Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Double Rainbow All The Way Across The Blog. A Different Kind Of Rainbow Collecting With 2011 Topps Heritage Baseball - Part 2

About a month ago we introduced you to a different kind of Rainbow collecting discovered in 2011 Topps Heritage Baseball. Normally Rainbow collecting is limited to parallels of the same exact card, but with Heritage’s 500 base cards, there are 13 player’s base cards that appear in every parallel version available (Blue, Green & Red tint) and every Chrome parallel possible, (Non-Chrome Black Border, Green Refractor, Chrome, Chrome Refractor, Black Border Chrome Refractor) that are identical, front and back except for the card number.

Short of the Babe Ruth reprint card, the most valuable of the 13 Heritage Rainbows you can collect is Miguel Cabrera.  There is also something extra special about Cabrera’s Rainbow that we will talk about after you take a look at it.  So here is the 2011 Miguel Cabrera Topps Heritage Rainbow (cards 150 & C4) along side the Brad Lidge Heritage  Rainbow (cards 111 & C22) we originally posted to form a double rainbow all the way across this blog.  It’s so intense! 
Base Card
Green Tint
Red Tint
Blue Tint
Non-Chrome Black Border
Green Refractor
Chrome #/1962
 Chrome Refractor #/562
Black Border Chrome Refractor #/62

The 2011 Miguel Cabrera Topps Heritage Rainbow

Now here is what is special about the Cabrera Rainbow.  In 2011 Topps Chrome Baseball, one of the inserts is an additional 100 Topps Heritage Chrome cards.  There are some new player’s cards that did not get the Chrome treatment in the original release of Heritage and there are some cards that are repeated, like this one.
The 2011 Miguel Cabrera Topps Chrome Baseball Heritage Chrome, card C163, front & back, which is identical to this card...
the 2011 Miguel Cabrera Topps Hertiage Chrome, and this card...
the 2011 Miguel Cabrera Toppe Heritage Base card #150, except for two details.  The card number and the Topps Heritage/Topps Chrome logo on the upper left of the front of the cards.

The new Miguel Cabrera Heritage Chrome card is  #/1962 and has two parallels...
the Chrome Refractor #/562 on the left and the Black Border Chrome Refractor #/62 on the right.  Put these new cards from Topps Chrome with the ones from Heritage and you have a Rainbow made up of different releases like this.
I’m referring to this as a “Cross-Release Rainbow.” 

Here is the kicker.  Miguel Cabrera’s card is the ONLY one you can Cross-Release Rainbow using the Heritage format.

Perhaps looking at Rainbows like this will give you something new to chase.  We will have another Cross-Release Rainbow using Football Cards coming up soon.


  1. Oh man... those look sweet. I noticed that Kurt Suzuki was one of the thirteen. Just curious... how much do you think it'd set me back to chase this rainbow?

    If it's affordable... I might have to work on this project.

  2. I really like the rainbow cards (and the double rainbow youtube video!) I think my favorites are the bowman chrome rainbows.

  3. As Rainbow Collecting goes, this is definately on the less expensive side, unless you are trying for the Cabrera or the Base Ruth Reprint because those cards go for more regardless.

    This was a lot of fun to put together and I love finding these kind of hidden combos within products.

  4. That's a sweet looking set!