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One of the things I absolutely love about thrifting is that you really never know what you’re going to find.
Take this little baggie of cards for instance:
At first glace, I could see a cool 1993 Stadium Club Detroit Lions Super Team insert card on top and a handful of Pokemon and Pocket Monster cards within the package. The gaming cards do nothing for me, so I won’t even mention them here. But the card shown above did. I mean, I literally found this a week after my recent Beckett Sports Card Monthly article hit shelves. In that article I mentioned that the Super Team set (baseball, anyway) was one of my favorite inserts of the 1990s.
So I paid what you see above, 49 cents, to own this. But when I opened the baggie, it was clear that this was no ordinary card.
It’s a sealed set! This was the redeemed, WINNER! version. These sealed sets were mailed to holder of the 1993 Stadium Club Super Team Detroit Lions card. The bearer of the card mailed it in and in a few weeks time, this fine package was sent in return. Each of the cards within are identical to the base card only it has a “Division Winner” stamp.
In case you’re wonder whose on back. It’s Jason Hanson.
But now there is a dilemma. Do I open it, scan each card and then try to move the set? Or do I leave it sealed in all its glory?
While I’d like to see this beautiful card …
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I know that. You know that. Hell, even Topps knows that.
But 2012 Bowman football might be the ugliest base Bowman set I’ve ever seen in any sport.
An argument could be made for the veteran cards having a slightly higher-quality appearance due to the fact that they are basically a rip off of Triple Threads. But the cards are flimsy, the colors look muted and overall they look nothing like any other base Bowman card I’ve seen before.
And when it comes to the rookie cards, there is NO ARGUMENT that can be made in their favor. It’s evident that Topps wanted to compete with the lesser brands like SA-GE. And in the end what Topps wound up creating was a mockery of a product, one that doesn’t deserve the Bowman name.
People will buy the stuff based on the brand name alone — hell, it got me to buy a single rack pack … and I don’t even collect football. But I can’t see this product holding much value in the secondary market. You’d better off waiting for basic Topps.