2021 Heritage: Standardized Stars And Anti-Pinkites

I’ve got a backlog of ideas I don’t seem to find time for.

I’ve finally picked up a few packs of 2021 Heritage cards.

I’ve got hopes that I can get more activity on this blog if I don’t try to write a doctoral thesis each time out.

So in thumbing through my modest stack of Heritage cards, I’ve noticed a number of things about the set, and I thought that someone will find my nerdy ramblings to be of interest… So here’s the first of what may be a small series of posts.


One thing I hadn’t noticed from other people’s cards is that the two teams which had primarily magenta (pink) borders in 1972 Topps now have red borders while the other teams which were in 1972 Topps maintained the same colors… at least that I’ve noticed.  Now I’m afraid someone will point out something I missed.

The Cubs were magenta, now they’re red.

Same for the Indians.

I’m genuinely curious about why this change was made.  In this day and age when Mother’s Day games involve pink bats, wristbands and catcher’s gear, do they think that someone will find pink off-putting?  Did magenta not test well with focus groups?  Does some product manager at Topps get traumatized by The Pink Panther at an early age?

Moving on to the next observation…


OK, so one thing about the 1972 Topps design is that there are groovy little stars on either side of the team name.

They’re one size when the team name is short…

…And smaller when the team name is long…

Line up a bunch of them and you can see a range of sizes for the groovy little stars.

One can guess that the artists making this design had taken the amount of space needed to comfortably fit the team name in place, and then adjust the star size accordingly.

Oh, but 2021 Heritage was having none of that complete anarchy. Topps apparently said “We are designing a reusable template, so the size of our Groovy Little Stars must be standardized!”

This isn’t a problem for teams with shorter team names, like “CUBS” (1972 on the left, 2021 on the right).  There are differences, but nothing major.

But for longer names, it appears that the team name graphic had to be shrunk a little bit to allow it to fit between the stars.

You can see that this looks a bit off, even if you’re not quite sure why when you look at just the Heritage card. Look at the extra space between the top of the colored border and the team name.  This is what originally caught my eye, the gap at the top of the border.

OK, so none of this is Earth-shattering, but I felt like it needed to be shared.

More non-Earth-shattering observations about 2021 Heritage in a future post.

10 thoughts on “2021 Heritage: Standardized Stars And Anti-Pinkites

  1. I admire your eye for detail. I love the ’72 set, enough that for the first time ever I decided to try to build the Heritage set this year, yet I hadn’t noticed a couple of these. Speaking of which, I’ve got a sizeable stack of dupes including a couple of short prints even, so if you decide to collect beyond the “I’ll check out a couple of packs” sense let me know and I can send you a stack!

  2. Great observation about the size of the stars. I’m not good at picking up on that kind of stuff, but it’s good to know.

  3. That sucks that they didn’t go with pink. It’ll be interesting to see if they replace it again when they release the all of the other Heritage sets that commemorate the awesome Topps baseball sets of the 70’s. Most of them used pink on some of their cards.

  4. That space gap tweaks my OCD enough to bug me, so I won’t be doing Heritage. (And I had to do the ’71 design last year anyway).

  5. I often feel like I am not as observant, but then I realize I have just a few 72 Topps cards and only a few Phillies & others from Heritage a jumbo packs so how can be able to. Thanks for sharing the information. Now when the opportunity comes I can sound like I studied them closely lol.

  6. The people over at Topps put very little effort into there card designs. I thought it was strange when the Cubs & Indians have red background instead of purple in the original Topps 72. Also why spell out Athletics instead of just using A’s? As far as the Diamondbacks they could just use D-backs. I am surprised that Topps didn’t just use only team colors for teams that were not around back in 72 or relocated.

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