorite, The Hammer’s Greatest Hits, which celebrates Hank Aaron with 15 cards of his biggest moments. Other inserts of note include Award Winners, Now and Then, Combo Cards, Rookie Performers as well as some that celebrate 1970 like Scratch Offs, Candy Lids, Cloth Stickers and Story Booklets. If you purchase Hobby Boxes, look for the box toppers which could give you Topps Posters and Super Box Loaders.

Score 4.75/5.0

5. Autos/Relics

For you breakers, there are some interesting autos to chase. Real One Autographs features a mix of current and retired players. Special Edition Real One Autographs come in red ink numbered to 70. I have never been a fan of the number written on the card and would rather see it stamped like others. Real One Dual Autographs feature two autos of players – some are both current players while some have one each of a current player and a HOFer. My insert set devoted to Hammerin’ Hank features his signature numbered to 5. Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics are numbered to 25 and Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relics are numbered to 10. The ultimate auto chase will be for Baseball Cut Signatures and Celebrity Cut Signatures. All are 1/1 and feature players and celebs from 1970. Relics are also represented with Clubhouse Collection Relics which also feature a Gold parallel numbered to 99 and a Patch that is 1/1 found only in Hobby boxes. There are also Dual Relics, Triple Relics and Quad Relics – all are numbered 1/1 and also found only in Hobby.

Score 4.5/5.0

Overall

Topps Heritage, like Archives, is one of my favorite releases for the year. The neat thing about High Number is it gives Topps to add what they want because of its late release. This gives us a chance to grab some extra rookies and autos of players who have shined throughout the season. It is hard to resist turning back the clock to 1970 and reliving a classic vintage design. It is a fun set to build, a fun wax to open and a fun box to break. Plus it holds great value because of its high quality. Hop into Heritage High Number if you have not yet. You won’t regret it.

Overall Score 4.71/5.0

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