2.23.2009

2009 Topps Heritage: have you stocked up on horizontal binder pages?

Dude, that is a FIERCE crewcut.

Everyone is waiting for the arrival of 2009 Topps Heritage, which is based on the 1960 Topps design. Putting aside for a moment that the 1956 Topps design looks sooo much classier:

let us now praise famous baseball cards. And ask some questions.

1-Why 500 rather than 572?
2-The inclusion of baseball gum is a nice throwback, but wouldn't you rather have one extra card?
3-Aren't you glad the autographs will be on-card? Does this bode well for the end of stickers?
4-Will there be any smile cards as awesome as this?:

5-Could we live without the 75 short-prints (1:3 packs)?
6-What is the chrome parallel you're most interested in....black bordered, refractor, or chrome?
7-Are Then and Now and New Age Performs excellent or boring inserts?
8-Do you like the News Flashbacks?
9-Red autographs: why?
10-Cut signatures: meh?
11-Are stadium relics becoming more appreciated now that stadiums keep getting demolished?
12-Does 1960 Topps Whitey Ford, below, look like he could take 1960 Topps Roger Maris, above? Or is he sleepy?
13-Would you rather come upon a 1960 Topps original (1:2 boxes) than anything else in this set?

We end with a midair moment.

9 comments:

dayf said...

Pre-question statements: Yes it is and yes it does.

1) they'll tack on at least 72 more in the High series set.

2) If the gum tastes better than the High series gum, I'll take it.

3a) yes

3b) no. stickers are here to stay. As long as they design them right and stick them non-crookedly on a non-fabric surface I'm cool with it.

4) in 2009 Heritage? Possibly, but I won't count on it.

5) We could, Topps couldn't.

6) refractor

7a) excellent

7b) often boring

8) some of them

9) obligatory parallel set to create phantom 'added value'

10) Topps tends to do them right in Heritage, so not meh.

11) no. there might be a small bump in demand for Shea and Yankee stadium, but in 2 years they will be ignored again.

12) Going strictly off the 1960 Topps cards, Roger might actually eat Whitey.

13) I will buy a hobby box on Wednesday. If there is not a buyback card in the box I will beg the owner to sell me one from the boxes he opened to sell. If he won't sell me one, I will try to create a disturbance, swap boxes and run. If he does not fall for my jedi mind tricks I will cry. Loudly, with snot bubbles. If the crying doesn't embarrass him into selling me a buyback pack I will give up and buy a single 1960 common card out of the vintage case and draw a buyback logo on it with gold crayon and try to pass it off on the blog.

FanOfReds said...

Let me try these...

1-Why 500 rather than 572?

Seems like an "Topps Updates and Highlights presents Topps Heritage High Series" kind of thing in waiting...

2-The inclusion of baseball gum is a nice throwback, but wouldn't you rather have one extra card?

Yes, and no... I love the smell of the cards, I think that's part of the appeal of Heritage. Of course, I might be the only one that eats the gum and likes it (albeit for about 30 seconds until all the flavor is gone).

3-Aren't you glad the autographs will be on-card? Does this bode well for the end of stickers?

As far as I know, Heritage signatures have always been on card.

4-Will there be any smile cards as awesome as this?

I'm guessing they'll take into account some of the iconic cards and remake them, though history says they will be "error" cards ala "Jon Smoltz"

5-Could we live without the 75 short-prints (1:3 packs)?

75 of them at 1:3 packs will be painful...but it makes for a fun set to chase all spring and summer.

6-What is the chrome parallel you're most interested in....black bordered, refractor, or chrome?

I like the regular chrome for me as someone who builds set. The refractors (and especially black-borders) are usually too pricy to put together as a full set for me.

7-Are Then and Now and New Age Performs excellent or boring inserts?

I like the history of the inserts, but they don't do a lot for me. I vote boring but acceptable.

8-Do you like the News Flashbacks?

I do - again with the history thing.

9-Red autographs: why?

Red sharpies were on sale?

10-Cut signatures?

Seems like a shame if they cut up useful, historical documents...but old checks and such, not a big deal.

11-Are stadium relics becoming more appreciated now that stadiums keep getting demolished?

I don't quite get the connection most cards try to make between the "seat or wall relic" and the player pictured, that I think is what holds stadium relics back in my eyes.

12-Does 1960 Topps Whitey Ford, below, look like he could take 1960 Topps Roger Maris, above? Or is he sleepy?

I think Whitey could take most players in his sleep...

13-Would you rather come upon a 1960 Topps original (1:2 boxes) than anything else in this set?

I don't like the stamp on the cards...so if they are continuing that, not really.

paulsrandomstuff said...

1-Why 500 rather than 572?

Because 500 is a nice round number and they don't have to do 572 anymore because the configuration of the printing sheets has changed.

2-The inclusion of baseball gum is a nice throwback, but wouldn't you rather have one extra card?

Yes, even if it was just another ToppsTown card. The gum goes straight into the trash anyway.

3-Aren't you glad the autographs will be on-card? Does this bode well for the end of stickers?

I don't get worked up about it anymore. As long as the stickers are integrated into the card design and are properly signed & applied, they don't bother me.

4-Will there be any smile cards as awesome as this?

Hopefully

5-Could we live without the 75 short-prints (1:3 packs)?

I think so, but evidently Topps thinks nobody would collect Heritage if they made it too easy. Who knows? Maybe they're right.

