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Bowman Ice, Ice, Baby!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

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:

2012 Bowman Silver Ice Anibal Sanchez #30

2012 Bowman Silver Ice Taylor Green RC #199

2012 Bowman Silver Ice Nick Swisher #2

2012 Bowman Silver Ice Ichiro #176

2012 Bowman Silver Ice Jarrod Parker RC #213

2012 Bowman Prospects Silver ice Andrew Susac #BP97

2012 Bowman Prospects Silver Ice Bryce Harper #BP10

2012 Bowman Red Ice Eric Surkamp RC #208 /25

2012 Bowman “International” Mariano Rivera is going to be a fan favorite

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

2012 Bowman Baseball just hit shelves this week and in the product are “International” parallels of the player cards.  They resemble the basic cards only they have the flag of the player’s country of origin emblazoned in the background.  We’ve seen this before, but these are gorgeous.  They remind me of the 1997 release, my personal favorite set.

Last week, Yankees legend and perhaps the games’ greatest closer of all-time Mariano Rivera suffered a torn ACL, an injury that could end his career.  He’s been on record as saying that he doesn’t want to go out like that.

But if it is the end of the line of “Mo,” then this 2012 Bowman “International” card could be one of the best Rivera cards we’ve ever seen given the context.  It’s almost like a farewell shot posed in front of the flag of Panama.

This card immediately jumps into the discussion for one of my five favorite Mariano cards to pass through my collection.

Hats off to Topps for the design, and hats off to The Sandman for a stellar career.