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!