Friday, November 4, 2011

2012 Topps Heritage Checklist and Preview

Although it's still over four months until it's release, the preliminary 2012 Topps Heritage checklist has been released. Most of it follows a familiar pattern. The base set is 500 cards again, and the last 75 cards will most likely be the short prints. Just like the Jackie Robinson variation set in 2011, the 2012 set will have a John F. Kennedy base variation set.

There will be 100 card chrome, refractor and black refractor sets in 2012, but there is no checklist for these yet. Following the familiar pattern, chromes will be numbered out of 1963, refractors out of 563 and black refractors out of 63.

The four main insert sets return, including the 15 card New Age Performers set and the ten card sets of Then and Now, Baseball Flashbacks and News Flashbacks.

Relic cards for 2012 Topps Heritage include Clubhouse Collection Relics and Dual Relics, Flashback Relics, '62 Mint Coin cards, The JFK Story '63 Mint cards and The JFK Story Stamp Collection set.

Autograph sets include the Real One Autographs (both blue ink and red ink which are hand numbered to 62), Real One Dual Autos, Flashback Auto's and 1963 Cut Signatures (1/1).

Autograph Relic sets for 2012 are Clubhouse Collection Auto Relics, Flashback Auto Relics and Clubhouse Collection Dual Auto Relics (two players, two relics, two autos).

Box Loaders including Ad Panels and 1963 Originals (buyback 1963 Topps cards) can be found in hobby boxes.

New to 2012 Heritage is the Topps Stick-Ons set which pays respect to the 1963 Topps stickers and a Framed Topps Stick-Ons Buyback set featuring buybacks of original 1963 stickers (found only in hobby).

I always liked the 1963 Topps design so I am really looking forward to this set. Oh yeah, it doesn't hurt that there is a Royals team card in the base set which I believe is a first for Heritage (besides one or two that appeared in the high number sets).

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Topps Heritage Minor League Bryce Harper Autp

Haven't had much time to peruse eBay lately. Heck, I did not even realize Topps Heritage Minor League cards had hit the shelves yet. I happened to see a true auction for a Bryce Harper Topps Heritage minor league auto card and at the time of this writing, it's up to $455. Not too bad. Only about three hours left, will be interesting to see what it ends at.

2011 Topps Heritage Minor League Bryce Harper Auto

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hosmer Auto's Added to Topps Chrome

I was very glad to find out that up and coming KC Royals rookie slugger Eric Hosmer has been added to the 2011 Topps Chrome auto set as a late addition. He has some signed prospect cards out there, but this will be his first true signed rookie card.

2011 Topps Chrome Checklist

Sunday, July 24, 2011

2011 Allen and Ginter JFK DNA Relic

Just doing some eBay cruising and noticed a DNA relic card of JFK popped up. Would like to see what this one would go for in an auction, but it's listed as a Buy it Now at the moment for about 18 ounces of gold.

2011 Allen and Ginter JFK DNA Relic Card

Monday, June 6, 2011

2011 Bowman Chrome Strange Signatures

Ran across a few signatures on 2011 Bowman Chrome and regular Bowman cards that caught my eye. These are just the machine printed signatures, not actual autographs.

If it's not cursive, is it still considered to be a signature part 1?

2011 Bowman Chrome Mychal Givens

I'm guilty of this on my signature, printing the first letter of each name and using cursive for the rest.

2011 Bowman Chrome Allen Webster

I'm not sure what this signature actually says, I'm just pretty sure it doesn't say Jurickson Profar.

2011 Bowman Chrome Jurickson Profar

This is a cool looking signature, it's in English but it almost looks like Arabic.

2011 Bowman Chrome Garin Cecchini

If it's not cursive, is it still considered to be a signature part 2?

2011 Bowman Chrome Juan Nicasio

If it's not cursive, is it still considered to be a signature part 3? Oswaldo also wins the award for thinnest strokes on his letters.

2011 Bowman Oswaldo Arcia

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Highlights from Two 2011 Bowman Chrome Boxes

Nothing major with this 2011 Bowman Chrome break, but here are the highlights. As usual, I had never heard of 80% of these prospects, but you never know which ones are going to break out and be the next Piazza or Pujols.


Gold parallel of Pujols

2011 Bowman Gold Albert Pujols

Gold parallel of Jeter

2011 Bowman Gold Derek Jeter

Finest Futures Insert of Aroldis Chapman

2011 Bowman Finest Futures Aroldis Chapman

Bowman Chrome card of this year's current mega-prospect Bryce Harper

2011 Bowman Chrome BCP1 Bryce Harper

Never heard of him, but it's the only orange parallel I pulled from two boxes. It's numbered out of 250.

2011 Bowman Orange Kody Hinze

Bowmans Best Buster Posey. Bad luck cost him the season, hope he makes a full recovery for next year.

