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2008 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Cards

2008 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Cards


It seems that almost every collector has a fondness, or at least respect, for vintage cards. There may be no better indicator of that sentiment than the annual success of the Topps Heritage brand. The release of the 2008 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball marked some "firsts" and was distinctive in some other ways as well. 2008 was the first year that Topps released an “update” set for Heritage. Oddly enough, it was piggy-backed with another Topps brand, which ultimately resulted in the longest product name in the history of the hobby, 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights Presents Topps Heritage High Number Series.

The design follows the form of the original release, which honors 1959 Topps Baseball. The player photo is circular and takes up the majority of the card. It is framed quite nicely by a solid, single colored border. The text on the card is minimal but purposeful and clean. A nice touch, is the player's name in all lower-case letters, adding to the vintage look. The card backs are an exact replica of the 1959 Topps cards, all the way down to the, sorely missed cartoons dedicated to trivial minutiae about the player. The clay-back stock of the cardboard adds to that vintage feel and is a must for a product of this type.

Another signature of any Heritage release is the inclusion of short prints and variations. As is to be expected, 2008 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball has those in abundance. A total of 35 cards from the 220-card checklist are short prints. These are inserted at a rate of 1:3 hobby packs. Of those 35 cards, nine are rookies including Gio Gonzalez, Matt Joyce and Brad Ziegler. Other notable non-SP rookies include Max Scherzer, Evan Longoria and Pablo Sandoval.

Unlike the main 2008 Topps Heritage set, there are no photo variation cards or manufactured error cards distributed in the High Number series. However, the card-back variations did continue into this release. There are 35 cards that have a variation on the back of the card where black ink is used instead of the usual green ink. Without getting too complicated, here’s how the math for the Black Back cards works. Each card is printed in the same quantity throughout the set. Those 35 cards that have Black Back Variations were still printed in the same quantity as the rest of the set. However, 50% of the run was with black ink and 50% of the run was with green ink. So, while the overall scarcity of the card of the player is no different from that of other players, there just happens to be two versions to collect instead of just one.

Another staple of Topps Heritage is the Chrome cards. While not necessarily a parallel to the base set release, these cards do serve as another element of chase for team and player collectors. Featuring their own numbering system, these cards are an identical match to the base cards. They also have a pair of parallels: Refractors (#/1959) and Black Refractors (#/59).

All Topps Heritage sets seem to be loaded with inserts. 2008 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball is no exception. Amongst them are:

  • New Age Performers
  • Baseball Flashbacks
  • News Flashbacks

These inserts are actually repeats of the ones that first appeared in 2008 Topps Heritage. However, there is a new 15-card set covering the top rookies from the 2008 season called Rookie Performers. Then and Now also adds ten different cards from the original release.

Topps Heritage is the perfect marriage between modern collecting and the hobby's love affair with vintage cards. It serves as a bridge to the hobby's past. 2008 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball is a set that allows you to enjoy opening a pack of cards that brings you back to the innocence of when card collecting was simply ripping a wrapper and seeing what you got.

For additional commentary on 2008 Heritage High Number Baseball, listen to the November 6th, 2013 episode of Cardboard Connection Radio. The episode also includes an interview with Brad Ziegler, a rookie in the set as well as an avid card collector.

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Set Checklist

2008 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

220 cards. Numbering continues from where the main 2008 Topps Heritage checklist left off.

