2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Cards

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Cards

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Set Checklist

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Set Checklist

Base Rookies Set Checklist

Featuring 50 cards

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/199, Gold Refractor #/50, Black Refractor #/25, Purple Refractor #/10, Red Refractor #1/1, Canary Diamond Refractor #1/1, Printing Plates #1/1 (4 each)

1 Bryce Harper
2 Wade Miley
3 Brian Dozier
4 Brett Jackson
5 Edwar Cabrera
6 A.J. Griffin
7 Leonys Martin
8 Casey Crosby
9 Anthony Gose
10 Yu Darvish
11 Jarrod Parker
12 Yasmani Grandal
13 Addison Reed
14 Matt Moore
15 Tyler Thornburg
16 Jordany Valdespin
17 Jordan Danks
18 Martin Perez
19 Steve Clevenger
20 Trevor Bauer
21 Derek Norris
22 Tommy Milone
23 Quintin Berry
24 Wilin Rosario
25 Kole Calhoun
26 Wily Peralta
27 A.J. Pollock
28 Wei-Yin Chen
29 Jeremy Hefner
30 Yoenis Cespedes
31 Drew Smyly
32 Drew Pomeranz
33 Kirk Nieuwenhuis
34 Jose Quintana
35 Stephen Pryor
36 Drew Hutchison
37 Joe Kelly
38 Andrelton Simmons
39 Norichika Aoki
40 Jesus Montero
41 Matt Adams
42 Xavier Avery
43 Chris Archer
44 Jean Segura
45 Devin Mesoraco
46 Liam Hendriks
47 Jordan Pacheco
48 Starling Marte
49 Matt Harvey
50 Will Middlebrooks
2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Jesus Montero Image

Prospects Set Checklist

Featuring 50 cards

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/199, Gold Refractor #/50, Black Refractor #/25, Japan-Fractors (#/25), Purple Refractor #/10, Red Refractor #1/1, Canary Diamond Refractor #1/1, Printing Plates #1/1 (4 each)

BSP1 Nolan Arenado
BSP2 Tyler Austin
BSP3 Matt Barnes
BSP4 Dante Bichette Jr.
BSP5 Xander Bogaerts
BSP6 Archie Bradley
BSP7 Jackie Bradley Jr.
BSP8 Gary Brown
BSP9 Cody Buckel
BSP10 Dylan Bundy
BSP11 Jose Campos
BSP12 Nick Castellanos
BSP13 Tony Cingrani
BSP14 Gerrit Cole
BSP15 Travis d'Arnaud
BSP16 Matt Davidson
BSP17 Corey Dickerson
BSP18 Jose Fernandez
BSP19 Nick Franklin
BSP20 Billy Hamilton
BSP21 Miles Head
BSP22 Danny Hultzen
BSP23 Francisco Lindor
BSP24 Rymer Liriano
BSP25 Austin Barnes
BSP26 Shelby Miller
BSP27 Brad Miller
BSP28 Sean Nolin
BSP29 Jonathan Galvez
BSP30 Chris Owings
BSP31 Marcell Ozuna
BSP32 James Paxton
BSP33 Alen Hanson
BSP34 Jurickson Profar
BSP35 Eddie Rosario
BSP36 Miguel Sano
BSP37 Daniel Vogelbach
BSP38 Travis Shaw
BSP39 Jonathan Singleton
BSP40 Tyler Skaggs
BSP41 George Springer
BSP42 Bubba Starling
BSP43 Jameson Taillon
BSP44 Oscar Taveras
BSP45 Keury de la Cruz
BSP46 Taijuan Walker
BSP47 Zack Wheeler
BSP48 Mason Williams
BSP49 Kolten Wong
BSP50 Christian Yelich
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Autograph Rookies Set Checklist

Featuring 20 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/199, Gold Refractor #/50, Black Refractor #/25, Japan-Fractors (#/5), Purple Refractor #/10, Red Refractor #1/1, Canary Diamond Refractor #1/1, Printing Plates #1/1 (4 each)

