TRISTAR unveiled its latest 2009 baseball card set — Prospects Plus Draft Picks — on Friday, an unlicensed product that promises 11 hits per box and 26 hits per box in each Hot Box.
Only 30 Hot Boxes cases will be made over the entire production run and a total of just 100 standard cases will be made.
Included in each 20-pack hobby box will be four autographs, two parallels, two Crystal Ballers inserts, two short-prints and one Obak Update card (the top 2009 picks are showcased on the tobacco-style design). The Hot Boxes will contain just 10 packs, each with an autograph inside and additional inserts.
Although the company’s Minor League Baseball card license expired at the end of August, TRISTAR will have autographs from the top 40 signed draft picks and there also will be cut autographs — including one of No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg — to be found.
However, those looking for a Strasburg card by name won’t find him as card No. 1 in the set is “Introducing the No. 1 Draft Pick” and has a drawing of the un-named top pick. There will be 15 versions of that card to be found.
However fans of No. 2 pick Dustin Ackley will have 45 different cards to chase among the product’s offerings. And how about the No. 3 pick, Donavan Tate? He’ll have 25 versions of his card.
The set also will include combo autographs of Hall of Famers and former MLB players as well as a combo card featuring the top four high-school players in this year’s draft.
For the autograph checklist, click here.
For the cut autograph checklist, which also includes Hall of Famers like Johnny Bench and Reggie Jackson, click here.
For the base card and SPs checklist, click here.
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