Will there ever be a day when Bowman Chrome is no longer the top dog of rookie cards? Despite the many companies looking to profit from prospectors (Donruss E.E.E & Razor), the truth is that 9 times out of 10 a collector will go for the Bowman Chrome autograph.
Anyone who has ever busted any year of Bowman Chrome knows there is a real risk involved. For every Albert Pujols there will be ten different versions of Travis Lee & Jose Cruz Jr. That being said, what if Bowman were to randomly include “fake” rookie card autographs of legends in the game who were not fortunate enough to have played during Bowman Chrome’s reign in the Hobby?
In 2003, Bowman Chrome did just that by seeding a Willie Mays Certified Autograph into packs. The card was serial numbered to just 100 copies but can you imagine how many extra collectors would be tempted to buy Bowman Chrome for a chance to pull a Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, or Nolan Ryan retro-style Bowman Chrome autograph?
As popular as Bowman Chrome is there are still many who refuse to join the movement for one reason or another. I can understand that busting pack after pack of nothing but “unknown” guys can be frustrating if you don’t know what to expect but this would certainly be an added bonus.
So how about it, Topps? Maybe just one legend per year with a low production number. It would be Topps! Sorry guys, I couldn’t resist. Anyway, this Bowman Chrome Willie Mays autograph is on eBay with a Buy It Now of $350 dollars (LINK).
I’d pick a certified autograph over his rookie card any day of the week!