6-What is the chrome parallel you're most interested in....black bordered, refractor, or chrome?

None of the above. Chrome does not belong in a vintage-style product.

7-Are Then and Now and New Age Performs excellent or boring inserts?

I'll let you know when I see this year's version, but I've never been impressed by them before.

8-Do you like the News Flashbacks?

Not really. I prefer to have baseball cards in my baseball card packs.

9-Red autographs: why?

Because there was a purple Sharpie shortage :)

10-Cut signatures: meh?

I've never owned one, so...

11-Are stadium relics becoming more appreciated now that stadiums keep getting demolished?

I know I'd like to have some sort of Shea Stadium relic card. I couldn't afford the seats they were selling, I didn't want a generic brick & most of the other memorabilia items were too big & too expensive to find a place in my home.

12-Does 1960 Topps Whitey Ford, below, look like he could take 1960 Topps Roger Maris, above? Or is he sleepy?

Roger Maris wins, hands down.

13-Would you rather come upon a 1960 Topps original (1:2 boxes) than anything else in this set?

No, I'm not really interested in pulling a 1960 Topps common with a foil stamp.

Jeffrey Wolfe said...

1) I'm not complaining though I think to be closer to the spirit of the '60 set they should get rid of the high number series and make it one shot of 572.
2) I actually like the gum though I think they should stop making it in Mexico and make it in Duryea, PA again. I heard that you used to be able to smell it ten blocks down the street when Topps was printing cards. But I digress, if they put an "extra" card instead of the gum it would never be a base card. They would put a stupid insert card in or *shudder* a Topps Town card. Don't give Topps any ideas. Gum is fine gum is fine...
3)Stickers are here to stay because: they are cheap, they can sign sheets and sheets and use them for years on anything and they don't have to keep sending cards to players and mail them back. But, um yeah, on card is better and always will be because they are harder to make.
4)Only if you pull an original Drysdale. But I'm sure there will be some goofy poses, by Torii Hunter at least.
5)Yes but it makes people rip more product so no.
6)I think a black border would be more authentic looking than a "1960" crome-refractor-outer-space-foil-card.
7)I'd rather have more base cards of more players.
8)Some of them are cool but most are boring.
9)Because the black pen ran out of ink. But seriously it's a gimmick to cause false demand. Yes Topps, I know your dirty little secrets.
10)I kinda like the Heritage cut autos. I'd love to pull one. So, not meh.
11)I think stadium relics are even cooler than jerseys. Just me perhaps.
12)I think Whitey's calm, cool veneer hides the rage of a Tiger underneath while Maris looks and talks tough. Ol' Whitey would kick his ass.
13)If I spent 70 bucks on a hobby box and didn't get one, I'd be upset.

night owl said...

1. High numbers here we come!
2. Yup.
3. Yes. Stickers are here for good unless we storm Topps headquarters with flaming torches.
4. I imagine there will be a card of Vladdy Guerrero, and his smile is unbeatable.
5. Not only could I live without the short-prints, but I think it would actually add years to my life.
6. Eh. They're all equal to me.
7. Yawn
8. They're OK. As inserts. Don't start putting them in the regular set.
9. Red's pretty.
10. People who love cut signatures make me sad.
11. Stadium relics? Meh.
12. Pitchers are almost always smarter than hitters, so, yeah, Whitey could take him.
13. I'd love a '60 original, if they didn't tamper with it.

jacobmrley said...

1. They capped last year's at 500 as well, and then did a high number series. I imagine they will do the same here.

2. Gum! cards were used to sell the gum, not the other way around.

3. Yes. Yes. a thousand times yes. Sticker autos only work with really modern looking cards, and should be a last resort. I am afraid stickers are here to stay, though. But I can live with them on like, Donruss Elite. I prefer the Heritage and Masterpiece cards to be on-card.

4. I always thought DD looked like a young Jack Nicholson in this picture. They used it again in 1961 and 1962, I believe.

5. I like SPs, but 75 in a 500 card set is a little excessive. 40-50 would be sufficient.

6. Old time vintage cards shouldn't have chrome parallels.

7. excellent. any excuse to have some vintage players on cards. I like seeing minnie minoso pop up on a card now and then.

8. yes.

9. variation lets them artificially make scarcity.

10. I like cut sigs only when the player is dead and unable to sign a card.

11. I love the stadium relics and have a bunch of them, especially since it is usually a nice big piece. There is nothing worse than those little tiny 'relics' the size of my pinky nail.

12. sleepy. maybe grumpy or dopey, maybe even sneezy. certainly not bashful or happy, doc.

13. I have a boatload of 1960 around, so not unless it was roberto clemente or mickey mantle or the like.

Flash said...

They make horizontal binder pages? When did this happen?

dinged corners said...

To clarify, the pages themselves are not horizontal but the slots for cards are. So you can look at horizontal cards without turning the binder, or for that matter, tilting your head. They carry these at hobby shops somewhere near other things we didn't know existed, such as teeny tiny toploaders for mini cards. Email us if you have trouble finding these and we'll send some.

Kentucky Harold said...

Over the past three months I have spent nearly $3000 on fillings and crowns for my teeth. Topps bubble gum from 1961 to 1963 probably had something to do with my problem.

If the cards are standard 3.5 inch by 2.5 inch they will not fit snugly in horizontal pocket pages, but will be loose and crooked.