2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Gum Damage Backs Add Scratch and Sniff Twist

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Gum Damage Backs Add Scratch and Sniff Twist

With the first batches of 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball starting to surface, some collectors were noticing something odd about the backs of random cards. What may have, at first, seemed like an unintentional printing error now looks like something more. Topps has opted for a new sort of retro parallel of sorts. 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Gum Damage Back parallels are more than just random streaky marks on the back. They smell like bubble gum.

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The "gum stains" aren't all exactly alike on the back. Rather, they're more like an application added to the card.

Early reports suggest that the 2015 Topps Heritage Gum Damage Backs are short printed, averaging about six to eight per 12-box case.

Topps hasn't officially acknowledged their existence (Update: they did on March 4), although a tweet that came in the midst of a discussion as to whether the cards were intentional or not suggests they are.

What do you think? Yay or nay to these scratch and sniff Gum Damage Backs?

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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  1. Author

    As if the sparkle cards weren’t dumb enough already, topps decides to release these as unannounced parallels? Geez, what’s next? I think if Upper Deck didn’t piss off MLB when they released their 2010 line, they would be back in business again.

  2. Author

    Upper Deck didn’t just piss off the MLB. They failed to honor contract obligations to players in both the MLB and NFL.

    Why are people so grumpy about this? Sheesh.

  3. Author

    I think this is a cool idea. It’s Topps going out of the box.

  4. Author

    Stupidest idea yet – what’s next grease stains? Off center cards? How ’bout bent cards that have been in some kid’s bicycle spokes? Complete idiocy. What I like about those days – besides the gum – I could get 25 cards and complete a Dodger set – not 1300 cards like it is now.

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    Why not have something for the kids, everyone is looking at this as if all collectors are 40 and older.

  6. Author

    Heh…well, to see gum stained cards worth MORE than regular issue cracks me up. Love the concept. Made me laugh. I opened Eric Davis and Jose Canseco gum stain rookies as a kid and almost cried. I can’t stand Topps as of late, but this type of sp gives me hope that there may be one creative bone left in their drab bodies.

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