Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Box Break: 2015 Topps Pro Debut (Part One)
Wellllll...I took a risk.
Pro Debut has given Topps an opportunity to let collectors return to the usually-tricky art of prospecting, by giving them a non-Bowman set that allows them to find minor-league cards, XRCs, of players who'll be huge someday. So, given that now is probably the greatest time for Yankees rookies since the 1990s, I figured I'd pick up a box of 2015 Pro Debut, see if I could nab something resembling XRCs of players I collect.
Yes, I know it's more difficult than that, and if a player's already been in a bunch of Pro Debut sets, it's not really their XRC, but...still...a minor league card of a legitimately cool player is still a decent pickup.
24 packs per box, so I'll do 8 per post. 4 hits, but...I'm not really in this for the hits, as you'll see from the "hits" I ended up getting.
Current Major Leaguers: 2/8
Clint Coulter cards: 2/8
Major Leaguers: 5/8
People Who Play for One of my Teams: 2/8
Current Major Leaguers: 5/8
Carlos Rodons: 2/8
This isn't exactly an XRC, because he'd be up in the bigs that very same year, but...still, it's a minor league card of Kris Bryant. This is still a very, VERY big deal. I'm happy I have it.
Major Leaguers: 3/8
Relatives of Future HOFers: 1/8
Major Leaguers: 1/4
So...we've hit our first, uh, hit...and, uh...
Let's just...let's just dissect this for a moment.
One of my guaranteed hits in a prospect-heavy product like Pro Debut...is a MANUFACTURED PATCH CARD...of a MASCOT. A mascot for a Minor League team. Is one of my two 'relic cards'.
This is a HIT that Topps places into a product to add the value. This is supposed to be worth something.
THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND.
What the HELL am I supposed to do with a manufactured patch card of a Mascot? Seriously! What can be done with this?
rrrrrgh I'll move on...
Major Leaguers: 5/8 (Welcome to the bigs, Christian Arroyo!)
I'm happy about what Gary Sanchez has brought to the Bronx. He's a huge hitter, a great field presence, and a guy I'd probably hate if he played anywhere else. Glad to have him, excited to get him back soon.
TWO CARDS IN THIS PACK...
And one of them was ANOTHER Manufactured Patch, this one of a pennant for a team, not even indicating a player, like Henry Owens, who's on the card. Again, it's barely even a relic, because it's a manufactured patch that hasn't gotten playing time, and has NOTHING TO DO WITH Henry Owens, even if he's played for that minor league team.
This isn't as bad as, say, having one of my hits be a manupatch of a fricking mascot...BUT IT'S CLOSE.
Major Leaguers: 3/8
Part 2 will be up soon. Hopefully it'll be better than...whatever that was.