Now that Heritage has been live for a few days, we are starting to see some of the different types of SP and SSP cards that were not made public before the release of the set. Because there are so many master set collectors out there, these cards are selling for amounts I never thought possible on a lower end product like this.
The biggest draw of the product is the Washington Senators action shot variations, which have been thought to have less than 25 copies per card. Harper is obviously the biggest pull of the set, but even the lesser players are nuts right now. These cards are, in my opinion, the best cards in the product, but they are going to cost an arm and a leg to bring in.
Error on Back Variations
Over the last few years, Topps has purposefully inserted errors into the set each time it has been released. This year, the SSPs are errors in birth dates and places the players have played. Personally, I find these completely undesirable, but there are a lot of collectors that have been all over these.
2013 Topps Heritage Johnny Venters SSP ERR on Back – you will crap yourself when you see this price! Never heard of this guy!
Gold Refractor and Black Refractor Chrome Parallels
The chrome cards are always awesome in Heritage, and are a huge reason why they are so expensive. I have always thought the Gold and Red Refractors were the best style in every case, and this year, the Golds are absolutely incredible looking. They are only out of 5 and are bringing huge asking prices along with their extreme rarity. If I am making a buy – these are the ones I go after. The blacks are similarly cool looking, but are a little more plentiful at 64 copies, but expect to still have to pay through the nose to get your favorite guy.
These are back again for the third or fourth year in a row, and like the birthdate errors, arent really that much of a stretch from the original SPs. They are a lot more common than some of these other cards, and for the most part are sought after more by the set collectors than anyone. Basically, the color scheme is a bit different than the other cards available, and it is much more rare.
Venezuelan Back SSPs
As if it couldnt be more confusing, these cards have different colored backs, and are much more SSPed than some of the other variations. The issue is that the WHOLE set has a Venezuelan back, so they arent as rare as a single (where only a few of the cards are available).
This might be the most action packed Heritage set in a long time, and from what I heard from customers at my local shop – it is REALLY fun to open. I always support boxes that have value outside of the box hit, and Heritage seems to deliver this in spades. The box hits look similarly awesome, but you have to believe that more of this is needed across the hobby. We cant keep relying on auto content to drive the entire box, as we need some extra reason for all those packs.