Last year we saw Heritage take on the 1970 design and today we dig in 1971, the dark year. Once again, I am talking about baseball cards.
When seeing mockups for the design I was worried about having a black border like that on cards again. I could see chipping issues galore!
But, would I feel that way after I opened the box? Well, read on to see my thoughts.
There is also a whopping 500 cards in the base set including Sp's. That's insane for a product from today. I didn't say it was a bad insane either for those set chasers that still exist this is heaven.
HOWEVER, a big HOWEVER, this years version labels the variations on the back of the card just below the name. If only I had known that before hand I wouldn't have wasted my time looking at the CMP codes. You still have to turn the card over to see what you have, but, that's easier to read than the code.
If you still want the codes to help you decipher what you have, here they are,
- Base cards 1-400 are 13
- Base SP cards 401-500 are #27
- French Text have a #40
- Error has a #44
- Missing Signature has a #45
- Silver Team Name has #46
- Action Image has #47
- Throwback has #48
- Nickname has #49
Here's a couple of my favorite base cards in the set
Along with some great photos, there are a few subsets as well.
BASE CARD VARIATIONS
Falling at 1:27, easiest to find of the variations, was this Action Photo. Luckily for me out of all of them I landed this guy...
BASE CARD PARALLELS
There is two parallels to find White which is limited to 50 copies and Flip Stock which is to 5 copies and to my surprise I found one that is 1:67 packs
The odds of hitting an autograph card from this product is astronomical, at least in my opinion. A box that doesn't pass by where I don't land a relic from this product and I did once again with a familiar face. This will make the 5th Pujols relic I have pulled in the past year from a one-hit product.
Other hits not found in my box but could be in yours includes,
- Base Chrome
- Base Mini Set
- Real One Autographs
- Real One Dual Autographs
- Real One Triple Autographs
- Senators Final Season Autographs
- Cut Signatures
- Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics
- Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relics
- Flashbacks Autograph Relics
- Clubhouse Collection Dual Relics
- Clubhouse Collection Triple Relics
- Clubhouse Collection Quad Relics
- 1971 Mint Relics
- 1971 U.S. Postage Stamp Relics
I do like this years design as the black really makes the color photos pop and the insert themes keeping that throughout is great as well.
If you have collected Heritage in the past and are a fan, I don't think you will be disappointed by this years. I like this years a lot.
Thanks to Topps for providing me this box to review and to giveaway some of the cards on Twitter. You can check out Topps website HERE. And find them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER as well! Don't forget to give them a follow on each!