Tagged: Charleston Riverdogs

Topps Pro Debut Cards

I’ve collected baseball cards for a good chunk of my life and while it’s somewhat tempting to share a bunch of my best cards here, I don’t want this to turn into a baseball card blog.

I can, however, show a few cards from the 2011 Topps Pro Debut set that I picked up last summer in the team shop at Ripken Stadium, home of the Short Season A Aberdeen IronBirds. How cool is it that a ballpark’s shop sells Minor League Baseball cards? I’ve seen some MLB parks sell waaaay overpriced cards, but I think it’s awesome that Aberdeen sells cards that are geared to the Minors.

Imagine sitting at a ballpark on a summer night, watching a game, eating some amazing seafood and opening a few packs of cards. It’s all part of the experience in Aberdeen.

In four packs, I pulled two autographed cards, which means I did pretty well.

I got a standard Solo Signatures card of Yankees first rounder Slade Heathcott, who is depicted as a member of the Charleston RiverDogs:

And I got a cut autograph of Washington Nationals second round pick Destin Hood, depicted with the Hagerstown Suns. The cut autograph is from one of his Aflac All-American baseball cards:

In his young career, 21-year-old Hood has played with three teams I’ve seen in action: the Vermont Lake Monsters, Hagerstown Suns and Potomac Nationals. Hood wasn’t in the lineup when I saw Potomac play on July 1, but he was on the cover of the gameday program I picked up.

Does anyone know of any other MiLB parks that sell Minor League cards? (Other than standard teams sets.)