BSAR-AG Anthony Gose
BSAR-BH Bryce Harper
BSAR-BJ Brett Jackson
BSAR-CA Chris Archer
BSAR-DN Derek Norris
BSAR-JM Jesus Montero
BSAR-JP Jarrod Parker
BSAR-JS Jean Segura
BSAR-KN Kirk Nieuwenhuis
BSAR-MA Matt Adams
BSAR-MM Matt Moore
BSAR-MT Mike Trout
BSAR-SC Steve Clevenger
BSAR-SM Starling Marte
BSAR-TB Trevor Bauer
BSAR-WM Will Middlebrooks
BSAR-WMI Wade Miley
BSAR-WR Wilin Rosario
BSAR-YC Yoenis Cespedes
BSAR-YD Yu Darvish
2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Red Refractor Autograph Yu Darvish 260x185 Image

Autograph Prospects Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/199, Gold Refractor #/50, Black Refractor #/25, Purple Refractor #/10, Red Refractor #1/1, Canary Diamond Refractor #1/1, Printing Plates #1/1 (4 each)

BSAP-AA Albert Almora
BSAP-AAU Austin Aune
BSAP-AH Andrew Heaney
BSAP-AR Addison Russell
BSAP-BB Barrett Barnes
BSAP-BH Billy Hamilton
BSAP-BJ Brian Johnson
BSAP-BM Bruce Maxwell
BSAP-BS Bubba Starling
BSAP-CH Courtney Hawkins
BSAP-CHE Chris Heston
BSAP-CK Carson Kelly
BSAP-CO Chris Owings
BSAP-CS Corey Seager
BSAP-DB Dylan Bundy
BSAP-DD David Dahl
BSAP-DDA D.J. Davis
BSAP-DM Deven Marrero
BSAP-DS Daniel Straily
BSAP-DV David Vidal
BSAP-EB Eddie Butler
BSAP-FL Francisco Lindor
BSAP-GC Gavin Cecchini
BSAP-GCO Gerrit Cole
BSAP-JC Jamie Callahan
BSAP-JGA Joey Gallo
BSAP-JJ Jamie Jarmon
BSAP-JR James Ramsey
BSAP-JS Jonathan Singleton
BSAP-JSC Jonathan Schoop
BSAP-JV Jesmuel Valentin
BSAP-JWI Jesse Winker
BSAP-KB Keon Barnum
BSAP-KG Kevin Gausman
BSAP-KP Kevin Plawecki
BSAP-KZ Kyle Zimmer
BSAP-LB Lewis Brinson
BSAP-LBA Luke Bard
BSAP-LS Lucas Sims
BSAP-MF Max Fried
BSAP-MH Mitch Haniger
BSAP-MN Mitch Nay
BSAP-MO Matthew Olson
BSAP-MS Marcus Stroman
BSAP-MSM Matthew Smoral
BSAP-MZ Mike Zunino
BSAP-NC Nick Castellanos
BSAP-NF Nolan Fontana
BSAP-NT Nicholas Travieso
BSAP-PB Paul Blackburn
BSAP-PJ Pierce Johnson
BSAP-PL Pat Light
BSAP-PO Peter O'Brien
BSAP-PW Patrick Wisdom
BSAP-RL Rymer Liriano
BSAP-RS Richard Shaffer
BSAP-SB Steve Bean
BSAP-SN Sean Nolin
BSAP-SP Stephen Piscotty
BSAP-ST Stryker Trahan
BSAP-TH Ty Hensley
BSAP-TJ Travis Jankowski
BSAP-TN Tyler Naquin
BSAP-TRE Tony Renda
BSAP-TS Tyler Skaggs
BSAP-TT Tyrone Taylor
BSAP-TW Taijuan Walker
BSAP-VR Victor Roache
2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Prospect Purple Refractor Autograph 260x185 Image

