Card of the Day: Fred Marion 1990 Pro Set #204

2021 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/MiLB Fans

I’ve been attending MiLB games for years. Mainly focusing on days where they giveaway bobbleheads. This year I was able to attend a few Harrisburg Senators games. In June they gave out a bobblehead of Trea Turner, and in August a bobblehead of Ryan Zimmerman.

It all depends on where you live. But I think more fans have access to attending MiLB games versus MLB. I know that’s the case for me.

MiLB products such as Topps Pro Debut showcase key players from the present and past who have played for those teams which are in your backyard. This continues in 2021.

The base set consists of (200) cards. Parallels include Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed 1/1.

If opening an HTA Jumbo box the 200-card base set has Chrome counterparts. Parallels for those include Refractor #’ed/99, Aqua #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1. I especially enjoy the way these look on the cards which utilize the 1991 Topps Baseball design. Will we see a Sapphire Edition?

Photo variations are tough pulls. Finding one in a hobby box falls 1:340 packs. The best way to identify them is to check the CMP codes:

  • Base – #758
  • Variation – #784

Autographs include Base Autographs, Future Cornerstones Autographs, Major Scale Autographs, MiLB Legends Autographs, and The Cogeneration Autographs.

Inserts include Major Scale, MiLB Legends, The Cogeneration, and Make Your Pro Debut Winner.

My personal favorite cards out of this year’s set are the MiLB Legends inserts. Scott Rolen in his Reading Phillies uniform, Vladimir Guerrero in his Harrisburg Senators uniform, and Todd Helton in his New Haven Ravens uniform all bring back memories to when I really got into this hobby.

The hobby is currently on fire. It might be the hottest it has ever been. A hobby box yields (4) autographs, and costs $100. One of the more affordable options right now if you’re looking to purchase a box.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Nick Loftin
  • Landon Knack
  • Yordys Valdes
  • Justin Toerner Blue #’ed/150

Parallels:

  • David Calabrese Blue #’ed/150

Photo Variation:

  • Adley Rutschman #2

Inserts:

  • Hank Aaron MiLB Legends
  • Miguel Tejada MiLB Legends
  • Chipper Jones MiLB Legends
  • Nomar Garciaparra MiLB Legends
  • Bobby Witt Jr. The Cogeneration
  • Wander Franco The Cogeneration
  • Grayson Rodriguez The Cogeneration
  • Hunter Greene The Cogeneration
  • Adley Rutschman Major Scale
  • Wander Franco Major Scale
  • Jeff Whitworth Make Your Pro Debut Winner

Card of the Day: John Daly 1992 Pro Set Golf #10

Card of the Day: Jim Tunney 1991 Pro Set #355

Card of the Day: Milton Berle 1992 Pro Line Portraits Team NFL #2

Card of the Day: Frank Reich 1990 Pro Set #441

Under The Tree: 1977-80 Pro Sports Marketing NFL Action Team Mates

Remember the days of flipping through a catalog and circling all the stuff you wanted for Christmas? Those days are long gone.

Sold exclusively through the Sears and J.C. Penney Christmas catalogs between 1977 and 1980 were the Pro Sports Marketing NFL Action Team Mates. Measuring 7.5″ tall, these NFL-themed action figures came with two sets of interchangeable numbers, removable helmet, football, playbook, and display stand. They aren’t player specific, but you could certainly place whatever jersey number you wanted on them and pretend it was Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, etc…

Figures which have never been removed from their box can easily come in pieces. Small rubber bands were used to hold the limbs together. Over the years these rubber bands can disintegrate leaving you with a box of loose body parts.

Today these figures are highly sought after. Triple digit sales are not uncommon for loose figures. Individual parts even have a strong demand.

Compared to the collectible figures we have today, these look quite generic. For a long time this is how sports action figures looked. When these were released, we were still years away from Starting Lineup figures.

I wonder if any of these guys found their way over to Barbie’s Dream House and told Ken to take a hike?

Card of the Day: Vijay Singh 1992 Pro Set PGA Tour European Tour #6

Card of the Day: Reggie White 1988 Pro Set Test #4

Card of the Day: J.T. Realmuto 2011 Topps Pro Debut #164