Monday, June 1, 2015

2015 Topps Pro Debut Hobby box

Sport:  Baseball
Product:  2015 Topps Pro Debut hobby box
Break Date:  May 31, 2015
Hit Breakdown:   Two autographs / two relics per box
Summary:  Topps Pro Debut is the prospecting equivalent of the base Topps set, so anyone familiar with the design of the flagship product will be familiar with the look of Pro Debut.

The feel of the product? Not so much.

From a quality standpoint, Pro Debut surpasses Topps by a mile. Topps feels cheap - the paper is crappy, and the overall quality just leaves something to be desired. Pro Debut's card stock seems nicer, and they went with a matte finish but applied a slight gloss coating to the player images. All around, Pro Debut is what Topps SHOULD be.

The break was decent - I'm not familiar with either of the players whose autos I landed, but that doesn't mean anything yet. I pulled a Taillon Pennant Patch, so that's nice.

And then there was the other relic...a piece of green fur from a mascot. I guess if it was a relic from a Memphis Redbird I'd have thought it was mildly cool, but I don't care much for relics in general, and certainly don't care about a piece of fur from a mascot of a team I don't follow. But, I know there are folk out there that like that sort of thing, each his own.

The best part of the break were the parallels - I pulled two, and two good players. The Orange fall one in every 40 packs, and it was J.P. Crawford; the gold (1:20) was Kyle Zimmer.

Overall, it was a fun break.

Grade for the product:  B
Grade for the break:  B

Autographs:  A.J. Reed, Michael Freeman
Fragments of the Farm / Mascot-Worn Relic:  Lake County Captains
Pennant Patches:  Jameson Taillon
Orange /25:  J.P. Crawford
Gold /50:  Kyle Zimmer
Promo Night Uniforms:  Manny Ramirez, Nick Williams
Distinguished Debuts:  Michael Conforto, Alex Blandino, Cole Tucker, Bradley Zimmer

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