Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Looking Ahead to Heritage 2019

Once the buzz from the current year of Heritage dies down, I like to take a look ahead to the next year. So let's move on to Heritage 2019, or Topps 1970.

I know that there are many collectors that do not like the 1970 design.  The gray border is boring, they say.  For me, though, the 1970 design is one of my all-time favorites.  It's not for esthetics, it is for sentimentality.

While I started collecting in 1969, I went head long into it in 1970.  I spent dime after dime on the cards and the 1970 design is burned into my memory.

It should be a pretty easy look for Topps to duplicate.  The hardest part is going to be matching the font for the player's name.  I've seen different people make 1970 cards, but they've not been able to make an exact duplicate of the font.  A font called Kaufmann is what was used, but the version of Kaufmann on my computer is not exactly the same as the Topps version.

I was able to get an exact match for Kyle Hendricks, though....

I used the names from actual 1970 cards.  The K came from Don Kessinger, the yle is compliments of Sparky Lyle, and Elrod Hendricks donated his last name to the cause.

Now if only Topps would could be such a stickler for accuracy.


  1. I love the 1970 design, personally. My hope is that Topps will go the extra mile and make sure there are plenty of shots of players picking out bats...which seems to have been pretty unique to 1970. Coco Laboy, Jay Johnstone, Andy Etchebarren, Tony Taylor, Harmon Killebrew...there were a bunch that year and I can't think of any from before or after. Its one reason 1970 stands out in my mind.

  2. That's exactly how I make customs - piece the names together from actual cards. Trick is to get images all the same size. Nice job!

  3. I'll be interested to see if they show the Milwaukee players as "Brewers" or "Pilots".

  4. As the wizard of Oz said, "very resourceful".

  5. FWIW, I'd read somewhere that the font was Koffee. Maybe Koffee is closer to 70T than Kaufmann?

  6. It’s great that you’re skilled enough to make your own cards. Which genius said that the 1970 design is “boring”? The muted tones are supposed to set off and highlight the uniform colors and skin tones. The black does the same for 1971.