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

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.

In subsequent days, I managed to unearth a Clayton Kershaw autographed refractor (it’s graded BGS 9.5 and resides in my display case now) and I was officially bitten by the Bowman Chrome Draft bug. I always liked chrome, but this success made me want more.

So when the 2007 edition came out, I bought two boxes and out came this beauty, a 1/1 Jay Bruce printing plate. It’s not Bruce’s rookie, and it is not the chrome version, so it’s value could be anywhere from $20 to $200. But for me to pull the “case card” (definition: the insert card seeded about one per case) in my two boxes, and for it to be of a young player with lots of hype, was pretty special. (Note: I also own the Cyan plate of this card. If anyone knows how or where I can get the black and yellow of this Bowman plate, please EMAIL ME.)

The Bruce plate made me purchase even more of this product, and in the end I had cracked about five boxes worth. At the time I was pleased. After all, Jay Bruce was one of the hottest names in the hobby (this was several months before he made his MLB debut) and I now owned a 1/1 plate. But now, a year later, the chrome prospect cards I pulled from the boxes have left much to be desired. I pulled a few autographed refractors, some of which are of decent value, but hardly anything to feature on this day.

The Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects line is all about youngsters and their on-field potential. It is the notion that any of these no-name youths may become an all-star, which would raise the value of their first cards — which usually come from this line of cards — that drives the popularity of this release.

From a collector’s (read: not a prospector’s) stand point, there is something missing. There really is no instant gratification, unless you pull a card like this Bruce. So heed this warning, collectors: If you’re looking to buy a box of cards this holiday season with the hopes of being instantly excited about your pulls, this may not be the product for you. It could take years for your purchase to even pique your interest. It’s kind of like buying a lottery ticket for a game that does not start for a week.

One Response to “Card of the Day: 2007 Bowman Draft Picks Jay Bruce Printing Plate Magenta”

  1. Damn, that is a hell of a nice card. Congrats!

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