Bowman Black Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

BBC-AA Anthony Alford
BBC-AAU Austin Aune
BBC-AH Andrew Heaney
BBC-AR Addison Russell
BBC-BB Barrett Barnes
BBC-CH Courtney Hawkins
BBC-CO Chris Owings
BBC-CS Corey Seager
BBC-DD David Dahl
BBC-JJ Jamie Jarmon
BBC-KG Kevin Gausman
BBC-MF Max Fried
BBC-MR Matthew Reynolds
BBC-MS Marcus Stroman
BBC-MSM Matthew Smoral
BBC-MT Mike Trout
BBC-PJ Pierce Johnson
BBC-PW Patrick Wisdom
BBC-RL Rymer Liriano
BBC-SB Steve Bean
BBC-SN Sean Nolin
BBC-TJ Travis Jankowski
BBC-TN Tyler Naquin
BBC-TW Taijuan Walker
BBC-VR Victor Roache
2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Bowman Black Autograph David Dahl 260x185 Image

Dual Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring 13 cards; Serial Numbered #/99 or less

PARALLEL CARDS: Gold Refractor #/50, Black Refractor #/25, Purple Refractor #/10, Red Refractor #1/1, Canary Diamond Refractor #1/1, Printing Plates #1/1 (4 each)

DA-AB Javier Baez
DA-AB Albert Almora
DA-AD Albert Almora
DA-AD David Dahl
DA-BB Jackie Bradley Jr.
DA-BB Xander Bogaerts
DA-CT Gerrit Cole
DA-CT Jameson Taillon
DA-DH Yu Darvish
DA-DH Bryce Harper
DA-GB Dylan Bundy
DA-GB Kevin Gausman
DA-HB Keon Barnum
DA-HB Courtney Hawkins
DA-HF Andrew Heaney
DA-HF Jose Fernandez
DA-JL Joey Gallo
DA-JL Lewis Brinson
DA-OA Austin Aune
DA-OA Peter O'Brien
DA-PC Gavin Cecchini
DA-PC Kevin Plawecki
DA-SV Jesmuel Valentin
DA-SV Corey Seager
DA-TH Mike Trout
DA-TH Bryce Harper
2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Dual Autograph 260x185 Image

Next In Line Set Checklist

NIL1 Tyler Skaggs
NIL1 Trevor Bauer
NIL2 Mike Zunino
NIL2 Jesus Montero
NIL3 Anthony Rendon
NIL3 Bryce Harper
NIL4 Jackie Bradley Jr.
NIL4 Will Middlebrooks
NIL5 Jean Segura
NIL5 Mike Trout
NIL6 Oscar Taveras
NIL6 Matt Adams
NIL7 Cody Buckel
NIL7 Yu Darvish
NIL8 Javier Baez
NIL8 Anthony Rizzo
NIL9 Brett Lawrie
NIL9 Travis d'Arnaud
NIL10 Rymer Liriano
NIL10 Yasmani Grandal

Next In Line Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring 5 dual cards; Serial Numbered #/5

NIL-BS Trevor Bauer
NIL-BS Tyler Skaggs
NIL-HR Anthony Rendon
NIL-HR Bryce Harper
NIL-MB Jackie Bradley Jr.
NIL-MB Will Middlebrooks
NIL-MZ Mike Zunino
NIL-MZ Jesus Montero
NIL-RB Javier Baez
NIL-RB Anthony Rizzo
2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Next in Line Autograph 260x185 Image

Nickname Auto Set Checklist

Featuring nickname signatures; Serial Numbered #/15

NNA-AP Albert Pujols
NNA-BH Bryce Harper
NNA-BHA Billy Hamilton
NNA-DB Dylan Bundy
NNA-KG Kevin Gausman
NNA-MT Mike Trout
NNA-MZ Mike Zunino
NNA-TB Trevor Bauer
NNA-YC Yoenis Cespedes
NNA-YD Yu Darvish

