Sterling is the top of the Bowman line, providing the biggest “High Risk, High Reward” offering. For 2013 Bowman Sterling Football the single most important element that can spread that risk would be a strong rookie class. While is was obvious this year would not come close to the past 2 years, there is still some emerging talent, but this does become a prospectors year. The one large drawback is the lack of editing of the checklist. For a high end, hit dependent product like this with a release date in November to include hits from a player like Ryan Swope, who unfortunately retired from the NFL back in July, just 2 months after he was drafted, is unacceptable. While I understand production timetables make it difficult to change directions midstream, but at premium prices the task of editing these kinds of situations from the release should happen. Otherwise this is a solid set of cards and if the pitfalls can be avoided, collectors should be happy with their hits.
Bowman Sterling Football comes in at the high end of our premium cards category because of the number of hits in each box. Each hobby box contains 6- 5 card pack. Each box should yield a box topper bonus Rookie Patch card, 2 Auto Relics, 4 Autographs and 6 Jumbo Relic Cards.
Here are some of the cards we pulled.