What I pulled-- Blue Parallels (#ed to 369) – Arodys Vizcaino, Connor Hoehn, Eliezer Mesa, Michael Montgomery, Nick Hagadone, Jarrod Parker, Daniel Moskos Gold Parallel – Ryan Jackson (#29/50) Future Foundations – Shelby Miller, Michael Montgomery, Martin Perez, Freddie Freeman Tools of the Trade – Zach Britton, Lonnie Chisenhall, Lars Anderson, Mike Moustakas, Tony Sanchez, Zack Wheeler, Jonathan Singleton, Nick Franklin Futures Game Jumbo Jersey – Carlos Peguero navy blue (#64/199) Autographs – Jay Austin, John Tolisano
Review: Back in April, I reviewed Topps Pro Debut Series 1, the debut product from Topps as the official card of Minor League baseball. As I wrote then, I loved the product, and that sentiment carries over to the recently released Series 2.
The concept remains the same…cards of minor leaguers, something that hardcore baseball fans and collectors will surely go gaga over. And it isn’t just the top names, either, although it certainly skews heavily in that direction. One card that struck me that I pulled from my box of Series 2 was that of career minor leaguer Mike Hessman, who plays in the Mets system and had a cup of coffee with the big club this year. Hessman has had cards produced of him on and off for a number of years, which, depending on your view of things, either makes this product even more complete, or lessens it because it is cluttered with guys that have no collecting value whatsoever.
As a completist, put me in the first category.
Like we saw in Series 1, this product is loaded with cool inserts highlighting the high end prospects, and set names like “Tools of the Trade” and “Future Foundations” certainly don’t hide the intent there. Series 2 also mirrors its predecessor by including two autographs and a gorgeously designed jumbo swatch in each box.
I really can’t find much to complain about with Pro Debut Series 2. The title says it all, so collectors not interested in minor league cards will easily be able to stay away, and that is fine. This isn’t a product for every collector out there, but if you are in the group that likes minor league sets, you will be thrilled to break a box. Same basic set, so same good grade........................