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2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Cards

2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Cards


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2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball is one of those sets that delves into the past to highlight the future of the sport. When put that way, it sounds kind of like something H.G. Wells-ian, but it's not. Like 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball (the MLB version), it uses the 1966 Topps Baseball design to give a throwback feel. 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball comes with two autographs and a relic card per box.

The base set comes with 200 cards. While the majority are regular player cards, there is a League Leaders subset. Parallels include Blue, Gum Damage, Orange (#/25), Printing Plates and Black (1/1). There are also 25 short print variations.

Signed cards come in a couple of varieties. Real One Autographs carry over from the main Heritage line. However, unlike their MLB counterparts, signatures here are on stickers. Numbered parallels include Blue, Orange (#/25), Printing Plates and Black (1/1). Looming Legacy Autographs bring signatures of former MiLB greats. Base versions are serial numbered. The only parallels here are Printing Plates and Black (1/1).

Memorabilia cards once again fall under the Clubhouse Collection Relics banner. All come with a piece of game-used gear. Parallels follow the common Blue, Orange (#/25), Printing Plate and Black (1/1). Printing Plate and Black versions come with patch swatches. Collectors can also find Clubhouse Collection Autographs.

2015 Topps Heritage Minor League has a couple of basic insert sets as well. Minor Miracles puts a spotlight on some of the best MiLB performances of 2014. Road to the Show highlights different teams and levels players have suited up for in their quest to make the majors.

The Make Your Pro Debut promotion returns. The grand prize winner receives a locker and uniform with a MiLB team, a chance to participate in warm-ups and batting practice. They also get to throw out the first pitch before the game and more.

Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 9 cards per pack
Price Point: Low-End Football Card
Target Audience: Prospectors, Set Builders, Retro Card Fans, MiLB Card Collectors

2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Box Break

  • 2 Autographs
  • 1 Relic Card
  • 216 Total Cards
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Set Checklist

2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Blue Border, Gum Damage, Orange Border #/25, Black Border 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Base Blue Schwarber

