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2024 Topps Heritage Baseball Turns Back the Clock To 1975

The baseball card collecting hobby has always been served with a healthy dose of nostalgia. The cards of our youth always hold a special place in our collecting consciousness. Paying homage to this history is what Topps Heritage is all about.

Its spot as an always popular highlight of the collecting calendar only further proves the point.

But what is the story with 2024 Topps Heritage Baseball? What will collectors find inside? What are the hits? And does it provide good value? And what’s the deal with those 1975 Topps borders?

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2024 Topps Heritage Baseball release date & format

The release date for 2024 Topps Heritage Baseball is scheduled for April 10, 2024 (subject to change).

Hobby Boxes of 2024 Topps Heritage Baseball contain 24 packs per box. Each hobby pack contains 9 cards. There are 12 hobby boxes per hobby case.

Hobby Boxes contain one autograph or relic per box, plus one box topper.

Retail Blaster Boxes contain eight packs per box with 9 cards per pack. Monster Boxes contain 15 packs of 9 cards. Retail Hanger Boxes contain 35 cards per hanger. Retail Fat Packs contain 20 cards per pack. There are 108 Fat Packs per Fat Pack box.

Hobby Boxes are pre-selling for $100-110. Retail Blaster boxes are pre-selling for $25. Pre-sales of Monster boxes are for $50. Hanger box pre-sales have been right around $13. I have seen pre-sales of a single hobby pack at around $5.50.

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball base set & design

Topps Heritage has long celebrated a Topps design of the past, and in 2024 its 1975 Topps turn in the spotlight. 1975 Topps is one of the most instantly recognizable card designs in the history of the hobby. It’s also one of the most divisive, with many collectors either loving or hating the colorful borders.

Love it or hate it, its perhaps the most “appropriate to its era” card design out there, with the possible exception of its 1970’s cousin, 1972 Topps.

The base set of 2024 Topps Heritage Baseball contains 500 cards. The first 100 cards (#1-100) are Short Prints (SP) and are seeded 1:3 packs. Cards #101-500 are regular base sets.  In addition to standard cards, subsets include MVPs, League Leaders, and more. The lone exceptions are cards #82, which is not a SP, and #407, which is a SP.

Putting the short prints at the beginning of the set instead of the end of the set is something new that Topps is doing this year. This is a move away from prior years, when the end of the set contained the short prints.

The whole “later cards are short prints” is a homage to the days when Topps released cards in series throughout the year, and sales of the later series, that arrived after the season ended, tended to not sell as well as earlier series. Topps started releasing sets in a single series in 1974.

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2024 Topps Heritage Baseball parallels & variations

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball has a plentiful and fun mix of parallels, partial parallels, and variations. Opening each box becomes a careful look at each card and every card, which helps slow you down so you can enjoy the cards.

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Parallels include:

  • Blue Sparkle Refractors (three per monster box)
  • Purple Refractors (hobby and blaster boxes only)
  • Refractors – /575
  • Silver – /375
  • Black – /75
  • Gold – /5 (hobby only)
  • Superfractors – 1/1

In addition, there will be Target-exclusive Red parallels. Flip Stock returns as a hobby exclusive.

Color Swap Variations cover 50 cards, and are seeded 1:237 hobby, 1:592 blaster, and 1:102 hanger box packs.  

Error Variations are available for two cards, #120 Cole Ragans and #372 Corbin Carroll. These are hobby exclusives and are seeded a very tough 1:4,801 hobby packs.

Image Variations consists of 25 cards and are seeded 1:65 hobby packs.

Missing Facsimile Signature Variations remove the facsimile signature from 35 cards and are seeded 1:275 hobby packs.

Nickname Variations offer up another variation for 15 stars with well-known nicknames. Seeded 1:1,578 hobby, 1:3,941 blaster, and 1:675 hanger box packs.

Throwback Uniform Variations offers up throwback uniforms on a throwback design on a throwback product. 20 cards seeded 1:8,464 hobby, 1:21,084 blaster, and 1:3,609 hanger box packs.

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball Chrome

99 Select cards also get Chrome versions, which are numbered out of 999. These are seeded 1:59 hobby, 1:147 blaster, and 1:26 hanger box packs.

