First look: 2012 Topps Pro Debut MiLB cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Life down on the farm will be documented on baseball cards once again in 2012.

Topps unveiled its plans for 2012 Pro Debut on Friday, the first of its offerings for the new year under its exclusive deal to produce Minor League Baseball cards.

It will include two autographs and Relics per 24-pack box when it arrives on May 30.

The base set will include 220 cards using the same design as 2012 Topps, each with Gold parallels limited to 50 and printing plates. Also to hunt for will be 50 base card variation cards, which will be short-printed.

The signed offerings in this one will include Pro Debut Autographs — autographs with standard versions as well as Gold parallels numbered to 50, Reds limited to one and printing plates. At least 25 players will be found in this lineup. Also to be found are Side by Side Dual sigs — 10 combos that can also can be found with Gold parallels (/10), Red and printing plate 1/1s.

The game-used lineup will include Material Relics — bat and jersey cards — with Gold parallels limited to 50 and jumbos limited to five. Manufactured Relic cards will include Cap Logos cards, while inserts in the product include MiLB All-Stars. You’ll find eight of those All-Stars cards per box from the 50-card set.

Some of the notable players on the preliminary autograph checklist include Joe Panik, Jake Hager, Matt Lipka, Robbie Grossman and Kyle Waldrop. Duals will include the likes of Cory Spangenberg, Grossman, Jordan Swagerty, Kevin Matthews, Sterling Marte and Matt Adams to name a few.

Lastly, some of the players on Relics include Aaron Hicks, Danny Hultzen, Gerrit Cole, Panik, Jurickson Profar, Matt Harvey, Martin Perez, Michael Choice, Manny Machado, Grant Green and Wil Myers.

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


  1. Richard
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I would think it could not be all that hard to get minor leaguers to sign on card, don’t you?

  2. Yankeescop
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I guess you are not holding (10) 2011 Topps Heritage Minors auto redemptions. Minor League guys are just as bad as the Major League guys.

  3. kingofminors1
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    No need for the specific product reveal. When they unveiled 2012 Topps, they should’ve just said that the MiLB would be the same…

  4. chrisolds
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Except that it’s not.

  5. kingofminors1
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Do you not read your own articles? Same as Topps. Same base design. Sticker autos. Relics. Manufactured patches. Parallels. Zero creativity. Upper Deck did it in 1992, 1994-1995 before they finally came out with SP Top Prospects in 1998 (1995 version was still like 1995 SP).

    Pathetic that Minors gets overlooked when there is so much fun you can have with it.

  6. Danny
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    the thing the scares me is that
    kyle waldrop is mentioned
    he was drafted 8 years ago

    along with a bunch of signers that had chrome autos in the 2 years

  7. Z
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I assume that Kyle Waldrop is the Reds player and not the Twins pick from 2004.

  8. Sun Devil
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Z is right. Kyle Waldrop is a top prospect outfielder with the Reds.

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