Become a Bowman Scout!

Not so hot from the Topps press as it’s a little old now, but I haven’t posted it yet due to me forgetting about it. It’s been sitting in my email, but check it out, it’s definitely a cool opportunity for those collectors who love their baseball prospects.

I’ll continue to say, Topps has done awesome things to bring you closer to the hobby than ever with these experiences.


Is your knowledge and passion for Baseball and more importantly the Minor Leagues and prospects better than most people you know?  Do you have an eye for talent and a love for following a prospect’s journey to the big leagues?

If so, the Bowman team WANTS YOU!  We are looking for a knowledgeable and passionate prospector to become a Bowman Scout.  As a Bowman Scout you will..

•             Work regularly with the Bowman team to identify top prospects and create the Bowman Top 100 Prospect list!

•             Express your opinions on prospects on behalf of the Bowman team via Bowman’s social media platform

•             Host special interviews where you will rate and evaluate prospects with the Bowman Team during the season!

•             Be featured in a Bowman Scout insert card in a 2013 product

Don’t miss out on this awesome experience.

Click here for the rules and click here for the application.

You have until November 15, 2012 to enter.


2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball Checklist Released

Upper Deck has been doing a great job of getting their checklists on big products out recently. None more exciting as the possibilities in 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball.

Click here for the 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball checklist, all set for you in Excel format.

Topps Brings Back Blue Wave Redemptions for 2012 Bowman Chrome

Hot from the Topps desk is the announcement that the popular blue wave refractor redemption program will be returning for another year!

“Here Comes Another Blue Wave!

The hottest redemption program is back!  Collectors who send in 36 Bowman Chrome Baseball (Hobby or Retail; mixing is allowed) wrappers will receive a FREE 5-card cello pack of Exclusive Blue Wave Refractor parallel cards. There are 110 subjects to collect in all. In addition, bonus autographed cards have been randomly inserted into packs, featuring hot prospects such as Jorge Soler, Billy Hamilton, Ronald Guzman and Tyler Austin…just to name a few.

The exclusive wrapper redemption program will be limited to ONLY 10,000 cello packs, so in order to receive your packs, send in your wrappers quickly! There is a 5-pack limit for Blue Wave Refractors per household, which we encourage to be sent in one package. Any packages postmarked earlier than October 17, 2012, the official street date, will not be accepted. If you abuse, you lose!

We will update the number of packs redeemed on Twitter (@toppscards), so follow us there…once 10,000 cello packs have been sent out, the program will conclude and we will be unable to fulfill any more.

Wrappers should be sent to:  Bowman Blue, PO BOX 2008, Duryea, PA 18642

October 2012 Sports Card Releases

It’s October. The end of baseball season. The start of basketball and, well maybe, hockey. Football rages on as well as the products. And me as well, as my birthday falls in October and is one of the favorite days of the year for baseball collectors…can you guess which day? Anyway, products will be updated as I write the previews, so previews are coming soon.


2012 Topps Update Baseball – October 3, 2012 – $60 – 6/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball – October 17, 2012 – $68 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball – October 24, 2012 – $90 – 8/10

Panini’s ventures into baseball return with Cooperstown baseball, a product based around Hall of Famers and those with special displays in the Hall. Featuring some sweet autographs from legends in the Baseball Hall, you’re bound to find something you like if you’re a historian of the game.


2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball – October 16, 2012 – $870 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012-13 Panini Threads Basketball – October 24, 2012 – $96 – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.


2012 Upper Deck University of Alabama Football – October 2, 2012 – $45 – 6/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Certified Football – October 17, 2012 – $100 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Gridiron Football – October 24, 2012 – $110 – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.


2012-13 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey – October 2, 2012 – $96 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals Hockey – October 13, 2012 – $100 – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.


Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Season 3 and 4 Trading Cards – October 26, 2012 – $75 – 10/10


2012 Topps Finest Rookie Redemptions

Redemption # 1           Starling Marte, Pirates

Redemption # 2           Brett Jackson, Cubs

Redemption # 3           Mike Trout, Angels

Redemption # 4           Josh Rutledge, Rockies

Redemption # 5           Jean Segura, Brewers

The final of the 5 autographed rookie redemptions in 2012 Topps Finest has been released by Topps. Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers will round out the list for the season. Make sure you get your redemptions in by the deadline to get your autographed rookie cards, especially if you have #3 on this list!