Sunday, March 7, 2021

Red Ink Autos

Topps Heritage, Bowman Heritage, and Allen & Ginter have some of the most elusive and most sought after cards in the hobby with their red ink autographs.

Often times these are extremely limited print runs and the red ink usually stands out on the cards that Topps chooses.  I have 3 red ink autographs in my collection.

The oldest red ink autograph in my collection goes back to Cutch's draft year, 2005.  The 2005 Bowman Heritage cards were made to resemble 1951 Bowman in a more modern twist.  

Moving on from Bowman Heritage to Topps Heritage is the 2012 Topps Heritage red ink numbered to 63 copies.
I love the 1963 Topps design and this card pays homage to the set both in design and limited print run (only 63 copies produced).  My only complaint with this card is that the red ink doesn't pop as much as the other two red ink autographs in my collection.

We close out with my favorite red ink autograph, 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter limited to only 10 copies. 
That is how a low print run, alternative ink (red) autograph should look.  The red ink on the plain white design POPS!  The mini card nestled inside the framed border looks really nice. 

Do you have any red ink autographs in your collection?


  1. Nice collection of red ink autos. I pulled one of Barney Schultz (Cardinals pitcher from the 60's) out of a 2014 Heritage blaster. That's the only one I can think of right now.

  2. No. I don't think I do. I think the few I have are in black or actually maybe more predominantly blue.

  3. You sent me a Tino Red Ink auto before!

  4. I pulled a Red Ink Freddie Freeman from Heritage a couple of years ago, and sold it because we needed cash.

  5. I don't have a single auto signed in red ink, even counting cards signed after release (in person and such). Perhaps the next time I go to a signing I should bring a red Sharpie.