Monday, July 29, 2013

2013 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Box Break Recap And Review

Topps captures the true essence of the MiLB experience with 2013 Pro Debut Baseball cards.  For a reasonable price you get a great representation of the some of the best the minors has to offer in a streamlined set with the possibility of pulling a really nice hit, of which the full impact will be determined further down the road.

This year’s set is even more streamlined than before with just base cards and hits, but it does come with a tribute to the move Bull Duham and the chance to pull a redemption card for full sized gear.

This set falls under our classification of trading cards. Hobby Boxes contain 24 – 8 card packs with 2 autographs, 1 relic and 1 patch card per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

 Base Set
 Oscar Taveras, front and back
 Yasiel Puig, Jameson Taillon, Billy Hamilton
 Gary Brown, Addison Russell, Brandon Nimmo
 Francisco Lindor, Bubba Starling, Hak-Ju Lee
 Nick Castellanos, Shawon Dunston Jr., Austin Hedges
 C.J. Cron, George Springer, Joe Panik
 Aaron Sanchez, Mike Piazza, Delino DeShields
 Zack Wheeler, Sean Gilmartin, Blake Swihart
 Matt Barnes, Matt Wisler, Trevor Story
 Chris Reed, Sam Selman, Ty Hensley

Base Set Parallel
Anthony Rendon gold #/50

The Hits 
Marty the Marauder Mascot Patch #/50, Alex Meyer game used relic 
Claudio Custodio Gold Parallel Autograph Redemption #/50, Dylan Cozens Autograph 

Overall Look
The design of the cards is based on 2013 Topps MLB cards which I happen to like this year. The bonus is you get all the players in their Minor League uniforms. The gold border cards look good here.  The Autograph cards are smartly designed and the patch cards, both logo and mascot cards, look great.

Quality and Variety of Players
220 base cards make this a streamlined checklist that includes the top prospects and some players who are showing some early potential.

Do the hits hold up?
In short, yes.  The best of the bunch are the side by side autos and Patch cards.  Pull one of the Bull Durham or full sized gear redemptions and you have something very special.

Will you want to collect them all?
This is a set you will want to complete and with the paring down to just base cards outside of hits, this is an easy chase for set builders.

4 1/2 out of 5

If you appreciate Minor League Baseball, 2013 Topps Pro Debut should definitely be a part of your collection.

Review box provided by Topps

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