July 27, 2014

Let's Talk About 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers

We're a few months away, but I've started thinking about the 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers set. Will it be an online-only factory set, or released in packs? Who will be included? Who will be overlooked? If we use the 2013 installment as a template, it's probable that each team will be represented, with somewhere between one and five cards apiece.

 Much like the "traded" sets from back in the day, the high-numbers set is mostly a showcase of young players and XRCs—although with so many draft, prospects, and minor league sets these days, there are virtually zero players who could have an XRC—with fewer traded veterans in their new uniforms. It's also a way for Topps to produce cards of players not included in the regular series. But with a checklist of only 100 cards, Topps has to be choosy about who's represented.

That said, here's a quick list of 25 players who may be part of Heritage High Numbers for 2014:

1. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
2. George Springer, Houston Astros
3. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
4. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
5. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
6. Brock Holt, Boston Red Sox
7. Jake Peavy, San Francisco Giants
8. Chase Headley, New York Yankees
9. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
10. Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays
11. C.J. Cron, LA Angels
12. Yangveris Solarte, San Diego Padres
13. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
14. Tommy La Stella, Atlanta Braves
15. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
16. Jake Petricka, Chicago White Sox
17. Joakim Soria, Detroit Tigers
18. Huston Street, LA Angels
19. Brandon McCarthy, New York Yankees
20. Jeff Samardzjia, Oakland Athletics
21. Ike Davis, Pittsburgh Pirates
22. Jose Lobaton, Washington Nationals
23. Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles
24. Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

25. Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals

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