1 Julio Urias - Tulsa Drillers
2 Rob Kaminsky - Palm Beach Cardinals
3 Reese McGuire - Bradenton Marauders
4 Ozhaino Albies - Rome Braves
5 Nick Kingham - Indianapolis Indians
6 Tony Kemp - Corpus Christi Hooks
7 Kyle Zimmer - Lexington Legends
8 Alex Reyes - Palm Beach Cardinals
9 Jose De Leon - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
10 Sean Reid-Foley - Lansing Lugnuts
11 Max White - Asheville Tourists
12 Austin Voth - Harrisburg Senators
13 Jordan Betts - Salem Red Sox
14 Lucas Sims - Carolina Mudcats
15 Dariel Alvarez - Norfolk Tides
16 Luis Ortiz - Hickory Crawdads
17 Jacob Dahlstrand - Salem Red Sox
18 Drew Dosch - Frederick Keys
19 Jace Fry - Winston-Salem Dash
20 Carlos Asuaje - Portland Sea Dogs
21 Robert Refsnyder - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
22 Cole Tucker - West Virginia Power
23 Sean Manaea - Wilmington Blue Rocks
24 Steven Matz - Las Vegas 51s
25 Nick Gordon - Cedar Rapids Kernels
26 Ty Blach - Sacramento River Cats
27 Nick Ciuffo - Bowling Green Hot Rods
28 Austin Wilson - Bakersfield Blaze
29 Wes Parsons - Lynchburg Hillcats
30 Tyrell Jenkins - Mississippi Braves
31 Austin Dean - Jupiter Hammerheads
32 Tayron Guerrero - San Antonio Missions
33 Manuel Margot - Salem Red Sox
34 Hunter Dozier - Northwest Arkansas Naturals
35 Monte Harrison - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
36 Spencer Turnbull - West Michigan Whitecaps
37 Billy McKinney - Myrtle Beach Pelicans
38 Derek Fisher - Quad Cities River Bandits
39 Chase Vallot - Burlington Royals
40 Ryan Merritt - Akron RubberDucks
41 Albert Almora - Tennessee Smokies
42 Frankie Montas - Birmingham Barons
43 Dominic Smith - St. Lucie Mets
44 Brian Anderson - Jupiter Hammerheads
45 Zech Lemond - Lake Elsinore Storm
46 Michael Conforto - Binghamton Mets
47 Brett Graves - Beloit Snappers
48 Keury Mella - San Jose Giants
49 Jorge Mateo - Charleston RiverDogs
50 Lucas Giolito - Potomac Nationals
51 Jake Reed - Chattanooga Lookouts
52 Greg Bird - Trenton Thunder
53 Dustin DeMuth - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
54 James Dykstra - Winston-Salem Dash
55 Touki Toussaint - Kane County Cougars
56 Derek Hill - West Michigan Whitecaps
57 Jake Gatewood - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
58 Clint Coulter - Brevard County Manatees
59 Natanael Delgado - Burlington Bees
60 Jorge Lopez - Biloxi Shuckers
61 Amed Rosario - St. Lucie Mets
62 Courtney Hawkins - Birmingham Barons
63 Duane Underwood Jr. - Myrtle Beach Pelicans
64 Brent Honeywell - Bowling Green Hot Rods
65 Sean Newcomb - Inland Empire 66ers
66 J.D. Davis - Lancaster JetHawks
67 Erich Weiss - Bradenton Marauders
68 Buddy Borden - Charlotte Stone Crabs
69 Trevor Gott - Arkansas Travelers
70 Adam Walker - Chattanooga Lookouts
71 Tyrone Taylor - Biloxi Shuckers
72 Alex Meyer - Rochester Red Wings
73 Grant Hockin - AZL Indians
74 Chance Sisco - Frederick Keys
75 Joe Gatto - Orem Owlz
76 Forrest Wall - Asheville Tourists
77 Rowdy Tellez - Lansing Lugnuts
78 Alen Hanson - Indianapolis Indians
79 Deven Marrero - Pawtucket Red Sox
80 Danny Burawa - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
81 Rio Ruiz - Mississippi Braves
82 Renato Nunez - Stockton Ports
83 Daniel Robertson - Montgomery Biscuits
84 Braxton Davidson - Rome Braves
85 Nick Howard - Daytona Tortugas
86 Jameson Taillon - Indianapolis Indians
87 Andrew Velazquez - Charlotte Stone Crabs
88 Sam Travis - Salem Red Sox
89 Magneuris Sierra - Peoria Chiefs
90 Colin Moran - Corpus Christi Hooks
91 Dan Vogelbach - Tennessee Smokies
92 Ricardo Sanchez - Rome Braves
93 Alex Blandino - Daytona Tortugas
94 Trey Michalczewski - Winston-Salem Dash
95 Franklin Barreto - Stockton Ports
96 Grant Holmes - Great Lakes Loons
97 Domingo Leyba - Visalia Rawhide
98 Drew Ward - Potomac Nationals
99 Daniel Carbonell - Richmond Flying Squirrels
100 Kyle Schwarber - Tennessee Smokies
101 Teoscar Hernandez - Corpus Christi Hooks
102 Kyle Waldrop - Pensacola Blue Wahoos
103 Mallex Smith - Mississippi Braves
104 Austin Kubitza - Erie SeaWolves
105 Blake Snell - Montgomery Biscuits
106 Tyler Naquin - Akron RubberDucks
107 Jack Flaherty - Peoria Chiefs
108 Daniel Mengden - Quad Cities River Bandits
