Sunday, August 23, 2015

2015 Bowman Football Box Break Recap and Review

If you collect Bowman you are an early adopter, someone who needs the first of anything. That is mostly what this product has going for it. A prospectors’ set and designed for rainbow collectors and first card seekers, 2015 Bowman Football has a built in, very defined audience. One that doesn't care about rookies without team uniforms or even jersey numbers, mammal design element but consistently delivers what it is expected.  

For some the better option is to wait for Topps flagship football product, avoiding the role of the dice on players, some of whom don’t even make it past the draft. But at 4 autos a box, there is enough to compensate.

2015 Bowman Football falls under our classification of trading cards. There are several configurations of retail and hobby exclusive packaging.  We opened a hobby box of 10 jumbo packs with 25 cards per pack with the promise of four autographs and one relic card.

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

 Odell Beckham Jr., front and back
 Leonard Williams, front and back

Color Parallels 

Jeemy Maclin, Hauoli Kikaha

 Black Foil
 Marshawn Lynch, Austin Hill

Silver Ice
 Garrett Grayson, Shane Vereen

Blue #/499
Cedric Ogbuehi

Blue Foil #/499
 Benardrick McKinney, Nick Montana

Gold Foil #/399 
Garrett Grayson

 Orange #/299
Maxx Williams

Orange Foil #/299
 David Cobb

Red Foil #/199
 DeVante Parker

Green #/99
 Brett Hundley

Veteran Gold #/99
 A J Green, DeMarco Murray

 Die Cut
J.J. Watt, Derek Carr
A J Green blue #/99


1948 Bowman Minis
 Bryce Petty, front and back
 Josh Robinson, Ty Montgomery, Jeff Heuerman
 Michael Dyer, Levi Norwood, Deontay Greenberry, 
 Marcus Murphy, Bo Wallace, Breshad Perriman

 The Hits

 Jeremy Hill relic

Chrome Refractor On-Card Autographs
 Ameer Aboullah, Austin Hill, Hauoli Kikaha
 T.J. Yeldon blue #/99

Overall Look
Need we say anything more than this looks like Bowman, solid, dependable, expected would be the positive things to say about it. Works for some, not for others.

Quality and Variety of Players
The checklist is quite extensive, but largely Rookie class dependent.

Do the hits hold up?
The majority of hits here are the NFL Premiere rookies but there are plenty of free agent players, some who make it and some who don’t. The inherent risk with Bowman. I will add my two cents to the conversation on player autographs on cards with no uniform or jersey numbers.  These are produced far in advance of even the draft, so some people prefer the use of stickers if they can get pictures of the players with their team uniform. My preference is on-card even if it is just a head shot so I’m good with no team logo or uniform.

Will you want to collect them all?
It seem more likely people will want the Rainbows simply for rarity and a roll of the dice on the earliest player autograph cards. Not much inspiration to build a set here.

4 out of 5

2015 Bowman Football hits its target audience, for set building and nicer pictures, a little patience might provide a better release to seek.

Review box provided by Topps.

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