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2023 Topps Heritage Is Back, Mixing Up The Past & Present

Topps Heritage has a long history of celebrating, well, the long history of Topps baseball cards. This is a set not driven by hits, although they’re in there. It’s not really driven by rookie cards, either, although they’re in there too. No, the product is driven by nostalgia, with a taste of today and tomorrow as well.

It’s a winning formula, but how does 2023 Topps Heritage stack up? What will collectors find inside?

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2023 Topps Heritage release date & release formats

The release date of 2023 Topps Heritage is scheduled for May 31, 2023 (subject to change).

Hobby packs contain 9 cards per pack. 2023 Topps Heritage Hobby boxes contain 24 packs per box. Hobby cases contain 12 boxes per case.

Each hobby box of 2023 Topps Heritage contains one Autograph or Memorabilia card and one Box Loader per box.

Hobby boxes of 2023 Topps Heritage are pre-selling for around $95.

Retail blasters will also be available, although the exact format and contents of these have not yet been announced.

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2023 Topps Heritage base set & design

The 2023 Topps Heritage base set design is based on the classic vintage 1974 Topps set. The checklist contains current players and rookies with a few legends mixed in. Subsets include League leaders, All-Stars, Postseason highlights, and rookie stars.

The 2023 Topps Heritage checklist consists of 500 cards, with the final 100 (numbers 401-500) being short-printed. These SPs are seeded 1:3 packs.

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2023 Topps Heritage Base Card

2023 Topps Heritage parallels & variations

As is customary in Topps Heritage releases, there are a number of parallels and variations available for the chasing enjoyment of collectors.

Parallels include limited Black Bordered (/50) and Flip Stock (/5). Both are hobby exclusives.

Base Short Print (SP) and Super Short Print (SSP) Variations include:

  • Mini Base, numbered out of 100.
  • Throwback Uniforms, which are denoted as “ultra-rare”.
  • Image Variations, which is a hobby exclusive.
  • Nickname Variations, which are limited.
  • Topps also teases that more surprises are in store.

100 of the most interesting cards receive Chrome variations.

Chrome parallels include:

  • Refractor: /574
  • Silver Parallel: /374
  • Black Bordered: /74
  • Gold Bordered: / 5 (Hobby Exclusive)
  • Superfractor: 1/1
  • Hot Box Refractor 
2023 Topps Heritage Black Parallel

2023 Topps Heritage Box Loaders

Each hobby box includes a box loader, of which there are several different types.

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Oversized 1974 Topps Baseball

50 base cards get oversized versions as box toppers, which are serial-numbered to 1,000 copies each.

Select subjects also get autographed parallels limited to only 25 copies each.

1974 Topps Puzzles

Inspired by puzzles produced by Topps in 1974, these are limited to 500 copies each.

1974 Deckle Edge Baseball

Based on the original 1974 Deckle Edge test issue. These are produced to match the original 2-7/8” by 5” size with scalloped edges. Seeded 1:2 boxes.

1974 Topps Originals

Buybacks of original 1974 Topps cards that get a foil “buyback” stamp. Seeded 1:2 boxes.

2023 Topps Heritage inserts

The inserts in 2023 Topps Heritage will be familiar to collectors of prior Heritage offerings.

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New Age Performers

Featuring some of the most exciting young players in the game, this insert set captures some future legends in the making.

Then and Now

Mixing past and present, this set features the top stars of 1974 paired with players of today.

Baseball Flashbacks

Features some of the biggest MLB highlights from 1974.

News Flashbacks

The biggest news stories of 1974 get featured in cardboard glory.

2023 Topps Heritage relics

Each box of 2023 Topps Heritage comes with either an autograph or a relic card. While autographs are usually the more popular hit, don’t snooze on the memorabilia.

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Clubhouse Collection Relics

Featuring a game-used uniform and bat piece of some of today’s stars.

Gold Parallel versions numbered /99 or fewer and 1/1 hand-numbered Patch Parallel versions are also available.

Clubhouse Collection Dual Relics

These are hand-numbered to 74 copies each. Hand-numbered 1/1 Patch Parallel cards are also available.

Clubhouse Collection Triple Relics

Hand-numbered to 25 copies, with 1/1 Patch Parallels also available.

Clubhouse Collection Quad Relics

Hand-numbered to 10 copies, with 1/1 Patch Parallels also available.

1974 Mint

These feature major league stars with embedded coins minted in 1974. Nickel cards are numbered /15, Dimes are /10, Quarters /5, and you can find 1/1 Half Dollars as well.

1974 U.S. Postage Stamp Relics

In 1974, a first-class postage stamp would set you back 10 cents. These cards, which feature postage stamps minted in 1974 alongside players of today and yesteryear, figure to set you back more than that.

2023 Topps Heritage autographs

While 2023 Topps Heritage is not a product completely driven by hits, the autographs in the product are typically quite popular with collectors.

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Real One Autographs

On-card autographs that feature some of the MLB greats of today and the past.

2023 Topps Heritage Real One Autograph

Real One Special Edition Autographs

Similar to Real One Autographs, but signed in red ink and serial numbered out of 74.

Real One Dual Autographs

Dual-signed cards numbered 25 copies each.

2023 Topps Heritage Real One Dual Autograph

Real One Triple Autographs

Three autographs on each card. Limited to only five copies each.

Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics

Clubhouse Collection relics with an on-card autograph. Numbered to 25 or fewer. 1/1 Patch Parallels are also available.

Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relic

Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relics

These hobby exclusives are limited to only 10 copies or fewer. 1/1 Patch Parallels are also available.

Clubhouse Collection Dual Auto Relic

Flashback Autographed Relics

Celebrating moments from the 1973 season and featuring a game-used relic and an on-card autograph. 1/1 Patch Parallels are also available.

Flashback Auto Relic

1974 Baseball Cut Signatures

1/1 cut signatures featuring players who are no longer with us.

1974 Celebrity Cut Signatures

Another 1/1 cut signature set, this time featuring celebrities.

2023 Topps Heritage value

Topps Heritage is an affordable break high on nostalgia but not really hit or rookie card driven. But is it a good buy-and-hold candidate for fans of unopened materials? Let’s see what the numbers tell us.

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YearRecent Comp Sale

This all suggests that while Topps Heritage doesn’t crater in value, it’s unlikely to be a big gainer in unopened form. This product is designed to be opened and enjoyed.

From a singles perspective, there’s some real potential here. Looking at 2022 Topps Heritage, some of the rarer autographs of big names in PSA 10 slabs (or equivalent) sell for $3,000-$6,000. Obviously, the vast majority are going to sell for significantly less than that. The potential upside is clear, however.

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Final thoughts on 2023 Topps Heritage

Topps Heritage is a homage to the past that celebrates the present. Despite its moderate price tag, there’s a chance at some interesting hits and a lot of fun. This has the makings of an enjoyable lower-cost break.

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2023 Topps Heritage Base Card

Other 2023 Baseball Releases

2023 Topps Heritage Checklist

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Mike D.

Mike D

Mike D. has collected cards for over 35 years, since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. His fandom,  collecting interests, and contributions to Cardlines center around baseball in general and the Baseball Hall of Fame specifically.

Mike's collecting focus is centered on graded cards, mostly rookie cards, of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Lately, he's been enjoying dabbling in graded minor league cards. A collector/investor with a "buy and hold" approach, Mike takes the long-term view with his collection.

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