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A closer look at 2020 Topps Heritage baseball cards

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Let’s look at some baseball cards styled like a set from 1971

Here is a look at the 2020 Topps Heritage baseball card set, which is in the style of 1971 Topps. Let’s start with a few side-by-side comparisons of similar poses from the original set and the current version with today’s players.


The style of this nearly five-decade-old set included a lot of posing shots, the kind you see these days on photo day — Clayton Kershaw pantomiming throwing a pitch, Matt Beaty holding a bat over his shoulder, etc.

We can split most of these into two groups: holding a bat...

... or the throwers:

Catcher Will Smith earned the vaunted Topps All-Star rookie designation, which given the style of the 1971 set meant a very large trophy in the bottom left corner of the card. Topps would eventually scale down this trophy.

The backs of the standard cards are pretty simplistic, but the scarcity of statistics allows room for a blurb for every player, some of which are interesting.



Prospects are doubled up, sharing a card with another “rookie star” on the team. There are two such Dodgers cards in this set, with Gavin Lux and Dustin May together on one card, and Tony Gonsolin and Josh Sborz on another.

The 2020 Heritage set includes 24 Dodgers cards, including 19 in the regular-print set (the first 400 cards) and five pf the high-number short print variety (the final 100 cards of the set).

Dodgers Heritage checklist

  • 10 — Jedd Gyorko
  • 14 — Matt Beaty
  • 30 — Justin Turner
  • 36 — Kenley Jansen
  • 57 — Chris Taylor
  • 66 — Cody Bellinger (league leader)
  • 68 — Hyun-jin Ryu (league leader)
  • 70 — Clayton Kershaw (league leader)
  • 125 — Ross Stripling
  • 167 — Max Muncy
  • 172 — Pedro Baez
  • 188 — Gavin Lux/Dustin May (rookie stars)
  • 224 — Joc Pederson
  • 257 — Cody Bellinger
  • 281 — Kiké Hernandez
  • 285 — Will Smith
  • 314 — Kenta Maeda
  • 343 — Tony Gonsolin/Josh Sborz (rookie stars)
  • 385 — Clayton Kershaw
  • 410 — Corey Seager
  • 412 — A.J. Pollock
  • 459 — Alex Verdugo
  • 469 — Julio Urias
  • 496 — Walker Buehler