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?

Review: 2011 Topps Chrome Football

Well, I broke down and decided to try my luck with some 2011 Topps Chrome football. I saw all the great things that a ton of people had to say about the product and I decided that I wanted to try and review it myself. So I ordered a box with some money I put together and have a review for you guys. I picked this up for about $100 bucks so let’s see what we got.

Base:

Parallels:

Inserts:

Autograph:

Design:

I really can’t say enough about the design. Again, Topps has put out a product that looks really great. They have done that alot with this year’s products which is a good thing. The things Topps needs to work on, in general, is content. But that’s besides the point. This product looks fantastic. Very clean design, nice borders, nice photos, and the refractors look really good. I love the look of the sepia tone refractors myself. The inserts are solid and I enjoy the Bowman Chrome design as well. Oh yeah, everyone knows I love die-cuts so the atomic refractors are great too. Nice and sparkly as well! Pretty. Not that I’m taking points off this, but I opened this up last night and I swear I can still smell the Chrome finish on my hands…ew. Can’t we get strawberry scented Chrome finish?

Checklist:

The checklist is solid. There are a ton of nice autographs to be had in either regular or paralleled form. But the thing for me is that they are rookie autographs. I would like to see at least a better possibility of pulling a bonus autograph and having it be a nice veteran autograph. Why can’t we see a few other autographs thrown in there? I mean, it’s already up to over $100 a box…I know the rookie class is good but that changes the decision on whether buying this is a good idea or not.

Value:

That leads us here to value. The prices has rocketed up on this product, but for good reason. The rookie class is doing great this year and people want to find rare cards of these rookies. This is a great product to find it, but it suffers from the same problem we find in baseball. So many parallels. These parallels effect the value in a negative light, especially if you start pulling parallels of rookies no one cares about or ride the pine. A nice cut down on the number of parallels would be nice and I go back to wanting a chance at a veteran autograph as well. The rookie patch autographs are nice and rare, but again, I don’t want a product where the only hits are rookies when there are veteran base and parallels as well. Oh, don’t get rid of the superfractor though, they are beautiful and are worth a pretty penny.

Overall:

Overall though, I had a ton of fun opening this product. It just leaves a little tiny bit to be desired in the checklist and value portions. Otherwise, this is a great product which I can see being the rookie card everyone wants to get every season like Bowman Chrome is to baseball. The cards look sharp in all their parallel forms, but maybe try and get a few more on-card signatures. If Panini can do it, anyone can. I would like to see a little more work put in the value, but there already is some great value if you pull the right players and they seem to hold value pretty well. I’m going to harp on this again though, I would like to see some veteran hits. Good work Topps.

The video will be here when I get a chance to upload it.

Still looking for my first Cam Newton card of the year…

 

Preview: 2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball

The rookie favorite in baseball is coming out in a few days bringing back the chromey and on-card goodness that Topps always delivers with this product. Prospectors and collectors rejoice every year when Bowman Chrome comes out by buying cases of this product in hopes to pull some of the most coveted rookie autographs of the season.

This year, each box should supply one on-card prospect autograph from a great checklist of possible autographs. You can find your standard chrome autographs or a chrome autograph refractor with a multitude of different parallels. Red, gold, orange, blue, regular, or superfractor! The lower numbered the parallel, the more it will be wanted by other collectors and prospectors out there.

This year, Bowman will be including several different inserts to kind of break up the monotony a little bit. You will find 1 Bowman’s Best Prospects card per box, 2 Bowman Chrome Throwbacks, and 2 Bowman Chrome Futures inserts. All of these you can find in different refractor versions as well.

As always, there are several veteran and prospect base cards as well with different refractor versions coming in about 2 per box as well.

And as an additional hit, you may find a Team USA autographed card as well in your box which is a nice little addition for Bowman Chrome. Some of these “pre-rookie” autographs come in handy in the future if the player makes a name for themselves.

At 18 packs per box and a little under $70 for a box, Bowman Chrome always provides solid value, especially if you hit a nice rookie auto.

Preview: 2011 Topps Chrome Baseball

Every year collectors transition from Topps flagship to Topps Chrome. Basically, it’s the same product but with the famous Topps Chrome technology. With Chrome technology you get the shininess of the cards plus all the different refractors and this is no different than in the past.

Every box will feature two on-card rookie autographs. There are 20 different rookies and you can find these in up to 6 different refractor versions plus a printing plate version. You may also find more of the Topps 60th Anniversary autographed cards featuring 3 different players and an inscription, usually congratulating Topps on their 60th birthday.

Other than the autographs you can find a 220 card base set with 170 top veterans you found in Topps Series I and II as well as 50 rookies. You can find these in 7 different paralleled refractors as well as the printing plates.

The inserts this time around, which Topps has been lacking on in the past are Chrome Heritage cards based on the 1962 design and Vintage Chrome based off the 1996 design (I wasn’t aware 1996 was vintage, but I still liked that design).

Also, only found in hobby boxes, are black bordered parallels in which some of them have autographs of the 20 rookies, giving you more chances to pull rookie autographs. And lastly, there will be randomly inserted redemptions for autographs from the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. These can also be found in 6 parallels and printing plates.

After all of this, personally I would wait for Topps Finest baseball.

You can find this product in stores on September 7, 2011, for a price around $65.

Preview: 2011 Topps Chrome Football

2011 Topps Chrome football looks to be the best Topps Chrome product to come out in years in any sport. With newly minted inserts, solid on-card rookie autographs, and sleek design, this Topps Chrome should set the mark for future Topps products in the future. There will be some sticker autograph in this product though, but I’m sure it is impossible to get everyone on card.

As collectors, we love hard-signed content and Topps has been doing their best to get as much on-card goodness as they can and they have been doing a great job listening to the collectors. On-card Cam Newton, AJ Green, Mark Ingram…the list for the season goes on and Topps has it all in that regard. Then add in all of Topps’ famous refractors and it’s a rookie autograph party. Included this year is a new red and crystal atomic refractor for these autograph. Nothing brings nostalgia like an atomic refractor in your pack of cards.

But where Topps Chrome really shines this year is their insert sets. I admit, I love inserts. Nothing breaks up the monotony of pulling base after base then solid insert cards. Personally, I wish I could have one every pack. This year Topps breaks up that monotony in a number of ways. The best part is that there is an autographed version to every insert subset. A limited edition Bowman Chrome will be inserted along with a Rookie Recognition set. But my favorite is the different die-cut inserts you can pull. Superlative Rookies and Finest Freshman are both very nice looking cards and die-cut into nice shapes. Maybe I’m a little old-school with my inserts, but there is nothing wrong with that.

The only problem I see with this product is that I don’t see any information on veteran autographs. I know Topps Chrome is known for their rookie autographs and it’s a great rookie product but I like pulling veterans too. It would add a little bit of value to a very hit or miss product. You either hit a top rookie or you don’t. That’s really what it comes down to in the end. I’d just like to see a little more autographed content.

More information to come soon on release and price, but for now we’ll assume it’s around the same price and time as last year.

For now I leave you with some die-cut goodness.