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2012 Bowman Sterling Worth the Price Tag

Year End Clearance at Fanatics.com

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.

RUSSELL WILSON 2012 BOWMAN STERLING AUTO & JERSEY ROOKIE CARD SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
7 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 321650771871
2012 Bowman Sterling Russell Wilson Sp /47 PRISM Jumbo Patch Seahawks ON FIRE!!
2 bids - Price: $10.49 - Watchers: 12
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Jarius Wright 2012 Bowman Sterling Superfractor 1/1 Auto SICK VIKINGS HEAD!
10 bids - Price: $71.00 - Watchers: 12
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#3/66 RUSSELL WILSON 2012 BOWMAN STERLING GOLD rookie rc AUTOGRAPH PATCH JERSEY#
12 bids - Price: $325.00 - Watchers: 11
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2012 Bowman Sterling TRENT RICHARDSON RC AUTO Relic Refractor #d /99 *Colts*
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 9
Item # 351291920164
2012 Bowman Sterling Russell Wilson Auto Rookie Dual Turbin BGS 9.5 AUTO 10
20 bids - Price: $117.50 - Watchers: 9
Item # 321646690221
2012 Bowman Sterling ANDREW LUCK RC/ROOKIE COLTS #100 A7049
1 bids - Price: $24.99 - Watchers: 9
Item # 381135806880
Robert Griffin III 2012 Bowman Sterling FB Rookie Relic Auto'd RC #06/99
6 bids - Price: $9.50 - Watchers: 8
Item # 351296378050
(2) 2012 Bowman Sterling Russell Wilson RC's Seattle Seahawks Rookie QB RARE!!
3 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 8
Item # 371244089100
2012 TY Hilton Topps Bowman Sterling Autograph Auto Relic Jersey Patch Rc Rookie
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 8
Item # 291365892216
RUSSELL WILSON 2012 RC BOWMAN STERLING #5 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS rookie
3 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 121549983679
2012 Bowman Sterling Luke Kuechly Rc AUTO Panthers
8 bids - Price: $8.75 - Watchers: 7
Item # 331459781143
2012 BOWMAN STERLING RUSSELL WILSON ROOKIE CARD SEATTLE SEAHAWKS RC
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 6
Item # 141554897738
2012 Topps Bowman Sterling JOSH GORDON Rookie RC Auto - Cleveland Browns WR
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 5
Item # 291364793586
ANDREW LUCK 2012 BOWMAN STERLING RC JERSEY #BSJRR-AL COLTS
2 bids - Price: $4.25 - Watchers: 4
Item # 121552609413
1/1 JOE ADAMS 2012 BOWMAN STERLING ROOKIE RC JUMBO 3 CLR PATCH PANTHERS ARIZONA
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 3
Item # 121553637644
RUSSELL WILSON 2012 BOWMAN STERLING ROOKIE CARD RC #5
3 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 3
Item # 321648922066
2012 Bowman Sterling Andrew Luck RC Jumbo Jersey Relic. Mint
1 bids - Price: $15.99 - Watchers: 2
Item # 221673043729
DOUG MARTIN 2012 BOWMAN STERLING RC PRISM REFRACTOR #'D /25 #90 BUCS
1 bids - Price: $3.99 - Watchers: 2
Item # 121552614435
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