Looking for how to earn Stubs without spending real money in MLB The Show 23? Stubs are a universal currency used to purchase MLB Players, Perks, Equipment, Sponsorships, and much more in San Diego Studio's baseball simulation. Stubs can also be used to purchase The Show Packs from The Show Shop in Diamond Dynasty. As part of our MLB The Show 23 guide, we're going to explain how to earn Stubs without spending real money.
Keep in mind guide focuses on single player modes and features, although you will earn Stubs for competing online in modes like Ranked Seasons and Battle Royale. Many of these modes have their own Programs and rewards ladders, with Stubs being a primary reward. It should also be mentioned that you'll earn a small number of Stubs for every inning you play, regardless of mode, so as long as you're playing the game you'll be making in-game currency which can be invested in The Show Packs and the Community Market.
MLB The Show 23: Stubs Explained
On this page, we're going to explain how to earn Stubs without spending real money. First, however, we'll answer some basic questions about how Stubs works, their price, and whether they can are available cross-platform.
What Are Stubs?
Stubs are a universal currency used in MLB The Show 23, primarily in Diamond Dynasty. You'll use Stubs to purchase card packs known as The Show Packs from the The Show Shop. You can also buy cards off other players from the Community Market. Cards are often based on real-life MLB players from both the past and present that you can use in your Diamond Dynasty team, but there are other categories of cards pertaining to Equipment, Perks, Sponsorships, Stadiums, and Unlockables like soundbites and celebrations.
How Much Do Stubs Cost?
Our goal on this page is to explain how to earn Stubs without spending real money. However, if you would like to purchase Stubs with real money, then they're available in the following denominations from the PS Store:
- 1,000 Stubs: £0.99 / $0.99
- 5,000 Stubs: £3.99 / $4.99
- 11,000 Stubs: £7.99 / $9.99
- 24,000 Stubs: £15.99 / $19.99
- 67,500 Stubs: £39.99 / $49.99
- 150,000 Stubs: £79.99 / $99.99
Are Stubs Cross-Platform?
MLB The Show 23 is completely cross-platform across PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and you will be able to bring your Stubs with you if you choose to play on another console at a later date. However, only Stubs that you earn in-game can be transferred to another platform; Stubs that you purchase with real-money will be locked to the device that you bought them on. You can see a breakdown of your total by going to the My Collection tab, which is reached by selecting your avatar from the main menu. Universal Stubs refer to Stubs that can be used on any console; Current Platform Stubs are Stubs that can only be used on your current console.
MLB The Show 23: How to Earn Stubs without Spending Real Money
This section will explain how to earn Stubs without spending real money. While buying Stubs is the quickest and easiest way to earn Stubs in MLB The Show 23, there are still plenty of other ways your can accrue the currency just by playing the game. For the next part of this page, we're going to explain how to earn Stubs without spending money.
Pay Close Attention to Programs
Programs are progression meters that reward you for playing baseball and completing objectives. There is a primary seasonal Program which rotates every couple of months, as well as a secondary one. Your progression in the main Program is determined by XP, which is awarded for playing matches across all of the game's modes. Many of the tiers in Programs award Stubs, which can then be spent as you please.
However, it's not the only Program in the game that awards Stubs. Moments feature bitesized objectives which can be completed in return for Stubs and rewards, and Player Programs also include Stubs. You'll also get Stubs for improving your Ballplayer.
While you'll progress most Programs purely by playing the game, pay attention to the Tasks listed at the bottom of each Program to ensure you're making effective progress and unlocking as many Stubs and The Show Packs as possible along the way.
Finish Your Moments
Moments are bitesized gameplay challenges inspired by historical and contemporary baseball events. These can be as simple as striking out a single player or as complicated as taking a match to extra innings and earning the walk-off win. Completing Moments will typically earn you Stubs and Program progress, as well as additional rewards. In order to maximise the amount of Stubs you earn when completing Moments try to finish full sets, as completing all of the tiers in a given category will award you with bonus Stubs that you can then spend as you please.
Ensure to Collect Your Cards
Arguably the best way to earn Stubs without spending money is to complete Collections. As you open The Show Packs, your Diamond Dynasty item binder will fill out. You can then mark any cards you've collected, allowing you to earn Stubs and rewards.
Collections are divided into different sets, usually with tiered objectives, and completing all of the Tasks in an individual set will reward you with a large amount of Stubs for your troubles. It's worth noting that any cards you do collect cannot be sold on the Community Market at a later date, so be careful when collecting cards you intend to sell.
Try Your Hand at Showdowns
Showdowns are single player gauntlets where you'll draft a starting lineup and complete Moments to improve your team and unlock perks along the way. Showdowns generally cost Stubs to enter, but if you're successful at completing the Showdown then you'll easily earn your Stubs back with more on top. For example, the World Baseball Classic Showdown costs 500 Stubs to enter, however completing all of the challenges means that you'll get 3,600 Stubs back.
Tackle a Mini Season or Two
Mini Seasons were added in MLB The Show 22, and return in MLB The Show 23. Effectively, these allow you to complete miniature leagues against other Diamond Dynasty players' rosters, although the gameplay is completely single player so you don't have to compete online to complete these. Matches are three innings, and once you've completed the regular season, you can then head into the play offs for a chance to win the Mini Season Championship. This year there are different Mini Seasons to complete, all with unique team-building challenges to add variety and force you to use more of your cards.
The rewards for this mode are really good and repeatable, so while you will need to play a lot of matches, you can at least 5,000 Stubs for winning the Mini Season Championship, and there are various other Goals you can fulfil for other in-game bonuses. Furthermore, you'll get a ton of Program progress, and you'll even be able to work on Missions and improve the parallel rating of your players, all of which will improve your team and help you to earn even more Stubs.
Begin a Conquest
Conquest mode in Diamond Dynasty is another great way of maximising the amount of Stubs you earn. Each map has a list of Goals for you to complete, which will generally reward you with XP and Stubs. You'll also find hidden rewards as you capture more territories on the Map, sometimes rewarding you with The Show Packs or Stubs. Pay attention to which Goals can be repeated: playing some Conquest maps over and over can reward you with a steady stream of The Show Packs and Stubs.
Play the Community Market
MLB The Show 23's Community Market can be the best place to earn Stubs if you know what you're doing. Pay attention to the price of MLB Player cards, and use your Stubs to purchase cards that have a decreasing value. If you purchase at the right time, you can then sell the same card at a later date for a profit. You can view the average value of a card over time by viewing the card with the Triangle button and selecting the Marketplace tab. Promotional events and real-world performance can all have an impact on a card's overall value.
Another strategy is to create Buy Orders for a card below its worth. While these may not always be fulfilled by the community, particularly in the early days of the release, they can be an effective means of getting a card for cheap, which you can then resell at a profit. To do this, find the card you want to buy and pick View in Market. From there, select Buy/Sell Options > Buy > Create Buy Order. Depending on the value of the card, you may be required to spend a certain amount of Stubs, and the game will tell you if your Buy Order is too low. Keep in mind that, depending on demand, your Buy Order may not be fulfilled — especially if you, as mentioned, set a particularly low price.
It's also worth noting that, when creating a Buy Order, the Stubs will be deducted from your account immediately. You can view your current Buy Orders from the Diamond Dynasty menu by selecting Shop > Marketplace > My Orders > Active Orders. If you cancel a Buy Order before it's been fulfilled, the Stubs that you spent will be returned to your account.
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