Monday, March 2, 2020

CARDBOARD REVIEW:2020 Topps Heritage Baseball

Welcome to 1971! Well, a look at what a card design looked like in 1971.

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.

In every hobby box of 2020 Topps Heritage baseball, there are 24 packs of 9 cards. There is one hit per box either autograph or relic and boxes currently sit at $70 or so.

Each box also comes with 1 buyback box topper

Here is what my pack had. PC add. So can't complain.

 Like I said earlier, the base card design tackles 1971 design in spectacular fashion. I also must mention now that I didn't run into any dinged corners but that doesn't mean with this design that there won't be any.

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.
Those darn short prints are out again to make us blind. Here is the back of the base card Pujols which tells us the CMP code ends in 13 which means base.

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 were the Sp's I found in my box. These fall 1:3 packs.

 CMP CODE on the back.

Here's a couple of my favorite base cards in the set
 My first Cole in a Yanks uniform

And this photo of Judge is superb!

Along with some great photos, there are a few subsets as well.

Such as teams celebrating World Series wins and LCS wins. They are just missing the Yankees celebrating.....

 League Leaders


Rookie Cups

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...

 Mike stinkin' Trout!

CMP is 47

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
White Parallel

Base and Parallel side by side. I think the black looks better.

 25 of the leagues youngest talent is here in New Age Performers. Found that Vlad guy here.

 Flashbacks has 15 cards to collect and commemorates things that happened at that time.

 20 Giants has well, 20 cards.

Then and Now has 15 cards to chase as well.

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.
At least this time it's  a bat swatch. I also dig the design.

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
OVERALL:I was actually quite impressed with my break. Nice Trout find, Pujols white, even a Pujols relic. Probably the best break I have had of the product by far.

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!


  1. That is a nice break. Great pull on that Trout action variation. Those CMP codes are near impossible to read but I still love 2020 Topps Heritage.

  2. The postseason cards may be my favorite part -- too bad the Dodgers didn't make it to at least the NLCS last year.

  3. From what I saw, the variations are labeled right above the head shot photo on the back.
    I kinda like the white ones. They're like Bizzaro World '71s.

  4. Congratulations on pulling that Gene Michael buyback. Oh man. Can't wait to see how much the Thurman Munson and Nolan Ryan buybacks sell for. The Pujols bat card and Trout SP are nice too. Overall... a very solid box.

  5. Damn looks like you got my Angels hot box...... lol

  6. Heritage should have 2 hits per box!

  7. I’d say you made out pretty well. Glad it was a fun break for you!

  8. I pulled the Josh Bell Throwback variation on the first pack I opened. How is that for 1 in 11,000+ packs. I have since put it on ebay and it is bidding pretty high.

    Also, have any of you noticed that some of the backs on the base cards are darker then the rest. It almost seems like this could be a printing variation kind of like the 1991 black light backs. Thoughts?