While many alums of the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15 have gone on to be featured on highly collectible trading cards, none had been shown wearing their International Week uniform.
Until now, that is.
Panini has used photographs of Daniel Espino from the 2018 event held at Camelback Ranch in two of their most recent releases. Espino is shown on the mound wearing his World Team jersey in both the 2019 Contenders Draft Picks and 2019 Prizm Draft Picks products, both of which are available to purchase at local card stores or online.
Espino has autographs only in the Contenders release, but has both autographs and base cards (in which he’s not wearing the International Week uniform) in the Prizm product.
Kyren Paris also appears in both products as well — Paris only has autographed cards in each set — but is not pictured in his International Week attire. He also confirmed in a recent tweet that he’ll be signing for the upcoming 2019 Bowman Draft release.
Espino and Paris are the first from the 2019 MLB Draft class to be featured on cards, but join a lengthy list of players with experience at a Future Stars Series event to have been made available in cardboard form.
Grayson Rodriguez has the widest selection of cards so far given his prospect status in the game, with his 2018 Bowman Draft autographs, especially the lower numbered parallel versions, being highly sought after. Noah “Bo” Naylor, Sean Guilbe, Mateo Gil and others have also been featured on their first pro cards, while other alumni have amateur cardboard through their time with USA Baseball; notably Dylan Crews, Drew Romo, Mick Abel, among many others.
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