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First look: 2014 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The date for Topps‘ minor-league call-up is June 4.

That’s when the first of the company’s card sets for Minor League Baseball arrives in the form of 2014 Topps Pro Debut, the exclusive home of the players down on the farm along with any other MiLB sets the company produces with its license.

Each 24-pack box will include two autographs, one memorabilia card and one manufactured patch card. Debut uses the same base design as the 2014 MLB set that arrives on Jan. 29.

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The base set will consist of 220 cards with four parallels per card — printing plates and 1/1 Red cards along with new Silvers (/25) and Gold (/50) cards. Some cards in the set will have variations — a creation that has moved the chase down to the minors in recent years.

While MiLB issues are popular with through-the-mail and in-person autograph collectors, the certified autos in this one also provide a bit of a chase. There will be plates, Reds, Silvers and Golds made in the same quantity as the base card parallels, while Side By Side dual autos will pair players with promise. Those cards will be limited to 10 for the Gold parallels while 1/1 Red and plates will be found.

Debut Duds will be the Relics for this one, a lineup of game-used jersey cards from notable players. There will be Gold (/50), Silver (/25) and Jumbo patch parallels (/5) to be found.

For the manufactured Relics, there will be Hat Logos with Gold (/5) and 1/1 Red and plate parallels, while mascot patches return once again with each of those cards limited to 99 with Gold (/50) and 1/1 Red parallels.

A preliminary checklist was not released.

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

2 Comments

Jason K

I am a minor league baseball fan, and would likely be more interested in this set if I lived closer to a minor league team. I know this is a hobby only release, but Topps might consider doing a retail type version to be sold at minor league ballparks (since that is their market).

I don’t know if I care for the name “Debut Duds” for the relics. To me, a “dud” is somebody who never lived up to their potential (i.e. a firecracker that never explodes is called a dud).

I like seeing Bubba Grape! Too bad his team likely won’t exist next year (moving to WV).

Posted January 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
kris buonocore

yeah i think debut studs would sound better

Posted January 16, 2014 at 7:41 am | Permalink

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