by Rich Klein
The last month has been a boom time for the Bowman line in both baseball and football. Released just after the new year, 2010 Bowman Platinum Baseball is one of those post-season products aimed at keeping collectors interested during the off-season.
The product is really broken down into two important groups: 100 major leaguers and 50 prospects/Team USA members. 50 of the 100 cards in the base set are rookies. There are 48 minor leaguer on card autographs in this set, so it’s fairly clear that the product is aimed at prospectors.
The backs of the veteran cards offer information about when the player pictured made his major league debut and then offer historic highlights from the same day of a previous year. A good example of this is the Derek Jeter card. The Yankees’ popular shortstop made his major league debut on May 25, 1995, sixty years to the day after Babe Ruth hit the final three homers of his major league career. To me, that was a really cool way to tie together the careers of two of the most beloved Yankees.
This product was issued in 24-pack boxes with five cards per pack. Each box was originally supposed to deliver two chrome prospect autographs and one autographed relic card in each box. However, Topps sent out a news release in November claiming that four autographs would actually be included in this product. We only received three and that was true of some other collectors at my local shop.
2010 Bowman Platinum is a mid-level type product that is currently trading for $80-90 retail online and at my local card store, boxes are selling (albeit not that well) at $120. So how’d we do?
Major Leaguers Base Cards: 66 of the 100 cards (no duplicates)
Major Leaguers Refractors (#d to 999): Zach Greinke, Johan Santana, Mark Teixeira
Major Leaguer Gold Refractor (#d to 599): Mark Teixeira
Prospect/Team USA Base Cards: 48 of the 50 cards
Prospect/Team USA Gold Refractor (#d to 539): Adeiny Hechavarria
Prospect/Team USA Green Refractor (#d to 499): Hak-Ju Lee
Prospect Autograph: Lonnie Chisenhall (EXCH), Rich Poythress
Patch Refractor Autograph: Chris Johnson (EXCH)
We’ll try to be patient in waiting for the autograph exchange cards.
Boxes arrived at the retail level first, which may also account for some slower sales at hobby shops.
The singles from this set have several years to grow and could be a nice grouping of cards for years to come. Overall, a nice-looking product that has us anticipating the careers of a host of players most of the world doesn’t know…yet.
See 2010 Bowman Platinum on eBay
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