That’s why it is fun to tear through Topps Heritage this year, since it utilizes the company’s simple and clean design from 1969. The Topps Heritage High Number set picks up where the main Heritage set left off, with a 225-card base set that places more emphasis on traded players and rookies who have made an impact this year.
As has been the norm with these reviews, I am looking at blaster boxes of the product. But for the Heritage High Numbers I bought two boxes, so I will draw from what I pulled from both of them. I am flush with success after completing the base and SPs from the 2018 Allen & Ginter set strictly from blasters and packs and will try to do the same with Heritage High Number.
A blaster box contains eight packs. Topps tries to make the deal sound sweeter by advertising seven packs plus a bonus pack, but any way you slice it there are eight packs in the box. There are nine cards in each pack.
The design is faithful to the 1969 Topps design, with a bubble at the top of the card that lists the player’s name and position. Some of these circles are positioned at the top left-hand corner of the card, while others occupy the top right. The team name runs across the bottom of the card in large block yellow letters.
The card backs are a pinkish color with the Topps logo and card number in the upper left-hand corner. The player’s name and vital statistics are to the logo’s immediate right, and at the far right of the card is a small cartoon drawing.
The bottom half of the card is reserved for the player’s year-by-year and total career statistics.
The high number series starts at No. 501 and ends at No. 725. The last 25 cards in the set are short prints and can be found every three packs. I pulled five from the two blasters I opened. I also pulled 125 base cards between both boxes, or just over half the set. The way it worked out was 65 base and short prints per blaster, with the other seven being parallels or inserts.
There are 15 of these inserts in the Heritage High Number set, and I pulled one from each box.
Award Winners is a 10-card insert that recognizes players who had outstanding achievements in 2017, and I found one in each blaster (Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber.) There also was Rookie Performers card in each box (there are 15 cards in the subset).
Combo Cards is a 10-card insert set that celebrates two players on a particular team, and I found cards for the Indians and Nationals.
The 1969 Collector Cards, with a photo framed by a large yellow border, is a retail-exclusive product and contains 15 cards. I found one card in each blaster, pulling Nolan Arenado and Gleyber Torres.
Rounding out the inserts was a Deckle card of Jordan Hicks in one box, and a Miracle of 1969 insert in the other. The “Miracle” refers to the 1969 Mets, who shocked the baseball world by winning their division, the NLCS, and finally the World Series. This is a five-card insert, and the card I pulled featured a young Nolan Ryan.
The Heritage High Number set depicting the 1969 Topps design is slick, clean — and for me — sentimental. I’ll be heading out for more blaster boxes soon.