Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball Box Break Recap And Review

If you’ve collected any 2012 Bowman Baseball cards, passing on a box of 2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball would be silly.  And for those of you that have not picked up any Bowman, This is a great way to get in on good prospecting.  There are still quite a few notable names to collect here, but the gems could be names that will reveal themselves a few years down the road.

We classify Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects as trading cards.  Each hobby-exclusive box contains 24 - 7 cards per packs with a promise of 1 autographed card in every box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

 Base Set
 Bryce Harper, front and back
 Addison Reed, Wily Peralta, Yoenis Cespedes
Yasmani Grandal, Hisashi Iwakuma, Tyler Thornburg 

 Bowman Chrome
 Yu Darvish, front and back
 Trevor Bauer, Will Middlebrooks, Matt Moore
 Alex Liddi, Jake Lamb, Drew Pomeranz

 1st Bowman Card
 Kevin Gausman, Erick Gonzalez, D.J. Davis
Alex Yarbrough, Austin Dean, Steven Golden 

 Bowman Top Picks
Derek Jeter & Albert Almora, Evan Longoria & Mike Zunino  
 Andrew McCutchen & George Springer, Dylan Bundy & Kevin Gausman

Bowman Prospect Challenge Code Cards
 Code Card, front and back

Bowman Chrome Refractors
 Adam Giacalone, Steve Bean, Jesse Winker
 Johendi Jiminian, Dylan Cozens, Luke Bard

 Color Border Base Parallels
 Jordan Pacheco Blue Border #/500, Clayton Henning Blue Border #/500 
 Gavin Cecchini Gold Border #/250, Stephen Pryor Gold Border #/250

 Color Border Bowman Chrome Parallels
Tyler Pastornicky Blue Border Chrome #/250

Bowman Ice Parallels
 Chris Archer Bowman Ice

The Hit
Deven Marrero Bowman Chrome Auto Refractor

Overall Look
If you like Bowman Baseball, you’ll like this.  Design changes from last year include white borders instead of black, a change that makes these card much more appealing.  Chrome parallels are always desirable in the Bowman line.  Color border and refractor parallels are well done here.  Autograph design is a standout.

Quality and Variety of Players
Gone from last year are the USA team cards but it is not missed. There is plenty here to keep you interested.

Do the hits hold up?
Autos in a variety of parallels and relics from the Futures game are really nice here.

Will you want to collect them all?
Bowman aficionados will want everything.  While others may just seek key players on the secondary market, picking up a box or two is an easy purchase.

 4 1/2 out of 5

2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball is an easy purchase with large upside potential.

Review box provided by Topps

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