I’ve always considered Tristar’s Minor League releases as a “poor man’s Bowman Chrome”. The cards featured a respectable checklist, an average design, and sticker autographs.
So while the brand always sold for less than Bowman releases, the TTM crowd loved buying singles for autographs and those who could not afford exuberant Chrome prices always had a reliable alternative to seek out.
With Tristar Prospects Plus, clearly a huge effort went into the design. Base cards look amazing and each card is colorful and elegant. The problem, and it’s a big problem, the cards are now unlicensed.
There are some cards that you’d have a hard time telling the difference but about 50% of the cards I pulled featured players in plain, dark uniforms and hats similar to another non-licensed release, All Sport Plus.
Perhaps the biggest problem with this brand is the decision to include unnamed Stephen Strasburg cards. The cards aren’t done all that well and makes the product feel cheap and desperate.
If you love Minor League cards and can get past the lack of logos, this is definitely one of Tristar’s best efforts in quite sometime. It’s a shame that it took them losing their license to really kick up dust in the design department.
Current price – $75 dollars on DaCardWorld.com
Guarantees – 120 cards with 4 autographs per box
Look for – “hot boxes”, low-numbered autographs
No MiLB or MLB license
The Stephen Strasburg Sketches
Autograph – Matthew Davidson #’d to 199
Autograph – Robert Stock #’d to 199
Autograph – Colton Cain #’d to 50
Autograph – Neil Medchill #’d to 5
Final Grade: C+