2012 Bowman Baseball Wrapper Redemption

Topps has just announced it’s wrapper redemption program for 2012 Bowman baseball and it includes some great goodies for those who get them out in time.

From the news wire:

“The first collectors to send in 24 hobby or 7 HTA wrappers will  receive a FREE 5-card pack of exclusive Blue Wave Refractor Parallel cards!  And that is not all!  Bonus autographed cards featuring hot prospects such as Josh Bell, Dante Bichette, Jr., Gerrit Cole, Matt Purke and many more have been randomly inserted into these packs making them even better!

There are only 10,000 of these exclusive packs so pick up 2012 Bowman Baseball on May 9th, rip it and send it right away to make sure you do not  miss out!  Once we receive wrappers for 10,000 packs we will no longer fulfill.

You can send your empty wrappers to:

Bowman Blue

P.O. Box 2008

Duryea, PA 18642

 

Preview: 2012 Upper Deck SP Signature Baseball

This will be the most confusing preview in SportsCardBlog.net’s short history.

Here’s what I got from Chris Carlin, Upper Deck Marketing guru:

“The biggest inquiry I’ve been getting this week however has been on 2012 SP Signature Baseball. It is a product we have been working on for months, but have kept under wraps until it was officially announced Monday. Our official statement on this product is, “We will not be releasing any information or images on the 2012 SP Signature Edition Baseball, but rather letting the product speak for itself when it releases on May 1.” I would highly recommend you check out YouTube box breaks and eBay postings on May 1 when this product hits so you can see first-hand the type of premium release this is. Other than that, I cannot share any additional details on the product.”

Andddddd, that the ballgame folks.

But after some additional research, I was able to dig up a little more information. Yes, I’m amazing.

Each box will contain 3 packs with 3 autographed cards per pack.

You will find 2 single signed autograph cards per pack with Retired Stars, Active Stars, Prospect Stars, Young Stars, and Enshrinement Stars.

Also, you may find 1 manufactured patch autograph per pack with several different dual, triple, quad, and even 5, 6, 7, or 8 autographs per card.

And I don’t have any pictures but this box.

And for $255 a box on May 1st, I would wait and do what Mr. Carlin says. Wait until you see the images on YouTube and eBay before you buy a box.

 

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 Panini Contenders Baseball

With Panini giving us a list of all the Panini Contenders SPs for their baseball product this season, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to post my review of that same product. 2011 Panini Contenders baseball is the first time Panini/Donruss has come out with a Contenders product line and it is full of what you’d expect…prospect autographs. Just like the other Contenders products, the product seems like it will be known for prospect autographs. With 6 autographs per box on average, you will hit a ton of these. So if you are into prospecting, this newest product from Panini may be the perfect product for you to rip open so you can collect those future star autographs.

But that all depends on my review, right? As I said, 6 autographs per box will come in this product along with some parallels and inserts of both major league talent and minor league prospects. There are a few MLB star autographs thrown in the product as well, so you may get lucky and pull a major league star. The bottom gallery shows what we pulled from our box…now for the review.

Design:

I actually really like the base designs in this product. The prospect cards have a wood grain border and look like baseball cards of old, with a modern twist. The Draft Tickets and the Season Tickets cards also look really good and I like the lighting effects on the cards with the baseball lights kinda showing in the back of the card. Not to mention, the parallel versions of these cards with the shiny and sparkly background look really cool and are on a thicker card stock. I’m not psyched about the inserts though as like some other products, I just don’t think the space is utilized the best. I’ve always thought this about Panini/Donruss products over the years, but for some reason it stands out a little more in this product. Overall though, solid.

Checklist:

My issue with the checklist lies with one thing, I don’t know who half these players are. I mean, I’m not a prospector. This is just not geared towards the really casual collector. The casual collector would want pretty much all major league talent. This provides some major league talent, more than say Elite Extra Edition, but I would like to see more. I know the MLBPA license is new and you want to start using it and it’s hard getting all those pictures done the first year, so you should be given a little pass. Otherwise, this product is almost just like Elite Extra Edition but with a few more MLB players. Please don’t create something like Bowman, Bowman Draft, Bowman Chrome, Bowman Sterling, Bowman Black, Bowman’s Best, Bowman’s Bowman, etc.

Value:

This product is $50 more than Elite Extra Edition and you’re getting just about the same number of autographs. The only difference between the autographs in this product is that you might hit a veteran if you’re lucky and the autograph print runs are lower. Is it worth the extra $50? Well you can compare this review to Elite Extra Edition and see for yourself. The autographs with their SPs will hold more value over time and the addition of MLB autographs is nice for those lucky to pull them. I think the value is kinda there, it just depends if you are into trying to collect prospect autographs. I think if maybe they add some lower parallels to each prospect and/or their autograph, it will add some good value. I’d even go as far as taking the suggestion of having some rookies only having a rookie and no autograph or vice versa, like Bowman Chrome used to do. I’d use that successful formula if you are looking to compete.

Overall:

Overall, this is a great first step for Panini with their first Contenders product. The design is very good, but the inserts could use a little work filling up the space, especially since we all know that the duals and inserts won’t be having game used relics in them. You can do a lot more knowing that, and I didn’t see that. The checklist could be improved to be more like the other sports versions of Contenders, however with this being the first year for their MLBPA license, I can kinda give them a pass because of the way they are choosing to do photography for their cards. If you are looking for value, it’s there if you are a prospector. Casual collectors may have trouble wanting to put down $120+ for a product with players they don’t really know. They’ll like the 6 autographs per box though, so that’s a plus.

As always, thanks to Panini for providing this box for review. I will be using some cards from this break for the Blogoversary, so check that out in April. Until then, why don’t you join this contest?

Check out the cards we pulled!

Preview: 2011-12 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hockey

Coming in for it’s 8th year on February 23, 2012, this product from ITG is back to bring you the hockey heroes of present and the past, and hockey prospects that you can not find on any cards currently. It’s a good mix of players that delivers value in first licensed cards of some players and autographs and memorabilia of hockey legends.

This year, you can find a great list of autographs including Henri Richard, Tony Amonte, Red Kelly, and the newly signed Gordie Howe. You will also find current NHL stars autographs like Carey Price, Ryan Getzlaf, Claude Giroux, and Dion Phaneuf. And of course you will find your prospects too. Click here for the full 2011-12 Heroes & Prospects checklist.

As always, you have a nice group of authentic game used materials as well, with amazing patch cards that ITG always does so well in their products. Also this year, features a tribute subset featuring the players whom have died too early: Derek Boogaard, Wade Belak, Rick Rypien, and Luc Bourdon.

So at 18 packs per box and 9 cards per pack and 2 autographs and 2 game used memorabilia cards per box, it’s a solid offering at $78.