Two Justin Masterson autographs in the same pack? It’s apparently possible.
Bowman Sterling, like most of the products in the Bowman line used by Topps is not truly a product that can be fully determined in value until several years after release. Since most of the players in the product are either rookies or prospects, many collectors are not as familiar with them as they are with the established stars.
That does not mean that collectors can’t enjoy what they receive from a box, instead they have to take a long-range view.
In each box of 2009 Bowman Sterling, there are six packs and the box states clearly that each pack will contain autographed cards of top prospects (each of our packs contained at least two autographed cards) and World Baseball Classic jersey cards in each pack.
Each pack contains five cards and the box has six packs in it. That guarantee also ensures that the pack price requires a major investment.
A quick internet search indicates that these boxes are trading anywhere between $205-275 on-line.
So, what do the cards look like? The base cards have the player’s portrait in full color set against a "sterling silver" background. Depending on whether the player is a major league rookie or a prospect changes the words at the top of the card. If the player is a rookie, the words "Bowman Sterling" are used and if the player is a prospect, the word Prospect is used. The player’s name is on the bottom.
The backs contain biographical information, an informational blurb and year-by-year and career statistics.
Here’s what we got in our box:
Base Cards (2009 Rookies): George Kottaras, Jamie Hoffman, Jordan Schafer.
Base Cards Refractors (#d to 199): Greg Golson, Tyler Greene. Jordan Schafer
Prospect Base Cards: Greg Veloz, Stolmy Pimentel, Michael Cisco
Prospect Refractors (#d to 199): Luis Sumoza, Brian Baisley
Prospect Gold Refractors (#d to 50): Jovan Rosa
WBC Jersey Cards: Nick Punto, Kwang-Hyun Kim, Justin Erasmus, Yu Darvish
WBC Jersey Cards Refractors (#d to 199): Jin Young Lee, Yoenis Cespedes
WBC Jersey Cards Blue Refractors (#d tp 125) Jin Young Lee
Autographs: Justin Masterson (two of them in the same pack), Dan Hudson, Casey McGehee
Prospect Autographs: Pat Venditte, Rinku Singh, Dinest Patel, Eric Arnett, Bobby Borchering (2 of them), Tyler Matzek, Zach Wheeler, As an FYI, Rinky Singh and Dinest Patel are the first two natives of India to play professional baseball. They were winners in an Indian reality show about attempting to become the first Indians to make the majors.
Dual Autograph Card: Buster Posey/Gordon Beckham