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2012 Bowman Sterling Worth the Price Tag

by Rich Klein

One advantage any Bowman football product has over its baseball counterpart is there is not only always a rookie crop which is usually pretty well defined but also preparations can begin earlier thanks to the NFL draft.   Players find their way to their teams by April and then comes the rookie photo shoot before training camp begins.   This gives the football card makers a big edge in that they can get many of the players to sign their cards and stickers early and thus have a good idea of how many autographs of a specific player can be produced.

Andrew Luck 2012 Bowman Sterling footballThus, late in the card collecting year, like this one, when 2012 Bowman Sterling is released, much of the up front work is done so the product can be released right Unopened 2012 Bowman Sterling football boxon schedule.  Every hobby box has six packs and each pack includes three rookie cards, one rookie autograph and one relic card.    With six autographs per box along with six relics, the collector has a pretty good chance of having a decent return on investment.  Released during the holidays, 2012 Bowman Sterling Football is turning out to be a pretty solid hit, thanks to plentiful autographs from a memorable rookie class.

Those great odds are one of the reasons my local card store (Triple Cards located in Plano, TX) very quickly sold out of his cases of Bowman Sterling at $285 per box and $50 per pack. Leading on-line retailers are currently between $305-320 per box.  A neat touch is every base card in the set is a rookie card which guarantees that with the right player (s) there is even more value to the collector.

We couldn’t wait to tear into this one in the middle of the NFL playoffs and this time, fortune was kind.

Base Cards 14 of 100. With perfect distribution, that means a collector needs at least eight boxes to make a base card set but that’s not usually the motivator in this type of product.

Blue Parallel refractor (#d to 99): T.Y. Hilton

Black Parallel Refractor (#d to 75): Ruben Randle

Gold Parallel Refractor (#d to 50): David Wilson

Cyan Printing Plate Parallel (#d 1 of 1): Kendall Reyes

Jumbo Veteran Relic Blue Parallel (#d to 75): DeMarco Murray

Jumbo Rookie Relics: Joe Adams, Dwayne Allen, Stephen Hill

Jumbo Rookie Relic Blue Refractor (#d to 99): David Wilson

Jumbo Rookie Relic Black Refractor (#d to 75) David Wilson (with all the David Wilson cards I pulled and as a long-time Giants fan, I sure hope Wilson continues to grow from his 2012 rookie campaign)

2012 Bowman Sterling Harrison Smith autographJumbo Rookie Patch (#d to 99): Isaiah Pead: Please note this card was a “box-topper” and thus is not usually going to be in any single packs

Rookie Autographs: Matt Kaul, Brandon Pettigrew, Harrison Smith, Taylor Thompson

Rookie Autograph Black Refractor Parallel (#d to 50): Dontari Poe

Autographed Rookie Relic: Dont’a Hightower (Please note this card is an exchange)

Autographed Rookie Relic Gold Refractor (#d to 66): Russell Wilson

Wow…his team is out of the playoffs but Russell Wilson is a star in the making and the highlight of a very solid box.  It’s well over $150 right now and probably a strong bet to appreciate.  Even without that big hit, though, there is a lot of good value in these packs and boxes and collectors can see why my local card store sold out so quickly and at a price level below what this product is currently being sold for by leading online retailers.

Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]

Check out the most watched 2012 Bowman Sterling Football cards on eBay below.

2012 Bowman Sterling Ronnie Hillman PRISM REFRACTOR Rookie AUTO /15! Broncos RC
12 bids - Price: $18.00 - Watchers: 19
Item # 151448528089
ANDREW LUCK /15 $150 MINT 2012 ROOKIE XFRACTOR LOGO PATCH JERSEY BOWMAN STERLING
9 bids - Price: $13.05 - Watchers: 17
Item # 291274857087
TRENT RICHARDSON rc 2012 BOWMAN STERLING print plate AUTO JERSEY 1/1 #BSAR-TR
18 bids - Price: $26.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 191377975104
RONNIE HILLMAN 2012 BOWMAN STERLING BRONCOS REFRACTOR ROOKIE PATCH AUTO 7/36
11 bids - Price: $16.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 311139130724
ANDREW LUCK $80+ MINT COLTS ROOKIE CARD RC SP 2012 12 #100 BOWMAN STERLING "GEM"
14 bids - Price: $26.66 - Watchers: 13
Item # 291275868577
2012 Bowman Sterling Printing Plates Ryan Tannehill PATCH ROOKIE RC 1/1 DOLPHINS
19 bids - Price: $21.02 - Watchers: 11
Item # 271642704671
2012 BOWMAN STERLING JUMBO PATCH RYAN TANNEHILL 9 of 99 DOLPHINS LOGO
4 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 10
Item # 301362640644
2012 Bowman Sterling Andrew Luck BGS 8!!!
9 bids - Price: $14.83 - Watchers: 9
Item # 321561445415
RUSSELL WILSON ROOKIE LOT 2012 CHROME XFRACTOR BOWMAN STERLING ELITE TOPPS GOLD
10 bids - Price: $42.00 - Watchers: 8
Item # 371167104533
2012 Bowman Sterling Russell Wilson # 91/99 Blue Refractor Relic Rookie Year
14 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 221577820737
TJ Graham T.J. 2012 Bowman Sterling Superfractor RC Rookie 1/1 Bills Jets
6 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 6
Item # 381029207851
2012 12 BOWMAN STERLING KIRK COUSINS /50 ROOKIE AUTO RC REDSKINS AUTOGRAPH (LSL)
3 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 6
Item # 331354821800
2012 Bowman Sterling BROCK OSWEILER #72/99 Blue Refractor Rookie Auto Patch !
3 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 6
Item # 351204050893
Kirk Cousins 2012 Bowman Sterling RC Black Refractor Signature Auto 38/50
4 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 5
Item # 321557403426
2012 Bowman Sterling Ronnie Hillman Cyan Printing Plate Auto 1/1.
1 bids - Price: $24.99 - Watchers: 5
Item # 161461036903
2012 BOWMAN STERLING RYAN TANNEHILL BLACK REFRACTOR RC # 17/75 JERSEY NUMBER
3 bids - Price: $5.74 - Watchers: 4
Item # 281471966175
2012 BOWMAN STERLING DOLPHINS RYAN TANNEHILL GOLD REFRACTOR RC #10 (#38/50)
2 bids - Price: $7.99 - Watchers: 4
Item # 390951390874
Robert Griffin 2012 Bowman Sterling Rookie Gold Refractor Serial # 11/50 Mint RC
1 bids - Price: $39.99 - Watchers: 4
Item # 221584455548
2012 Bowman Sterling Refractor Ryan Tannehill Rookie RC AUTO 4/50 Dolphins
6 bids - Price: $13.75 - Watchers: 4
Item # 381030787406
2012 Bowman Sterling Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck Game Used Jersey Relic SP
5 bids - Price: $5.75 - Watchers: 4
Item # 311146519703
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Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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