2011 Bowman BaseballBrand: Bowman
The MVP of prospecting products returns for another season of high quality rookie and prospects auto chasing this May. 2011 Bowman Baseball will bring much of the same that has made it one of the hobby's heavy hitters for the last decade as well as some interesting new inclusions including International Parallels, 1994 Bowman's Best inserts, Bowman Buyback Cut Signatures and 60th anniversary autographs. On a side note, Bryce Harper's first Bowman auto wearing an MLB uniform will appear in the product.
Release Date: Now Available
Box Configuration: 24-Packs Per Hobby Box/12-Packs Per Jumbo Box (32-cards per pack)
Pack Price: $3-$5 per hobby/$10-$12 per hobby jumbo
Price Point: Mid-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Prospectors, Investors, Minor League Baseball Fans
2011 Bowman Baseball includes a selection of TBD redemptions. Collectors who pull these can view their redemption (player / parallel details) when they enter their code at http://redeem.topps.com/. Codes will unlock one of the following players:
- Freddie Freeman
- Aroldis Chapman
- Darin Mastroianni
- Jarred Cosart
- Lars Anderson
For additional details contact Topps' customer service team at 1-800-489-9149 or via support(at)topps(dot)com.
- Hobby Box: 1 Chrome Prospect Autograph
- Hobby Jumbo Box: 3 Bowman Chrome Autographs
- For over 60 years, Bowman has been the go-to brand for collectors who follow the game's top Rookies and Prospects.
Bowman's home field advantage continues in 2011 as 30 Bowman Rookies and 110 Prospects take the field led by #1 Draft Pick Bryce Harper!
- Every autograph is on-card, not a single sticker drop among 'em!
- 220 card base set featuring 2011 MLB rookies, veterans and stars.
- 110 card prospect set in both the regular and chrome variety.
- New 1/1 Bowman Buyback Cut Signature Autographs - Book cards featuring an original 1948 or 1949 Bowman card paired with a cut signature!
- Bryce Harper's first Bowman autograph wearing an MLB uniform will find it's way into the product much like fellow National Steve Strasburg's did in 2010 Bowman Baseball.
- International Parallels - For the first time since the 90's, parallels featuring a backdrop map of a player's native country return to the Bowman brand name!
- Back are last year's "Topps 100 Prospects" inserts.
- 2010 Bowman featured a 1992 Bowman Baseball insert set featuring present day players, 2011 Bowman will continue the throwback tradition, only this time around 1994 Bowman's Best will be the subject.
- New inserts include "Topps of the Class" and "Finest Futures" cards!
- 60th Anniversary Autographs featuring stars past, present and future - Topps' year long Diamond Anniversary celebration comes to Bowman with each 60th anniversary card featuring a big name baseballer's inscription autograph!
- Early rookie autograph checklist: Aroldis Chapman, Lars Anderson, Kyle Drabek, Chris Sale, Yonder Alonso and Freddie Freeman.
- Early prospect autograph checklist: Bryce Harper, Dee Gordon, Allen Webster and Brandon Belt.
2011 Bowman Baseball Set Checklist Index
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2011 Bowman Baseball Product Review
Reviewed By Paul Lesko
Good: Great auto checklist and good card design. Thankfully, fixed the Bowman chrome “bends" problem from 2010.
Bad: You want to pull Bryce Harper, but you likely won't. But you're paying the Bryce Harper tax. Also, majority of each pack is the Bowman base set which while OK is not what you buy Bowman for. No Team USA cards this year.
The Bottom Line: Topps wanted to repeat the level of success it had with 2010 Bowman on the shoulders of Steven Strasburg and thanks to Bryce Harper, 2011 Bowman has largely done just that. But even without Harper, this is a very complete product that contains enough desirable high profile prospect autographs in the product to keep everyone happy.
Card Design: 4.2/5.0
The prospect set, chromes and autos are well designed, especially since the Bowman chrome bends have been fixed. While some like the base set, it's not what I buy the product for, so I believe too much of each pack is dedicated to cards I'll file awhile and likely never see again. The insert cards are mixed. The Topps of the Class and Bowman Brightest cards are decent, but the Bowman Best cards try too hard to be artsy, and just end up ugly.
While I understand the split between Bowman chrome autos in hobby and Bowman autos in retail, I would prefer the more high end autos to be confined to chrome (e.g., Harper and Pineda). Topps is likely saving the Bowman Chrome auto of Harper for its 2011 Bowman Chrome product (ala Strasburg), but I feel Topps missed out by relegating Pineda to retail packs.
I love the autograph checklist. Paul Goldschmidt, Dee Gordon, Jurickson Profar, Brandon Belt, Mike Pineda, Jeremy Hellickson, Stetson Allie, Jedd Gyorko…I could go on. There's even another Aroldis Chapman auto, for those of you who like following Cincinnati's Chapman experiment. Oh yeah, that Harper guy has an auto too. But I think I mentioned that thirteen times already.
The base set has everybody a base set collector may want, and I'm not sure if this was intentional, but I think the Manny Ramirez card with the towel on his head (throwing in the towel anyone?) may be the most collectable.
The hobby box price has leveled off to around $90 per box, which makes it less expensive that Bowman 2010, but still more expensive than previous Bowman products. Depending on which product you buy (hobby vs retail), you'll miss out on some autos. Harper and Pineda autos are only in retail, so for those loyal hobby box purchasers, you're pretty much relegated to hoping you pull a chrome (non-auto) prospect of Harper. And with retail odds worse than hobby box odds, the only place you'll likely see a Bowman Harper auto is on eBay.
At this price point, and unless you feel lucky (only one auto per hobby box), it almost makes more sense to spend your $90 on a couple good, chrome prospect autos (refractor preferably), and wait a year to buy a complete 1-110 prospect set.
The Fun Factor:
Who am I kidding? This is one of the premier prospecting products…it's beyond fun to bust these boxes. We're going to buy the hobby box betting that we'll hit a gold, orange or red refractor auto of Goldschmidt or Gordon, with the assurance of also knowing the odds are good that we'll at least get Harper's BCP1 or a Harper insert (case in point: I didn't hit Goldschmidt or Gordon, but I did get a Harper insert).
Then, we'll buy retail rack packs (from what I've heard, they have better odds than blaster boxes) in the hopes of getting a Harper or Pineda auto. And that's fine, because part of the Bowman product is the hope of hitting the big autograph. Everyone knows, it's better to dream about pulling a Harper auto from a pack, than to shell out over a hundred dollars on eBay for the same card.2011 Bowman Baseball,