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Topps ups stakes with 2011 Pro Debut MiLB cards by Chris Olds
February 3, 2011, 10:18 am
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps‘ second year of producing officially licensed minor-league baseball cards will start off with a little something extra — four hits in every box of 2011 Pro Debut.

Set to arrive in late May, Pro Debut will consist of 330 cards — apparently just one series this year — but will pack two autographs and two game-used Relics in every 24-pack box along with eight parallels and 18 insert cards. (Last year’s two-series release included two autographs and one memorabilia card in every hobby-only box.)

New this year are Side-by-side Dual Autographs which pair two players together, while the rest of the lineup is pretty similar. There are Gold (/25), Red (1/1) and Blue (/199) parallels, while there are also printing plates to be found. The insert sets include Single-A All-Stars, Double-A All-Stars and Triple-A All-Stars.

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In The Game teases collectors with photos from its first baseball product by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

In August, In The Game announced it was putting together its first baseball card set.

It’s been a while since we heard from them, but that’s because the company has been hard at work. Initially, the set was to be released this month, but was delayed until January as they put together the final touches.

In The Game is putting out a new product for a new year.

The company released teaser photos recently for 2011 Heroes and Prospects Baseball Hits. Series 1 is planned to be out in January with Series 2 scheduled to be released in March.

See more photos after the jump.

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First look: 2010 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball cards by Chris Olds

A full preview was done later Friday after the full preview info was released. Click here for that item.

Just days after announcing that it will be the exclusive manufacturer of trading cards for Minor League Baseball, on Friday Topps released preview images of what’s to be found in its first MiLB issue set to arrive early next year.

It appears that Topps Pro Debut will include some of the high-end inclusions that other products have had — something that should spark interest in the MiLB market — relying on its Futures Game access and apparently in the unfortunate case of one autograph cut — of Tim Beckham, who is under exclusive contract with another company — its Aflac program.

See more images after the jump.

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A little discovery by Andy Broome

While not exactly a hobby-shaking discovery, I unearthed a small tidbit that T210 collectors will find interesting.
Like any other trip back home, this past trip I spent a day in the library scanning through yards of microfilm.
Oh, I know what you are saying. Man, this guy is like the Indiana Jones of cards, one adventure after another. What could be more exciting than staring at film of 98-year-old newspapers? Its not even the original paper. Its a 30-plus year old picture on a piece of film of a 98-year-old paper. Now thats what drives the women wild.
I usually have a legal pad I carry with me with info I need to find. Most is baseball related and some is card related. I may pick up a piece of info here or there filling in a hole or two.
This trip one of my quests was to find the first name of a player pictured on a T210 card I have.
We list a few first names along with the players last name in our pricing database for T210’s. Many of these are last name only. Since the T210 set is a minor league set, many of the players never made it to the majors and have been forgotten by history.
Even small town heroes that never made good in the big show have been largely forgotten over the years.
I know the names of all the other T210’s I have in my collection but the newest card I picked up listed as Miller, Chattanooga was a mystery to me.
I knew Mr. Miller had a name and a story to tell. Problem was he wasn’t talking.
As I scanned through the 1910 editions of the Chattanooga Times newspaper for other baseball related research, I kept an eye out for boxscores. Each day Mr. Miller pitched, the reporter would refer to him him as only “Miller”. Well, I can see why we didn’t know his first name. No one ever used his first name!
It was because of sports writer and hobby pioneer Wirt Gammon and his daily feature “Between us fans” that we now know the first name of the player featured on the T210 card known as Miller, Chattanooga.

So here’s to you, Mr. Fred Miller.   Sorry it took a few years to remember your first name.