First Buzz: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards

 2017 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 16
Box basics: One autograph or Relic per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Final checklist: Coming soon (will be here when available)

What’s buzz-worthy: The burlap is back for another run this year as Topps revisits 1968 for an update edition of Heritage with much of the same formula that has made it a hobby staple for the last 16 years.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

The Basics: The basic set will consist of 225 cards with the last 25 of them being short-prints found one in every three packs. There will be new rookies and traded veterans found here with each of the base cards having Gray back parallels (/10), Bright Yellow back parallels (/25). Blue parallels (/50) and Flip Stock versions (/5). A selection of 100 cards also will get the mini treatment. The Chrome rainbow will include standard cards, Refractors (/568), Blue (/68), Gold (/5) and 1/1 Refractors and there also will be Hot Boxes with their own Refractors one per pack. Adding to the chase here will be variations that echo the first series — error SPs, traded variations, throwback uniforms, action images and color swaps. The last two will be hobby-only creations.

Among the hits will be Clubhouse Collection Auto Relics with 1/1 patch parallels along with dual auto Relics that also will have a 1/1 version. Real One autos will once again have a Red parallel limited to no more than 68 copies along with duals, 1968 Poster autos (/10) and a set of Nolan Ryan Highlights Autos where cards are limited to only five copies apiece. This is a new addition for the High Number series. … Relics will continue here with Clubhouse Collection Relics having Gold (/99) and 1/1 patch versions along with duals, triples and quads. They, too, will have 1/1 patches. Also 1/1 creations in this one will be cut autos for both past baseball players as well as celebs from the time. … Inserts will include Rookie Performers, Then & Now, Combo Cards, Award Winners and a new Nolan Ryan Highlights set that uses the design from his Rookie Card year of 1968. Those will be hobby-only inclusions. Hobby box-toppers will include posters (/50), ad panels and buybacks.

Retail details (update): The Bazooka inserts will be back at retail only with 250 copies per card this time, too. … Retail pack options will include eight-pack blaster boxes, 35-card hanger boxes and 20-card jumbo packs.

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