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2011 Topps Pro Debut: Back to the Future

The Pro Debut line is a lynchpin of Topps license to produce minor league cards to go with their major league exclusive. The players in this product cannot have appeared in the major leagues when they are featured in the product. This is a neat idea in that Topps can use a wide mix of players and although none of the players’ futures are guaranteed, the odds are pretty decent that several players from this product each year will have long-lasting major league careers.

Bryce Harper 2011 Topps Pro DebutOne important difference in the 2011 Topps Pro Debut is that unlike 2010, there will only be one series of this product. Last year the first series did pretty well in the secondary market while the second series tanked. Yet, when I later reviewed the players I got in each series, the second series actually had a player selection as good if not better than the first series. Collectors, however, originally believed most of the better prospects were in the first series, thus the reception for the second series wasn’t as good.

If I recall correctly, I pointed out that the second series needed more oomph to be as good as the first series. I think the issue was there didn’t seem to be enough autographs or hits in the second series. This year Topps learned from the experience and trimmed Pro Debut back to one series.

This year, the boxes have 24 packs in them with eight cards per pack. In addition, each box is supposed to contain two autograph cards and two jersey/relic card. The price point at my local store is $74,95 and at Triple Card in Plano, TX the owner reports selling through two cases but has not gotten to the third case yet and says he is still not in a profit situation on that case. Major on-line retailers are currently in the $50-60 range.

And how did we do from our box?

Base Cards: 167 of 330: all different

Blue Parallel (#d to 309): Matt Curry, Avisail Garcia, Aaron Kubcz, Will Middlebrooks, Stolmy Pimentel, Donn Roach, Yordano Ventura

Jerry Sands 2011 Topps Pro DebutGold Parallel (#d to 50):  Stephen Hunt

All-Stars: Tyson Auer, Pedro Beato, Corey Brown, Chun-Hsu Chen, Robinson Chirinos, Joshua Collmenter, Brandon Dickson, Corban Joseph, Jeff Locke, Tristan Magnuson, Brandon Short,Carlos Triunfel, Jonathan Villar2011 Topps Pro Debut Thomas Field autograph

Materials: Jerry Sands, Josh Vitters

Autographs: Thomas Field, Kyle Greenwalt

While this set does not have quite the same cache yet as Bowman, there is little doubt that if one purchases this product at the reduced rates, you may very well may get considerable bang for your bucks. Four “hits” in each box with the chance of the other players becoming stars makes this product a nice long-range possibility. It’s fun to open, but almost more fun to put away for a couple of years because there’s little doubt stars will emerge from this checklist.

Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]


by Rich Klein
The Pro Debut line is a lynchpin of Topps licence to produce minor league cards to go with their major league exclusive. The players in this product can not have appeared in the major leagues when they are featured in the product. This is a neat idea in that Topps can use a wide mix of players and although none of the player’s futures are guaranteed, the odds are pretty decent that several players from this product each year will have long-lasting major league careers.
One important difference in the 2011 product is that unlike in 2010, there will only be one series of this product. Last year the first series did pretty well in the secondary market while the second series tanked. Yet, when I later reviewed the players I got in each series, the second series actually had a player selection as good if not better than the first series. However, the second series also had an issue about how the players were known at the time, thus the second series did not have as good as a reception.
If I recall correctly, I pointed out that the second series needed more oomph to be as good as the first series, I think there were not enough autographs or hits in the second series. This year Topps learned from the experience of last year and thus Pro Debut is back to one series.
This year, the boxes have 24 packs in them with eight cards per pack. In addition, each box is supposed to contain two autograph cards and two jersey/relic card in each box. The price point at my local store is $74,95 and at Triple Card in Plano, TX the owner reports selling through two cases but has not gotten to the third case yet and says he is still not in a profit situation on that case. Major on-line retailers are currently in the $50-60 range. And how did we do from our box?
Base Cards: 167 of 330 all different or just a tad over half the set.
Blue Parallel (#d to 309)L Matt Curry, Avisail Garcia, Aaron Kubcz, Will Middlebrooks, Stolmy Pimentel, Donn Roach, Yordano Ventura
Gold Paralle (#d to 50):Stephen Hunt
All-Stars: Tyson Auer, Pedro Beato, Corey Brown, Chun-Hsu Chen, Robinson Chirinos, Joshua Collmenter, Brandon Dickson, Corban Joseph, Jeff Locke, Tristan Magnuson,
Brandon Short,Carlos Triunfel, Jonathan Villar
Materials: Jerry Sands, Josh Vitters
Autographs: Thomas Field, Kyle Greenwalt
While this set does not have quite the same cache yet as Bowman, there is little doubt that if one purchases this product at the reduced rates. then you very well may get considerable bang for your bucks. Four “hits” in each box with the chance of the other players becoming stars makes this product a nice long-range possibility
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]

by Rich Klein

 

The Pro Debut line is a lynchpin of Topps license to produce minor league cards to go with their major league exclusive. The players in this product cannot have appeared in the major leagues when they are featured in the product. This is a neat idea in that Topps can use a wide mix of players and although none of the players’ futures are guaranteed, the odds are pretty decent that several players from this product each year will have long-lasting major league careers.

