by Rich Klein
2011 Bowman Platinum is designed to be a step up from the basic Bowman product. Arriving a few months after the base Bowman brand, Platinum offers a mix of veterans, rookies and prospects, but the focus here is on the prospects and their autographs.
The set has a beautiful design and the parallel “color” cards are especially attractive. .Basically, the player is showcased against a background designed to make the player’s photo really stand out. It’s a sharp looking product if shiny is your game.
The one major drawback was that while that you could think you were correct on which cards were the parallel version, it’s hard to know for sure if you don’t do some research. Personally, I would put the words: “Gold”, “Emerald” or Ruby” in bold letters near the card number on the back or put serial numbers on either the front or the back. The prospect emerald parallels I pulled did have serial numbering on the front which made it easier to delineate the different versions.
So, other than that little issue, this is an enjoyable product to open. My local card store, Triple Cards in Plano TX reports that they have had a lot of Bryce Harper autographs pulled from their boxes and the sales have been strong at the $114 per box rate. The current on-line retail box price is trending between $80-90 per box. There is also a retail version of this product which sells for considerably less but does not have nearly as many “hits” in the box.
The hobby boxes contain 20 packs per box with five cards per pack. Each box mentions that the collector will receive two chrome autograph Prospect cards and one autograph relic card. I will say that I believe these counts are accurate but there is a chance because of the issues I had with telling the parallels apart that these counts may be off.
Here’s what I pulled:
Base Set (Rookies and Veterans): 57 out of 100; no duplicates
Gold Parallel: Zack Greinke, Ryan Howard, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Santana, As a side note, several McCutchen collectors frequent the same message boards I check in on — and they simply refer to him as “Cutch”. It took me a while to realize that he had a new online nickname among collectors. Of course, I’m now waiting for the first T-Plush card.
Ruby Parallel: Carl Crawford
Prospects: 11 out of 100
Refractors: Chris Archer, Brad Beach, Gary Brown, Zach Lee, Jameson Taillon
Green Refractors (#d to 599): Dee Gordon, Brandon Short
Autographs: Joe Benson (Twins prospect) and Jean Segura (Angels)
Relic Autograph: Robinson Tejada
We did not pull any overwhelming hits out of this box (Benson and Segura autos have been selling in the $2-6 range each online), but the design is so beautiful that we thoroughly enjoyed the cards as they came out of the pack. And if you are able to pull better prospects than we did, I’d call it a winner all the way around. A lot of product has been opened in the month or so that 2011 Bowman Platinum has been on the market. There were over 9,000 listings as of Sunday night. Click here to see them.
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