2015 Topps Heritage Baseball isn't shy about variations. Collectors have five different types to watch for as they're going through their packs and boxes. Some of the 2015 Topps Heritage variations are nods to the 1966 set the product revolves around. Others themes have been used with the retro brand before. And then there are the new Traded Player variations that will have you looking closely at the vital stats to see if one small line of text has been changed.
The five short print variation themes in 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball are: Errors, Traded Player, Action Image, Color Swap and Throwback Uniform.
While the 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball variations master checklist might not be the biggest on record, that doesn't mean that it's any less daunting. So we're going to do our best to break it all down and make finding them as easy as possible.
For starters, the easiest way to spot some of the variation short prints is on the back of the card in the fine print. Like a lot of other sets from Topps, there's a small code at the end that connects to different types of cards. The last two digits in this code are the key. Here's what to look for in the base cards and the various types of variations:
- Base - end in 53
- Base SP (#426-500) - end in 58
- Errors - end in 59
- Traded Player - end in 60
- Action Image - end in 62
- Color Swap - end in 63
- Throwback Uniform - end in 61
1966 Topps Baseball has plenty of quirks to draw from to act as inspiration for Error Variations. These weren't mentioned on the final sell sheet, so it will take a bit of time to build a complete list. But they do exist. Everything from wrong birthdays to misspelled names to wrong photos are among the possibilities.
2015 Topps Heritage Error Variations are inserted 1:840 hobby packs.
Traded Player Variations
Landing 1:2,310 hobby packs, Traded Player Variations are among the toughest to pull. And they're not the easiest cards to see either. 1966 Topps Heritage Baseball has versions of a couple of cards that mention players, such as Bob Uecker, being swapped in the write-up portion of the card. These original cards also have versions that don't mention the trade. The same sort or idea is used here, but you need to check the vital stats.
Traded Player Variations switch out the bottom line of text ("Home" for regular versions) for a new "Acquired" line.
Action Images are some of the easiest to spot. First off, you don't need to look on the back to see them. Many base card images use player portraits. And those that don't have players sitting around, so they're almost portraits.
Action Images use an in-game shot instead.
These are also the most common of the 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball variations, falling approximately one per hobby box.
The old color switch-er-oo returns in 2015 Topps Heritage. Look to the top and bottom banners to see that the colors are correct. Color Swap versions have black banners.
While they're relatively tough to pull at 1:140 hobby packs, they're on the easier to find side compared to most of the others. That said, with 25 in the set, getting them all is more challenging.
Along with Action Images, Throwbacks can be spotted from the card front. They show players in "Turn Back the Clock" Night jerseys that are replicas from the past. As with past years, these are extremely tough to pull at 1:3,310 hobby packs. Combine that with a 20-card checklist and it's easy to see that individual cards are going to be very tough.
Here's a detailed master checklist of all the confirmed variations. Click on the tabs at the top to get a detailed look at each type.
2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Master Checklist
1 Buster Posey - Color Swap
10 Julio Teheran - Throwback
25 Jose Abreu - Action
25 Jose Abreu - Color Swap
30 Brandon Phillips - Error
36 Sean Doolittle - Error
68 George Springer - Throwback
70 Yoenis Cespedes - Traded
74 Jarrod Parker - Error
86 Norichika Aoki - Throwback
90 Jonathan Schoop - Throwback
100 Clayton Kershaw - Action
100 Clayton Kershaw - Color Swap
110 Anthony Rizzo - Throwback
126 Chris Tillman - Error
175 Josh Donaldson - Traded
192 Kole Calhoun - Error
200 Freddie Freeman - Color Swap
201 Jason Heyward - Traded
212 Matt Carpenter - Throwback
250 Johnny Cueto - Color Swap
260 Madison Bumgarner - Action
260 Madison Bumgarner - Throwback
266 Lonnie Chisenhall - Error
268 Nick Castellanos - Throwback
300 Andrew McCutchen - Action
300 Andrew McCutchen - Color Swap
310 Adam Jones - Action
310 Adam Jones - Color Swap
325 Michael Bourn - Throwback
331 Henderson Alvarez - Throwback
350 Masahiro Tanaka - Action
350 Masahiro Tanaka - Color Swap
365 Brett Gardner - Error
389 Shin-Soo Choo - Throwback
400 Joe Mauer - Throwback
426 Giancarlo Stanton - Action
426 Giancarlo Stanton - Color Swap
428 Evan Longoria - Action
428 Evan Longoria - Color Swap
436 Justin Upton - Color Swap
440 Bryce Harper - Action
440 Bryce Harper - Color Swap
442 Robinson Cano - Throwback
444 Jose Bautista - Action
444 Jose Bautista - Color Swap
445 Jonathan Lucroy - Color Swap
447 Chris Sale - Action
447 Chris Sale - Color Swap
447 Chris Sale - Wrong Photo
450 Yasiel Puig - Action
453 Troy Tulowitzki - Color Swap
455 Jose Altuve - Action
455 Jose Altuve - Color Swap
455 Jose Altuve - Throwback
459 David Wright - Color Swap
462 Felix Hernandez - Action
462 Felix Hernandez - Color Swap
467 Paul Goldschmidt - Action
471 Alex Gordon - Throwback
472 Craig Kimbrel - Action
473 Adrian Gonzalez - Action
475 Miguel Cabrera - Action
475 Miguel Cabrera - Color Swap
475 Miguel Cabrera - Throwback
480 David Ortiz - Action
480 David Ortiz - Color Swap
483 Adam Wainwright - Action
484 Corey Kluber - Color Swap
491 Victor Martinez - Action
491 Victor Martinez - Throwback
492 Jeff Samardzija - Color Swap
494 Starlin Castro - Throwback
497 Yu Darvish - Action
497 Yu Darvish - Throwback
498 Stephen Strasburg - Action
500 Mike Trout - Action
500 Mike Trout - Color Swap
500 Mike Trout - Throwback
2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Error Variations
While Topps hasn't confirmed the exact number of Error Variations, we suspect this list is complete.
Base: 158 hits in 2013, "2B'man records..." on back
Error: 163 hits in 2013, "2B records..." on back
Base: stats on back end in 2014
Error: stats on back end in 2013
Base: born in 1988
Error Variation: born in 1989
Base: "The 26-year-old was a key..."
Error: "The left-hander was a key..."
Base: born in 1987
Error Variation: born in 1991
Base: Last named spelled correctly (Chisenhall) on back.
Error Variation: Last name spelled "Chisenhal" on back.
Base: born in 1983
Error Variation: born in 1980
Base: photo of Chris Sale
Error: photo of Jose Quintana
It appears that card #62 Lance Lynn is an error (wrong photo) but it is not an intentional variation short print. It should be considered a base card.
2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Traded Player Variations
While Topps hasn't confirmed the exact number of Traded Player Variations, we suspect this list is complete.
2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Action Image Variations
2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Color Swap Variations
2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Throwback Uniform Variations
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