Parallels include:

  • Blue Sparkle Refractors – (1:5 Walmart SE packs)
  • Refractors – /575 (1:103 hobby, 1:256 blaster,1:44 hanger)
  • Silver Refractors – /375 (1:158 hobby, 1:394 blaster, 1:68 hanger)
  • Black Refractors – /75 (1:789 hobby, 1:1,971 blaster, 1:338 hanger)
  • Gold Refractors – /5 (1:4,801 hobby)
  • Superfractors – 1/1 (1:58,536 hobby, 1:150,222 blaster, 1:25,262 hanger)

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball Box Loaders

Oversized 1975 Topps Baseball Box Loaders are seeded 1:1.7 hobby boxes. Features 48 oversized cards featuring a mix of current stars and stars from 1975 on the classic 1975 Topps design.

1975 Topps Originals Box Loaders are seeded 1:2.5 hobby boxes and are original buyback cards from 1975 Topps with special commemorative stamps.

Oversized 1975 Topps Baseball Box Loader Autographs add autographs to the oversized box loaders. Seeded a tough 1:354 hobby boxes.

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball inserts

Inserts, including some returning favorites, are a big part of the fun of 2024 Topps Heritage.

Baseball Flashbacks are back for another go-around. The 15-card set features the stars and teams of 1975. Seeded 1:18 hobby, 1:19 blaster, and 1:7 hanger box packs.

News Flashbacks are another long-time Heritage insert, and the news of 1975 gets the spotlight. The 15 card set is seeded 1:18 hobby, 1:19 blaster, and 1:7 hanger box packs.

New Age Performers another classic Heritage insert set that highlight 25 of the biggest names in the game today. Seeded 1:7 hobby, 1:7 blaster, and 1:3 hanger box packs.

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Then and Now pairs a player who’s heyday was in 1975 and some of today’s biggest names. Seeded 1:18 hobby, 1:19 blaster, and 1:7 hanger box packs.

1975 Topps Zoo’s Who Stick-Ons offers 20 cards that offer up literal interpretations of mascots and nicknames. The inspiration for the set was a sticker-card, animal-focused set Topps released in 1975. Seeded 1:16 blaster or 1:9 hanger box packs. Both Walmart (Blue) and Target (Red) variations have print runs of 999.

1975 Topps in 3D offers up a mix of stars from 1975 and big names from the present day. Retail exclusive consists of 25 cards. Seeded 1:1,317 blaster or 1:343 hanger box packs.

1975 Baseball Sensations feature a mix of stars from 1975 and today. This retail exclusive contains 20 cards and is seeded 1:8 blaster or 1:4 hanger box packs. Gold and Platinum parallels are also available.

Hidden Gems contains 5 cards. Odds have not yet been announced.

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball memorabilia

Clubhouse Collection Relics are the primary relic offering in 2024 Topps Heritage, with 100 cards featuring current players. Seeded 1:35 hobby, 1:64 blaster, and 1:36 hanger box packs. Gold (/99) and 1/1 Patch parallels also available.

Clubhouse Collection Dual Relics contains 6 cards featuring relics from two players that share a team connection. Numbered out of 75 copies each. Seeded 1:11,906 hobby, 1:26,707 blaster, and 1:6,687 hanger box packs. 1/1 Patch parallels are also available.

Clubhouse Collection Triple Relics features three players per card with a team connection. Set consists of 5 cards that are numbered out of 25. Seeded 1:43,006 hobby, 1:92,445 blaster, and 1:22,736 hanger box packs. Parallel 1/1 Gold versions are also available.

Clubhouse Collection Quad Relics feature relics of four players from the same team. Set contains 5 cards that are each numbered out of 10. Seeded 1:105,365 hobby, 1:240,355 blaster, and 1:56,839 hanger box packs. 1/1 Patch parallels are also available.

1975 U.S. Postal Stamp Relics contains 20 cards that include a postage stamp from 1975 and feature some of the biggest stars of 1975. Numbered out of 50 copies. Seeded 1:5,363 hobby, 1:11,899 blaster, and 1:3,073 hanger box packs.

1975 Mint Nickel contain a 1975 minted nickel. The 35 cards are limited to 15 copies each. Seeded 1:7,983 packs. Dime parallels are numbered out of 10 and are seeded 1:15,485 hobby packs.

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball autographs

Autographs are a popular part of Topps Heritage, although they are not guaranteed in hobby boxes, and are a tougher pull than memorabilia cards.

Real One Autographs contains 94 cards, including a checklist that consists of a mix of current stars and former players. Seeded 1:110 hobby, 1:220 blaster, and 1:124 hanger box packs. Special Edition Red Ink parallels, numbered out of 75, are also available.

