Even with the minimalist design and the logos that I can't quite always put my finger on, I like Topps Pro Debut. Since the first release (in 2009, I want to say and am too lazy to look it up), I liked the idea of hitting prospects early and starting to collect their cards from the minors. Plus, Debut has never been too expensive. That's key for a frugal collector. But, I've snagged some nice stuff out of Pro Debut in the past...a Mike Trout jersey, a Cardinals prospect signed printing plate, patches, etc...
The minor league card concept his hardly a new one. Teams have been coming out with their own sets of player cards since seemingly the beginning of time. Yes, in the past they were mostly regional and were hard to get if you never got to that particular ball park. Then came the internets! Then came Pro Debut! The minor league card had gone nation wide!
Anyway, this year's installment of Topps Pro Debut just carries on the tradition of the past. A clean, white border with solid photos and a tiny team logo in the corner. That's it. Simple and nice. Perfect for having players sign.
The set has 222 base cards and a bunch of SP's a parallels and colors (oh my!). But, the basic set collector...this is easily do-able. Of course there are autographs and patches there, too for us 'hit' chasers out there.
A few autographs in the checklist: Clint Frazier, Kyle Hunter, Nick Ahmed, Trevor Gretzky...you're getting the drift here aren't you? These are the kids. These are FUTURE players. One thing most people like is that for a box of Pro Debut to show if it paid off or not is that one must wait. Not just months, either. Oftentimes, years. In our culture of immediacy this sort of thinking and waiting is just intolerable.
But, to me, that's what makes Topps Pro Debut so fucking great...
*Cardboard Connection once again "loaned" me some info.
Oh yeah, I bought two packs. You know, because research... Anyway, I didn't get shit. Except for a base Carlos Correa and base Bubba Starling. Come to think of it...I'm not actually sure what I got. I'll just have to wait and see!