109 Roman Quinn - Reading Fightin Phils
110 Jon Gray - Albuquerque Isotopes
111 Mitch Haniger - Mobile BayBears
112 Gleyber Torres - South Bend Cubs
113 Chad Pinder - Midland RockHounds
114 Clint Frazier - Lynchburg Hillcats
115 Tim Anderson - Birmingham Barons
116 Amir Garrett - Daytona Tortugas
117 Avery Romero - Jupiter Hammerheads
118 Jordan Luplow - West Virginia Power
119 Michael Gettys - Fort Wayne TinCaps
120 Luke Jackson - Round Rock Express
121 Raimel Tapia - Modesto Nuts
122 Trey Supak - GCL Pirates
123 Jordy Lara - Jackson Generals
124 Tyler Danish - Birmingham Barons
125 B.J. Boyd - Stockton Ports
126 David Dahl - New Britain Rock Cats
127 D.J. Peterson - Jackson Generals
128 Michael Chavis - Greenville Drive
129 Jake Thompson - Frisco RoughRiders
130 Kyle Crick - Richmond Flying Squirrels
131 Jake Cave - Trenton Thunder
132 Lewis Thorpe - Cedar Rapids Kernels
133 Bobby Bradley - Lake County Captains
134 Seth Mejias-Brean - Pensacola Blue Wahoos
135 Rafael Devers - Greenville Drive
136 Willy Adames - Charlotte Stone Crabs
137 Justin Nicolino - New Orleans Zephyrs
138 Marcos Molina - St. Lucie Mets
139 Alec Grosser - Rome Braves
140 Alex Verdugo - Great Lakes Loons
141 Foster Griffin - Lexington Legends
142 Brandon Nimmo - Binghamton Mets
143 Travis Demeritte - Hickory Crawdads
144 Brian Johnson - Pawtucket Red Sox
145 Carson Sands - AZL Cubs
146 Nick Wells - GCL Blue Jays
147 Brett Phillips - Lancaster JetHawks
148 Lewis Brinson - High Desert Mavericks
149 Gary Sanchez - Trenton Thunder
150 Luis Severino - Trenton Thunder
151 Nick Burdi - Chattanooga Lookouts
152 Kyle Freeland - Asheville Tourists
153 Jorge Polanco - Chattanooga Lookouts
154 Matt Wisler - Gwinnett Braves
155 Sam Howard - Asheville Tourists
156 Aaron Blair - Mobile BayBears
157 Peter O'Brien - Reno Aces
158 Brandon Drury - Mobile BayBears
159 Alberto Tirado - Dunedin Blue Jays
160 Tim Berry - Bowie BaySox
161 Juan Herrera - Palm Beach Cardinals
162 Miguel Almonte - Northwest Arkansas Naturals
163 James Ramsey - Columbus Clippers
164 Raul Mondesi - Northwest Arkansas Naturals
165 Ryan McMahon - Modesto Nuts
166 Erik Gonzalez - Akron RubberDucks
167 Ben Lively - Reading Fightin Phils
168 Harold Ramirez - West Virginia Power
169 Spencer Kieboom - Potomac Nationals
170 Mark Zagunis - Myrtle Beach Pelicans
171 Justin O'Conner - Montgomery Biscuits
172 Jen-Ho Tseng - Myrtle Beach Pelicans
173 Michael Kopech - Greenville Drive
174 Bradley Zimmer - Lynchburg Hillcats
175 Nick Williams - Frisco RoughRiders
176 Nick Travieso - Daytona Tortugas
177 Parker Bridwell - Bowie BaySox
178 Kodi Medeiros - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
179 Jesse Winker - Pensacola Blue Wahoos
180 Max Pentecost - Vancouver Canadians
181 Orlando Arcia - Biloxi Shuckers
182 Eric Haase - Lynchburg Hillcats
183 Stephen Piscotty - Memphis Redbirds
184 Logan Moon - Wilmington Blue Rocks
185 Joe Sclafani - Fresno Grizzlies
186 Chris Ellis - Inland Empire 66ers
187 Joey Curletta - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
188 Pierce Johnson - Tennessee Smokies
189 Chris Anderson - Tulsa Drillers
190 Jake Stinnett - South Bend Cubs
League Leaders
191 Arik Sikula - Dunedin Blue Jays
Enrique Burgos - Visalia Rawhide
Oliver Drake - Bowie Baysox
192 Chien-Ming Wang - Charlotte Knights
Dylan Floro - Montgomery Biscuits
Chris Heston - Fresno Grizzlies
193 Tim Cooney - Memphis Redbirds
Henry Owens - Portland Sea Dogs
Antonio Senzatela - Asheville Tourists
194 Brian Johnson - Portland Sea Dogs
Tyler Glasnow - Bradenton Marauders
Glenn Sparkman - Wilmington Blue Rocks
195 Aaron Blair - Mobile BayBears
Ben Lively - Bakersfield Blaze
Taylor Cole - Dunedin Blue Jays
196 Rafael Bautista - Hagerstown Suns
Jose Peraza - Mississippi Braves
Mallex Smith - Fort Wayne TinCaps
197 Matt Olson - Stockton Ports
Kris Bryant - Iowa Cubs
Tony Kemp - Corpus Christi Hooks
198 Kris Bryant - Iowa Cubs
Marquez Smith - Bakersfield Blaze
D.J. Peterson - Jackson Generals
199 Joey Gallo - Frisco RoughRiders
Matt Olson - Stockton Ports
Kris Bryant - Iowa Cubs
200 Jordy Lara - High Desert Mavericks
Steven Souza Jr. - Syracuse Chiefs
Chance Sisco - Delmarva Shorebirds

