The Beatles are back in 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball, a set that looks back to 1964. The Fab Four are included on one of the set's insert cards. Original buybacks are also part of the release.
1964 marked the year when the Beatles' popularity really took off in America. The band arrived in the United States to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. Later in the year, they hit the road for shows across the country and were on the big screen for A Hard Day's Night. Beatlemania had spread into a worldwide phenomenon.
Topps recognized this, producing seven different sets of Beatles trading cards in 1964. Although most are very fairly simple releases, they gave card collectors and Beatles fans some fun photos.
2013 Topps Heritage Baseball includes several specially marked Beatles buybacks. These are original Beatles cards, all from Topps' 1964 run, with a foil stamp added to show they're from the new release. The one set that doesn't have buybacks is 1964 Topps Beatles Plaks. These are over-sized cards that, if inserted, would not fit in packs. 2013 Topps Heritage Beatles Buybacks are inserted 1:14,420 hobby packs, making them extremely tough to find.
This isn't the only place in 2013 Topps Heritage where John, Paul, George and Ringo fans will find cards of the band. The Beatles have a spot in the ten-card News Flashbacks insert set, which also features Mary Poppins, the Ford Mustang and Martin Luther King Jr. Although insertion rates for News Flashback cards aren't available yet, they're not normally too difficult to track down at reasonable prices.
2013 Topps Heritage Baseball releases on March 6.
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