2011 Bowmans Best Buster Posey

Bowman Chrome Auto of Player I've Never Heard of #1

2011 Bowman Chrome Brian Bogusevic Auto

Bowman Chrome Auto of Player I've Never Heard of #2

2011 Bowman Chrome Tony Wolters Auto

Bowman Chrome Auto of Player I've Never Heard of #3

2011 Bowman Chrome Blake Smith Auto

Pretty fun rip, even if I did not get any huge hits.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Topps Heritage Minor League Cards Heading Our Way

According to Beckett, Topps Heritage will be releasing a minor league set this September. Of course, there will be Bryce Harper cards in there including autos and auto relics. I'm not a huge fan of minor league cards, but I do love the Heritage line. Might pick up some of these, but probably won't go overboard like I did on the regular 2011 Topps Heritage set.

A very preliminary and only partial 2011 Topps Heritage minor league checklist

2011 Topps Heritage Minor League Bryce Harper

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

RIP Paul Splittorff

One of my favorite pitchers to watch as a kid. Splitt pitched 15 seasons, all for KC and won 166 games for the Royals. After his playing career ended, he went into broadcasting starting at the high school level and eventually working his way into the Royals booth, both for radio and TV. Splitt was also inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1987 as a part of the second induction class. KC fans will miss you Splitt!

1976 Topps Paul Splittorff

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Congratulations to....


PS This 2011 Topps Heritage '62 Mint Navy SEAL's card had been sitting in my eBay store for about six weeks, and it sold today.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Topps Announces 2011 Topps Heritage Super Short Prints

Topps officially announced six super short prints for the 2011 Topps Heritage set. They are:

#125 Vladimir Guerrero (listed as a pitcher on the back)
#139 Joba Chamberlain (appears on a version of card No. 139)
#279 Bengie Molina (Wrong birthdate on back)
#392 Ryan Zimmerman (batting average incorrect on back)
#478 David Wright (Cin. Reds listed on front)
#490 Alex Rodriguez (reverse negative)

Here is the only SSP I have pulled out of the cases I opened:

2011 Topps Heritage #139 Joba Chamberlain Front

2011 Topps Heritage #139 Joba Chamberlain Front Back

And here is a nice Jackie relic that I pulled from the very last box that I opened:

2011 Topps Heritage Jackie Robinson Relic

Friday, March 18, 2011

My 2011 Heritage Highlights (So Far)

Pulled a few nice 2011 Topps Heritage cards so far.

The coin cards are pretty cool.

2011 Topps Heritage Coin Cards

First auto...haven't heard of him but cool name and an auto is an auto.

2011 Topps Heritage Gordon Windthorn Auto

2nd auto, and it's red and a player I have heard of. Did not know that Mr. Yost held the record for most games played at 3b (as of 1962...haven't checked to see if the record was broken, but I'm guessing maybe Schmidt or Brooks broke it?).

2011 Topps Heritage Eddie Yost Auto

And my favorite auto of the year so far (but hopefully not my favorite by the end of my 2011 Heritage run)...

2011 Topps Heritage Ernie Banks Auto

Thursday, March 17, 2011

12 Pack and a 12 Pack

Two things that go well together...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2011 Heritage is Loaded

Looks like 2011 Topps Heritage is off to a good start. I will be opening my first packs tonight, but I have already seen auto's on eBay of Koufax, Banks and Aaron (the Aaron is a redemption). Also a dual relic card of Bob Gibson and Roy Halladay. Lots of variations this year, still trying to get a handle on all of them but there are green, red and blue tint variations. There are black border non-refractors. There is a green border chrome set. Also noticed some of the coin cards popping up, those look nice too. Should have scans of my own to post in the next day or two.

Friday, March 11, 2011

2011 Topps Heritage Live

I had heard rumors that some 2011 Topps Heritage retail had been spotted, and sure enough there are 2011 Heritage items showing up already on eBay. The release date of hobby is not supposed to be until next Wednesday, hope hobby comes out early too! Looks like there are some type of blue tint variation short prints. Here are a few of the highlights on eBay so far.

2011 Topps Heritage Miguel Cabrerra Clubhouse Collection Relic

2011 Topps Heritage Adam Jones Blue Tint SP

2011 Topps Heritage Aroldis Chapman Rookie


There are several more, these are just a few samples. I should have lots of scans from my personal box breaks sometime next week!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy 50th Anniversary to A Different Kind of Card

Hard to believe StratOMatic is 50 years old! I have not played Strat in a long time, but I still have my set from when I was a kid. It has the 1983 cards with stats from 1982. The Brewers were awesome! I may have to get the game out soon for a 50th anniversary celebration.

