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Heroes Season 1 (Topps)

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January 19, 2008, 09:24 AM
Bryan Shaffer
Heroes Season 1 (Topps)
Alright, here is my 5 case breakdown. Scans won't be up until Monday or Tuesday. For those wondering, here is my guess as to the rarity of the costume cards:

Claire Cheerleading Outfit Patch (0)
Claire Cheerleading Outfit (2)
Hiro's Shirt (2)
Issac Mendez Painting Shirt (4)
Hiro's Jacket (5)
Matt Parkmans Police Uniform (9)


Case 1:
Matt Parkman Police Uniform Costume
Issac Mendez Painting Shirt costume
Claire Cheerleading Outfit costume card
Hiro Shirt costume card
Noah Albrecht HRG Sketch
Otto Differenbach Peter Sketch
Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh Auto
Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli Auto

Case 2
Matt Parkman Police Uniform Costume
Matt Parkman Police Uniform Costume
Hiro Shirt costume card
Hiro Jacket costume card
Craig Rousseau Hiro sketch
Grant Gold Nikki/Claire sketch (cannot tell who)
Michael Duron Peter Sketch
Zachary Quinto as Syler Autograph

Case 3
Matt Parkman Police Uniform Costume
Matt Parkman Police Uniform Costume
Hiro Jacket costume
Issac Mendez painting shirt costume
Lord Hiro Sketch Card
Craig Rousseau Hiro sketch card (almost the freaking same as the one from case 2)
Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet Autograph
Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura Autograph

Case 4
Matt Parkman Police Uniform Costume
Matt Parkman Police Uniform Costume
Issac Mendez Painting Shirt costume
Hiro jacket Costume
Paul Guiterrez Hiro sketch
Kevin Doyle Nathan Petrelli Sketch
Edward Pun Nikki Sketch
Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh Autograph

Case 5
Matt Parkman Police Uniform Costume
Hiro Jacket costume
Issac Mendez painting shirt
Claire's Cheerleading Outfit costume
Edward Pun Hiro Sketch
Grand Gould Peter Petrelli Sketch
Joseph Booth Noah Bennett Sketch
James Kyson Lee as Ando Autograph
January 19, 2008, 10:18 AM
so only 1, maybe 2 autos per case and no Claire auto in 5 cases.

That tells us a great deal.

Come, it is time for you to keep your appointment with The Wicker Man.
January 19, 2008, 10:28 AM
Yup...tells us that Topps has done it again. Roll Eyes I'm almost scared to see what only 4 boxes will reveal. *sigh*

January 19, 2008, 10:50 AM
I'm sure the Claire auto is Short printed but even if it wasn't with 11 autos at 1.5 per case it would still take nearly 8 cases to pull all 11 autos (with no duplication) so it'll take a lot more breakdowns before the rariries start to come to light, that or TOPPS finally updating their Heroes page.

"Man muss entweder der Hammer oder der Amboss sein" (you must be the hammer or the anvil)


Ad pulchritudinem tria requiruntur: integritas, consonantia, claritas.
(Three things are required for beauty: wholeness, harmony, radiance.)

January 19, 2008, 01:13 PM
Bryan Shaffer
Honestly, I agree, until more cases are broken it will be hard to tell which are rarer. I could have just gotten really unlucky is all. Topps could have every singer signing the exact same number of cards and I just got unlucky not to pull Claire, remember, I also didn't pull Issac, or Miccha and there should be no reason either of them are short printed right? I guess time will tell. The Patch cheerleading card WILL be super rare. They can only make maybe 100 MAX piece with that small patch. I don't think there were duplicate costumes at all, I think 1 costume was used for each card, and they were simply able to stretch them out well.
January 19, 2008, 06:34 PM
Bryan Shaffer
Here are scans:

January 19, 2008, 06:44 PM
I can see why the sketches were a bit disappointing to you...with 5 cases, you should have expected slightly better. Some are nice, but...yeah. Still, I really like your costume cards and autographs! Smile

January 19, 2008, 06:46 PM
Thankyou for the breakdown, it was really fun to read. Smile

I love the Isaac costume card. It's a cool swatch and a nice card. Smile And the Hiro sketch at the far right of the top row is awesome! I love the cartoon style. The same goes for the Albrecht sketch of Mr Bennett on the bottom row. Really cool art. Smile



Now they see the sky, and they remember what they are.
January 19, 2008, 09:53 PM
Bryan Shaffer
honestly, my biggest complaint is that I got freaking THREE repeat artists out of 5 cases. Topps is just horrible with coalation.
January 20, 2008, 12:39 AM
Chris Byrne
nice costume and autos!
very nice Big Grin
January 20, 2008, 03:01 AM
I really do like the autos and strangely, the costume cards too. The design is quite nice and your Mendez costume is great!! As for the sketches, well.....can understand your disappointment. Overall, looking at your cards, I am fairly sure I won't be disappointed with my 2 cases! Big Grin

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January 20, 2008, 03:22 AM
I like the autographs and piecework cards too. Not a sketch card collector so not really too fussed what I pull in my case as most likely be trading or selling on the bay to fund the autographs I missing.

I hope the Topps Gods are kind to me (since it will be virtually my birthday when they arrive in Australia) and what would be a better birthday pressie than to pull a Claire auto Big Grin
January 20, 2008, 09:42 AM
I also love the costume & sketch cards.

I have, of course, by saying this guaranteed a sketch card in each of my 4 boxes.

Double bluff?

Won't know for about a fortnight.

Ideal collation for me would be 1 of each & I wouldn't mind what was in the fourth.

What was your opinion of the other cards - base & chase - Bryan?

Any airsofters out there ?
January 20, 2008, 09:59 AM
Bryan Shaffer
The base are nice, and a good amount of Tim Sales artwork from the show is used which I am happy about. Unfortunatly there is only one chase set, a 10 card foil set which fall around 6 or 7 per box.
January 20, 2008, 11:13 AM
So the Hiro Costume cards are the same??
I mean, same picture of Hiro with a piece of his shirt or jacket. Hope this is not the deal with Claire's cheerleading patch.

And are there variants of the Claire costume card?? One with red & white maybe...
January 20, 2008, 11:28 AM
ed sanchez
Bryan or anyone else who has open boxes. How many sets did you get per box ?? I read all of the comments and did not see a breakdown as far as sets. Thanks

PS. REALLY enjoyed your scans of the autos and costumes.
January 20, 2008, 12:05 PM
Bryan Shaffer
I honestly do not know...I have not gone through any of my base or inserts yet.
January 20, 2008, 12:10 PM
I guess since Bryan decided to go ahead and list early we will see how they sell to get an idea of what to expect.
January 20, 2008, 12:31 PM
Bryan Shaffer
There were actually a couple that listed before me...the autos on Ebay (Claire and Suresh) are not mind and last I checked the Claire was already above $200.
January 21, 2008, 10:40 AM
Four boxes opened so far.

2 costumes, a Parkman and a Hiro pin stripe.

1 auto of Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli.

One colour sketch by Otis Frampton of Nathan Petrelli Elephant .It's on page 52 of the news and rumours thread,top of the third block on the left.