Perfect Game & Under Armour Autos
Set Checklist

1 Carlos Correa
2 Byron Buxton
3 Addison Russell
4 Courtney Hawkins
5 David Dahl
6 Garin Cecchini
7 Joey Gallo
8 Keon Barnum
9 Kevin Gausman
10 Lucas Giloito
11 Lucas Simms
12 Max Fried
13 Mike Zunino
14 Stryker Trahan
15 Ty Hensley

Sterling Auto Showcase Set Checklist

Featuring 10 cards; Serial Numbered #/25

SAS-BH Bryce Harper
SAS-BHA Billy Hamilton
SAS-DB Dylan Bundy
SAS-GC Gerrit Cole
SAS-MT Mike Trout
SAS-NC Nick Castellanos
SAS-TB Trevor Bauer
SAS-WM Will Middlebrooks
SAS-WMY Wil Myers
SAS-YD Yu Darvish
2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Sterling Showcase Autograph Bryce Harper 260x184 Image

Sterling Cards Set Checklist

Featuring cards made of Sterling Silver; Serial Numbered #1/1

SS-BH Bryce Harper
SS-BHA Billy Hamilton
SS-DB Dylan Bundy
SS-GC Gerrit Cole
SS-MT Mike Trout
SS-NC Nick Castellanos
SS-TB Trevor Bauer
SS-WM Will Middlebrooks
SS-WMY Wil Myers
SS-YD Yu Darvish

Auto Boxloaders Set Checklist

BOX-ADH Courtney Hawkins
BOX-ADH Albert Almora
BOX-ADH David Dahl
BOX-BHC Dylan Bundy
BOX-BHC Gerrit Cole
BOX-BHC Danny Hultzen
BOX-DBA Matt Moore
BOX-DBA Yu Darvish
BOX-DBA Trevor Bauer
BOX-GFH Andrew Heaney
BOX-GFH Kevin Gausman
BOX-GFH Max Fried
BOX-THM Bryce Harper
BOX-THM Will Middlebrooks
BOX-THM Mike Trout

Yu Darvish Signed Baseball Redemption Set Checklist

Featuring 25 redemption cards for a signed baseball

Product Details

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2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball closes out the season of Topps diamond releases. Focusing solely on the game's youngsters, every box comes with a massive amount of ink: 18 autograph cards spread across just six packs.

Both the 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball base set and Prospect set have just 50 cards each. Putting them together should prove challenging given the high price tag and lack of base cards in packs. The base set consists entirely of 2012 rookies. Packs have either one base card or one Prospect card. Both have six different parallels: Refractors (#/199), Gold Refractors (#/50), Black Refractors (#/25), Purple Refractor (#/10), Red Refractors (1/1), and Canary Diamond Refractors (1/1).

Every four-card 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball pack has three autograph cards. The 15 signers on the Rookie Autographs checklist are led by Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish and Mike Trout. Although Trout's rookie cards can be found in 2011 products, his signature has quickly become on the most coveted in the hobby. Other Rookie Autograph signers include Matt Moore, Jesus Montero, Will Middlebrooks and Yoenis Cespedes.

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Prospect Autographs have a much larger checklist, reaching 60 signers. Mike Zunino, the third overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, is one of them. Other 2012 first round picks include David Dahl and Brian Johnson. Nick Castellanos, Billy Hamilton and Rymer Liriano are among the other up-and-coming stars on the list.

Both the Rookie Autographs and Prospect Autographs have the same six levels of Refractor parallels as the base cards.

The autographs continue with several other insert sets. Ten Dual Autographs pair up autographs. Each is numbered to 99 or less and has six different parallels numbered to 50 or less.

Next in Line is a second dual autograph set but they come with a bit of a twist. After asking for suggestions, the concept was suggested by a collector. The two autographs on the cards match a 2012 rookie with a prospect from the same organization. The set has five cards, each numbered to 5.

Nickname Autographs (#/15) come inscribed with the featured signer's alternate monicker. Sterling Showcase Autographs include both rookies and prospects. Each card is numbered to 25 and comes with a frame made of sterling silver. One-of-one Sterling Cards are made entirely of the metal.

