2009 Topps American Heritage American Heroes Edition

What I pulled--
Obama/Lincoln Short Prints – 6
Chrome Parallels (#ed to 1776) – Norman Borlaug, Silas Deane, Upton Sinclair, Ronald Reagan, Fire Fighter, Norman
Shumway, National Audobon Society
Chrome Refractor – Norman Schwarzkopf (#64/76)
Medal of Honor – 12
Presidential Medal of Freedom – Colin Powell, Andy Griffith, Aretha Franklin, Jess Jackson, Harper Lee, Bill Cosby
Heroes of Sport – Mickey Mantle, Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, George Sisler
Heroes of Spaceflight – Mercury 6, Apollo 8, Gemini 4, Apollo 1
A Hero’s Journey – Abraham Lincoln (3 different)
American Heroism Relic – World War I Signal Flag
American Heros Relic – John Flynn shirt

The good:
Topps returns to American History with American Heritage, taking a look at some of the most
famous (and not as famous) names in the country’s history. The designs are from many of the classic
Topps base sets, with each design representing a different subset.
The bad: There are way too many “Who is that?” cards in the set, with the groupings getting a little too
esoteric. It is great to honor those from 9/11, for istance, but most, if not all collectors, have no idea who
the policemen or fire fighters are. And some of the other names are just way too obscure for most people.
The rest: Two hits and lots of chrome in each box, as well as at least one insert in each pack make the
value of a box break very solid. The war relics, the space relics and a few others are very, very cool, but the
lesser ones are just a bit too over the top for most people.
The verdict: The first edition of American Heritage might have used up too many famous historical names
for Topps to go in the same direction again, resulting in a mixed bag product. The concept is a killer, and
I’ll be keeping these cards in a safe place to show my son and use as a teaching tool when he gets old
enough, though, even if I don’t know who many of these people are. Maybe I’ll learn along with him.
The grade: