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REVIEW: 2010 TRISTAR Pursuit baseball cards by Chris Olds

We’ve gotten our hands on a set of 2010 TRISTAR Pursuit baseball cards and cracked the box to see what’s inside. Here’s a look …

2010 TRISTAR PURSUIT SERIES 1

What We Pulled
Cards per set:
75 (plus checklist)
Cards per box: 90 (plus checklist)
Base set completion: 75 of 75 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Short-prints: 2
Short-print
(1) — Chris Carter & Grant Desme
Variation short-print (1) — Jason Heyward

Inserts: 2
Obak Preview (2) — John Montgomery Ward, Walt Whitman (limited to 425)


Parallels: 6
Red (1) — Brooks Pounders (#’d to 5)
Green (2) — Alibay Barkley, Billy Hamilton (#’d to 25)
Gold (3) — Tony Sanchez, Tommy Mendonca, Nolan Ryan & Tanner Bushue (#’d to 50)

Autographs: 5
Pursuit of Excellence Green (1) — Jeanmar Gomez, Rudy Owens, Samuel Deduno, Travis Wood (#’d to 25)
Green (1) — Ben Tootle with inscription (#’d to 25)
Gold (3) — Dustin Ackley, Josh Bell, Tim Wheeler (#’d to 80)

Memorabilia: None

Summing it up
TRISTAR’s second release after losing its Minor League Baseball card license last fall is this 75-card box set with the rather lengthy name: TRISTAR In Pursuit of the Majors (aka TRISTAR Pursuit). In addition to the base set, each box includes 15 additional cards — six autographs (ours included just five), four (ours included six) serial-numbered parallel cards (Gold, Green, Red and Purple), two OBak Preview cards, three short-prints

The set, which is loaded with prospects and notable 2009 draft picks, focuses on showing the paths that the players have taken along their journey. That’s something done in slightly unusual fashion on the card backs via infographics charting the players’ journeys and then trivia blurbs like “Did you Know?” and “For The Record.” For example, Jason Heyward’s steps include eight bars with his 2009 Atlanta Minor League Player of the Year award noted. (It’s also worth noting that this is Heyward’s only base card in a 2010 set released so far …)

Granted, since the product is not licensed by any league, the logos from all uniforms have been digitally removed from the photographs rather cleanly where applicable. That’s an immediate aesthetic drawback for some collectors, but for player collectors and prospectors wanting everything for particular players it probably won’t matter. Design-wise, the cards carry a higher gloss than normal and have a light touch of foil stamping, which changes color for the parallels as is common these days. The design is simple and clean, but is one that doesn’t really showcase the clear sticker autographs all that well, unlike some past TRISTAR sets.

Leading off the checklist is Seattle Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley, while some of the other familiar names in the set include Tony Sanchez, Zach Wheeler, Tyler Matzek, Bobby Borchering, Jiovanni Mier, Cameron Garfield, Chris Carter and Austin Jackson among others on the 66 player cards. The remainder of the 75-card base set includes Pursuit of Excellence cards that pair players in various ways — “following footsteps (Nolan Ryan and Astros prospect Tanner Bushue), league leaders, MVPs and so on. In the base set, there are 13 short-printed cards to be found — five photo variations and eight others.

While a box set doesn’t always thrill, TRISTAR’s latest effort includes enough bells and whistles — and enough of a chase with big-name prospects like Ackley and Heyward on the autograph checklist — that there should be some fun to be had when busting open a box. The catch there? There are only 1,440 serial-numbered sets of Series 1 to go around.
— Chris Olds

What’s Cool

Names & Inscriptions
There are inscribed autograph cards and cards signed with players’ full names in this product, something that adds some fun and likely some value to the pulls if they’re creative or interesting. Our box included a red-ink Ben Tootle autograph with his inscription being “Minn. No. 4 Pick.” He was the Twins’ fourth pick going in the third round of the 2009 draft.

Short report
There sometimes isn’t a whole lot of drama in a box set situation, but there is here. It’s not just about the autographs, either. There are three short-printed cards found in every set and we pulled one that might be the hottest of them all right now — a variation short-print of Atlanta Braves rookie Jason Heyward.

Plenty of Ink
While there are five autograph cards guaranteed per box, there are a few multi-player autograph cards to be found. Ours (names above) featured four pitchers of the year from last season, the best arms in the Eastern League, South Atlantic League, Texas League and Southern League. You might not know them now, but if they keep up the awards, you will.

Final Score
Prospect Cards: ***
Inserts/Parallels: **
Memorabilia: —
Autographs: ***
Design: **
Box Value: **

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Box o come from Daniel

Images: Ackley (and Sanchez if needed)

2010 TRISTAR PURSUIT SERIES 1

What We Pulled

Cards per set: 75 (plus checklist)

Cards per box: 90 (plus checklist)

Base set completion 75 of 75 (100 percent)

Duplicates: 0

Short-prints: 2

Short-print (1) — Chris Carter & Grant Desme

Variation short-print (1) — Jason Heyward

Inserts: 2

Obak Preview (2) — John Montgomery Ward, Walt Whitman (limited to 425)

Parallels: 6

Red (1) — Brooks Pounders (#’d to 5)

Green (2) — Alibay Barkley, Billy Hamilton (#’d to 25)

Gold (3) — Tony Sanchez, Tommy Mendonca, Nolan Ryan & Tanner Bushue (#’d to 50)

Autographs: 5

Pursuit of Excellence Green (1) — Jeanmar Gomez, Rudy Owens, Samuel Deduno, Travis Wood (#’d to 25)

Green (1) — Ben Tootle with inscription (#’d to 25)

Gold (3) — Dustin Ackley, Josh Bell, Tim Wheeler (#’d to 80)

Memorabilia: None

Summing it up

TRISTAR’s second release after losing its Minor League Baseball card license last fall is this 75-card box set with the rather lengthy name: TRISTAR In Pursuit of the Majors (aka TRISTAR Pursuit). In addition to the base set, each box includes 15 additional cards — six autographs (ours included just five), four serial-numbered parallel cards (Gold, Green, Red and Purple), two OBak Preview cards, three short-prints

The set, which is loaded with prospects and notable 2009 draft picks, focuses on showing the paths that the players have taken along their journey. That’s something done in slightly unusual fashion on the card backs via infographics charting the players’ journeys and then trivia blurbs like “Did you Know?” and “For The Record.” For example, Jason Heyward’s steps include eight bars with his 2009 Atlanta Minor League Player of the Year award noted. (It’s also worth noting that this is Heyward’s only base card in a 2010 set released so far …)

Granted, since the product is not licensed by any league, the logos from all uniforms have been digitally removed from the photographs rather cleanly where applicable. That’s an immediate aesthetic drawback for some collectors, but for player collectors and prospectors wanting everything for particular players it probably won’t matter. Design-wise, the cards carry a higher gloss than normal and have a light touch of foil stamping, which changes color for the parallels as is common these days. The design is simple and clean, but is one that doesn’t really showcase the clear sticker autographs all that well, unlike some past TRISTAR sets.

Leading off the checklist is Seattle Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley, while some of the other familiar names in the set include Tony Sanchez, Zach Wheeler, Tyler Matzek, Bobby Borchering, Jiovanni Mier, Cameron Garfield, Chris Carter and Austin Jackson among others on the 66 player cards. The remainder of the 75-card base set includes Pursuit of Excellence cards that pair players in various ways — “following footsteps (Nolan Ryan and Astros prospect Tanner Bushue), league leaders, MVPs and so on. In the base set, there are 13 short-printed cards to be found — five photo variations and eight others.

While a box set doesn’t always thrill, TRISTAR’s latest effort includes enough bells and whistles — and enough of a chase with big-name prospects like Ackley and Heyward on the autograph checklist — that there should be some fun to be had when busting open a box. The catch there? There are only 1,440 serial-numbered sets of Series 1 to go around.

— Chris Olds

What’s Cool

Names & Inscriptions (IMAGE: tootle)

There are inscribed autograph cards and cards signed with players’ full names in this product, something that adds some fun and likely some value to the pulls if they’re creative or interesting. Our box included a red-ink Ben Tootle autograph with his inscription being “Minn. No. 4 Pick.” He was the Twins’ fourth pick going in the third round of the 2009 draft.

Short report (IMAGE: Heyward)

There sometimes isn’t a whole lot of drama in a box set situation, but there is here. It’s not just about the autographs, either. There are three short-printed cards found in every set and we pulled one that might be the hottest of them all right now — a variation short-print of Atlanta Braves rookie Jason Heyward.

Plenty of Ink (Image: quad)

While there are five autograph cards guaranteed per box, there are a few multi-player autograph cards to be found. Ours (names above) featured four pitchers of the year from last season, the best arms in the Eastern League, South Atlantic League, Texas League and Southern League. You might not know them now, but if they keep up the awards, you will.

Final Score

Prospect Cards: ***

Inserts/Parallels: **

Memorabilia: —

Autographs: ***

Design: **

Box Value: **

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You’d think that since they no longer had to bay licencing, the cost/box would go down…

Comment by Jeff N.




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