The cross-brand Bowman Black line expands by another 25 cards, each of which is numbered to 25. The cards use a striking black backdrop to make the silver signatures pop.

Twenty-five redemption cards are inserted in 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball good for an autographed Yu Darvish baseball.

Topps has allocated some of the product for distribution in Japan. These boxes have exclusive Japan-fractors. Japan-fractor Prospects are numbered to 25. Japan-Fractor Prospect Autographs are limited to 5 numbered copies.

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball is the second set to include Bowman Prospect Challenge cards. Collectors can use their prospecting knowledge to compete for autographs and exclusive cards.

Product Configuration: 6 packs per box, 4 cards per pack
Price Point: High-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Prospectors, Autograph Collectors, Bowman Enthusiasts, Rookie Card Collectors, Hit Seekers

2012 Bowman Sterling Box Break

  • 18 Autographs
  • 6 Total Rookie and Prospect Cards
  • 24 Total Cards
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BRUCE MAXWELL 2012 BOWMAN STERLING PROSPECT ON CARD AUTO BSAP-BM ATHLETICS
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2012 Bowman Sterling Kyle Zimmer Autograph Rookie Card
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2012 Bowman Sterling Refractor Kyle Zimmer Autograph Rookie Card #D 199
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NICK CASTELLANOS 2012 BOWMAN STERLING RC ROOKIE AUTO AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5
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2012 Bowman Sterling PURPLE REFRACTOR Marcus Stroman Autograph 4 10 Auto Ref
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ANTHONY GOSE 2012 BOWMAN STERLING ROOKIE AUTO REFRACTOR
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Rymer Liriano 2012 Bowman Sterling Autograph lot(2) BSAP-RL { San Diego Padres}
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2012 BOWMAN STERLING PROSPECTS CARSON KELLY LOT OF 4 AUTO,SIGNED ROOKIE CARD
$19.99
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JONATHAN SCHOOP, 2012 BOWMAN STERLING, AUTO 21 50
$40.00
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2012 Bowman Sterling Billy Hamilton Prospect Auto (on card) REDS HOT
$28.99
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2012 Bowman Sterling Wilin Rosario Auto Rockies
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Sean Nolin 2012 Bowman Sterling Autograph Card Auto Autograph
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KYLE ZIMMER - 2012 Bowman Sterling Prospects Auto RC - Kansas City Royals
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BGS 9.5 2012 Bowman Sterling Jean Segura Rookie Auto Autograph
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2012 BOWMAN STERLING JAMIE JARMON 'BOWMAN BLACK' AUTO #14 25 TEXAS RANGERS
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Product Review

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Paul Lesko

Good: Three autographs per pack for a total 18 autographs per hobby box, the vast majority of them on-card, how could you not be happy with that? Also, an improved design over last year's set.

Bad: Pricey, a lot of the prospects are unknowns.

The Bottom Line: 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball is a great product. That said, because of the cost, it might be best to pick off the autographs you want from the secondary market.

Staff Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.8/5.0

Bowman Sterling focuses on prospect and rookie autographs. The checklist contains 68 prospect and 20 rookie base autos, not to mention chances of pulling Refractor autographs, dual and triple autographs and Bowman Black autographs.

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball has numerous improvements over the 2011 product. The 2011 product netted 13 autographs, which is still a good number for a hobby box, and seven relics (although most were of vague origin with the typical disclaimers on the back of the card). This year's product dropped the seven relics and increased the number of signature cards to 18.

That's a win.

Not only is there more ink, but they're, for the most part, on-card. Because Sterling is an auto-centric product, the pictures of the players are minimized. This backfired with 2011 because not only were the players' pictures small, so were the autograph stickers. This left a lot of dead space on the cards. In this year's product, however, Topps hits the sweet spot. With on-card signatures, the players maximized their auto size, making for some beautiful cards.

Also, the player pictures this year are not framed by an oval or other shape, which gives the cards a less claustrophobic look than 2011. The card stock is also thick, giving the cards a great feel.