501 John Danks
502 Jamey Wright
503 Johnny Cueto RC
504 Todd Wellemeyer
505 Chase Headley
506 Takashi Saito
507 Skip Schumaker
508 Tampa Bay Rays
509 Marcus Thames
510 Joe Saunders
511 Jair Jurrjens
512 Ryan Sweeney
513 Darin Erstad
514 Brandon Backe RC
515 Chris Volstad RC
516 Salomon Torres
517 Brian Burres
518 Brandon Boggs RC
519 Max Scherzer RC
520 Cliff Lee
521 Angel Pagan
522 Jason Kubel
523 Jose Molina
524 Hiroki Kuroda RC
525 Matt Harrison RC
526 C.J. Wilson
527 Robb Quinlan
528 Darrell Rasner
529 Frank Catalanotto
530 Mike Mussina
531 Ryan Doumit
532 Willie Bloomquist
533 Jonny Gomes
534 Jesse Litsch
535 Curtis Granderson
536 A.J. Pierzynski
537 Toronto Blue Jays
538 Brian Buscher
539 Kelly Shoppach
540 Edinson Volquez
541 Jon Rauch
542 Ramon Castro
543 Greg Smith RC
544 Sean Gallagher
545 Justin Masterson RC
546 Milwaukee Brewers
547 Jay Bruce RC
548 Glendon Rusch
549 Jeremy Sowers
550 Ryan Dempster
551 Clete Thomas RC
552 Jose Castillo
553 Brandon Lyon
554 Vicente Padilla
555 Jeff Keppinger
556 Colorado Rockies
557 Dallas Braden
558 Adam Kennedy
559 Luis Mendoza RC
560 Justin Duchscherer
561 Mike Aviles RC
562 Jed Lowrie RC
563 Doug Mientkiewicz
564 Chris Burke
565 Dana Eveland
566 Bryan LaHair RC
567 Denard Span RC
568 Damion Easley
569 Josh Fields
570 Geovany Soto
571 Gerald Laird
572 Bobby Jenks
573 Andy Marte
574 Mike Pelfrey
575 Jerry Hairston, Jr.
576 Mike Lamb
577 Ben Zobrist
578 Carlos Gonzalez RC
579 Jose Guillen
580 Kosuke Fukudome RC
581 Gabe Kapler
582 Florida Marlins
583 Ramon Vazquez
584 Wes Helms
585 Minnesota Twins
586 Cody Ross
587 Mike Napoli
588 Alexi Casilla
589 Emmanuel Burriss RC
590 Brian Wilson
591 Rod Barajas
592 Mike Hampton
593 Nick Blackburn RC
594 Joe Mather RC
595 Clayton Kershaw RC
596 Cliff Floyd
597 Sidney Ponson
598 Brian Anderson
599 Joe Inglett
600 Miguel Tejada
601 San Diego Padres
602 Scott Hairston
603 Joel Pineiro
604 Fernando Tatis
605 Greg Reynolds RC
606 Brian Moehler
607 Kevin Millar
608 Ben Francisco
609 Troy Percival
610 Kerry Wood
611 Max Ramirez RC
612 Jeff Baker
613 Houston Astros
614 Russell Branyan
615 Todd Jones
616 Brian Schneider
617 Gregorio Petit RC
618 Matt Diaz
619 Blake DeWitt RC
620 Cristian Guzman
621 Jeff Samardzija RC
622 John Baker RC
623 Eric Hinske
624 Scott Olsen
625 Greg Dobbs
626 Carlos Marmol
627 Kansas City Royals
628 Esteban German
629 Dennis Sarfate
630 Ryan Ludwick
631 Mike Jacobs
632 Tyler Yates
633 Joel Hanrahan
634 Manny Parra
635 Maicer Izturis
636 Juan Rivera
637 Tim Redding
638 Jose Arredondo RC
639 Mike Redmond
640 Joe Crede
641 Omar Infante
642 Nick Punto
643 Jeff Mathis
644 Andy Sonnanstine
645 Masahide Kobayashi RC
646 Marco Scutaro
647 Matt Macri RC
648 Ian Stewart SP
649 David Dellucci
650 Evan Longoria RC
651 Martin Prado
652 Glen Perkins
653 Alfredo Amezaga
654 Brett Gardner RC
655 Angel Berroa
656 Pablo Sandoval RC
657 Jody Gerut
658 Arizona Diamondbacks
659 Ryan Freel
660 Dioner Navarro
661 Endy Chavez
662 Jorge Campillo
663 Mark Ellis
664 John Buck
665 Texas Rangers
666 Jason Michaels
667 Chris Dickerson RC
668 Kevin Mench
669 Aaron Miles
670 Joakim Soria
671 Chris Davis RC
672 Taylor Teagarden RC
673 Willy Aybar
674 Paul Maholm
675 Mike Gonzalez
676 Seattle Mariners
677 Ryan Langerhans SP
678 Alex Romero RC
679 Erick Aybar
680 George Sherrill
681 John Bowker RC
682 Zach Miner
683 Jorge Cantu
684 Jo-Jo Reyes
685 Ryan Raburn
686 Gavin Floyd SP
687 Kevin Slowey SP
688 Gio Gonzalez SP RC
689 Eric Patterson SP
690 Jonathan Sanchez SP
691 Oliver Perez SP
692 John Lannan SP
693 Ramon Hernandez SP
694 Mike Fontenot SP
695 Ross Gload SP
696 Mark Sweeney SP
697 Nick Hundley SP RC
698 Kevin Correia SP
699 Jeremy Reed SP
700 Eddie Kunz SP RC
701 Miguel Montero SP
702 Gabe Gross SP
703 Matt Stairs SP
704 Kenny Rogers SP
705 Mark Hendrickson SP
706 Heath Bell SP
707 Wilson Betemit SP
708 Brandon Morrow SP
709 Brendan Ryan SP
710 Eric Hurley SP RC
711 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP
712 Jack Hannahan SP
713 Seth McClung SP
714 New York Mets SP
715 Chris Perez SP RC
716 Clayton Richard SP RC
717 Jaime Garcia SP RC
718 Matt Joyce SP RC
719 Brad Ziegler SP RC
720 Ivan Ochoa RC
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Black Back Variations Checklist

