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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.

KIRK COUSINS 2012 Bowman Sterling AUTO RC Redskins RARE SP
21 bids - Price: $28.00 - Watchers: 21
Item # 251645992804
KIRK COUSINS 2012 Bowman Sterling #19 AUTO RC Redskins Autograph
14 bids - Price: $33.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 111465198559
ANDREW LUCK-2012 Bowman Sterling Rookie Refractor Card
14 bids - Price: $37.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 191330113286
2012 Bowman Sterling Doug Martin 1/1 Quad Box Topper Logo Patch Auto!! 10/10 Wow
7 bids - Price: $76.22 - Watchers: 12
Item # 121436870841
2012 TRENT RICHARDSON Bowman Sterling Gold Refractor 2clr Patch Rc Auto MINT
4 bids - Price: $5.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 301315795299
RUSSELL WILSON & TURBIN 2012 BOWMAN STERLING PRISM REFRACTOR JERSEY AUTO RC /110
6 bids - Price: $9.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 141411408612
2012 Bowman Sterling Luke Kuechly Rookie Auto RC Panthers
4 bids - Price: $3.31 - Watchers: 8
Item # 181530728163
2012 DOUG MARTIN Bowman Sterling Prism Refractor Auto GEM MINT
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 7
Item # 291244079282
2012 Topps Bowman Sterling Refractor Rookie Card Auto #D 17/50 NICK FOLES
4 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 221552229743
2012 Bowman Sterling Ryan Tannehill Autograph Refractor # 38 of ONLY 50 !!!
2 bids - Price: $12.00 - Watchers: 6
Item # 121437942417
2012 Trent Richardson Brandon Weeden Bowman sterling Prism Refractor auto /15
7 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 6
Item # 291244084455
ANDREW LUCK $60+ MINT COLTS ROOKIE CARD RC SP 2012 12 #100 BOWMAN STERLING "GEM"
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 6
Item # 390934429228
2012 NICK FOLES ROOKIE #'d /75 BOWMAN STERLING BLACK REFRACTOR GORGEOUS RARE
10 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 5
Item # 361050103821
RUSSELL WILSON 2012 BOWMAN STERLING JUMBO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS JERSEY RC ROOKIE CARD
2 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 5
Item # 141410080984
2012 Bowman Sterling KIRK COUSINS Rookie Signature Auto !
5 bids - Price: $8.00 - Watchers: 5
Item # 381000314062
2012 Bowman Sterling Kendall Wright Patch Auto Printing Plate Rookie Card 1/1
6 bids - Price: $35.00 - Watchers: 4
Item # 171458772817
T.Y. Hilton 2012 Bowman Sterling Refractor Rookie Autograph Patch RC Auto #ed/99
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 4
Item # 390934296110
ANDREW LUCK 2012 Bowman Sterling Jumbo Rookie Player Worn Relic Jersey RC COLTS
1 bids - Price: $4.99 - Watchers: 4
Item # 371144164441
ROBERT TURBIN 2012 BOWMAN STERLING ROOKIEJUMBO PATCH 01/25 SEAHAWKS
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 3
Item # 251644874810
2012 Bowman Sterling Alshon Jeffery Jumbo Rookie Relic Prizm Ref. 19/47
3 bids - Price: $6.00 - Watchers: 3
Item # 321522207707
About Rich Mueller

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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