I've put a ton of time, effort and $$ into trying to build the 2012 Topps Heritage set. This was my first attempt to build a Topps Heritage set, as I was attracted to all of the things mentioned previously - 4 years later, I'm still 19 short prints away from a full set. Since that point, I said to myself - why even bother with this release? It is truly "uncollectible". For some silly reason, I started to feel excitement for the 2016 Heritage release and was looking on eBay/Twitter to see if there were any good deals on base sets (since I knew I'd never be able to afford enough to hand collate). Then I saw the checklist and the short print cards in this years release include: Kershaw, Ortiz, Harper, Trout, etc. Pretty much anyone you'd actually be excited about pulling in a pack. Yet again, Topps caters to the case breakers & re-sellers rather than the collectors.
This exact topic was discussed on Twitter today by a few people I'd consider "collectors". Here are some snippets from the conversation:
- Re: SPs - "At least knock them down to reasonable amount like 25. Shouldn't have to buy a case to complete a set. I won't."
- "I bought a Heritage box every year from 2001-14. Some years 2 boxes, blasters, looses, etc...Guess how many sets I've completed? None!"
- "It's a set that is, ironically, uncollectible. It's not realistic to collect this set as, well, a set."
Given the price point of the product, nostalgic aspect and minimal inserts, Topps is once again flipping the bird to set collectors and, well, collectors by including so many SPs in this years set.