Real One Dual Autographs pair an autograph of a current star with a star from the 1975 era. 5 card checklist is numbered out of 25 copies each. Seeded 1:18,985 hobby packs.

Real One Triple Autographs consists of four cards, each with three autographs from a single team. Numbered out of 5 copies each and seeded a staggering 1:117,072 hobby packs.

Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics gives 12 cards from the Clubhouse Collection relic set the ink treatment. Numbered out of 25 copies each. Seeded 1:16,087 hobby, 1:38,767 blaster, and 1:10,335 hanger box packs. 1/1 Patch parallels also available.

Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relics give four cards from the relic set dual signatures. Numbered out of just 10 copies each, a tough seeding of 1:56,954 hobby packs. 1/1 Patch parallels also available.

Flashback Autograph Relics includes 9 cards featuring some of the biggest stars of 1975. Seeded 1:23,415 hobby, 1:52,251 blaster, and 1:13,374 hanger box packs. 1/1 Patch parallels also available.

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1975 Topps MVP Buyback Autographs feature buyback 1975 Topps cards of AL MVP and Rookie of the Year winner Fred Lynn and AL Cy Young Award Winner Jim Palmer. Seeded 1:23,415 hobby, 1:52,251 blaster, and 1:13,374 hanger box packs.

1975 Baseball Cut Signatures are all 1/1’s. The 9 card set features some great names. Seeded a very tough 1:702,431 hobby, 1:1,201,773 blaster, and 1:227,355 hanger box packs.

1975 Celebrity Cut Signatures are also all 1/1’s. The 15 card set features a mix of deceased and living celebrities, many with ties to 1975. Seeded 1:421,459 hobby, 1:600,887 blaster, and 1:227,355 hanger box packs.

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball value

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball is a reasonably priced, nostalgia-driven product that doesn’t have any autograph guarantees. It has the makings of a fun break, but what is the potential for them to hold their value, or increase in value, when held unopened?

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Let’s see what recent comp prices from Topps Heritage Hobby boxes from the last few years can tell us.

YearRecent Hobby Box Comp Price
2024$100-110
2023$55-80
2022$50-75
2021$50-75
2020$100

The prices realized certainly suggest that Topps Heritage is not the best buy-and-hold candidate. Most of the recent sales have been at or below the release price. As a lower-end product that is not rookie or hit driven, this is not surprising. These are made to be opened, and that appears to be the best approach.

What about singles? We’ll take a look at recent examples of PSA-graded cards from 2023 Topps Heritage to see what they can suggest about the potential here.

Considering the fairly low buy-in price for a Heritage hobby boxes, the high end is quite solid. Several cards, including a Bobby Witt Throwback Uniform SSP in PSA 10 along with PSA 10 Real One Red Ink Autographs of Adley Rutschman, Aaron Judge, and Corbin Carroll Real Ones Red Ink Auto all sold for north of $1,500.

Quite a few others sold for $100 up to $1,500, meaning there’s some real potential here for some ROI. The ROI is far from a sure thing, especially with how tough autographs are to pull in this product, but the chance is real.

2024 Topps Heritage Baseball pros and cons

All products have pros and cons that need to be considered before spending your hard-earned hobby budget on them. 2024 Topps Heritage is no different, but what are some of the things to keep in mind when making your decision?

Pros

  • Topps Heritage offers a mix of current players and past greats on a classic vintage Topps design.
  • At around $100 for a hobby box, these are one of the more affordable breaks you’ll find for a major Topps release.
  • The inserts, parallels, variations, and inserts make a fun break with the potential for some ROI, although the big hits are far from guaranteed.

Cons

  • The product is not really hit driven or rookie driven, meaning they typically aren’t going to increase in value unopened over time.
  • If you’re not a fan of vintage card designs, these may not be for you. In particular, 1975 Topps is a rather divisive design.
  • While these offer what feels like good value for the dollar, folks looking for high-end hits likely would do better with a higher priced product with guaranteed autographs.

Final thoughts on 2024 Topps Heritage Baseball

2024 Topps Heritage looks to continue the long tradition of Heritage as one of the most popular brands in the hobby. The nostalgia-driven product offer an affordable, fun break with some decent shot a good ROI, if it doesn’t have guaranteed autographs or epic hits.

What’s your take on 2024 Topps Heritage? Planning to break a box (or more)? Leaving these dusty relics on the shelf? Tell us what you think at card_lines on Twitter.

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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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