35 cards.

514 Brandon Backe
523 Jose Molina
529 Frank Catalanotto
531 Ryan Doumit
532 Willie Bloomquist
538 Brian Buscher
539 Kelly Shoppach
541 Jon Rauch
542 Ramon Castro
545 Justin Masterson
549 Jeremy Sowers
557 Dallas Braden
563 Doug Mientkiewicz
579 Jose Guillen
581 Gabe Kapler
583 Ramon Vazquez
584 Wes Helms
592 Mike Hampton
595 Clayton Kershaw
596 Cliff Floyd
597 Sidney Ponson
602 Scott Hairston
607 Kevin Millar
619 Blake DeWitt
621 Jeff Samardzija
626 Carlos Marmol
639 Mike Redmond
649 David Dellucci
651 Martin Prado
653 Alfredo Amezaga
655 Angel Berroa
659 Ryan Freel
661 Endy Chavez
672 Taylor Teagarden
682 Zach Miner

Chrome Set Checklist


PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/559, Black Refractors #/59

C201 Joe Saunders
C202 Cliff Lee
C203 Mike Mussina
C204 Ryan Dempster
C205 Edinson Volquez
C206 Justin Duchscherer
C207 Geovany Soto
C208 Brian Wilson
C209 Kerry Wood
C210 Kosuke Fukudome
C211 Cristian Guzman
C212 Ryan Ludwick
C213 Joe Crede
C214 Dioner Navarro
C215 Miguel Tejada
C216 Joakim Soria
C217 George Sherrill
C218 John Danks
C219 Jair Jurrjens
C220 Evan Longoria
C221 Hiroki Kuroda
C222 Greg Smith
C223 Dana Eveland
C224 Ryan Sweeney
C225 Mike Pelfrey
C226 Nick Blackburn
C227 Scott Olsen
C228 Manny Parra
C229 Tim Redding
C230 Paul Maholm
C231 Todd Wellemeyer
C232 Jesse Litsch
C233 Andy Sonnanstine
C234 Johnny Cueto
C235 Vicente Padilla
C236 Glen Perkins
C237 Brian Burres
C238 Jamey Wright
C239 Chase Headley
C240 Takashi Saito
C241 Skip Schumaker
C242 Curtis Granderson
C243 A.J. Pierzynski
C244 Jorge Cantu
C245 Maicer Izturis
C246 Kevin Mench
C247 Jason Kubel
C248 Rod Barajas
C249 Jed Lowrie
C250 Bobby Jenks
C251 Jonny Gomes
C252 Clete Thomas
C253 Eric Hinske
C254 Brett Gardner
C255 Denard Span
C256 Brian Anderson
C257 Troy Percival
C258 Darrell Rasner
C259 Willy Aybar
C260 John Bowker
C261 Marco Scutaro
C262 Adam Kennedy
C263 Nick Punto
C264 Mike Napoli
C265 Carlos Gonzalez
C266 Matt Macri
C267 Marcus Thames
C268 Ben Zobrist
C269 Mark Ellis
C270 Mike Aviles
C271 Angel Pagan
C272 Erick Aybar
C273 Todd Jones
C274 Brandon Boggs
C275 Mike Jacobs
C276 Mike Gonzalez
C277 Mike Lamb
C278 Robb Quinlan
C279 Salomon Torres
C280 Jose Castillo
C281 Damion Easley
C282 Jo-Jo Reyes
C283 Cody Ross
C284 Alexi Casilla
C285 Jerry Hairston
C286 Brandon Lyon
C287 Greg Dobbs
C288 Joel Pineiro
C289 Chris Davis
C290 Masahide Kobayashi
C291 Darin Erstad
C292 Matt Diaz
C293 Brian Schneider
C294 Gerald Laird
C295 Ben Francisco
C296 Brian Moehler
C297 Aaron Miles
C298 Max Scherzer
C299 C.J. Wilson
C300 Jay Bruce
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Clubhouse Collection Relics Checklist

40 cards.

