But, I digress, so late as always here is my two cents on this years Bowman. It's as crappy as the last few years. I remember talking to Don about how much money he's lost on Bowman over the years. The only reason he made money last year was because of Strasmania and he'll sell out of Bowman this year due to the Harper lottery. I remember trying to put a Bowman set together a few years back and thinking this is terrible. I mean the multi-numbering system. More on that later, lets look at the cards and inserts I pulled and what I think.
The base rookie out of the main 220 card set. Both of which aren't terrible, but not particularly great.
The regular Bowman Prospect's card. Kinda looks like last years design.
|Oh is that candy??!!|
There are a few more inserts in this set that I didn't get any of and I'm looking for a Braun Finest Future's insert if anyone has one to trade.
Now I realize that this review is only based on two jumbo packs, and to be honest I would have liked to bust a box to get a full feel, but I'm not dropping 150 bucks on a jumbo box on a set I don't want to collect. A few observations first, I wish Topps would just return to numbering all the cards into the set. I don't mind the Bowman Chrome parallels or all the other color parallels. It does seem like in Bowman, Topps takes the parallels to the extreme with the sheer numbers of different color parallels and refractors, but I actually like having cards to chase of certain players, and I understand that a lot of people like to pick up the prospect cards of future MLB players, so Bowman has it's place to that extent. But as a set collector this set is a no go. I mean I guess if I cared I could try to just put the base 220 card set together or go after the prospect set or the chrome prospect set but all of them together gets a bit overwhelming. I think it would just be a better product if all the prospects were numbered in to a 500 card set, or what ever size set. Hell you could do what Upper Deck did with Champ's and number in every card issued into the set and really piss set collectors off. That and the price point for this product is way to high. Topps has got super lucky with Strasmania and the Harper Lottery the last two years to make this product a success, but lets be honest the only reason anyone bought this product last year and this year were to try and snag some Strasburgs and Harpers.
That doesn't mean I won't be trying to put a Brewer's set together. I will. One of my goals was to complete a team set from all the offerings this year, not the super premium sets, but that would be nice too.