Potential No. 1 pick A.J. Puk appears on plenty of cards before MLB Draft

AJ-Puk-USA-1With the MLB Draft set for Thursday night, we’ll soon have a new crop of prospects attached to their professional teams and new players that collectors can now focus upon.

Thanks to various high school all-star sets and USA Baseball releases from Panini America, many of the players who’ll be tabbed for future greatness already have cardboard.

That includes potential No. 1 overall pick A.J. Puk, a 6-foot-7 left-handed pitcher for the Florida Gators who was previously drafted in the 35th round by the Detroit Tigers out of high school back in 2013.

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First cards just keep getting earlier with newest USA Baseball set

14underPanini America‘s annual USA Baseball boxed set arrived in hobby shops today with a new inclusion inside.

As in the newest players ever.

New in 2015 Panini USA Baseball are autographs and memorabilia cards like those of Adam Crampton seen above. He was a member of the USA Baseball 14U squad this year. That’s the 14-and-under squad — do the math and you’ll figure out that the third-baseman was born sometime in the 2000s. (It’s May 24, 2001, to be precise, meaning he’s now a grizzled veteran and too old for that roster.)

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New Buzz: Products out this week (Dec. 20-26) include Bowman’s Best, Immaculate College & 14U USA kids

2015-Topps-StrataAfter a heavy week of releases and some delays this month, this week is a bit lighter — but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its highlights among the four brands set to arrive.

We have three baseball sets on the schedule and the return of Bowman’s Best along with the launch of Topps Strata as a standalone brand. Throw in a USA Baseball set on the schedule and one high-end college brand from Panini America (keep reading) and that’s it for the week.

The format for 2015 Bowman’s Best will be similar to Finest with two mini-boxes each yielding two autographs (four autos per in every master box). The format for 2015 Topps Strata is all hits — every box includes one autograph and one Relic and that’s it for the acetate-layered cards.

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