Travis d’Arnaud, International Man Of Debuts

I recently noticed that Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has a card in each of the four Pro Debut sets to date.

And I also caught Topps in a major screw-up.  More on this below.

For those who aren’t familiar with Mr. d’Arnaud, last December he was involved in the trade that sent Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets to the Blue Jays.  Three years and one day before that trade, he had been sent from the Phillies to the Jays as part of a trade for Roy Halladay.

2010 Topps Pro Debut Travis d'Arnaud

The cynical among us may ask how someone can “debut” 4 years in a row, but I shall not go there.
2011 Topps Pro Debut Travis d'Arnaud

I recently acquired the below 2012 card and realized that it uses the same photo as the above 2011 card, except the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays uniform is photoshopped to be a Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats uniform.
2012 Topps Pro Debut Travis d'Arnaud

The card below is a major screw-up by someone in the Topps art department… They photoshopped d’Arnaud into this year’s version of the Buffalo Bisons uniform, but the truth of the matter is that Travis has not played and can not play for the Bisons.
2013 Topps Pro Debut Travis d'Arnaud

Even though he’s played in AAA with two different organizations, the only AAA team d’Arnaud has played for is the Las Vegas 51’s… The 51’s were the Jays’ top affiliate in 2012, and they’re the Mets’ top affiliate now.  It would be truly amusing should the original photo feature a 51’s uniform, meaning that Topps could’ve been up-to-date by leaving it alone.

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