by Chris Harris
Topps has announced the framework for 2013 Bowman Chrome Baseball. The structure should be familiar to “Chromies” and non-Chromies alike.
The set will consist of 240 cards – 20 more than the 2013 Bowman set it is based on – and supplemented by a 110-card Prospect “insert” set. Each card will be available in six different Refractor parallels, with a set of four Printing Plates also offered for the Prospects.
Each Hobby box will yield an autograph of some sort, and, perhaps as a preventive measure against what it expected to be one of the weakest rookie/Prospect classes in years, every third Hobby box will contain two autographs. Each autograph will also be offered in the usual wide variety of Refractors, although, curiously, there will not be a “plain vanilla” Refractor for the Autographed Rookies.
Three insert sets that collectors can chase after include the all die-cut Fill the Bill, the under-sized Risin’ Thru The Ranks, and another batch of 65th Anniversary Blue Sapphire Refractors. Each Fill the Bill card will be serial-numbered to only 99 copies, and all three inserts will come with an autographed parallel. The autographed Risin’ Thru The Ranks and Fill the Bills which will be limited to 25 while only five of each autographed Blue Sapphire Refractor will be produced.
2013 Bowman Chrome Baseball is another batch of Bowman Black autographs and redemption cards good for the hats worn in this year’s All-Star Futures Game.
2013 Bowman Chrome Baseball will be released in early October. Each Hobby box will contain 24 packs of four cards with dealer cost at a little over $50 per box. Hobby cases will contain 12 boxes.