2011 Topps Heritage Minor League
Topps decided to expand their Heritage brand to include a minor league set this year. And while this set could have been (and probably should have been) one of my favorite sets of the year, it really falls a bit flat for me. I really like the typical formula that Topps uses for the regular Topps Heritage issues, and I think it would have worked great for a minor league set. But Topps made some really aggravating tweaks to the formula here and there, and it really hurts the end product.
For one thing, the autograph cards don't maintain the same clean design as the base cards, with a white strip included on the card so that they can put a sticker auto on. I don't hate sticker autos just because they are on a sticker. But they do need to be integrated into the design of the card effectively. And in this case, that white strip really hurts the card design.
There is also the issue of not having Chrome parallels. They did include paper black border parallels, but even these have a slightly different (and worse) design than the paper black border cards out of regular Heritage this year. I'm guessing that Topps made a decision later in the year to do this product and the longer lead time on Chrome cards may have made them impossible to do. But I can't figure out why they would have screwed with a reasonably popular design on the non-chrome black border cards.
And lastly, one of the big allures of regular Heritage are the offbeat, low serial #'d cards that come up every now and then. Like the coin cards from this year, and the framed stamp cards they have been doing. Nothing like that made it into this product, so it is a fairly bland issue in my opinion. A breakdown of the Cubs included is below.
Base Set - 5 Versions - Base, Black Border, Red Tint, Blue Tint, Green Tint, plus 4 colors of printing plates
All three of the tint parallels are partial parallel sets #/620, each color of tint has different cards in the set
#21 Brett Jackson - Has Red Tint Parallel
#73 Michael Burgess - Has Red Tint Parallel
#111 Ryan Flaherty - Has Blue Tint Parallel
#148 Josh Vitters - Has Green Tint Parallel
#215 Brett Jackson All Star SP - No Tint Parallel
Clubhouse Collection Relics - 6 Versions - Base, Blue Tint (#/199), Red Tint (#/99), Green Tint (#/50), Patches (#/5), and Logoman (1/1)
No Cubs Included
Real One Autographs - 5 Versions - Base (Varied Numbering), Blue Tint (#/99), Red Tint (#/25), Green Tint (#/10), Black Border (1/1), plus 4 colors of printing plates
#EC1 Evan Crawford #/861
Bryce Harper Game Used Base - 5 Versions - Base, Blue Tint (#/299), Red Tint (#/99), Green Tint (#/25), Black Border (1/1) Bryce Harper Jumbo Patch Auto (1/1)