Base Short Prints Set Checklist

201 Miguel Sano - Chattanooga Lookouts
202 Alex Jackson - Clinton LumberKings
203 Braden Shipley - Mobile BayBears
204 Matt Olson - Midland RockHounds
205 Jorge Alfaro - Frisco RoughRiders
206 Nomar Mazara - Frisco RoughRiders
207 Tyler Beede - San Jose Giants
208 J.P. Crawford - Clearwater Threshers
209 Aaron Nola - Lehigh Valley IronPigs
210 Hunter Renfroe - San Antonio Missions
211 Robert Stephenson - Pensacola Blue Wahoos
212 Austin Meadows - Bradenton Marauders
213 Kohl Stewart - Fort Myers Miracle
214 A.J. Reed - Lancaster JetHawks
215 Henry Owens - Pawtucket Red Sox
216 Jose Berrios - Chattanooga Lookouts
217 Tyler Kolek - Greensboro Grasshoppers
218 Josh Bell - Altoona Curve
219 Mark Appel - Corpus Christi Hooks
220 Hunter Harvey - Delmarva Shorebirds
221 Tyler Glasnow - Altoona Curve
222 Jose Peraza - Gwinnett Braves
223 Carl Edwards Jr. - Tennessee Smokies
224 Aaron Judge - Trenton Thunder
225 Corey Seager - Oklahoma City Dodgers

Mystery Base Card Redemptions Set Checklist

2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Redemption Rodgers 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Redemption Swanson

1 Dansby Swanson
2 Brendan Rodgers

Real One Autographs Set Checklist

26 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Blue Border #/50, Orange Border #/25, Black Border 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Real One Autographs Severino

ROA-10 Sean Reid-Foley - Lansing Lugnuts
ROA-17 Jacob Dahlstrand - Salem Red Sox
ROA-29 Wes Parsons - Carolina Mudcats
ROA-39 Chase Vallot - Burlington Royals
ROA-45 Zech Lemond - Lake Elsinore Storm
ROA-50 Lucas Giolito - Auburn Doubledays
ROA-67 Erich Weiss - Bradenton Marauders
ROA-68 Buddy Borden - Charlotte Stone Crabs
ROA-73 Grant Hockin - AZL Indians
ROA-75 Joe Gatto - Orem Owlz
ROA-80 Danny Burawa - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
ROA-84 Braxton Davidson - Rome Braves
ROA-100 Kyle Schwarber - Tennessee Smokies
ROA-108 Daniel Mengden - Quad Cities River Bandits
ROA-119 Michael Gettys - Fort Wayne TinCaps
ROA-122 Trey Supak - GCL Pirates
ROA-125 B.J. Boyd - Stockton Ports
ROA-135 Rafael Devers - Greenville Drive
ROA-145 Carson Sands - AZL Cubs
ROA-146 Nick Wells - GCL Blue Jays
ROA-150 Luis Severino - Trenton Thunder
ROA-156 Aaron Blair - Mobile BayBears
ROA-168 Harold Ramirez - West Virginia Powers
ROA-185 Joe Sclafani - Corpus Christi Hooks
ROA-186 Chris Ellis - Inland Empire 66ers
ROA-187 Joey Curletta - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Clubhouse Collection Relics Set Checklist