HCC-AD Adam Dunn
HCC-AJ Andruw Jones
HCC-AL Al Kaline
HCC-AR Aramis Ramirez
HCC-BA Bobby Abreu
HCC-BG Bob Gibson
HCC-BM Bill Mazeroski
HCC-BR Brooks Robinson
HCC-CB Carlos Beltran
HCC-CC Carl Crawford
HCC-CD Carlos Delgado
HCC-CL Carlos Lee
HCC-DL Derrek Lee
HCC-DO David Ortiz
HCC-DR Darrell Rasner
HCC-DS Duke Snider
HCC-DY Dmitri Young
HCC-EC Eric Chavez
HCC-FR Frank Robinson
HCC-FT Frank Thomas
HCC-GA Garret Anderson
HCC-HB Hank Blalock
HCC-IR Ivan Rodriguez
HCC-JE Jim Edmonds
HCC-JS John Smoltz
HCC-LA Luis Aparicio
HCC-LB Lance Berkman
HCC-MC Miguel Cabrera
HCC-MT Miguel Tejada
HCC-OC Orlando Cepeda
HCC-PM Pedro Martinez
HCC-RR Robin Roberts
HCC-RS Richie Sexson
HCC-RO Roy Oswalt
HCC-RH Ryan Howard
HCC-RZ Ryan Zimmerman
HCC-TH Todd Helton
HCC-TKH Torii Hunter
HCC-TPH Travis Hafner
HCC-YB Yogi Berra
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Clubhouse Collection Autographed Relics Checklist

10 cards.

CCA-AK Al Kaline
CCA-BS Bill Skowron
CCA-CG Curtis Granderson
CCA-CK Clayton Kershaw
CCA-DR Darrell Rasner
CCA-DS Duke Snider
CCA-FL Fred Lewis
CCA-FR Frank Robinson
CCA-JB Jay Bruce
CCA-OC Orlando Cepeda

Clubhouse Collection Dual Relics Checklist

5 cards.

CCD-CL Orlando Cepeda, Fred Lewis
CCD-KG Al Kaline, Curtis Granderson
CCD-RB Frank Robinson, Jay Bruce
CCD-SK Duke Snider, Clayton Kershaw
CCD-SR Bill Skowron, Darrell Rasner

Cut Signatures Checklist

6 cards. 1/1

HCS-ES Enos Slaughter
HCS-GH Gil Hodges
HCS-HB Hank Bauer
HCS-JJ Jackie Jensen
HCS-KB Ken Boyer
HCS-WA Walter Alston

Flashback Seat Relics Checklist

3 cards.

DE Dwight D. Eisenhower
MO Motown
NK Nikita Khrushchev

Real One Autographs Checklist

26 cards.


ROA-AJ Al Jackson
ROA-AK Al Kaline
ROA-BMS Bill Skowron
ROA-BS Barney Schultz
ROA-BW Billy Williams
ROA-CE Chuck Essegian
ROA-CG Curtis Granderson
ROA-CK Clayton Kershaw
ROA-DR Dusty Rhodes
ROA-DRA Darrell Rasner
ROA-DS Duke Snider
ROA-FL Fred Lewis
ROA-FR Frank Robinson
ROA-HL Hector Lopez
ROA-JAB Jay Bruce
ROA-JB Jim Brosnan
ROA-JF Jack Fisher
ROA-JH Jay Hook
ROA-JK Jim Kaat
ROA-MW Maury Wills
ROA-OC Orlando Cepeda
ROA-PG Pumpsie Green
ROA-RC Roger Craig
ROA-RT Ralph Terry
ROA-TC Tim McCarver
ROA-TD Tommy Davis
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Real One Dual Autographs Checklist

10 cards.

RODA-KG Al Kaline, Curtis Granderson
RODA-RB Frank Robinson, Jay Bruce
RODA-CL Orlando Cepeda, Fred Lewis
RODA-SR Bill Skowron, Darrell Rasner
RODA-SK Duke Snider, Clayton Kershaw
RODA-SAK Barney Schultz, Al Kaline
RODA-HR Jay Hook, Frank Robinson
RODA-RC Dusty Rhodes, Orlando Cepeda
RODA-CS Roger Craig, Duke Snider
RODA-TS Ralph Terry, Bill Skowron

Rookie Performers Checklist

15 cards.

