high on heritage (2008)

You either love 2008 Topps Heritage baseball cards, or you haven’t seen them. In spite of the oft-reported short print issues surrounding this set, I believe this is an absolutely fabulous product. Perhaps setting themselves up for the strangest copyright lawsuit of all time, Topps lifted the design for these cards directly from their own vaults- dusting off a set of their 1959 product for inspiration. I just happen to have a 1959 Topps card in my ever expanding “baseball card type collection.”


Obviously Nellie Fox was photographed while pondering whether or not people would enjoy looking at his trading card as time marched forward. As you can see from the scan, it has been handled many times over. I think it is safe to assume that Fox’s card has been appreciated by adoring fans.


The card number 30 counterpart in the 2008 Topps Heritage set belongs to Paul Konerko. It is entirely possible that these two cards have already been compared and contrasted by Steve at White Sox Cards, so I’m not going to go into any of that here.

I may very well be odd collector out in that I preferred the 2008 Topps Heritage High Number Series to the initial release. Yes, even with the ill-advised inclusion of the yawntastic 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights cards in each pack. The more you hear of collectors complaining that a set contains too many players they’ve never heard of, the more you can be sure that it is a product that I will be interested in. That was especially true since Topps pulled the awesome 52 Rookies product out from under our feet.

I pulled three “hits” from a High Number series hobby box in late winter, and figure they are worth a scan.


This Frank Thomas “game-used bat” card, numbered HCC-FT is pretty kool. Even so, I would imagine that there exists a more appreciative home for this card than in my collection. (Check my want lists kids!)


A “certified” on-card autograph by Geovany Soto, the 2007-2008 poster child for MultiAd Sports trading cards, is numbered ROA-GS. It certainly blows the door off some black back variation duplicate of a card that I already had.

The next card wasn’t actually included in the hobby box, but rather was represented by a nasty redemption card. I was rewarded with this card after a two-month waiting period. I think it arrived about three days after I stopped checking the mailbox specifically for it.


I thought that an Al Kaline autographed card that might wake you from your slumber. As long as I have your attention, I may just as well reward you with scans (sans commentary) of the 2008 Topps Heritage baseball cards I have gotten autographed in person so far this season as the Omaha Royals and Iowa Cubs visited Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Enjoy….


Blake DeWitt – 2008 Topps Heritage High Number Series no. 619 (black back)


Sam Fuld – 2008 Topps Heritage no. 123


Luke Hochevar – 2008 Topps Heritage no. 129


Chin-Lung Hu – 2008 Topps Heritage no. 130 (black back)


Erick Threets – 2008 Topps Heritage no. 143


Jeff Weaver – 2008 Topps Heritage no. 175

I have a feeling that I probably will never collect all of the short printed 2008 Topps Heritage baseball cards. I do keep my want lists updated in the event that someone has extras for trade, but I won’t be purchasing single short printed cards unless I am sure I will have an opportunity to get them signed one day. Collectors working on the shiny parallel versions will definitely want to check out my trade lists!

– Kris

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3 Responses to “high on heritage (2008)”

  1. zman40 Says:

    I’ve got a question about Hochevar. He seems like a really good signer in KC in the ballpark, but he tries to avoid people in the parking lot. I was just wondering if you got more than one card signed by him.

  2. gritz76 Says:

    What would it take to get the Soto card from you?

  3. albuqwirke Says:

    zman40 – Luke seems to sign one per before a game (assuming he isn’t pitching), then does his best Edwin Moses impression between the clubhouse and the team van after the game.

    gritz76 – Make an offer. My want lists are current, and I have a type set collection with many holes. (I suppose I should get that posted one of these days. I also have some bitchin’ 62 Topps that you need, but I don’t know what sorts of stuff you have to offer in trade.)

    – Kris

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