18 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Blue Border #/50, Orange Border #/25, Black Border Patch 1/1, Printing Plate Patch 1/1
2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Clubhouse Collection Relics Seager

CCR-AJ Aaron Judge - Trenton Thunder
CCR-AM Alex Meyer - Rochester Red Wings
CCR-BB Byron Buxton - New Britain Rock Cats
CCR-BN Brandon Nimmo - Binghamton Mets
CCR-CE Chris Ellis - Inland Empire 66ers
CCR-CS Corey Seager - Oklahoma City Dodgers
CCR-DP D.J. Peterson - Jackson Generals
CCR-FM Frankie Montas - Birmingham Barons
CCR-HD Hunter Dozier - Northwest Arkansas Naturals
CCR-HR Hunter Renfroe - San Antonio Missions
CCR-JB Josh Bell - Altoona Curve
CCR-JG Joe Gatto - Orem Owlz
CCR-JN Justin Nicolino - New Orleans Zephyrs
CCR-JU Julio Urias - Tulsa Drillers
CCR-MA Mark Appel - Corpus Christi Hooks
CCR-MS Miguel Sano - Chattanooga Lookouts
CCR-PO Peter O'Brien - Reno Aces
CCR-RS Robert Stephenson - Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics Set Checklist

9 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Orange Border #/25, Black Border Patch 1/1, Printing Plate Patch 1/1
2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Clubhouse Collection Relic Autographs

CCAR-AJ Aaron Judge - Trenton Thunder
CCAR-AM Alex Meyer - Rochester Red Wings
CCAR-BD Brandon Drury - Mobile BayBears
CCAR-BN Brandon Nimmo - Binghamton Mets
CCAR-DP D.J. Peterson - Jackson Generals
CCAR-JN Justin Nicolino - New Orleans Zephyrs
CCAR-JW Jesse Winker - Pensacola Blue Wahoos
CCAR-PO Peter O'Brien - Reno Aces
CCAR-RQ Roman Quinn - Reading Fightin Phils

Looming Legacy Autographs Set Checklist

9 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Black Border 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Looming Legacy Autograph Smoltz

LLA-AJ Andruw Jones - Durham Bulls
LLA-CF Cliff Floyd - Harrisburg Senators
LLA-CJ Chipper Jones - Richmond Braves
LLA-JG Juan Gonzalez - Buffalo Bisons
LLA-JS John Smoltz - Greenville Drive
LLA-NG Nomar Garciaparra - Trenton Thunder
LLA-OV Omar Vizquel - Lake County Captains
LLA-RW Rondell White - Rochester Red Wings
LLA-VG Vladimir Guerrero - Harrisburg Senators

Minor Miracles Set Checklist

25 cards
2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Miracles Correa

MM-1 Carlos Correa - Lancaster JetHawks
MM-2 Robert Refsnyder - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
MM-3 Mike Hessman - Toledo Mud Hens
MM-4 Jon Griffin - Mobile BayBears
MM-5 Spokane Indians - Spokane Indians
MM-6 Clinton LumberKings
MM-7 Dante Bichette Jr. - Tampa Yankees
MM-8 Fresno Grizzlies
MM-9 Kyle Schwarber - Boise Hawks
MM-10 Tyler Glasnow - Bradenton Maruaders
MM-11 Lucas Sims - Lynchburg Hillcats
MM-12 Cody Scarpetta - Lynchburg Hillcats
MM-13 Lewis Brinson - Myrtle Beach Pelicans
MM-14 Mark Zagunis - Boise Hawks
MM-15 Darnell Sweeney - Chattanooga Lookouts
MM-16 Hudson Valley Renegades
MM-17 Justin Williams - South Bend Silver Hawks
MM-18 Tyler Glasnow - Bradenton Maruaders
MM-19 Corey Seager - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
MM-20 Henry Owens - Portland Sea Dogs
MM-21 Robert Stephenson - Pensacola Blue Wahoos
MM-22 Mallex Smith - Fort Wayne TinCaps
MM-23 Matt Olson - Stockton Ports
MM-24 Sean Newcomb - Burlington Bees
MM-25 Mark Appel - Corpus Christi Hooks