RP1 Clayton Kershaw
RP2 Mike Aviles
RP3 Armando Galarraga
RP4 Joey Votto
RP5 Kosuke Fukudome
RP6 Chris Davis
RP7 Brandon Jones
RP8 Carlos Gonzalez
RP9 Max Scherzer
RP10 Evan Longoria
RP11 Johnny Cueto
RP12 Hiroki Kuroda
RP13 John Bowker
RP14 Justin Masterson
RP15 Jay Bruce
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Then and Now Checklist

10 cards.

TN1 Ernie Banks, Jimmy Rollins
TN2 Nellie Fox, Alex Rodriguez
TN3 Larry Sherry, Mike Lowell
TN4 Willie McCovey, Ryan Braun
TN5 Bob Allison, Dustin Pedroia
TN6 Del Crandall, Russ Martin
TN7 Luis Aparicio, Omar Vizquel
TN8 Early Wynn, Alex Rodriguez
TN9 Early Wynn, Jake Peavy
TN10 Sam Jones, C.C. Sabathia
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Advertising Panels Checklist

Inserted as box loaders.

Willy Aybar, Darrell Rasner, Troy Percival
Brandon Boggs, Todd Jones, Erick Aybar
Jay Bruce, C.J. Wilson, Max Scherzer
Emmanuel Burriss, Tyler Yates, Clayton Richard
Alexi Casilla, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Brandon Lyon
Jose Castillo, Salomon Torres, Robb Quinlan
Joe Crede, Ryan Ludwick, Cristian Guzman
Johnny Cueto, Andy Sonnanstine, Jesse Litsch
Ryan Dempster, Edinson Volquez, Justin Duchscher
Greg Dobbs, Joel Pineiro, Chris Davis
Damion Easley, Jo-Jo Reyes, Cody Ross
Dana Eveland, Ryan Sweeney, Mike Pelfrey
Josh Fields, Emmanuel Burriss, Tyler Yates
Brett Gardner, Eric Hinske, Clete Thomas
Eric Hinske, Clete Thomas, Jonny Gomes
Todd Jones, Erick Aybar, Angel Pagan
Jair Jurrjens, John Danks, George Sherrill
Adam Kennedy, Nick Punto, Mike Napoli
Gerald Laird, Brian Schneider, Matt Diaz
Cliff Lee, Mike Mussina, Ryan Dempster
Aaron Miles, Brian Moehler, Ben Francisco
Mike Napoli, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Macri
Dioner Navarro, Joe Crede, Ryan Ludwick
Scott Olsen, Manny Parra, Tim Redding
Manny Parra, Tim Redding, Paul Maholm
Troy Percival, Brian Anderson, Denard Span
Glen Perkins, Vicente Padilla, Johnny Cueto
A.J. Pierzynski, Jorge Cantu, Matt Diaz
Joel Pineiro, Chris Davis, Masahide Kobayashi
Nick Punto, Mike Napoli, Carlos Gonzalez
Robb Quinlan, Mike Lamb, Mike Gonzalez
Darrell Rasner, Troy Percival, Brian Anderson
Pablo Sandoval, Alex Romero, Ivan Ochoa
Joe Saunders, Cliff Lee, Mike Mussina
Brian Schneider, Matt Diaz, Darin Erstad
Skip Schumaker, Curtis Granderson, A.J. Pierzyns
Marco Scutaro, Adam Kennedy, Nick Punto
George Sherrill, Joakim Soria, Miguel Tejada
Andy Sonnanstine, Jesse Litsch, Todd Wellemeyer
Ryan Sweeney, Mike Pelfrey, Nick Blackburn
Marcus Thames, Ben Zobrist, Mark Ellis
Salomon Torres, Rob Quinlan, Mike Lamb
Edinson Volquez, Justin Duchscherer, Geovany Sot
Brian Wilson, Kerry Wood, Kosuke Fukudome
Jamey Wright, Brian Burres, Glen Perkins
Ben Zobrist, Mark Ellis, Mike Aviles

Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Reviews

Mike M
Mike M

Love the Heritage brand. Not a big fan of so many different types of inserts packs come with these days, but the inserts for Heritage are very nice. It screams mid-20th century artistic style.

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