The Thrill Of Breaking A Box Of 2022 Topps Pro Debut With FOUR Guaranteed Autos

January 12, 2023

2022 Topps Pro Debut is not one of the big releases of the year. In fact, it’s a fairly under-the-radar product and one of the most affordable breaks you’ll find.

But what can be found in a box of 2022 Topps Pro Debut? What hits does it contain?

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What is Topps Pro Debut 2022 & why we’re breaking it?

2022 Topps Pro Debut is a prospect offering that didn’t get a lot of attention when it came out, but with a focus on top prospects, four autographs per box, and a reasonable purchase price, there’s a lot to like.

When reviewing the product here at Cardlines, I remember thinking to myself “I’d like to open one of those”. After our first post in the Minor Breaks series (2022 Topps Heritage Minors), I decided to give this one a try.

These cards of course feature top prospects and minor leaguers. Some of these will go on to become the stars of tomorrow. Many others turn out to be busts.

2022 Topps Pro Debut Hobby Box – the details

The 2022 Topps Pro Debut hobby box contains 24 packs of 8 cards each. Hobby boxes contain four autographs per box. For a box of this price point, that’s a pretty good amount of ink.

The 2022 Topps Pro Debut hobby box was purchased off eBay. I had watched the item, and the seller offered a 15% discount. I jumped on that and got the box for only $60.01 delivered for the box.

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The first pack got us off to a nice start, with base cards of two top young players: MLB Top 100 Prospects #1 prospect Francisco Álvarez and AL Rookie of the Year runner-up Adley Rutschman.

The hits from Topps Pro Debut 2022

So, what did the box contain? Let’s take a walk through the hits and other cards of interest.

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2022 Topps Pro Debut autographs

As promised the box contained four autographed cards. The autographs are sticker autographs, but four of them in one box at this price point feels like a solid value.

The best autograph was probably the Future Cornerstones Gold parallel of Colson Montgomery. Montgomery is the #57 prospect on the MLB Top 100 Prospect List, which means he has some potential to make an impact.

The other three autographs were base autographs, including Harry Ford, Federico Polanco, and Jorbit Vivas. Ford is ranked #65 on the MLB Top 100 list, while the other two players aren’t ranked.

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Topps Pro Debut 2022 parallels

The box contained two parallels, one each of the most plentiful and the rarest offered in the product.

We pulled a Fuchsia parallel of Malfrin Sosa. These are numbered out of 199. I had to Google what color “Fushia” was to confirm I had the right card (it’s pink). Sosa isn’t a top-100 prospect, so this probably isn’t worth much.

I also pulled a Black parallel 1/1 of Luis Matos. Matos is also not a top-100 prospect, but this is still a kind of neat one-of-a-kind card.

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Other 2022 Topps Pro Debut inserts

In addition, we also pulled a number of inserts. These aren’t particularly rare, ranging from 1:6 pack odds to 1:12, but some of them are pretty cool.

Brick-by-Brick

We pulled four Brick-by-Brick inserts from the box. These black-bordered inserts are going to be tough to get graded. If you end up with one that looks good, I’d say submit it, as these are likely going to be low pop in high grades.

We pulled cards Elly De La Cruz (#14), Noelvi Marte (#17), George Valera (#31), and Jasson Dominguez (#39).

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Topps Pro Debut inserts

MiLB Legends

These 1960 Topps-inspired inserts capture former major leaguers during their minor league careers. We pulled four cards from this insert series, including Jackie Robinson, Bo Jackson, Kevin Millar, and Derrek Lee.

Seeing Millar of course warms this Red Sox fans heart. But the Jackie Robinson and Bo Jackson are just downright cool. These probably aren’t valuable, but they’ll likely find their way into an upcoming PSA sub simply because they’re such amazing-looking cards.

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Topps Pro Debut 2022 Draftee Debuts

We pulled two of the Draftee Debuts inserts, which at 1:12 packs are the “rarest” of the inserts in Pro Debut. The players here are Colton Cowser (#40) and Benny Montgomery (not in top 100).

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Topps Pro Debut inserts

Break notes

A few thoughts from the break:

  • Much like during our break of 2022 Topps Heritage Minors, opening this box required having the MLB Top 100 Prospects List open on a nearby screen. If you’re not a prospects expert, I’d recommend the same.
  • Other than the black-bordered Brick-by-Brick inserts and the Black Parallel, these cards generally all looked gradable, even under a 10x lens. That’s not always the case when buying new product, as I’ve discovered.
  • In addition to the autographs, parallels, and inserts mentioned above, we pulled base cards of a number of top prospects, including Francisco Álvarez, Gunnar Henderson, Corbin Carroll, Marcelo Mayer and others.

Thoughts on value and grading

Any time you’re talking about an initial investment of only $60, it doesn’t take a lot to feel like you broke even on a break.

With four autographs, two parallels, and a handful of inserts, plus a bunch of base cards of top prospects, I feel like this box provided good value. Did the box contain any brain-melting hits? No, most certainly not. But it provided some gradable copies of cards of some talented young players. I also had a good time opening the box, looking at prospects lists, and of course writing it all up to share with you.

The Bo Jackson and Jackie Robinson MiLB Legends inserts will make their way to my PSA sub pile. The Montgomery auto may as well. I also expect to submit a number of base cards of top prospects, or at least I’ll consider submitting some.

Grading base cards of a lower level product like this may not be entirely worth it, but I think it’ll be fun to get a few graded copies of prospects and then tracking their careers going forward.

UPDATE: eBay auction results

Providing an update on value based on several eBay auctions I ran with some of the cards from the break.

The Luis Matos 2022 Topps Pro Debut BLACK Parallel SN 1/1 sold for $77.76 w/ free shipping after 17 bids. That was certainly more than I expected a 1/1 from this product of a less-than-big name to go for. I had started the auction at $2.99.

I also sold the Harry Ford 2022 Topps Pro Debut Base Autograph for $13.50 and the Colson Montgomery 2022 Topps Pro Debut Future Cornerstones Autograph SN 29/50 for $14.50 both with free shipping.

Not all the “hits” were big sellers, as the Malfrin Sosa 2022 Topps Pro Debut Fuchsia Parallel SN 074/199 sold for only $1.99 w/ free shipping, and the other two autographs and the few inserts I listed didn’t sell in their first seven-day auction.

After shipping and eBay fees, I cleared $69.31 on the Matos, plus another $25.71 for the other three cards. Considering I paid only $60.01 for the box, that’s some great value return on just a few cards.

Final thoughts on breaking a 2022 Topps Pro Debut

The 2022 Topps Pro Debut sounded like a really cool product to break. Enough so that I had to give it a try. I’m happy to report, a good time was had by all, some value was attained, and some fun with PSA submissions is likely in my future.

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