“Mandatory yet never boring.”
In today’s rookie-crazed baseball card world it is mandatory to pick up either a box of Bowman or Bowman Chrome, preferably both. I went into this product knowing that when Chrome came out I’d basically be buying the same cards over again but for a lot more money and I did not even care. Bowman pretty much demands the respect of every baseball card collector in the world.
Design – A – Some people did not like such dark cards but I love the black and green borders. The photography was not just excellent but in some cases was creatively used, which I can always appreciate.
Price – B – I might have overpaid to get it as soon as possible but for $80 you get a ton of cards, rookies, and one guaranteed “hit”. I just can’t argue with that.
Pulls – B – The rookies pretty much ruled my box and I only got about 50% of today’s superstars. The autograph was actually on the card which I don’t like as much as the sticker because it almost got lost in the shuffle.
Overall – B – It’s going to be a couple of seasons before I will know if this year’s Bowman bunch is worth anything or if I am holding on to a bunch of cards from AA superstars who end up working as disgruntled carpenters and bus drivers for the rest of their lives.