Archive for Bowman Platinum

In Memoriam: Tyler Skaggs (July 13, 1991 – July 1, 2019)

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , , on July 1, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster pays off with Correa ink

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I made a quick stop today at a Target to see if they had any WWE Topps Archives (they didn’t have any) and ended up finding a stray discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster hidden on the bottom shelf. It’s a fun product at $12.99 a box for eight packs because it has autographs of most of the young prospects and rookies.

I snatched up the blaster and hit the checkout line hoping that I would pull an autograph of either Kris Bryant — whose auto I still don’t own — or Carlos Correa, whose likely to be named American League Rookie of the Year.

You won’t believe me when I say I had a feeling I might pull a Correa autograph. The reason I say this is because I bought a Correa autograph (2013 Bowman Inception) earlier in the day. 

Well, guess what was hiding in the sixth pack …  I’ve had incredible luck with this product.  The same week it came out I opened a blaster and pulled a blue refractor Jose Abreu auto. That pull came the same week I bought Abreu’s 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects auto.

Now I have a dilemma: Do I keep both autos or move one? I love that I personally pulled a Correa auto but I really like the Bowman Inception one that was produced a year earlier and has a full signature instead of the shortened one on this Platinum.

On a side note: Carlos Correa’s shortened signature looks very much like Clint Frazier’s auto.


Just when I vowed to stop buying blasters …

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , on August 8, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

So, upon returning from The National this week I basically told myself to stop buying blasters. Many of them could be found discounted at crazy levels at the show in Cleveland. Besides the odds are way longer than what they are in hobby.

Well, as I was out buying necessities for the house I found a card aisle with fresh blasters. The fiend in me told me to buy one of the Bowman Platinum, the stuff that case breakers were opening on the case break pavilion.

If you follow me on Twitter you already know how I did. If you don’t, take a look at this:


And there was another Abreu in the box, the die cut version. Incredible blaster.


Let’s Go Streaking! 8 Months Later, Manny Machado has arrived …

Posted in New Addition, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Three quarters of a year ago, I ran to my local card shop and purchased the latest and greatest product: 2011 Bowman Platinum.

Hot off the heels of the Bowman (with Bowman Chrome) release, the Platinum product offered signatures of the biggest up-and-coming prospects including Wonderboy Bryce Harper.

Well, there was no Harper auto in my box.  But there was a redemption card for a Manny Machado.

Yep, a redemption.

Well, 8 months later it has arrived … with a streaky autograph.


**Addendum:  Both of these issues are Machado’s fault, NOT Topps.