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First look: 2013 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Once again, it’s time to take a trip down on the farm — and this year you might find Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh.

Topps released the basic information and first preview images for its newest edition of minor-league cardboard on Friday as 2013 Topps Pro Debut will offer a look at life before the bigs for the fourth straight year.

As the exclusive licensee for in-pack cardboard for Minor League Baseball, Topps’ latest Pro Debut offerings will arrive on June 5 with two autographs, one patch card and one patch or Relic card in every hobby box.

First impressions: 2013 Topps Pro Debut

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The base set will consist of 220 cards — a preliminary checklist was not released — with 15 cards having a variation for collectors to chase. Each card also will have a Gold parallel limited to just 50 copies.

As an added bonus, there will be cut autographs from cast members of Bull Durham in the product — the likes of Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and perhaps even Max Patkin — along with “buyback packs” that are Bull Durham card sets available via redemption cards. The 1988 film, considered one of the best baseball movies made, examined life with the real-world Durham Bulls with reel-life memorable characters such as Crash Davis and Annie Savoy.

New this year will be Minor League Mascot Patches, which will feature an embedded fabric piece showing a mascot for one of the minor league clubs. These also will have parallels that are Gold (/50) and Red (1/1) versions. Another redemption in this one will be cards good for full memorabilia pieces.

Also among the patch cards are hat logo patches showcasing team emblems from several clubs. These also will have Gold (/5) parallels and 1/1 Red and printing plate versions.

Standard Relics will also be found and they will have Gold parallels limited to 50 and jumbo patch versions limited to just five copies.

For autograph fans, there will be Pro Debut autos that will have Gold versions as well as 1/1 printing plate and Red versions to chase. No autograph list was made available, but Rougned Odor and Shawon Dunston Jr. were among players shown on preliminary cards.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

5 Comments

Tim

Really looking forward to this set, especially the Bull Durham cards. But do we really need parallel cards to manufactured patch/logos?

Posted February 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

Ah, good ol’ Shawon Dunston, Jr. I collect his father’s cards. I wonder if his dad taught his son how not to walk either. In 1997, Shawon Dunstan became the first player since 1922 to qualify for the batting title with a season where his Walks total was less than 6% of his Hits total.

I’d love to see Shawon Dunston Jr make it to the big leagues. But having him as a name in the set shows how inflated the hype is.

Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink
Marty

What is the release date?

Posted February 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink
James

Pre-ordered 2 boxes of this. I always look forward to topps pro debut drop. I am hoping that Tyler Glasnow is in this set! It is crazy he has no cards yet. The topps format with the minor league players is a great product for those of us who are prospect junkies.

Posted June 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
Donnie

what is the topps debut symbol on some cards (top right) its not on all cards is that just part of the base set or what?

Posted July 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

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