 

One important difference in the 2011 Topps Pro Debut is that unlike 2010, there will only be one series of this product. Last year the first series did pretty well in the secondary market while the second series tanked. Yet, when I later reviewed the players I got in each series, the second series actually had a player selection as good if not better than the first series. However, the second series also had an issue about how the players were known at the time, thus the reception for the second series wasn’t as good.

 

If I recall correctly, I pointed out that the second series needed more oomph to be as good as the first series.  I think the issue was there didn’t seem to be enough autographs or hits in the second series. This year Topps learned from the experience and trimmed Pro Debut back to one series.

 

This year, the boxes have 24 packs in them with eight cards per pack. In addition, each box is supposed to contain two autograph cards and two jersey/relic card. The price point at my local store is $74,95 and at Triple Card in Plano, TX the owner reports selling through two cases but has not gotten to the third case yet and says he is still not in a profit situation on that case. Major on-line retailers are currently in the $50-60 range.

 

And how did we do from our box?

 

Base Cards: 167 of 330:  all different

Blue Parallel (#d to 309):   Matt Curry, Avisail Garcia, Aaron Kubcz, Will Middlebrooks, Stolmy Pimentel, Donn Roach, Yordano Ventura

Gold Parallel (#d to 50):Stephen Hunt

All-Stars: Tyson Auer, Pedro Beato, Corey Brown, Chun-Hsu Chen, Robinson Chirinos, Joshua Collmenter, Brandon Dickson, Corban Joseph, Jeff Locke, Tristan Magnuson,

Brandon Short,Carlos Triunfel, Jonathan Villar

Materials: Jerry Sands, Josh Vitters

Autographs: Thomas Field, Kyle Greenwalt

 

While this set does not have quite the same cache yet as Bowman, there is little doubt that if one purchases this product at the reduced rates, you may very well may get considerable bang for your bucks. Four “hits” in each box with the chance of the other players becoming stars makes this product a nice long-range possibility.  It’s fun to open, but almost more fun to put away for a couple of years because there’s little doubt stars will emerge from this checklist.

 

Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]
by Rich Klein

The Pro Debut line is a lynchpin of Topps license to produce minor league cards to go with their major league exclusive. The players in this product cannot have appeared in the major leagues when they are featured in the product. This is a neat idea in that Topps can use a wide mix of players and although none of the players’ futures are guaranteed, the odds are pretty decent that several players from this product each year will have long-lasting major league careers.

One important difference in the 2011 Topps Pro Debut is that unlike 2010, there will only be one series of this product. Last year the first series did pretty well in the secondary market while the second series tanked. Yet, when I later reviewed the players I got in each series, the second series actually had a player selection as good if not better than the first series. However, the second series also had an issue about how the players were known at the time, thus the reception for the second series wasn’t as good.

If I recall correctly, I pointed out that the second series needed more oomph to be as good as the first series. I think the issue was there didn’t seem to be enough autographs or hits in the second series. This year Topps learned from the experience and trimmed Pro Debut back to one series.

This year, the boxes have 24 packs in them with eight cards per pack. In addition, each box is supposed to contain two autograph cards and two jersey/relic card. The price point at my local store is $74,95 and at Triple Card in Plano, TX the owner reports selling through two cases but has not gotten to the third case yet and says he is still not in a profit situation on that case. Major on-line retailers are currently in the $50-60 range.

And how did we do from our box?

Base Cards: 167 of 330: all different
Blue Parallel (#d to 309): Matt Curry, Avisail Garcia, Aaron Kubcz, Will Middlebrooks, Stolmy Pimentel, Donn Roach, Yordano Ventura
Gold Parallel (#d to 50):Stephen Hunt
All-Stars: Tyson Auer, Pedro Beato, Corey Brown, Chun-Hsu Chen, Robinson Chirinos, Joshua Collmenter, Brandon Dickson, Corban Joseph, Jeff Locke, Tristan Magnuson,
Brandon Short,Carlos Triunfel, Jonathan Villar
Materials: Jerry Sands, Josh Vitters
Autographs: Thomas Field, Kyle Greenwalt

While this set does not have quite the same cache yet as Bowman, there is little doubt that if one purchases this product at the reduced rates, you may very well may get considerable bang for your bucks. Four “hits” in each box with the chance of the other players becoming stars makes this product a nice long-range possibility. It’s fun to open, but almost more fun to put away for a couple of years because there’s little doubt stars will emerge from this checklist.

Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]

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