Topps Unveils Bryce Harper “Rookie Card”

Yesterday on Twitter, Topps posted a picture of the newly debuted Bryce Harper’s rookie card. Let’s take a look:

Oh wait. That was Bryce Harper’s first card from Topps…from last year. Let’s take a look at the new Bryce Harper “rookie” card.

Topps is ready to insert Bryce’s “rookie” into Topps Series II coming out in a couple weeks, and I’m sure several others including the Golden Giveaway and whatever else they have planned for the “phenom”.

Personally, Bryce’s rookie card is 2011 Bowman. I don’t care about the MLB rookie logo, it’s not the first licensed card of Bryce made by Topps as that was made last year and most collectors would agree. The only way this new rookie will be worth anywhere close to the Bowman rookies is if Topps decided to short print this rookie…which might just happen.

Update: Topps has confirmed that Bryce Harper’s Topps Series II rookie will indeed be short printed.

Bryce will also be featured with autographs in Bowman, Allen & Ginter, Tier One, Archives, and the rest of Topps products throughout the 2012 season.

2012 Topps Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Checklist

With a deep draft full of a ton of great future major league talent, Topps has pulled out all the stops to get a great Bowman Chrome autographed checklist in their products this season. Without further explanation, here’s the checklist:

Andrelton Simmons
Andrew Susac
Anthony Rendon
Austin Hedges
Brandon Drury
Brandon Jacobs
Bryan Brickhouse
Carlos Martinez
Charlie Tilson
Cheslor Cuthbert
Clay Holmes
Daniel Norris
Danny Hultzen
Dante Bichette Jr.
Dean Green
Dillon Howard
Dillon Maples
Drew Hutchison
Eddie Rosario
Eric Arce
Gerrit Cole
Greg Bird
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Jacob Anderson
Jeimer Candelario
Joc Pederson
Joe Ross
Josh Bell
Julio Rodriguez
Kes Carter
Matt Purke
Nick Delmonico
Nick Maronde
Oscar Taveras
Rookie Davis
Tommy Joseph
Tyler Collins
Xander Bogaerts

Not a bad list of prospects at all. It should be a great year for the Bowman brand with this talented group of prospects.

Er, sorry for the terrible scan. The only question I have is where is Yu Darvish on this list? Is he not considered a prospect or what?

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.

Preview: 2011 Topps Bowman Sterling Football

Topps is coming out with it’s next higher end football product this season with 2011 Bowman Sterling football. Well, maybe it has already come out as I have seen box breaks of the product but I have the release date as December 14th which is tomorrow. I thought I had time but we’re coming out with our preview anyway.

Every 5 card pack of Bowman Sterling comes with 2 rookie cards, 1 autographed card, and 2 relic cards. That is just per pack. There are 6 packs per box of this product so there are a ton of hits for you hit collectors out there. Every box will give you 12 rookie cards, 4 autograph cards, 2 autographed relic cards, 12 relic cards, and 1 dual relic box topper. I’m stoked that Topps has brought a box topper to this product as you may have read my post earlier this month wanting companies to bring those back out there.

Every autographed card comes in 6 refractor versions while the autographed relics come in 5 refractor versions. This product has both veterans and rookies so it looks like it would be my type of product and I’m picky about my products.

You will also be able to find dual, triple, quad, and 6 autographed rookies including the new pulsar refractor dual rookie autographed relics. Why Topps chose to create a new refractor is beyond me, but it looks pretty cool from the sell sheet photos.

This product appears to be out a bit earlier then I had on my schedule so check out your local store where you should be able to find this product for around $260.

Topps Announces Bowman Aflac Authentication – For Free!

From the recent Topps press release:

“The AFLAC High School All-American Autographed cards that were inserted into packs of the recently-released 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects did not get sequentially numbered.  The seven subjects included Archie Bradley, Dylan Bundy, Larry Greene, Travis Harrison, Francisco Lindor, Robert Stephenson and Blake Swihart.

To ensure the autographed card’s authenticity, Topps has teamed with PSA on a program that allows collectors to have their card certified and graded free of charge.

Collectors holding any of the seven different cards pulled from packs of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects should send their card and return information to the address below.  Each card’s autograph will be examined for authenticity  as well each card will be graded on PSA’s standard scale (1-10).  In addition, all graded cards will feature language on the descriptor tab that is exclusive to this program.

Only AFLAC cards pulled from packs of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks will be accepted.  The Topps/PSA program offer is good until July 1, 2012.

AFLAC Certification Program

c/o Topps

1 Whitehall Street

NY, NY 10004″

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Overall, I think this is a great thing done by Topps to ensure that these autographs are in no way forged or altered. So a big kudos out to them for the good deed. I didn’t pull one in my box of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, but they are pretty rare.