2022 Topps Heritage Minors Review: Old School Meets New School

Combining the old-school cool of Topps Heritage with the next generation of minor league talent, Topps Heritage Minors offers a very reasonably priced product with some interesting hits and a chance to catch the next big star on the rise.

But what is 2022 Topps Heritage Minors all about? We have the details…read on!

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Topps Heritage Minors 2022 release format & release date

The 2022 Topps Heritage Minors release date was November 23, 2022.

Topps Heritage Minors 2022 packs each contain 8 cards. Hobby boxes contain 18 packs per box. Hobby cases each contain 12 boxes. 

Each 2022 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball hobby box contains two on-card autographs.

Hobby boxes are pre-selling for $50-60, while hobby cases are pre-selling for $600-700.

2022 Topps Heritage Minors base set & design

Just like the MLB version of 2022 Topps Heritage, the 2022 Topps Heritage Minors design is based on the classic look of the 1973 Topps set.

The 2022 Topps Heritage Minors base set consists of 200 cards, with the checklist made up of some of the most exciting young players in the minor leagues. Subsets include League Leaders, Prospect Stars, and more.

Short prints are also part of the offering and are seeded in 1:6 packs. Base card image variations are also part of the equation.

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2022 Topps Heritage Minors
Base Red Border Parallel

Topps Heritage Minors 2022 box loader

Each hobby box contains a special three-card bonus pack that contains 1973 Topps Baseball Pin-Ups. Unlike the original 1973 Pin-Ups, which were 3-7/16” x 4-5/8”, the 2022 versions are standard card size.

Autographed versions (/25) and 1/1 FoilFractor Autograph versions are sure to be popular hits.

2022 Topps Heritage Minors
1973 Topps Pin-Up Poster Autograph

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2022 Topps Heritage Minors parallels

Despite the old-school look and feel, 2022 Topps Heritage Minors has all the trappings of a modern offering, including a number of parallels, including some really tough pulls.

Parallels include:

  • Blue: /99
  • Green:  /75
  • Black:  /50
  • Gold:  /10
  • Red: 1/1

2022 Topps Heritage Minors inserts

A number of fun insert sets add a little extra 1970s flair to the 2022 Topps Heritage Minors offering. While not the toughest pulls, these are sure to be fun pulls.

1973 Topps Pack Covers

Inspired by the varied pack designs of the 1973 Topps product, this insert set will showcase some of the top talents in the minor leagues.

Seeded 1:4.5 packs.

1973 Topps 1953 Reprints

Topps describes this insert set this way: “In 1973, Topps reissued the iconic art from the 1953 set with a fresh/simplified design twist really letting the image breathe. This will be a recreation of that open design, highlighting top MiLB players.”

Seeded 1:6 packs.

Tarjetas

Inspired by the many Latin American winter league cards of the 1970s, this set will highlight Copa de la Diversion teams from the 2022 MiLB season.

Seeded 1:4.5 packs.

2022 Topps Heritage Minors Tarjetas

2022 Topps Heritage Minors autographs

2022 Topps Heritage Minors offers two on-card autographs per hobby box, which feels like a good value in a box that sells for around $60. Sure, some of these players may never see the minors, but the promise of pulling an autograph of the next big thing is, well, a big thing.

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Real One Autographs

With the same classic design of the base set, these add some ink to the equation, making for some really beautiful autographs.

Parallels include Blue (/99), Black (/50), Gold (/25) and Red (1/1).

2022 Topps Heritage Minors Real One Autograph

Real One Dual Autographs

All the goodness of the Real One Autographs, but with autos of two players and a print run of just 20 copies each.

Select cards from the 1973 Topps Pack Covers insert set and get autograph versions that are limited to 50 copies. 1973 Topps 1953 Reprints inserts have autographed versions that are /99. Base Card Image Variation Autographs are limited to 50 copies each.

As mentioned above, box topper 1973 Topps Baseball Pin-Ups have Autographed versions (/25) and 1/1 FoilFractor Autograph versions.

2022 Topps Heritage Minors
1973 Topps Baseball Pin-Ups Autograph

2022 Topps Heritage Minors value

While not a high-end product, Topps Heritage Minors does appear to hold its value well in unopened form, if not appreciate significantly. 2022 Topps Heritage Minors hobby boxes are pre-selling in the $50-60 range. 2021 boxes are selling in the $60-70 range, while 2020 boxes are selling in the $60-75 range.

YearValue
2022$60
2021$60
2020$75
2019$85

Again, not a ton of upside potential, but at least they’re not losing value and may even be ticking up slightly. Generally speaking, pre-rookie and minor league cards aren’t as valuable as a player’s true rookie cards. That being said, they still have value and make a nice addition to a collection.

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Final thoughts on 2022 Topps Heritage Minors

2022 Topps Heritage Minors is a low-cost offering that celebrates the minor leagues with an old-school design and vintage feel. With two autographs per box and a very reasonable price tag, this is tempting for a fun break, although one likely without monster hits.

Still, there’s a place for 2022 Topps Heritage Minors amongst your breaks. I’m strongly considering picking up a hobby box myself!

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2022 Topps Heritage Minors checklist

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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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