The Road to the Show Set Checklist

50 cards
2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Road to the Show Conforto

RTTS-1 Julio Urias - Tulsa Drillers
RTTS-2 Tyler Naquin - Akron RubberDucks
RTTS-3 Josh Bell - Altoona Curve
RTTS-4 Brett Graves - Beloit Snappers
RTTS-5 Orlando Arcia - Biloxi Shuckers
RTTS-6 Michael Conforto - Binghamton Mets
RTTS-7 Nick Ciuffo - Bowling Green Hot Rods
RTTS-8 Natanael Delgado - Burlington Bees
RTTS-9 Buddy Borden - Charlotte Stone Crabs
RTTS-10 Willy Adames - Charlotte Stone Crabs
RTTS-11 Jake Reed - Chattanooga Lookouts
RTTS-12 Nick Burdi - Chattanooga Lookouts
RTTS-13 Amir Garrett - Daytona Tortugas
RTTS-14 Hunter Harvey - Delmarva Shorebirds
RTTS-15 Nomar Mazara - Frisco RoughRiders
RTTS-16 Grant Holmes - Great Lakes Loons
RTTS-17 Alex Verdugo - Great Lakes Loons
RTTS-18 Sean Newcomb - Inland Empire 66ers
RTTS-19 Brian Anderson - Jupiter Hammerheads
RTTS-20 Zech Lemond - Lake Elsinore Storm
RTTS-21 A.J. Reed - Lancaster JetHawks
RTTS-22 J.D. Davis - Lancaster JetHawks
RTTS-23 Rowdy Tellez - Lansing Lugnuts
RTTS-24 Clint Frazier - Lynchburg Hillcats
RTTS-25 Bradley Zimmer - Lynchburg Hillcats
RTTS-26 Chad Pinder - Midland RockHounds
RTTS-27 Raimel Tapia - Modesto Nuts
RTTS-28 Ryan McMahon - Modesto Nuts
RTTS-29 Alex Reyes - Palm Beach Cardinals
RTTS-30 Rob Kaminsky - Palm Beach Cardinals
RTTS-31 Drew Ward - Potomac Nationals
RTTS-32 Daniel Carbonell - Richmond Flying Squirrels
RTTS-33 Braxton Davidson - Rome Braves
RTTS-34 Alec Grosser - Rome Braves
RTTS-35 Ozhaino Albies - Rome Braves
RTTS-36 Ty Blach - Sacramento River Cats
RTTS-37 Manuel Margot - Salem Red Sox
RTTS-38 Sam Travis - Salem Red Sox
RTTS-39 Tyler Beede - San Jose Giants
RTTS-40 Gleyber Torres - South Bend Cubs
RTTS-41 Jake Stinnett - South Bend Cubs
RTTS-42 Marcos Molina - St. Lucie Mets
RTTS-43 Aaron Judge - Trenton Thunder
RTTS-44 Jake Cave - Trenton Thunder
RTTS-45 Chris Anderson - Tulsa Drillers
RTTS-46 Domingo Leyba - Visalia Rawhide
RTTS-47 Derek Hill - West Michigan Whitecaps
RTTS-48 Spencer Turnbull - West Michigan Whitecaps
RTTS-49 Trey Michalczewski - Winston-Salem Dash
RTTS-50 James Dykstra - Winston-Salem Dash

Product Review

2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Trey Treutel

Good: Popular Heritage design, some notable MLB autograph subjects in Looming Legacy.

Bad: Sticker autographs, no variations this year, one-note feel.

The Bottom Line: While 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League adds the Looming Legacy Autographs with names like John Smoltz and Chipper Jones, the removal of the variations combined with no other notable additions leaves the product feeling a little stale. As a detailed minor league set, it is unique enough to have niche interest, but I still expected a little more.

