This product was a blast to open!!! If you’re a minor league baseball fan, you’ve got to give this a try. I attend a bunch of minor league games throughout the summer, and its fun to see cards of teams that are local to you. Topps introduced the Pro Debut brand back in 2010. I remember buying a box, and checking out all the funky minor league team names/logos. Its a real nice change of pace.
2015 Topps Pro Debut has a 200-card base set. The design looks just like what you’d see in the regular 2015 Topps MLB product. Parallels come in Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Printing Plates and Black #’ed/1. Every box comes with (24) packs. You should find (2) autographs and (2) memorabilia cards per box on average. Fragments of the Farm deal with all the game-used relics. In addition to having relic cards of players, you’ll also find cards containing pieces of certain minor league stadiums. I find those to be really fun. Topps included a Williamsport Crosscutters Fragments of the Farm card this year that contains a piece of sign from their gift shop. This is awesome, given that this stadium isn’t far from me. Then you have your Minor League Mascot Patches, and Pennant Patches.
Minor league teams have some of the best promotional giveaways. Sometimes teams will wear jerseys that reflect the specific giveaway they have that day. Promo Night Uniforms is a new insert set within Pro Debut that highlights some of these off the wall jerseys. Although I don’t think it will happen, I’d like to see some cards made of the actual giveaways. How could you say no to cards featuring bobbleheads?
Like I said before, its a very nice change of pace. Some collectors will argue that manufactured relics don’t count as true “hits”. But that is a story which has been in debate for years. Boxes cost about $60.00. Very affordable.
Here is what I pulled:
- Tanner Rahier
- Stephen Perez
- Nick Gordon Commemorative Pennant Patch Gold #’ed/50
- Fragments of the Farm Tulsa Drillers Backstop Netting From Oneok Field
- Rosell Herrera Gold #’ed/50
- Francisco Lindor Orange #’ed/25
- Nomar Mazara Promo Night Uniforms #PN-NM
- Mike Wright Promo Night Uniforms #PN-MW
- Alex Blandino Distinguished Debuts #DD-21
- Cole Tucker Distinguished Debuts #DD-18
- Carlos Rodon Distinguished Debuts #DD-4
- Aaron Nola Distinguished Debuts #DD-7