While some collectors lament the lack of competition in today's baseball card market, I'm not one of them. Yes competition can lead to innovation. But it also leads to copy-cats. For me, that is not a good think.
Case in point: in 2001 Topps came out with Heritage and Upper Deck issued Vintage. Both mimic the same concept - cards in the style of a set from many years ago.
Topps had a big advantage here. They could go back 49 years. Upper Deck couldn't.
But somehow they did. The first Vintage set uses the design of Topps 1963. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say. UD was flattering Topps.
Back to 2001, now, and the first Vintage set. There are 400 cards in the set and fourteen are Cubs cards.