Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards (hobby box)


From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at

s-l1600The box: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 220
Base set completion: 
202 of 500 (40 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 401-500) (8) –  Mike Trout, Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Fulmer, Stephen Strasburg, Dee Gordon, Jake Odorizzi, Francisco Lindor, Christian Yelich

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Jose Altuve, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Anthony Rizzo, Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, Ichiro Suzuki, Matt Wieters, Yadier Molina, Yasiel Puig, Joe Mauer, Javier Baez

>>> For a checklist and the variation galleries, click here

Rookie Cards (16 cards, 32 rookies) – Alex Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Dansby Swanson, Rio Ruiz, JaCoby Jones, Dustin Molleken, Trey Mancini, Donnie Hart, Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow, Orlando Arcia, Brent Suter, David Dahl, Raimel Tapia, Matt Dermody, Danny Barnes, Robert Gsellman, Gavin Cecchini, Carson Fulmer, Yoan Moncada, Tony Renda, Wandy Peralta, Jake Thompson, Roman Quinn, Ryon Healy, Jharel Cotton, Brian Goodwin, Spencer Kieboom, Luke Weaver, Alex Reyes

Color Swap variation -- 1:147 packs
Color Swap variation — 1:147 packs

Insert cards: 17 (gallery of these and more below)

Chrome (1) – Brian Dozier (/999)
Chrome Refractors (1) – Hunter Pence (/568)
Action photo variation (1) – Robinson Cano
Color swap variation (1) – 
Xander Bogaerts
New-age Performers (2) D.J. LeMahieu, Danny Duffy
1968 Topps Game (2) – Trea Turner, Robinson Cano
Baseball Flashbacks (1) – Willie Stargell
News Flashbacks (1) – “Civil Rights Giant Slain”
Then & Now (2) –
Fergie Jenkins & Justin Verlander, Frank Howard & Edwin Encarnacion
Rediscover Topps Buyback Bronze (2) – Chili Davis 1985, Tim Wallach 1988 All-Star
Rediscover Topps Buyback Silver (2) – Jay Howell 1987, Doug Frobel 1985
Advertising panel (box-topper) (1) Starlin Castro, Francisco Cervelli & Jason Heyward

>>> For a checklist and the variation galleries, click here

Clubhouse Collection Relic

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Clubhouse Collection Relic (1) – David Wright

What’s Buzz-worthy: This year’s Topps Heritage brand takes us back to 1968 with many of the touches that we have seen in recent years with one of the most-unique border textures in the history of cardboard — the burlap border. It’s not the wood of 1987 or 1962 Topps but it stands out among the pack and it’s faithfully recreated here. This box delivered better than it could have with a pair of variation base cards (one action variation is the norm) and it included some decent names among the short-prints with Mike Trout and Francisco Lindor. This year’s SP crop includes card Nos. 401-500 so it’s not as easy to land some of those names compared to the past but it didn’t feel like a barren break. Was it perfect? No, it was kind of the typical Relic box but there’s no doubting that you can do very well with luck ripping these boxes and it’s got nothing to do with the hits. It’s a bit early to truly digest this one but it sure feels like this one is an improvement over the last two years of Heritage and it’s one worth ripping as long as you don’t over-pay. Autographs seem a bit tougher than in recent years — three per 12-box case if you get lucky — but this brand is home to some really good stuff if you rip and have Lady Luck on your side.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B+

Follow Buzz on Twitter @BlowoutBuzz or send email to 

>> Click here to buy MLB cards on

2 thoughts on “Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards (hobby box)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s