Thursday, October 18, 2012

2008 TriStar Projections Yellow

Set Size: 400 cards

Design Notes: A player photo stands out over a yellow-tinted picture of a baseball, with his name in gold foil near the bottom. His minor league team logo appears at the bottom. The cards are licensed by MiLB and carry the Pro Debut logo.

Parallels and Similars: TriStar Projections contains a base set, with four colored parallels (green #/50, purple #/1, orange #/5, and yellow #/25) in regular and "Reflectives" versions (same print runs as the regular versions). All ten of these sets have autograph partial parallels. Plus, there are four printing plate colors.

Distribution: Yellows are numbered out of 25 and are randomly seeded in packs. Despite the high number of total parallels, any retail packs from TriStar tend to contain virtually no parallels as they're seeded quite highly in hobby boxes. For a chance at parallel and autograph cards, collectors should buy hobby.

Thoughts: TriStar minor league products never really stood out (other than Obak), but minor league cards rarely do. TriStar and similar minor league products are purely autograph products for prospectors hoping to make money when players break into the major leagues, with base cards tossed in. On the other hand, it's a quality card with a nice clean design, perfect for autograph hunters to use (with the right pen) when seeking autographs down on the farm. The white backgrounds will show nice signatures well.

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