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).