Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autos and Prospect Rankings

Courtesy of Top Prospect Alert, we have prospect rankings and information on 4 of the 6 autographs we pulled in our review of 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball.

Let’s take a look at the autographs and a little blurb about each prospect.

Danny Hultzen – Seattle Mariners – Pitcher – 1st Round

Hultzen is projected as a future starter for the Seattle Mariners perhaps as soon as this year. He is the #1 prospect in the organization on our Seattle Mariners Top 15 rankings. He posted a 1.40ERA with 18K’s in 19.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

Keenyn Walker – Chicago White Sox – Outfield – 1st Round

Walker is a toolsy outfield prospect who ranks as the #1 prospect in the very weak Chicago White Sox organization in our Chicago White Sox Top 15 rankings. He will look to improve upon his .257 batting average from the 2011 season.

James Baldwin – Los Angeles Dodgers – Outfield – 4th Round

Baldwin is a speedy outfielder who also has some pop. He blasted 10 Home Runs and stole 22 bases in his debut season after being taken in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. He comes in at #13 on our Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 rankings.

Bobby Crocker – Oakland Athletics – Outfield – 4th Round

Crocker made a nice impression after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. After starting in rookie ball, he advanced to Short-A where he batted .322 in 32 games. Overall he hit a combined .296 and showed some ability to hit for extra bases. He comes in at #14 on our Oakland Athletics Top 15 rankings.

Make sure you visit Top Prospect Alert for all your information on current minor league baseball prospects.

 

Review: 2011 Panini Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball

Elite Extra Edition baseball has been coming out for a number of years from both Donruss and Panini. It is a product loaded with enough potential talent to make even the smallest prospector take notice. With a ton of a first round autographs and some great looking hard signed cards, baseball card collectors don’t seem to care if they don’t use the logos. The prospects are hot and collectors want them.

Here’s what we pulled:

Design:

Well I have to stay consistent. This is the same base design as it was in 2011 Elite Football so I must be true to my word. The base design is okay. At least they didn’t go horizontal on us like they did in the football release and for that, I thank you. The lettering is nice, but the background is just kinda bland and shiny. Some sort of design in the shiny area would be nice. Even if it’s just shapes. But besides that, as always, I love the design of Panini’s inserts. The Yearbook and Elite Series cards look fantastic. While the Building Blocks reminds me of 2005 Donruss designs, it’s just average. I also thank you for not making a big white box for the autographs and fading the images.

Checklist:

The checklist is fantastic for a prospecting product. The inclusion of 25 MLB players is a nice touch and let’s you see some of the game’s top players mixed with some top prospects. Speaking of top prospects, almost the entire 2011 first round is in this product with autographs. Those players are some of the most sought after prospect autographs so it’s good to see Panini grabbing all those players for this product. Nicely done.

Value:

While to me $100 for this product might feel a little high, you can’t complain with the content. 6 autographs in a box and a few paralleled inserts that add a decent amount of value as well, especially when you’re lucky like me and pull a first rounder on a popular team numbered to just 10. One thing I didn’t really like was the doubles of the MLB talent, so maybe they should play with the checklist a little bit next time and include more MLB talent of less packs per box. I don’t like getting doubles, but it happens.

Overall:

Overall, this is a solid product put together by Panini for their first venture with a MLBPA license. While the base design leaves a little bit to be desired, the inserts look fantastic and I don’t mind the Status or Aspirations die-cuts as much the second time around with this design. The checklist is full of first rounders and heavy favorite prospects as you will see more of in a moment. The sheer number of autographs in a box is great along with the parallels that usually add some pretty good value if you get the right players. Definitely a solid pick up for prospectors out there.

And just for you prospectors out there, I have put together a little cheat sheet on the prospect autographs I pulled, courtesy of Top Prospect Alert.

Check out some prospect ratings on 4 of the player autographs I pulled from this box break.

Want your chance at an autograph from this review? Tell me what you think about this product and if you’re feeling like you got a good idea of prospects, tell me who you are most excited about. I will hold the drawing on Saturday.

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Preview: 2011 Topps Bowman Sterling Baseball

Set to release next week, 2011 Bowman Sterling baseball is ready to signify the end of the 2011 baseball season as we prepare for the “game changer” that will be 2012 for Topps baseball products.

Every pack of 2011 Bowman Sterling baseball will contain 2 autographed cards, 1 relic card, and 2 base cards. You will find 6 packs per box of this high end product. Also, if purchased by the box you will receive a dual relic box topper.

This is mostly a prospect and rookie filled product where you will find players like Mike Trout (newly added), Eric Hosmer, Dustin Ackley, and Dante Bichette Jr. as some of the highlights as well as everyone’s golden child, Bryce Harper. Also inserted are the USA National team autographs as well.

There will be the usual bunch of refractors as well as the Canary Diamond 1/1 cards as well. With rookie and prospect game used relics and patches with autographed versions, there will be a ton of prospects and rookies that you could ever want.

You can find your box for a little over $250 and start finding it next week on December 21, 2011.

Preview: 2011 Panini Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball

With Panini getting a MLBPA license, baseball cards are really going to be back in business at Panini/Donruss besides the one release per season of this product here. It is exciting seeing someone else get back into the baseball fold and Panini is just the company to do it.

Due out December 21, 2011, is this prospect heavy product sure to make prospectors go crazy over their prospects they claim are “can’t miss”. Every box will have 20 packs and 6 total autographs for you to feast on from a 150 player checklist.

There will also be dual, triple, and quad autographs inserted. Did I mention that 30 of the signers are all first-rounders? Yeah, there will definitely be some quality autographs in this set for the prospectors or those who want to find their team’s up and coming stars.

As always with Elite, you also find your Aspirations and Status die-cuts, some with autographs as well. This looks to be chocked full of prospect goodness and should be another hit with the prospecting community.

Panini has even released a checklist of 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball for your viewing pleasure with some great names on it.

Remember, December 21, 2011, get that prospector in your family a nice little Christmas gift!

Preview: 2011 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball

As much as I don’t care for prospecting, it has become a huge thing for baseball collectors looking to make a quick buck – or lose it all. With it gaining steam every season and the media making a big deal of these up and coming names, Leaf is right there bringing you some on-card autographs of some of the most highly sought prospects out there.

There are over 80 different prospect autographs you can pull from this product with big prospecting names like Anthony Rendon, Manny Machado, Bubba Starling, and Trevor Bauer. While I can not tell you a thing about any of these prospects, the prices for these autographs alone speak volumes on what scouts and collectors alike think of these players.

The interesting addition this year is the possibility to find autographs of Ichiro Suzuki in this product. Ichiro has signed an exclusive deal with Leaf for autographs of this Japanese superstar to appear in Leaf products. I can’t imagine the money Brian Gray, owner of Leaf, threw at Ichiro but it will be worth it for collectors to find his first autographs in a product in 6 years.

You will find 6 autographs per box. There are parallels of each card as well numbered to 99, 25, and 1 so if you hit a prospect autograph of one of the parallels, especially the highly touted prospects, it should bring in some extra cash for the prospectors.

While I thought this product wasn’t to release until next week, it looks like it released a little earlier than I thought, so I apologize. But you can find this product now for around $85.