Mancave Addition: 27th Birthday Edition

See that? Addition and Edition.

Anyway, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ve been noticing two things over the past couple days that I’ve been posting alot about for October 17th. One being the release of 2012 Bowman Chrome baseball. The other being that it’s my birthday! Yes, I turned 27 years old yesterday and with the birthday comes all the spoils.

The wife knows I love sports stuff. She also knows I love cards and memorabilia. She has a love/hate relationship with cards. She doesn’t really know what is good, what I like to open personally, and what to get me for singles. She has taken the road less traveled on my blog and often decided to get me memorabilia, usually with autographs. This time did not disappoint.

That’s right, a Professional Model David Ortiz autographed bat with “Big Papi!” inscribed on the barrel. Match that with the man cave sign from the mother in law, the Red Sox cake in the photo, and Bobby Valentine getting fired a few weeks ago, and it’s the best birthday like ever.

If you’re looking for sports memorabilia yourself, check out that link on the right for sports memorabilia.

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

Topps Signs Cuban Star Yoenis Cespedes to Autograph Deal

More news hot from the Topps news wire:

“Topps is pleased to announce that it has signed Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to an autograph trading card deal.

Cespedes will make his first appearance on an Autographed Rookie Card in 2012 in the highly-anticipated Bowman Baseball…but with a twist.

Randomly inserted into packs are three limited “Bowman Lucky Redemptions”.  Cespedes is now designated as Lucky Redemption # 1.  Cespedes will have an unsigned Rookie Card in the product as well.

In addition, the Cuban phenom is slated to sign autographs in Tier One, Allen & Ginter, Bowman Platinum, Topps Finest, Topps Chrome and more.

Cespedes, a rare five-tool player, starred for the silver medal winning Cuban National Team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and was named to the All-WBC team.”

Another great move by Topps to secure another rookie that will be popular with collectors this year joining the signing of Yu Darvish.

Review: 2011 Topps Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball

I know I haven’t reviewed many Topps products out there, but I thought I would pick up a box of Topps’ newest offering, 2011 Topps Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball. Basically, this is a mix of Bowman and Bowman Chrome but with only the draft picks and prospects with either their first Bowman card or their rookie logo card. This whole RC logo thing confuses me now so I won’t get into it, but that is what is going on now. Anyway, here’s what I pulled.

Base:

Parallels:

Autograph:

Design:

This is kind of a review on all of the products combined to make this product. I actually really like the Chrome base design. It’s clean, has nice borders, nice photography, and the white box where the autograph goes matches the rest of the card and doesn’t look out of place. The rookie logo cards also look really solid, but my real issue is with the first bowman base cards. The black border on those cards just looks out of place. I would of much preferred a white border and I think it would of looked a little better. But I think overall it’s solid.

Checklist:

Checklists in a prospect set are hard to judge, especially for a non-prospector like myself. But there are a few names I recognize and I know some prospectors love a lot of the names on the checklist. I also know people who say there are some glaring omissions from this product as well. As a non-prospector, it’s hard to comment, but I’ve taken many prospectors comments for my rating.

Value:

Value is another hard one with a prospector product. With prospects, you won’t know much about how the cards turn out until a few years down the road. So you have to look more closely at the checklist and the value of what’s in there now. And with the checklist being decent, that’s a good start. However, this product is all about the rookies. With the rookies being paralleled to all infinity, it decreases a lot of the value of the product itself, unless you hit a very low numbered rookie or rookie autograph in it’s paralleled form. I just don’t think it has the value that it once had.

Overall:

Overall, the design is solid overall. Most of the cards are color coordinated and clean all around so it’s pretty visually appealing. The checklist is tough to gauge, but taking input from others, I’ve determined it’s a decent checklist, but it could use a little work with some of the glaring omissions. Maybe it’s Topps saving some value for next year’s installment? Speaking of value, it’s another tough call in a product like this. But with all the parallels, it decreases the value of the base rookie and even some of the higher parallels. Include the autographs in there too and you may only get lucky to get some real good value out of a box. But at a lower price point, a prospector may want to have some fun and see what they can pull. You’ll find all the major league talent in the world, just no major leaguers (except for those who were called up later in the season), which makes this definitely a prospecting product.

I need to do some video editing as this video is a little too long, but I had a lot of fun with some comments on the product and it will be up when I grab a chance.

Topps Unveils Updated Checklist for 2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball

Topps has announced it has added a few huge names to 2011 Bowman Chrome baseball so get ready to hear some of these names. In addition to the previously mentioned names, Topps is now including autographs of Matt Moore of the Tampa Bay Rays, Dustin Ackley of the Seattle Mariners, and Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals.

The full rookie autograph checklist in 2011 Bowman Chrome is as follows:

Bryce Harper
Hunter Morris
Jean Segura
Melky Mesa
Manny Banuelos
Chris Archer
Danny Brewer
David Bromberg
A.J. Cole
Alex Colome
Brody Colvin
Khris  Davis
Cutter  Dykstra
Nathan Eovaldi
Garrett  Gould
Brandon Guyer
Shaeffer  Hall
Reese Havens
Luis Heredia
Aaron  Hicks
Bryan Holaday
Bradley Holt
Brett Lawrie
Matt Lollis
Starling Marte
Ethan  Martin
Trey McNutt
Keyvius  Sampson
Jordan Swagerty
Dickie Joe Thon
Jacob Turner
Kendrick  Perkins
Enny Romero
Christopher Wallace
Brock Holt
Brandon Laird
Matt Moore
Dustin Ackley
Eric Hosmer