What I pulled--
1992 Bowman Flashbacks – Rick Porcello, Pablo Sandoval, Joe Mauer, Jake Peavy, Justin Verlander, Grady Sizemore, Brian
McCann, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Mark Reynolds, Derek Jeter, A.J. Burnett, Chone Figgins
Topps 100 – Jose Iglesias, Donavan Tate, Nolan Arenado, Matt Dominguez, Anthony Gose, Thomas Neal, Scott Sizemore,
Lars Anderson, Koby Clemens, Brandon Allen, Carlos Santana, Jenrry Mejia
Bowman Expectations – Johnny Cueto/Jenrry Mejia, Carlos Zambrano/Andrew Cashner, Matt Cain/Zack Wheeler, Elvis
Andrus/Jiovanni Mier, Matt Kemp/Jared Mitchell, Brian McCann/Tony Sanchez, Will Venable/Donavan Tate, Tim
Blue Parallel – Mike Leake (#181/520)
Orange Parallel – Troy Tulowitzki (#148/250)
Refractor – Randall Delgado (#241/777)
Blue Refractor – Manny Machado (#67/250)
Blue Refractor Autograph – Martin Perez (#128/150)
The release of Bowman Baseball is an annual rite of Spring, one that Topps has down pat. However, this
time around, the sole manufacturer of licensed baseball cards has upped the ante.
Who said a lack of competition would make Topps complacent? This year’s version of Bowman is
anything but run of the mill. Maybe it is the inclusion of Team USA cards. Maybe it is the debut of inserts
into the product. Maybe it is the usual plethora of colored and numbered parallels. Maybe it is the
cardboard debut of phenom prospect Stephen Strasburg, whose arrival in the hobby is so big, he is
featured on the packaging. Whatever the case may be, breaking 2010 Bowman was a lot more fun than in
the past…and it was always a fun break.
The pack breakdown is, as usual, very simple. Three or four black bordered base cards, one or two
Chrome base cards, one gold bordered base card, one insert card and a pair of white bordered Prospect cards are standard
in each pack. The tenth card in some packs is where you will find your parallel or Refractor. The inserts are solid and
appropriate for the product, with great looking cards designed after the landmark 1992 set, Topps 100 cards featuring the
biggest prospects in the sport and Bowman Expectations dual player cards, with a current star on the front and a comparable
prospect on the back (including the dream pairing of Strasburg with Tim Lincecum).
Of course, Bowman collectors will tell you the star of the product is the colored parallels, especially the Chrome ones.
Prospectors buy this product religiously, with many hoping to complete the “rainbow” of a specific player. On top of all this, the
autographs are on card, rather than stickers, making autograph collectors very, very happy.
The bottom line is that 2010 Bowman is going to be a huge seller. With Stephen Strasburg making his first card appearance,
this is a product that has been anxiously anticipated. The price point is affordable for all, but I suggest you get it sooner rather
than later, because if you wait too long, you very well might miss out on it..........