NY Time StratOMatic 50th Anniversary

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2010 Bowman Chrome Buyback Bryce Harper Auto on eBay

A 2010 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper buyback auto just popped up on eBay. I did not even know Topps was going to be doing this. According to the auction description, this is one of several cards there were supposed to be included in the 2010 Bowman Chrome set but were pulled from the set before release. Since Harper is the next big hyped rookie, it will be interested to see if the seller gets their asking price which is about the same as what the first Allen & Ginter Strasburg auto sold for last year. Here is a link to the listing on eBay:

2010 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper Auto

Saturday, January 22, 2011

2011 Topps Heritage Checklist and Preview

2011 Topps Heritage Aroldis Chapman
The 2011 Topps Heritage checklist looks pretty enticing. The scheduled release date for the set is March 17th, but hopefully it will show up a few days early. Once again, the main set will consist of 500 cards, which are designed after the 1962 Topps set. There are 75 short prints again, which will most likely be card numbers 426-500, although that has not been officially announced by Topps. Short prints should fall at a rate of one every two packs. The honor of the first card of the set goes to a man who put up Texas sized numbers from the plate last season even though he missed at least a month of the season...Mr. Josh Hamilton. Stephen Strasburg will have a base card, even though he won't see the mound this season. Cards 135-144 are a Babe Ruth subset. Card #237 is "Giants Celebrate World Series". Card numbers 493-500 look like they will be the Rookie Parade subset that closed out the original 1962 set.

2011 Topps Heritage Checklist

2011 Topps Heritage Chrome Josh Hamilton
The 2011 Topps Heritage chrome set is 100 cards, but will probably expanded in another Topps set like it was in 2010 (Topps Heritage chrome card #'s 101-200 were found in regular Topps packs). The regular chrome cards will be numbered out of 1962, refractors will be numbered out of 562 and black refractors will be numbered out of 62. Highlights from the chrome set include Starlin Castro, Babe Ruth, Don Mattingly, two World Series Highlight cards and Kyle Drabek.

Insert sets will be the same as 2010, except for the chase sets. There is a 15 card New Age Performers set, a ten card Then and Now set, a ten card Baseball Flashbacks set that is loaded with Hall of Famers (Mantle, Maris, Yaz, Spahn and Gibson to name a few) and a ten card News Flashbacks set highlighting important world events from 1962 such as The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Mona Lisa visiting the U.S. and Jamaica gaining its independence. The New Age Performers set is always the tough set of the four to put together.

2011 Topps Heritage Stan Musial Real One Auto
An exciting bonus for the 2011 Topps Heritage set is how loaded the Real One Auto checklist is. Hopefully all these guys make it into the set, because if they do it may be the best collection of autographed card to grace a Heritage set since the inaugural 2001 set. The auto checklist includes Al Kaline, Bob Gibson, Brooks Robinson, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax (yes!) and Stan Musial, as well as current and recent stars like Evan Longoria, David Wright and Frank Thomas. As is the norm, there will be blue ink autographs and red ink autographs. The blue auto's are not serial numbered and the red auto's are hand numbered out of 62. The dual autographs don't disappoint either with duo's such as Banks/Starlin Castro, Gibson/Strasburg, Musial/Utley, Brooks/Longoria and more. Let's hope they all make the set! But that's not all. There is also a Flashbacks auto set featuring autographs of Al Kaline, Brooks Robinson, Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson and Frank Thomas. Each Flashbacks auto is numbered out of 25. And of course the ultimate Heritage autos, the one of one Cut Signature cards. Cut signature cards for 2011 include Mantle, Maris, Spahn, Eddie Mathews and more.

2011 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Evan Longoria
The 2011 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection checklist features some starpower as well. Regular Clubhouse Collection relic cards include modern stars like Longoria, Hamilton, Hanley Ramirez, Cano, Utley, Howard and more. The Clubhouse Collection dual relic set includes combos like Banks/Castro, Ford/Sabathia, Gibson/Halladay, Mantle/Jeter and other fantastic pairings. Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics feature Kaline, Gibson, Longoria, Robinson (Brooks and Frank) and more. Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relics include Banks/Castro, Gibson/Strasburg, Kaline/Austin Jackson, Frank Robinson/Stanton and Brooks Robinson/David Wright.

Stamp cards make a return to 2011 Topps Heritage with a huge 201 card set. The difference this year is that there only appear to be one player per stamp card instead of two (in the 2010 set). Stamp cards will numbered (out of 50 or 62?) and there will once again be hobby exclusive original 1962 stamp buyback cards.

2011 Topps Heritage '62 Mint Jackie Robinson Coin
The 2011 Topps Heritage checklist includes a brand new insert set, the '62 Mint set. Each '62 Mint card features a baseball great or an important historical event, as well as an original coin minted in 1962. Hall of Fame induction cards include silver dollars, baseball highlights include quarters, personal history cards include dimes, rookie debut cards include nickels and happy birthday cards include pennies.

Every year I look forward to the release of Topps Heritage. It's my favorite modern set by far and even though the 1962 set was never one of my favorites, I still can't wait to get a hold of some 2011 Topps Heritage.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Another One Bites The Dust

In the not to distant future, there will be no sports card news on paper. Tuff Stuff announced it is halting production and Sports Collectors Digest is switching from a weekly format to a bi-monthly format. Too bad, but as Ron Washington says..."That's the way baseball (card collecting) go."

Tuff Stuff Bites the Dust