Thursday, August 14, 2008
Topps' next big blunder
While I don't mind seeing an update set for 2008 Topps Heritage, I do mind some of the reasons this set exists and some of the things you can expect to find in your box.
It appears Topps is phasing out both Bowman Heritage and Topps 52, two brands that many collectors enjoyed, in one fell swoop with Topps Heritage High Numbers. However, as much as collectors liked Bowman Heritage and Topps 52, they like Topps Heritage twice as much in most cases so it likely is a smart move for Topps to produce a second series.
The problem is that the 220 card set (501-720) won't be the easiest set to build from a box. Why? There are two reasons:
1. 35 short prints
2. Two Topps Update and Highlights cards per pack
Of course the official set name is Topps Update and Highlights presents 2008 Topps Heritage High Numbers so it somewhat makes sense that U&H cards are included. It's like a backwards Bowman and Bowman Chrome though. Bowman is the base brand that puts out Bowman Chrome so they include two Bowman Chrome cards in every pack of Bowman. So what this should be is two Heritage high numbered cards in every pack of regular Update and Highlights much like what used to be done with Topps Update Chrome.
Now, what is the gimmick going to be? An Evan Longoria perhaps?