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Eight cards per pack/24 packs per box

Base set completion: 125 of 125 (100%)
Short print set completion: 6 of 25 (24%)






As a self-professed history geek, I had a feeling this set would be all manner of awesome even before I managed to rip a pack. Now that I’ve managed to bust an entire box, my statement still stands.

Topps Heritage fans can definitely appreciate the revisit of several of Topps’ more noteworthy designs from the past. What makes this set nice is an extension of the many Presidential-themed inserts in last year’s sets. While the 08 Presidential cards were either humorous (UD’s Presidential Predictors) merely informative (Topps’ Campaign series) or historical (First Ladies, Campaign Match-Ups), American Heritage takes this idea and stretches out further into American history, and highlights several dozen key figures.

My only quip is the relative lack of inclusion of American figures of Asian heritage such as I.M Pei, or even someone such as Masanori Murakami. There’s also a relative lack of mention of the nation’s Indian heritage from a non-frontier explorer viewpoint. But as you do with textbooks covering the same subject, rarely do you get a complete picture of American heritage.

Even with its faults, I do believe American Heritage can be a valuable teaching tool, though how effective it may be depends on how relevant youth of today consider trading cards.

As far as the box itself — SO nice to pull an entire base set out of just one hobby box. I also ended up with 36 doubles, so the insert card collation rate obviously could’ve been better.

Not too pleased with the inserts I pulled — Keith Olbermann? BLECH. I had enough of him in the 04 Cracker Jack set! I do like using one of my favorite designs — 1952 Topps — as the format for the 43 President cards, however.

And the “hits!” Duke Ellington, authentic Griffith Stadium seat piece? Because one of the (arguably) greatest Jazz performers in history ocne sold peanuts at Griffith, therefore this relic is connected to him somehow? And the May-Walsh redemption … a little creepy don’t you think? Given the brevity of their “uniforms,” there’s not a whole lot of real estate from which to harvest these relics, is there? But whatever — this product, once again, isn’t about the hits.

What is nice is knowing only 25 short prints make up the subset . It would’ve been nicer had there been more inserted into the box, but I guess you can’t ask for everything.

As for the Chromes — I’m generally not a big fan of these cards, but I will say the Chrome cards that came in this set are generally rather nice looking.

All in all a pretty good idea, and great execution from Topps. I do hope that this isn’t a yearly thing from them. I like the idea of using the myriad Presidential Campaign inserts during the election year, and using American Heritage to tie a ribbon on them, so to speak.


After an aggravatingly dry January, and several spring-like 60-degree days, winter finally came back last night.


There were intermittent snow flurries, and at one point, traffic slowed to a crawl as the snow turned into a blinding sheet. It also snowed for about an hour or so today, and was quite a lovely sight to see. And those temps — now back to a more appropriate high-20/low-30 level. Cold winter days and snow flurries all about — some of my favorite things.

But hey, this isn’t about the weather. It’s about the 2009 product …


A jumbo box of Topps S1, a box of Upper Deck S1, and what I was really looking for — a box of American Heritage. Fresh wax waiting to be ripped — definitely some of my favorite things.

The guy at my hobby source was awesome. I called this morning looking for all three, and all he had were Topps S1 hobby boxes. He said he’d save me one, and when I came to pick it up, I was surprised to see all three of these were waiting for me. Score! And to top it off, he charged me MSRP ($63) for the box of American Heritage, which is more than I can say for DACW ($95), Blowout ($75), or The Card Kid ($75). I’m VERY surprised that DACW is charging $30 more than MSRP on these boxes.

Saving that extra $30 — I figured on paying DACW’s price of $95 for a box — means I’ll be for sure buying two boxes of baseball Heritage when it comes out. Saving money — also one of my favorite things.

Strangely enough, I have no idea when I’ll be able to actually break the boxes — it’s going to be a very busy week, and then there’s Valentine’s Day this weekend. In the mean time, I bought a couple loose packs of UD S1 to satiate the pack-breaking urge until then. Too busy a week to find the time to bust wax — not a favorite thing, but a good thing nonetheless.

It appears my local hobby source won’t be getting their load of 2009 product until at least Tuesday, so it looks like I’ll be stuck with retail packs until then.

As a history buff, and a teacher of sorts, the idea of Topps American Heritage is absolutely one I am on board with. Just thinking of the myriad ways I could use these cards as a learning tool is awesome.

I bought two retail packs, and here’s what caught my eye.


It saddens me how often I have to remind others of how important the right to vote is, and for some groups, how relatively new these freedoms are.


Forget voting — how important is the simple freedom of being in a desegregated classroom?



As a Los Angeles native, there’s an obvious appreciation for J.P. Getty. Strangely enough, however, in all my years in LA, I never once managed to visit the Getty Center. This in spite of commuting past it twice a day at one point.


Never been a big fan of the Kennedy brothers, but this is a great picture. I also loved his portrayal in the movie “13 days,” about the Cuban Missile Crisis.



This reminds me — not only did my scanner refuse to scan this card properly, I really need to frame the “Three Umpires” Rockwell print my wife gave me for Christmas.


Oh yeah, I bought some baseball cards too!


In an unintended ode to Upper Deck Documentary, this card commemorates Manny’s efforts against the Cubs in the NLDS. And the picture on the front? It’s from a day game, odd considering all three NLDS games were in the evening. Judging from the brick background, it looks like this was taken at AT & T Park in San Francisco.


No Legends of the Game inserts this time, but I’ll gladly take another Turkey Red. I never once even remotely thought about this set when it was a full set, but as an insert set, they’re incredibly appealing to me. Weird.

And I even managed to buy football cards for the first time in really, a decade. I haven’t bought football cards (aside from the ones I occasionally buy for my nephew) since I collected them in the early 90s. But the idea of revisiting another classic tobacco card set from Topps drew me in.

I didn’t recognize anyone from the pack — my football knowledge is really limited to superstars and whoever’s currently playing for the St. Louis Rams. I did get this nice Matt Forte mini, however.


And it’ll likely be the only card I end up keeping. This an awesome looking set, and I hope Topps continues on its tradition of reviving old tobacco card sets.