Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? 2015 Heritage High
Some very interesting, albeit disheartening news from the Topps camp, as reported by the folks at Beckett News: Heritage High Numbers is ditching the expensive box set and returning to the expensive pack/hobby box format.
Click this link to read the full account over at Beckett: STORY
For everyone who bitched and moaned about the $99 100-card box set from the past three seasons, I hope you're happy.
On the one hand, it's great to have a meatier checklist, as the 2015 High Numbers offering will consist of 225 cards as opposed to the 100 cards of the past few years. And, because it'll be released in pack and hobby box format, it looks like there will be parallels and chrome and inserts, etc.
More players, more shiny cards, more relics/autos. Okay, that's all fine and good.
Now the bad news. The two most evil words in card collecting: Short prints. As in, the last 25 cards of the checklist will be short printed.
At least with the over-priced 100-card box, I could just throw a hundred bucks at the situation and be guaranteed all the cards in one shot (plus an autograph). That meant I didn't have to devote valuable time to pouring over eBay listings trying to track down the 2012 Harper rookie or the '13 Puig. Never mind the part about kowtowing to the price gouging sellers or insane auctions.
Now, with a 24-card hobby box, which I'm going to guess will be in the neighborhood of $80, I'll come close to a non-SP complete set. I may even knock it out from one box, who knows? But, if I'm lucky, I'll maybe get 8-10 of the 25 short prints. Not good.
In other words, you better pray your hobby box contains the Kris Bryant rookie, or God help you.
This whole thing truly sucks, in my opinion. It's enough of a pain in the arse (and mighty expensive) trying to put together the regular 500-card Heritage set with SPs from packs and online vendors, etc. And Lord knows I'm still a ways away from completing 2011, 2013 and 2014. Oh, and of course this year's. But, this High Numbers mini-beast is just exhausting to think about.
Sure, it's all well and good for you non-set collectors who might just want to pick off a pack or two of the stuff or maybe just chase your team's players. That's cool, and I get it. But, when it comes to Heritage, I'm a set collector, darnit, and I know many of you out there are in the same boat. And, once again, Topps does us no favors whatsoever.
Am I overreacting to this? Thoughts?