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Topps has teased the first glimpse at the 2011 version of one of its most popular baseball card sets, Topps Heritage, and to no one’s surprise it carries the classic design of the 1962 Topps set.
The famed wood borders will return — last used in an original Topps design in 1987 — in 2011 with Heritage, a product that will pack 24 packs in every hobby box, each with one autograph or Relic card inside when it arrives in mid-March.
The base set will consist of 500 cards — 425 players along with World Series highlight cards, combos cards, League Leaders cards, Sporting News All-Stars, team cards, Rookie Parade cards and In-Action cards — all like they were in 1962. There will be 75 short-printed cards to be found, while the Chrome parallels and Topps Stamps also will return.
Oh, and if you remember the original set that means The Bambino himself, Babe Ruth, also will be involved in 2011.
New for 2011 are ’62 Mint cards, which will include money from 1962 embedded into the cards. There will be penny cards noting a player’s birthday, nickel cards noting their MLB debuts, dime cards noting personal trivia, quarter cards that focus on highlights and silver dollar cards for players who were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The autograph and Relic lineup appears to be the same as in recent years — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? — with Flashback Stadium Relics and Clubhouse Collection Relics leading the way. The autographs are all signed on-card in several forms. They include Real One, which are players whose last appearance came in 1962 Topps, Flashbacks, Cut Signature and new 60th Anniversary autographs where players note Topps’ diamond anniversary of making MLB cards.
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The insert card lineups also are the same as in the recent past just with a 1962 feel — New Age Performers, Then and Now Baseball Flashbacks and News Flashbacks. The only new inclusion are Baseball Bucks, which are mock currency found in various denominations for nearly 100 players. If you’re familiar with past Topps sets, you should recognize these as well.
Among some of the players found on the autograph checklists are Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Frank Thomas, Al Kaline, Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, David Wright, Ernie Banks and a host of obscure names who likely have very few — if any certified autographs. Among those players are “The Walking Man” Eddie Yost, Ed Bouchee, Johnny Kucks and Leo Posada to name a few. (That list is rather deep.)
Among the cut autograph selection on the preliminary checklist are Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris — naturals for the year after 61*, right? — Eddie Mathews, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Warren Spahn and others while the 60th anniversary autograph checklist is still TBD.
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