By Rich Klein
Topps Pro Debut caters to the prospecting market. If you know minor league baseball inside and out and can’t wait for those draft picks to reach the majors, you’ll love this product. If you love cards of players you’ve seen on TV, it’s one to skip.
With very few exceptions, the players in this set are not known to average collectors and thus the product is tough for anyone to appreciate except for collectors of prospects who have yet to appear in the majors.
So, the question becomes, is it possible to produce a compelling issue without being able to use a current major leaguer?
Another problem with a series two of this product is that if a player gets called up to the majors for a few days (like Prince Fielder did in 2005), you can not then use him in series two.
The basic set up of the Topps Pro Debut box is the same as series one in that the box contains 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. The design is very similar to the 2010 Topps base set, which provides a little consistency for the loyal Topps fan.
The box promised two autographs and one Futures Game jersey card in each box. The current on-line “retail” value of these boxes is between $45-55. Similar to the 1st series, there are 220 cards in the base set and a few inserts.
So here’s what we pulled from our box:
Base Cards: (Commons): 146/220 with 19 duplicates (not bad)
Blue Parallels: (#d to 369): Christian Colon, Jarred Cosart, Casey Crosby, Aaron Crow, Justin Greene, Garabez Rosa, Jake Thompson
Gold Parlallel: (#d to 50): Ralston Cash
Future Foundations: Aroldis Chapman, Jeremy Hellickson, Desmond Jennings, Alex Liddi
Tools of the Trade: Chris Carter, James Darnell, Aaron Hicks, Brett Jackson, Casey Kelly, Ben Revere, Austin Romine, Julio Teheran
Autographs: Charlie Blackmon, Greg Halman
One thing we love about baseball cards is that if you study them, they can teach you about the game’s players. 2010 Topps Pro Debut offers a fun little lesson about the possible stars of tomorrow at a reasonable price with the extra bonus of a couple of hits.
Will these “pre-rookie” cards have value a few years down the road? Quite possibly, especially those rare inserts. For some players, it’ll be the only baseball card on which they’ll ever appear as they fade into baseball oblivion.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]