Thursday, May 23, 2013

2013 Bowman Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

Bowman Baseball is consistent and familiar.  Very little changes from year to year.  For 2013 Bowman Baseball, Dylan Bundy and Byron Buxton take center stage. If Bowman has been a part of your collection in the past, you will want to get in on this year’s set too.  If you are new to Bowman, you will find this a nice set to put together.

Bowman Baseball falls under our classification of trading cards. 2013 Bowman Baseball can be found in a variety of retail and hobby configurations.  This review is based on a hobby box that contains 24 – 10 card packs and features one autographed Bowman Chrome in every box.

Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled.

Base Set
Yu Darvish, front and back
Jake Peavy, Hisashi Iwakuma, Shelby Miller
Ian Kinsler, Manny Machado, Alex Gordon
Brandon Belt, Jose Reyes, Adam Jones
Shin-Soo Choo, Buster Posey, Jose Bautista
Ryan Howard, Jurickson Profar, Stephen Strasburg
Clayton Kershaw, Josh Hamilton, James Shields
Carlos Gonzalez, Joe Mauer, Justin Pedroia

Bowman Prospect Challenge

Carlos Correa, front and back
Byron Buxton, Michael Taylor, Michael Reed


Derek Jeter, Andrew McCutchen, David Ortiz
Madison Bumgarner, Mariano Rivera, Freddie Freeman
David Freese, Anthony Rizzo, Trevor Bauer

Bowman Chrome
Tyler Gonzalez, Christian Bethancourt, Jonathan Griffin
Jayson Aquino, Lucas Giolito, Gregory Polanco
Ronald Guzman, Jose Cisnero, Shane Broyles

First Card Bowman Reprints
Joey Votto, front and back

Bowman Top 100
Archie Bradley, Jonathan Singleton

Silver Ice
Delmon Young, Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado

Ryan Zimmerman

Mike Moustakas

Ronald Guzman, Vance Worley, Jin-De Jhang
Craig Kimbrel, Clayton Blackburn, Miguel Cabrera

Mini Cream of the Crop
Jonathan Singleton, front and back
Size Comparison, Daniel Corcino
Michael Fulmer, Bryce Brentz, Alex Meyer

The Hit
Jorge Bonifacio Chrome On Card Autograph

Overall Look
Bowman has always had a straightforward design. Not much has change this year. Chrome cards are sharp and inserts are where most of the design elements come into play. The Ice cards, silver and red, are standouts. There are fewer inserts this year and a wider variety of hits which all look great.

Quality and Variety of Players.
The best of the MLB and a variety of primed prospects and young hopefuls make for a good mix.

Do the hits hold up?
In additional to rainbow hunting, the variety of different hits makes this year’s Bowman standout.  Futures Game relics, Aflac autos, Black Ice and Blue Sapphire autos are all very desirable.

Will you want to collect them all?
This is a nice sized set to build with the option of expansion into the different colors.


4 1/2 out of 5

2013 Bowman Baseball delivers again, this time with a wider variety of hits to pull.  It is a consistent favorite of card collectors.

Review box provided by Topps

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