2022 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Preview

2022 Topps Heritage High Number is a continuation of the 2022 Topps Heritage offering that offers a lot of familiarities, but with a few new twists.

This late season offering is part “series 2”, part “update set” and part “homage to the past”. Let’s dive in and see what the 2022 Topps Heritage High Number product has to offer!

2022 Topps Heritage High Number release date

The latest scheduled release date for 2022 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball is December 7, 2022. This date has moved several times, but with a little luck this is the real deal.

Release dates are of course subject to change, so stay tuned to Cardlines.com for updates.

2022 Topps Heritage High Number release format & pre-sale pricing

2022 Topps Heritage High Number initial release is hobby packs/boxes. Other release formats such as blasters are likely to follow.  

Each hobby pack will contain 9 cards, with a box containing 24 packs. Cases will contain 12 boxes.

Pre-sale pricing for 2022 Topps Heritage High Number boxes are right around $95-110 delivered, with cases running around $975 delivered.

Check out last year’s 2021 Topps Heritage High Number Review

2022 Topps Heritage High Number base set

The base set is a second series or update to the original Heritage set, so expect a mix of rookies, players in new uniforms, as well as a few stars who did not appear in the Topps Heritage. As with the 2022 Topps Heritage offering, these designs pay homage to the 1973 Topps set.

The 2022 Topps Heritage High Number base set contains 225 cards. The set is considered a continuation of the 2022 Topps Heritage set, so the High Number set numbering begins at #501.

This is done as a homage to the days of 1973 and before when Topps sets were released in series, and the final series tended to be printed in smaller quantities because they were released late in the season and saw less demand.

2022 Topps Heritage High Number short prints

These “high number” cards are now typically more valuable than similar cards in earlier series. The final 25 cards are 2022 Topps Heritage High Number short prints.

2022 Topps Heritage High Number
2022 Topps Heritage High Number Base Set Design

2022 Topps Heritage High Number parallels

Hobby packs of 2022 Topps Heritage High Number contain two parallels. Black border cards are numbered out of 50. Flip Stock is very limited, with only five copies of each produced. Flip Stock cards are printed backward, so the back has a bit more gloss and the front has a more matte finish.

Other parallel sets aren’t full parallels, as they only cover 50 cards from the set. Mini, which are numbered out of 100, is one example. The popular Chrome series returns as a partial parallel.

Parallels of the Chrome Parallel include Refractors (/673), Silver (/373), Black (/73), Gold (/5) and Superfractors (1/1). Gold Chrome Parallels are hobby only. Hobby and Retail “hot boxes” will contain Purple Parallels.

2022 Topps Heritage High Number Chrome & Chrome Superefractor

2022 Topps Heritage High Number variations

Variations offer collectors an additional fun “chase” to find alternate versions of some cards in the set. Variations include “Action Image”, which shows an action shot of the player, Team Name and Color Swap, and Throwback Uniforms.

2022 Topps Heritage High Number Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

2022 Topps Heritage High Number hobby boxes offer the promise of one autograph or memorabilia card per box.

Real One Autographs are the primary autograph series in the product, with base versions signed in blue ink. Red Ink parallels are available and limited to 73 copies or fewer.

Clubhouse Collection are the relic offering in 2022 Topps Heritage High Number. In addition to the standard offering, there are Gold (/99) and ultra-rare Patch (1/1) versions.

Clubhouse Collection Dual (/73), Triple (/25) and Quad (/10) offer patches from multiple players per card. There are 1/1 Patch versions available of these cards as well.

Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics (/25 or fewer) off relic cards with on-card autographs.

Dual Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics (/10 or fewer) offer the same but double the fun with two featured players.

Also expect a small number of 1/1 Cut Signature cards to be included, focusing on players and celebrities that were making news in 1973.

Clubhouse Dual Autograph Relic

2022 Topps Heritage High Number inserts

1973 was a big year for Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. He went 21-16 with a 2.87 ERA and led the league in both walks and strikeouts, the former setting the single-season record with 383 K’s. He finished second in the Cy Young voting and made his second all-star team.

2022 Topps Heritage High Number gives Ryan his own insert set, called All Aboard! (as in, the “Ryan Express”). The insert series captures highlights from Ryan’s career. In addition to the “base insert” set, there are All Aboard! Relics (/25), Autographs (/5) and Autograph Relics (/5) versions.

All Aboard the Ryan Express!

1973 MLB All-Star Game Highlights highlight the All Stars of 1973, with autographed versions limited to 99 copies.

Now and Then returns with their popular pairing of a current star with a vintage player with similar numbers. Rookie Performers highlight fifteen of the top rookies in the game, while Award Winners highlight players bringing home the hardware. Combo Cards offer multi-player cards with various themes.

2022 Topps Heritage High Number box loaders

2022 Topps Heritage High Number Hobby Boxes come with an exclusive box topper card.

1973 Topps Oversized Box Loaders are jumbo versions of select cards from the set.

1973 Topps Pin-Ups pay homage to the original 1973 Topps Pin-Ups, a test-issue that featured wax paper gum wrappers featuring player photos that could be pinned to your bulletin board, wall, or whatnot.

1973 Topps Originals are stamped buy-back cards from the original 1973 Topps set.

The final word on 2022 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball

2022 Topps Heritage High Number hobby boxes offer one autograph or memorabilia card and one box loader per box, and several inserts, parallels, variations, and short prints to chase.

As Heritage often does at its best, it brings collectors the best of the modern chase combined with designs from the past. It should make for a fun break that doesn’t break the bank.

Full 2022 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball checklist

As soon as we have the 2022 Topps Heritage High Number baseball checklist, it will be available in this space.

More Topps Heritage Coverage

2022 Topps Heritage Baseball Review

Guide To 2022 Topps Heritage Short Prints and Variations

What You Need To Know About 2022 Topps Heritage Parallels

2022 Topps Heritage Minors

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Mike D

Mike D

Mike D. has collected cards since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. He has long been fascinated by the Baseball Hall of Fame, and of course cards of Hall of Famers, present and future.


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