Staff Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

Card Design: 3.0/5.0

Minor league stars meet the 1966 Topps design. Given its usage in the main Heritage set and High Numbers, many collectors are likely familiar with it and it works here as well. Because of the limited options for MiLB cards, it is a nice retro alternative to Pro Debut. While the design is simple, I do appreciate the League Leaders subset as a nod to the past.

Among the parallels, things are pretty standard except for the Gum Damage Backs. While that remains an amusing concept, the originality of it is not as strong and it seems to be a common theme with all the Heritage lines the year. I do wonder why the Chrome parallels are not included here.

Sticker autographs on a base design are normally doomed from the beginning and Heritage Minor is no different. On-card autographs would have been a huge addition but that seems to be the refrain from collectors each year.

With only two basic inserts and a plain design, there is not much to get excited about and part of that can be attributed to keeping with the feel of the product. I did like how The Road To The Show charted each player’s promotion through the minors by way of stars that noted each stop.

Checklist: 3.0/5.0

Since many of the top prospects got the call this year, the name power is not as impressive in Heritage Minor. That fact is not helped by the low percentage of Triple-A players.

Similar to the base set, with the Real One Autograph subjects, there is not a ton of depth and the few key names already have been called up.

One big plus for the checklist comes from the Looming Legacy Autographs. Former big names featured in their minor league appearances not only adds strength to the checklist, but offers options for traditional MLB collectors.

Value: 3.0/5.0

Value is tricky concept in general, but especially so for Heritage MiLB. Geared toward nostalgia and minor league collectors, there are not a ton of high-value cards to pull but that is not really what the product is about. Still, with no variations and a likely chance at two low-value sticker autographs plus a plain jersey relic, this is not the product to buy expecting to pull anything close to the cost. The short prints and Gum Backs do help some.

The good thing is that prices start on the lower side and will likely dip more over time. This means that collectors should be satisfied if they have realistic expectations about the product.

The Fun Factor: 2.75/5.0

I generally appreciate the retro products for what they are. However, I feel like the concept can lead to very little innovation and this is clearly the case here. Sure the set honors the past, but why not try something fun or exciting to make it special like High Numbers? Minor league collectors will likely be interested no matter what, but a cool or clever insert, parallel or idea should not just be reserved for the modern-themed products. Pro Debut did a great job of that in 2015 and Heritage Minor League might need some fresh new ideas while still working within the retro theme.

The box used for this review was provided by Topps.

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2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Cards, reviewed by Trey Treutel on 2015-10-29T12:50:18+00:00 rating 2.9 out of 5

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Reviews

  1. Sticker autos make this pointless.

  2. I love the design and the players within the product

  3. Awesome design , value and resale value of individual cards….. Can sell individual cards for more than price of box!

  4. When will we get a checklist for this product?

  5. Brandon Topps usually provides the checklist around one week before the release date. We post them as soon as we receive them. I imagine we will have it today or Monday.

  6. Glad to see Rafael Devers with an auto in there! Two autos per box, nice!

  7. This set comes out on Friday, and while I haven’t seen the cards, I have reviewed the checklist.

    I bought baseball cards as long ago as 1961, but I lost interest in baseball after the World Series was cancelled in 1994 due to the strike.

    In 2011, I saw a pack of cards in Target that read “Today’s stars in the 1962 design.” I bought one pack. I was hooked again!

    With this minor league set, Topps makes two huge errors, in my opinion.

    1. Too many Class A players, and far too few Triple-A players. I’d much rather get cards of players I may have heard of.

    2. Too many players featured in previous Heritage Minor League sets. A few may be appropriate, players with huge potential such as Corey Seager with the Dodgers organization. But I’d rather see guys pulled from the 40 man roster, because these guys have a better chance of making the majors some day.

    Overall, however, I love Topps Heritage!

  8. Do you know if there will be base card variations in this years set?

  9. Dave There was no mention of it in the sell sheet and I have not come across any thus far.

  10. Always love Heritage Minor! I found that 217 Tyler Kolek is numbered 317. No idea if this an error but I’ve yet to see another 217 surface.

