Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Icing on the Cake - 2018 Heritage Auto Relic

P-Town Tom over at Waiting' Til Next Year is holding a contest on his blog, asking folks to share their favorite card of 2018. This is my entry.


Topps Heritage is the one set I anticipate each year. It's usually my favorite set, so not only do I attempt to build the base set, I also go after the parallels and inserts of players from my team, most notably Paul Goldschmidt. 

This year I was excited to see his name listed on the Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relic checklist before High Numbers was released. Much Like Dan over at It's Like Having My Own Card Shop, Goldy has just way too many cards to chase, so I've narrowed down my PC collecting goals of Goldy down to a select few sets, and Heritage is of course one of them. 

Narrowing my focus allows me to save for when a big card like this comes out. 

Limited to 25 copies, and with how hot the baseball card market was this year with all of the rookie hype, I had a feeling that most of these card would surface pretty quickly and sell off fast too. So instead of playing the waiting game, I began monitoring the Bay right after the product released. 

Sure enough, most of the 25 copies in Redemption form surfaced. To my surprise, the cards weren't going for as much as I thought. Maybe it's because Goldschmidt autograph cards came out in just about every set this year, or maybe people are just so focused on this year's rookie class that Paul Goldschmidt seemed irrelevant at the time. I don't know. Either way it was a win for me.

This is easily my favorite card of 2018. To a lot of collectors it's probably a pretty bland card. It doesn't capture a significant moment during a game or have an image of a cool pose or diving play. But to me, it's elegance captures the modern collection aspects of autographs and game-used memorabilia with the colors, shapes, and texture of vintage. 

I now own two of the three Clubhouse Collection Auto Relics of Goldy (2013, 2018) and am still on the lookout for a copy from 2014.

The question for me now is this: will this be Goldy's last Clubhouse Collection Auto Relic in a Dbacks inform?

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Beautiful card. He might have a few more cards featuring him in an Arizona jersey... but the majority of 2019 cards will have him wearing a St. Louis jersey instead.

  2. Fantastic card, and a great choice for COTY. I'm bummed for you (and Dan) that Goldy got dealt. Ever since I've started blogging about sports cards and interacting with player/team collectors it hurts to see guys like Goldschmidt and Andrew McCutchen get traded. But that's the business of baseball. :/

  3. I wanted to see Goldy as a D'back his whole career. Nice card.