Last year “the” baseball card to pull was Stephen Strasburg, this year it is Bryce Harper. Harper’s Bowman Chrome Red Auto #/5 cards have been selling at auction for between $5,000 and $6,000. But what if you are a collector just looking for a set of cards to chase. Are Bowman Baseball cards like an artichoke, a lot of peeling and discarding to get to a small morsel of goodness? Not really. For the person who purchases cards and actually plans on holding onto them, Bowman Baseball is more like a Smorgasbord, a buffet of different card types, colors and variations that will keep you coming back for seconds.
This set falls under our classification of trading cards. 2011 Bowman Baseball can be found in a variety of retail configurations and in Hobby Box form, which contain 24 – 10 card packs and features one autographed Bowman Chrome in every box.
We should also point out that last year’s Bowman was the winner of our All About Cards 2010 Sports Card Award for Best Baseball Trading cards
Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled from our hobby box.
From the base sets
Evan Longoria base card, front and back
Andrew Romine rookie Card, front and back
Bryce Harper prospects base, front and back
Brandon Belt Bowman Chrome, front and back
From the inserts
Mark Teixeira and Ubaldo Jimenez Bowman's Best
Michael Pineda and Dee Gordon Bowman's Best Prospects
Topps of the Class
The hits from the box
Ian Kinsler and Yunesky Maya International Backgrounds
Albert Pujols and Joey Votto Gold
Adrian Gonzalez Blue #/500
Troy Tulowitzki Orange #/250
Jurickson Profar International Background
Bryce Harper and Dee Gordon Bowman Chrome
Kyle Russell Bowman Chrome #/799
Lars Anderson Bowman Chrome Auto #/500
Rick Hague Blue Bowman Chrome Auto #/ 150
Bowman has always had a straightforward design. Chrome cards are sharp and inserts are where most of the design elements come into play.
Quality and Variety of Players and Subsets.
The best of the MLB and a variety of primed prospects and young hopefuls make for a good mix.
Do the hits hold up?
For the most part you are looking for autographs in a rainbow variety of numbered colors. Hitting a Bryce is like hitting the lottery if you are in the business of flipping your cards. For collectors with patience, in a few years you might have an as of yet undiscovered gem if you hold onto your cards.
Will you want to collect them all?
Some might not consider this a set to build, but it is a nice group of cards to chase.
4 1/2 out of 5
2011 Bowman Baseball delivers again, working on a bunch of different levels for a wide variety of card collectors.