Preview: 2013 Bowman Baseball

Topps is back with one of the most anticipated releases every season, 2013 Bowman Baseball.

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The thing I think is really cool about Bowman are the Black Collection autographs. These cards will be signed in silver and the cards are numbered to 25. Trust me on this, these cards look beautiful in person!

Of course with Bowman, collectors are always after the Bowman Chrome autographs. These feature some of the best prospects in the game as well as possible sleeper prospects in the future.

An interesting new set added this year are the Dual Franchise Refractor Autographs. These cards feature the top 2 propsects in an organization and are numbered to 25 or less! Also be on the lookout for Future Game Relics, these cards are from the 2012 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, and are numbered to 25.

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Each box contains 24 packs with 10 cards. In each box, it will contain 1 autograph card per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $70 when it releases on May 8, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

December 2012 Sports Card Releases

December is that holiday season and of course you are wanting to know what is coming out. Santa or Hanukkah or whatever you celebrate this time of year only happens once, and you want sports cards. Well here are the newest releases coming out this month…

Baseball

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball – December 19, 2012 – $280 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Golden Age Baseball – December 19, 2012 – $72 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

Basketball

2012/13 Panini Limited Basketball – December 14, 2012 – $100 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012/13 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Basketball – December 19, 2012 – $160 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

Football

2012 Bowman Sterling Football – December 28, 2012 – $280 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Football – December 12, 2012 – $155 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Black Football – December 19, 2012 – $200 at DACW – 9/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Topps Strata Football – December 21, 2012 – $77 at DACW – 9.5/10

Topps Strata football is a new Topps product featuring acetate cards with built in patches and autographs. It also has a full base set but everyone will be looking at these cards to fit into their collections.

2012 Panini Crown Royale Football – December 21, 2012 – $100 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Limited Football – December 26, 2012 – $100 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

Hockey

2012/13 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey – December 11, 2012 – $86 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012/13 In The Game History of Hockey – December 20, 2012 – $223 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

 

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.

BOWMAN IS OFFERING COLLECTORS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME.  BECOME THE BOWMAN SCOUT AND HELP US UNCOVER “WHO’S NEXT?”

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.

 

Preview: 2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball

Please join me in the Bowman prayer:

Our Topps,
Who art in NYC,
Baseball be thy name,
Thy prospects come,
Thy will be chrome,
In our box as it is in production.
Give us this day,
Our daily pack,
And forgive our anger,
As we forgive our busts.
And lead us not into scrubs,
But deliver us the superfractors.
And thy is the blue, red, and gold refractors forever,
Amen.

October 17th, 2012, is the day of the prospectors sabbath. It also happens to fall on my birthday. It’s the day that 2012 Bowman Chrome baseball is set to release, showcasing some of the best up and coming talent in the game. One of the most collectible sets for rookies of all time, it’s back with everything prospectors need to either make or break their banks.

Each box contains 18 packs per box with 4 cards per pack. You will also find 1 autograph per box with every third box containing an extra autograph. You will no longer find USA baseball autographs this year, but Topps has added a couple of cool additions.

My favorite addition is the Legends in the Making die-cut autographs, featuring some of the best young talent in the game with a sweet die-cut design and autograph. While the full checklist isn’t out, it’s rumored you may find Albert Pujols, Felix Hernandez, Yoenis Cespedes, and Buster Posey amongst others. I love the addition of some solid veteran autographs in a product, and while limited, I like the idea here.

You’ll also be able to find the return of Bowman Black autographs from other products and Future Game patches and patch autographs. Again, while limited, I really love these additions compared to the typical cards you get in the box.

Your typical box is again lots of colorful refractors and an autograph or two. The refractors really haven’t changed all that much, so you know what you are getting into with those. Each parallel is numbered lower than the next one going from standard refractors all the way down to superfractors. That formula hasn’t, and will probably never, change.

So get ready to take a day off from work and open your case or boxes of this product. I already have the day off since I do turn 27 years old, so hopefully I’ll be able to find a box somewhere to open at a price around $67.

You can find out more information about 2012 Bowman Chrome on Cardboard Connection.

And don’t forget, you can get Blue Wave refractors through wrapper redemption once again this year.

Preview: 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball

The next Bowman product of the 2012 season will be released soon in 2012 Bowman Platinum baseball. With some of the issues kinked out and a better looking lineup of potential hits than the past, the third year of Platinum looks to be the best year of Platinum seen this far.

Every box of Bowman Platinum features 20 packs and 5 cards per pack. With autographs from some of the hottest prospects in the game, it’s one of the products that prospectors like to crack open to try and find that diamond in the rough in prospects.

Each box will contain 2 autographed refractors as well as one autographed relic card. Including these, you may also find redemptions for full game worn items from the Arizona Fall League. That’s right, full sized items. Not cut up and put into cards. Topps has done a great job with acquiring these items across all sports recently, and this is just another great addition to their products.

With parallels galore and tons of autographed content, you may ask…what else can I chase after? The new Purely Platinum autographs contains 1/1 autographs of metal cards with a gold autograph on them. Whether they are platinum or not, we don’t know, but it’s a cool addition to the product.

Get your prospecting and rookie fix on with 2012 Bowman Platinum baseball, releasing July 25, 2012.

Check out the 2012 Bowman Platinum checklist to see the players you can pull from the product.