Sunday, January 19, 2014

2013 Bowman Sterling Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

There is something refreshing about 2013 Bowman Sterling Baseball.  Perhaps it’s the straightforward design, a player and his autograph.  Or maybe it’s knowing exactly what you are getting with each box, consistency within prospect collecting.  Either way, at 18 autographs a hobby box, it’s a solid, reliable product for hit seeking Bowman collectors.

Bowman Sterling Baseball comes in at the high end of our premium cards category.  Each hobby box contains 6 packs with 4 cards per pack.  Each pack contains 3 Autograph Cards.

Here are all of the cards we pulled.

Base Set
 Max Fried, front and back
Jackie Bradley Jr, Trey Ball 

 Michael Kickham Refractor #199, Bubba Starling Gold Refractor #/50

 Ian Clarkin and Dominic Smith The Duel

The Hits - Autographs
Corey Knebel, Yordano Ventura, Andrew Church 
Andrew Thurman, Tyler Danish, Michael Lorenzen  
 Nick Ciuffo, Chris Anderson, Phil Ervin
Patrick Kivlehan Ruby Refractor #/99, Reese McGuire Blue Refractor #/25 
Andrew Knapp, Gregory Polanco, J.P. Crawford
Evan Gattis, Julio Urias 
 Miguel Sano Refractor #/150, Clint Frazier

Overall Look
This is solid design, striped down to player and auto.  Not a lot of variation besides color parallels and refractors, but that works well for this hit packed release.

Quality and Variety of Players
This is a tight base set at 50 rookie and 50 prospect cards, which is a good thing.  The Autograph checklist is just s good.

Do the Hits satisfy?
The massive amount of hits found per pack is the equivalent, and in some cases more than you will find in most other boxes.  The fact that the vast majority of autos are on card and there are 18 autos per box makes this the premiere prospecting product.  Box Topper Autos are tough pulls but finding one of them or one of the autographed Bowman Sapphire Autos, or Rookie Reprint Autos will definitely satisfy collectors.

Will you keep coming back for more?
This is a “High Risk, High Reward” product but the risk is greatly decreased by the caliber of prospects/rookies and the volume of autographs contained in a full hobby box.  This is definitely a multiple box purchase if you can swing it.

5 out of 5

2013 Bowman Sterling Baseball is perfect for pulling hits of current rising stars.

Review box provided by Topps


  1. Nice pulls! I am very interested in the Urias and Anderson if they were available in a trade.

  2. I didn't realize there were that many autographs per box! I really like that Clint Frazier!