Win a Minor League Baseball Contract

That’s right, announced the other day, in select packs of 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League, you will be able to find entries into a contest to win your very own one day contract with the Corput Christi Hooks, as well as get your own 2013 Topps baseball card. Topps is really innovating with real life experiences included in your card collecting experiences. I love it.

The official press release from the Topps desk:

“Make YOUR Pro Debut” with the Corpus Christi Hooks and Get Your Own 2013 Topps Baseball Card!

To help launch the 2012 release of Topps Heritage – Minor League Baseball Edition, Topps is offering one lucky collector the once in a lifetime experience of being a professional baseball player for an entire day with a Minor League Baseball franchise and then have their very own “Pro Debut” Topps baseball card included in the first Minor League Baseball release of 2013.

Topps, Minor League Baseball and the Corpus Christi Hooks present the “Make YOUR Pro Debut” promotion!

For their Pro Debut, the lucky collector will be flown to Corpus Christi, Texas for a regular season game in 2013 to suit-up with the Corpus Christi Hooks – Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.  The winner will receive their own locker in the Clubhouse and be outfitted with their own professional uniform and equipment.

Once dressed and equipped, the collector will hit the field with the Hooks and participate in pre-game team activities including stretching, batting practice & shagging (fly balls).  The winner will then start the game by walking out the Hooks’ lineup card and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

In additional, the lucky collector will be interviewed in the broadcast booth and, to cap off the entire experience, the “newest Hook” will meet and greet Club owner and baseball legend, Nolan Ryan who will be making a special appearance at the game.

Finally, Topps will memorialize the lucky collector’s experience with an official “Pro Debut” baseball card which will be unveiled in the 2013 Minor League Baseball release of “Topps Pro Debut”.

To Make Your Pro Debut:

Look for special “Make Your Pro Debut” cards randomly inserted into packs of Topps Heritage – Minor League Baseball Edition, in stores September 12th 2012.  Follow the instructions on the card to enter the contest which will include writing an essay on “Why You Should Make Your Pro Debut.”  The Essay must be submitted to Topps for review by December 1st at the address below.  The best essays will be voted on by Topps collectors to determine the winner by January 15th.

For more information about the “Make Your Pro Debut” promotion and how to enter please visit us on facebook at facebook.com/topps or on Topps.com.

Topps Address

Topps Make Your Pro Debut – Entries

PO Box 2098

Duryea, PA 18642

Preview: 2012 Topps Pro Debut Baseball

Topps is back it again using their Minor League Baseball license to create 2012 Topps Pro Debut baseball.

While I’m not a fan of the product because I’m not a prospector, it’s filled with all the stuff prospectors love – autographs. Well it’s not just all autographs, but there are some memorabilia cards as well…and some sweet ones at that if you get lucky.

Each 24 pack box will feature 2 autographs and 2 relics cards. Each pack has 8 cards in it. The base set is 220 cards deep with 50 short printed variation cards. The only parallels are the gold parallels numbered to 50 and the 1 of 1 printing plates.

You will find 2 autographs in a box featuring some of the best young talent in the minor leagues. This will be the first autograph from some of those names, but the fact that they aren’t considered rookies and they are in their minor league uniforms causes them to be a little less valuable. It’s like a step below the Bowman brand.

You can find single autographs with a base version, a gold border version numbered to 50, and a red border version numbered to 1, and a printing plate version. There are also dual autographs with a gold version numbered to 10, a red version numbered to 1, and printing plates numbered to 1.

The relics consist of game used jerseys and bats and manufactured logo patches. There are jumbo patch parallels, however they are just numbered to 5. It doesn’t look there are any autographed relics according to the sell sheet which they had a few of last year I believe.

This product releases on June 13, 2012, for around $60 a box. Get some young star autographs before they make it to the big time products!

Preview: 2011 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball

I’m just warning you right now, this is a different type of preview from the normal. You’ll see why just by the way I’m writing.

We are in pennant race season in Major League Baseball and Topps is bringing out…Topps Heritage Minor League baseball? Really? Honestly, I don’t even want to preview this but since everyone in the country has such a love affair with prospects nowadays like Bryce Harper, Topps thought it would be a good time to try and make money off the MiLB. And honestly, I don’t know why. Well I do, but don’t see the point.

Last year we had Strasburg-mania and this year is Harper-mania and next year will be “insert name here”-mania. This seems to be happening a lot recently in baseball. With people jumping all over trying to get these newest rookies like they are the next Ted Williams, Topps has definitely tried to ruin rookie cards even more.

It’s funny, I’m looking at this product sell sheet and there is like 6 different pictures of Bryce Harper on it with autographs and game used pieces. Sure, you get 2 autographs and 1 relic a box in this Heritage themed product, but every card isn’t Bryce Harper and certainly every card will not be Bryce Harper. But everyone wants Bryce Harper like he’s some sort of “Chosen One”. Have you seen his AA stats?

This product will be hobby only and will contain 24 packs per box and as I said will contain 2 autographs, 1 relic, and 4 parallels per box. But it will have Bryce Harper in it! And of course, other great prospects like Manny Banuelos, Luke Jackson, and some Dustin Ackley.

But none of these cards have the rookie logo on them because they are minor league cards. Hey, guess what? Everyone is going to start calling these rookie cards now because some of them are the first cards of these players. Rookie cards were already screwed up in 2006 when the modern rookie logo rules were put into place and now we are stuck with minor league cards put out by a top producer of sports cards. Just more of a headache.

Anyway, enough rambling, this product comes out on September 21, 2011, for around $65. The one thing I like is at least the price is lower than most products out there. I would have pictures of what the cards look like, but I don’t want photos of Bryce Harper on this blog and that’s apparently the main reason to buy this product, according to the Topps sell sheet as seen above.