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.

 

NFL Week 5 SCB Rookie of the Week

Every week we have been recapping the best rookie performances of the week and showcasing some sweet trading cards you can find on the market of that player. Except for last week, who would of thought a kicker would have been the best rookie of the week? Only the “Legatron”.

This week, no kickers or punters. We had two performances in the NFL that stood out above the rest from first year players. Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins ran all over the field in his game. But that just wasn’t enough to beat the man who passed and drove his team to victory in the final minutes of the game.

Andrew Luck is our Week 5 NFL Rookie of the Week. The first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 in a real shootout towards the end. With his team down by 5 with under a minute to go, he was able to drive his team down for a score to win the game. 362 yards and 2 TDs against the Packers is no easy feat, and the victory sealed a signature moment in Luck’s young career.

With no Darelle Revis on the Jets, can Luck duplicate that performance this week?

His rookie cards took a turn up for the first time in awhile, but with already high prices, he needs more performances like that to take it to another level.

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.

October 2012 Sports Card Releases

It’s October. The end of baseball season. The start of basketball and, well maybe, hockey. Football rages on as well as the products. And me as well, as my birthday falls in October and is one of the favorite days of the year for baseball collectors…can you guess which day? Anyway, products will be updated as I write the previews, so previews are coming soon.

BASEBALL:

2012 Topps Update Baseball – October 3, 2012 – $60 – 6/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball – October 17, 2012 – $68 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball – October 24, 2012 – $90 – 8/10

Panini’s ventures into baseball return with Cooperstown baseball, a product based around Hall of Famers and those with special displays in the Hall. Featuring some sweet autographs from legends in the Baseball Hall, you’re bound to find something you like if you’re a historian of the game.

BASKETBALL:

2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball – October 16, 2012 – $870 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012-13 Panini Threads Basketball – October 24, 2012 – $96 – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

FOOTBALL:

2012 Upper Deck University of Alabama Football – October 2, 2012 – $45 – 6/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Certified Football – October 17, 2012 – $100 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Gridiron Football – October 24, 2012 – $110 – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

HOCKEY:

2012-13 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey – October 2, 2012 – $96 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals Hockey – October 13, 2012 – $100 – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

SPECIAL:

Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Season 3 and 4 Trading Cards – October 26, 2012 – $75 – 10/10

Bazinga.

Preview: 2012 Topps Prime Football

Are you looking for rookie hits? Then 2012 Topps Prime Football should be right between your hashes. If you are looking for veteran stuff, well this product would be a miss wide left. 2012 Topps Prime football is out, today actually, and with it you can find a ton of rookie content to savor that itch.

2012 Topps Prime football features one autograph relic card, one autograph card, and two relic cards per box. Each box contains 10 packs per box with 6 cards per pack, so just about every other pack will have a hit for you hit collectors out there.

The autograph relic cards seem to be the real draw with pieces of memorabilia like jerseys, patches, pieces of footballs, gloves, and wristbands. Topps really has gone all out in this product to get you all sorts of memorabilia pieces to add to your card collection. These are pretty unique pieces that you don’t see in many products, so it will definitely be a card you will need to have for your favorite rookie collection. The regular relic cards will contain some of these pieces as well.

As with pretty much all Topps products, you will find a large number of parallels as well. From the base cards numbered to 350, all the way down to 1/1. Again, we don’t know what the base parallel is numbered to for the hits, so it makes you wonder, and hope, it’s not some ridiculously large number like Topps Platinum of Finest had. The parallels aren’t so bad, but when you are reaching like 1800+ for base patch autos, things need to be re-evaluated.

Otherwise, with the unique memorabilia pieces and the strong rookie class of autographs, it looks to be a product that would be a lot of fun to open. It debuts today, September 28, 2012, and retails about $100 a box.

Find out more about this product, including the checklist, on the Cardboard Connection product information page.