Bowman Ice, Ice, Baby!
So, this is what a 1993 Donruss Elite Series insert and a 1998 Bowman’s Best Atomic Refractor parallel looks like when they get together and make cardboard babies.
Aren’t they stunning?
The 2012 Bowman set has been out for almost two weeks and these Ice parallel cards have not been lost on me. Hell, they might be my favorite cards of the last five years.
Parallel cards are not often lauded among collectors, partly because they are usually just slight variations of the base card. These, however, have a nice high-end feel to them without a gaudy price tag.
If these Ice cards were an automobile they’d be a Lexus.
And I applaud Topps for not making them too easy to pull. The Silver Ice cards are seeded 1 in every 24 packs, so there is a less-likely chance that they will be subject to overkill like the 2011 Diamond Anniversary parallels.
Anyway, over the last two weeks I’ve had some pretty good luck and have unearthed 8 of these gems. Have a look at the ones I’ve pulled: