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Perhaps more than any other time in the history of Wax Heaven, I may have overreacted. When first images of 2009 Bowman started hitting the Internet I was in complete disbelief. The cards appeared to be bland, plain, and featured lousy photography.
After busting a box of 2009 Bowman, I now understand when someone defends a card by saying “you have to see it in person”. This year’s Bowman is far from perfect but it’s nowhere near as bad as I originally believed.
Below is my review of 2009 Bowman.
Believe it or not, this product’s design grade is saved by the dark, classy look of the veteran set. When you reach the prospects cards, the design drops a few points.
Furthermore, Topps went with a very subtle look to Refractors so for the first time in many years you might pass over a Refractor unless you happen to be sitting under a hot lamp.
For about $60 dollars, you can bring home a Hobby edition of 2009 Bowman which guarantees you 240 cards including one on-card prospects autograph.
For about $20 dollars more you get close to 400 cards and three autographs if you choose to go with a Jumbo box instead.
In a way, I was bummed about pulling so few Refractors (3). In reality, I pulled many of the best players in base card versions, while finding a surprising amount of Bowman serial numbered parallels.
When you get to the “hit” of the box, you can’t go wrong with a Red Refractor autograph of highly-touted prospect, Greg Halman. The card is overall very dark except for the beautiful Refractor technology that runs across the entire card. It’s numbered to just five copies.
Like I said, not close to being perfect but way more fun than I ever expected. The crazy look of popular parallels have been toned down quite a bit and the design is lazy or too bland, depending on who you talk to.
The veteran set features a great design and wonderful photographs but the rest leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully Topps listens to collectors and gets rid of that unnecessary white section on their cards for facsimile autographs and brings back the pizazz that was missing from this year’s Refractor line.
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