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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Major League Baseball has its share of promo nights. But even with all the Star Wars bobbleheads, they’ve got nothing on the minors.

Whether it’s strange gimmicks, fun giveaways or bizarre menu items, MiLB teams show plenty of creativity when it comes to getting people through the gates.

One trend is wearing one-night-only jerseys that usually piggyback on a theme night. Where MLB uniforms might change up the colors for things like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, MiLB promo jerseys can be elevated to athletic folk art.

Topps Pro Debut has started to highlight some of these with a set of inserts. And the 2016 Topps Pro Debut Promo Night Uniforms set delves deep into pop culture, offering a second-hand mash-up that is usually impossible with modern licensing agreements.

The 20-card checklist features action photos of players, but the focus is on the team and the jersey.

For pop culture fans of things like Star Wars, Back to the Future, Saved by the Bell, The Simpsons, Mr. Rogers, Jaws and even Spongebob Squarepants, the set offers some cards that are definitely outside of the usual. The Leigh Valley IronPigs and Midland RockHounds may not be official Star Wars trading cards, but they ‘re not exactly homemade bootlegs, either.

The Promo Night Uniforms inserts first appeared in 2015 Topps Pro Debut. The format was a little different, focusing on the player on the front. Backs described the promotion, but the feel is definitely different.

For 2017 Topps Pro Debut, the cards continue once again. However, this time there are also relic versions with swatches from game-used promo jerseys.

Here’s a full gallery of all the 2016 Topps Pro Debut Promo Night Uniforms cards so you can get a taste of some of the wonderful strangeness of MiLB.

And in case some of these cards intrigue you, plenty are available in the Beckett Marketplace.

2016 Topps Pro Debut Promo Night Jerseys Gallery

PNU-1 Brooklyn Cyclones – Saved by the Bell

2016 TPD PNU-1 Brooklyn Cyclones

PNU-2 Fort Myers Miracle – Back to the Future

2016 TPD PNU-2 Fort Myers Miracle Back to the Future

PNU-3 El Paso Chihuahuas – Bark in the Park

2016 TPD PNU-3 El Paso Chihuahuas Bark in the Park

PNU-4 Louisville Bats – Superheroes

2016 TPD PNU-4 Louisville Bats Superheroes

PNU-5 Lakewood BlueClaws – Ugly Christmas Sweater

2016 TPD PNU-5 Lakewood Blueclaws Ugly Christmas Sweater

PNU-6 Durham Bulls – Game of Thrones

2016 TPD PNU-6 Durham Bulls Game of Thrones

PNU-7 Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Frozen Han Solo

2016 TPD PNU-7 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Frozen Han Solo

PNU-8 Ogden Raptors – Hawaiian Shirt

2016 TPD PNU-8 Ogden Raptors Hawaiian Shirt

PNU-9 Richmond Flying Squirrels – Jaws

2016 TPD PNU-9 Richmond Flying Squirrels Jaws

PNU-10 Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Let’s Play Two

2016 TPD PNU-10 Myrtle Beach Pelicans Lets Play Two

PNU-11 Aberdeen IronBirds – Military Appreciation

2016 TPD PNU-11 Aberdeen Ironbirds Military Appreciation

PNU-12 Rochester Red Wings – Miracle on Ice

2016 TPD PNU-12 Rochester Red Wings Miracle on Ice

PNU-13 Altoona Curve – Mr. Rogers

2016 TPD PNU-13 Altoona Curve MrRogers

PNU-14 Frederick Keys – Rugrats

2016 TPD PNU-14 Frederick Keys Rugrats

PNU-15 Eugene Emeralds – The Simpsons

2016 TPD PNU-15 Eugene Emeralds The Simpsons

PNU-16 Norfolk Tides – Spongebob Squarepants

2016 TPD PNU-16 Norfolk Tides Spongebob

PNU-17 Midland RockHounds – Stormtrooper

2016 TPD PNU-17 Midland Rockhounds Stormtrooper

PNU-18 Fresno Grizzlies – Taco Night

2016 TPD PNU-18 Fresno Grizzlies Taco Night

PNU-19 Everett AquaSox – Frogstock

2016 TPD PNU-19 Everett Aquasox Frogstock

PNU-20 Johnson City Cardinals – Jurassic World

2016 TPD PNU-20 Johnson City Cardinals Jurassic Park

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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2 comments

  1. Jason 19 May, 2017 at 07:47

    These are awesome! I like the creativity of the minor league teams, but would hate to have to wear a Spongebob jersey.

  2. jkz 19 May, 2017 at 11:43

    The Buffalo Bisons have been doing a “Star Wars Nite” for 10 years, no love for the B-Lo??? #toppsfail

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