  11. Opened a box today. Nice cards, solid and sturdy. Came 9 cards short of a complete set (1-200). The box contained four short prints (Alfaro, Edwards, Sano, Stewart). There were three blue parallels, and one orange parallel (25/25 Refsnyder).

    Only disappointment was the autographs. Grant Hockin and Harold Ramorez, of the AZL Indians and West Virginia Power, respectively.

    Glad to see a good number of Tennessee Smokies and myrtle Beach Pelicans to represent the Cubs organization. But yeah, the lack of AAA guys is somewhat maddening.

    Box was $58 at our LCS. may buy another to try and finish the set, stock up on prospects and hope for a couple better autos.

    One thing I really dig are the leader cards toward the end of the base set. Good excuse for a couple cards that feature Kris Bryant.

  12. Ed M.
    Strange I also came up 9 cards short of a complete non s/p (1-200) set. I’ll check with some other friends to see if this is a norm. All in all it’s not a bad product.

  13. Check this puppy out 1/1 Hall of Fame Auto Printing plate

  14. Love the concept and design of Heritage cards. This is the most fun set of each year I think. One box very nearly completed the base set. I do think they need better autos. No offense but 3rd-4th tier players such as middle relievers like Burawa and Dahlstrand are not appealing to collectors. But I guess at this price point, it’s hard to complain.

    Some fun inserts and parallels to search for. Always keep these for at least a few months till Topps releases the full checklist. They always have some unknown parallels that you need to go back and search for months later. This time, it’s the bubblegum backs. How can you not love that?

    Design and concept: 5 (love throwback)
    Checklist: 3 (good base list, some lousy autos)
    Value: 4 (cheap price so you don’t have to pull a 1 of 1 to be happy)
    Fun Factor: 5 (always the most creative set of the year)

    Black border Tyler Naquin (woohoo!), CCR-aaron judge, 2 bubblegum backs, 4 high numbers, 3 blue borders, 2 autos (dahlstrand, burawa).

  15. Just busted a box since I haven’t tried it yet this year, and it was rather meh.

    I did find 4 high number SP’s including Josh Bell, and I PC him so that’s cool at least. Got Corey Seager, Matt Olson, and Nomar Mazara too. I got 3 of the Blue border cards, and one Orange of Nick Gordon #01/25 that is pretty sweet. Other than that a lot of bleh.

    My two autos were Jacob Dahlstrand (Who?) and Trey Supak (hey another Pirate not horrible #2 rd pick from 2014)

    Overall I don’t think I’ll buy any more but it’s a decent product. I usually spend a good bit every year on Pro Debut I personally like those minor league cards and I hunt the autos and SPs of guys I collect but the values of Minor League cards is still mostly in the gutter I wish it wasn’t like that I personally like Team USA and minor league cards of the superstars before they broke out.

  16. As a collector, I really enjoy this set. It is fun. I disagree witha few posters above regarding players lower than AAA. I enjoy seeing faces that you do not know, wearing uniforms you rarely, if ever, actually see. I Even if said players have zero chance of ever putting on a major league uniform. Mostly, because the vast majority of Americans do not live too close to an MLB team, and most people who live near a professional team, is likely to be a minor league team of some sort. My hometown, for instance, is a Short-A team; Williamsport Crosscutters. I like the fact that there is a chance that my hometown team could be represented in a major product with a nationwide distribution.

    Having said that, I also like how the writer of the review above is fair, regarding “value.” Yeah, you probably cannot recoup very much of the cost of purchasing a box of these by flipping. This is a collectors’ set, and the low price point / low value reflects this. However, the fact that the value does not match up with the price point should reflect a moderate hit in the rating.

  17. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. The Nomar Mazara road to the show #15 is an error card. Mazara is a left handed batter. The player on the card is Hanser Alberto. I’m a huge Ranger fan and noticed it immediately.

  18. Kolek # 317 in my box….error

  19. I have a Kyle schwarber 1/1 printing plate. Is there a checklist of the printing plates for the 2015 topps heritage minor league cards

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