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Revisiting 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on October 21, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

The year was 2003. A young, rising star named Dontrelle Willis was becoming one of the game’s brightest, charming stars. With a pitching style so funky and a smile that could light up any room, Willis was taking the sport and hobby by storm. His best rookie resided in the first pack-issued Bowman Draft set released the Fall before.

The set had a different feel than renditions released in years past. It was a Bowman product, but in each pack were a pair of Chrome cards that comprised a separate set. And within that set were a dozen or so Chrome cards that were autographed.

In the eight years since the sets release, Willis’ career has tanked, and the autographs featured in the set have yielded almost nothing noteworthy. Joe Saunders is probably the best, followed by a pair of guys who never really succeeded, Royce Ring and Khalil Greene.

But it is what resides within the basic Chrome set that is remarkable. In addition to the Willis — which now is relatively worthless — collectors can find notable rookies of 2009 American League Cy Young Award Winner Zack Greinke, 2010 National League Cy Young contender Josh Johnson, 2010 National League Most Valuable Player candidate Joey Votto and 2008 World Series Most Valuable Player Cole Hamels.

Also in this set are true rookies of the following solid Major Leaguers: Matt Cain, Corey Hart, Shin Soo Choo, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher,  Denard Span, Jeff Francoeur, Jhonny Peralta, Jonathan Broxton, James Loney, Joe Blanton, BJ Upton, Jorge De La Rosa, Fred Lewis and Delwyn Young.

That’s a hell of a checklist for a 175 card set.

I recently purchased a set on eBay for a relatively low price of $51. I missed one a week earlier at $38. The set price is pretty affordable considering that the Joey Votto rookies have been selling consistently from $20-$30 in the last month and a half, and other key singles have sold in the $5-$15 range in the past.

I’ve broken down the set and removed the true rookie cards for my collection. But before I put them away, I’ve scanned them all and uploaded them to Photobucket. Check out the 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft rookie card album HERE.

Card of the Day: 2007 Bowman Draft Picks Jay Bruce Printing Plate Magenta

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

bruceplatemagentaThis week I fight a serious urge. I never really considered myself a prospector, although I do fancy myself a baseball card collector who likes to be “in the know” (read: own rookies/first cards of everyone). So with the release of 2008 Bowman (Chrome) Draft Picks and Prospects this week, I fight the urge to buy a box or two.

When I got back into collecting in 2006, after a on-and-off couple of years during college, it was because of a random blaster I purchased at Wal-Mart. In that stray blaster, I pulled this. I had no idea who Travis Snider was, but I learned minutes later via eBay that he was a top prospect and the card I pulled could have instantly paid for my box, and three others. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractors Travis Snider

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been a card collector for more than 20 years — since I was seven years old — but have gone through points in my life when cards were placed on the back burner. When I was in college, I bought stuff here and there, mainly retail products, but really did not have time to go to the shops. Anyhow, if you look at my inventory, there seems to be a pretty sizable gap between 2002 through 2005. That’s because in 2006, there was one card that brought me back to the hobby: 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractor Travis Snider. In late 2006, while shopping for white T-shirts at my local I decided to try my hand at a blaster of 2006 Bowman Draft. In that box I unearthed a shiny blue gem of a youngster named Travis Snider. It was not until later that day did I realize that I had pulled one of the best cards in the set, and one of the most desirable ones of the Blue Jays prospect. This card has been graded 8.5 by Beckett, which kills me. The front is absolutely stunning. Sharp corners, crisp edges, smooth surface and spot-on centering. BUT the back is where I get dinged the centering is 80/20 right to left, which was a problem with the 2006 product. Oh well, more the reason to keep this bad boy in the collection. It’ll forever serve as one of the most memorable cards in my collection, even if Snider does not pan out. Continue reading

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