Topps Pro Debut 2019: Ben's Biz returns

Annual insert set celebrates fans, ballparks, mascots, celery

For the third consecutive season, Topps' Pro Debut features a Ben's Biz insert set. Ben is very proud of the 2019 edition. (Daniel Wild)

By Benjamin Hill / | July 16, 2019 2:30 PM

This year, for the third year in a row, Topps Pro Debut includes a Ben's Biz insert set. 

A little background: Topps Pro Debut is a 200-card Minor League-themed set available at your finer hobby shops and, of course, online. Each 24-pack box is guaranteed to include two autographed cards and two relic cards (featuring uniform fragments and ephemera of that nature). The Ben's Biz insert set, like my writing, highlights the people, places and things that make Minor League Baseball unique.  

Tweet from @bensbiz: Peg, Roscoe, Celery, McCormick and me: A brief yet endlessly compelling overview of the 2019 @Topps Pro Debut insert set.

This year's set has five Ben's Biz cards. Here they are, in no particular order: 

Mr. Celery, WIlmington Blue Rocks

Why: Mr. Celery is a cult icon. No one really knows who he is or where he came from, but does that really matter? Whenever the Blue Rocks score, Mr. Celery emerges from his lair and engages in a celebratory dance. The fans love him, and he has becoming an unlikely and enduring Wilmington institution. READ MORE

Peg Johnston, Ohio ballpark fixture

Peg Johnston, an opinionated and independent retired teacher, is a fan of the Cleveland Indians and all of their Minor League affiliates. She's a Minor League mainstay in Northeast Ohio, regularly attending games in Mahoning Valley, Lake County, Akron and Columbus. She also keeps score at every game. Got a problem with that? READ MORE

Tweet from @bensbiz: Peg Johnston has been keeping score at baseball games for 60 years. She has no patience for men who are surprised by this fact. 

McCormick Field, Asheville Tourists

Asheville's McCormick Field, which opened in 1924, is one of my favorite ballparks in all of Minor League Baseball. It's historic, unique and scenic, as the image on this card makes abundantly clear. I took this photo from the top row of the bleachers of Memorial Stadium, located on a hill overlooking McCormick Field. READ MORE 

Roscoe the Rooster, Princeton Rays

At first glance, Roscoe the Rooster appears to be a normal Minor League mascot. But glances, no matter how many, will never lead the viewer to a discernment of what makes Roscoe truly unique. Roscoe can talk! This card won't convey that either, but still, it's the thought that counts. READ MORE

Ben Everywhere

I concluded my 2018 travels at Grand Junction's Suplizio Field, and this marked a milestone: I've visited every active Minor League ballpark. This card celebrates my milestone, because before you can celebrate anything else you have to celebrate yourself. READ EVERYTHING

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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