It's a great design and a huge improvement over last year's.

Checklist: 4.4/5.0

The biggest risk with 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball is that it is driven by prospects and rookies from a draft class that does not have the star power of prior draft classes (cough, Strasburg, cough, Harper). When I tore through my box, my first thought for nearly every of the 18 autos was, "Who is this guy?"

This is reflected in the secondary market for 2012 Sterling cards where a lot of deals can be had by buying cards individually.

Sure, there are some great potential pulls in the product for prospects (Billy Hamilton, Bubba Starling, Gerrit Cole) and rookies (Trout, Harper and Darvish), and you are guaranteed to pull some great low-numbered Refractors, but when you are pulling 18 autos, and 70 of the 88 potential pulls are unknowns, you're going to get a lot of, "Who?" out of each box.

Value: 4.2/5.0

A box of 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball is pricey, but you get 18 autographs, which is ridiculously good. Although Sterling autos do not have the demand or resale value of their Chrome counterparts, the rate of return on autographs per box is staggering enough to give each box good value.

Given the size of the checklist and number of unknowns in the product, this could be one of those sets that increases in value in the future. With such a large prospect and rookie class represented, odds are a future star is in here. So, it might be worthwhile to buy and sit on a box.

Now, if you don’t have the money to buy a box, this is a great product to poach autos from eBay. Most base autographs can be had for between $5 and $20, with most at the lower end of the spectrum. If there are only a few autographs that you want, the secondary market is where you should go. But sure, if you like the chance of pulling a low-numbered Refractor autograph of Billy Hamilton, a box is the way to go.

The Fun Factor: 4.8/5.0

When it comes to pulling autographs, I'm a kid, and any product that maximizes the ink is very fun. Sure, I didn't recognize most of who I pulled, but getting to drown in the sheer numbers of autographs was really enjoyable.

Plus, who knows what the future holds for these players?

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2012 Bowman Sterling Refractor Kyle Zimmer Autograph Rookie Card #D 199
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2012 Bowman Sterling PURPLE REFRACTOR Marcus Stroman Autograph 4 10 Auto Ref
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2012 Bowman Sterling GOLD REFRACTOR George Springer RC Rookie # 50 Non Auto
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2012 Bowman Sterling Marcus Stroman Rc Auto Lot (2) Base Refractor 199
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2012 Bowman Sterling Gold Refractor 50 Autograph Jesus Montero Mariners RC Auto
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BARRETT BARNES RC *AUTO REFRACTOR* 2012 Bowman Sterling Prospect #BSAP-BB 199
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2012 BOWMAN STERLING JONATHAN SINGLETON 1B ASTROS GOLD REFRACTOR AUTO 45 50
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2012 Bowman Sterling Andrew Heaney Refractor Auto #114 199 Marlins Prospect
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2012 Bowman Sterling ANTHONY GOSE Purple Refractor Auto # 01 10 Blue Jays
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(5) Sean Nolin 2012 Bowman Sterling Refractor Regular # 199 Autograph Auto
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DYLAN BUNDY 2012 BOWMAN STERLING AUTOGRAPH AUTO RC 10 PURPLE REFRACTOR BGS MINT
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2012 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autograph GOLD Refractor BRETT JACKSON #14 50
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User Reviews

  1. i dont remember the product being that short in terms of number of total cards for the price of a box, i do however recal paying a pretty penny for a box!lol but none the less i think no relics might hurt attraction to product a little but the autos look really nice! and with exception to harper and darvish, i dont think the most recent draft class was better than the last 2. i will buy some just because, assumeing its at a good price!

  2. ok, checked last years sell sheet info- THIS YEARS HAS MORE HITS AND ALL AUTOS! sweet! so maybe relics wont play any part, it will all depend on price! thanks for letting me comment! take care

  3. brad (ID 50252) » I don’t think a lack of relics will hurt at all, particularly from guys with no MLB experience. Almost always, autographs are more coveted than jersey cards from prospects.

  4. I, for one, can’t wait for the Sterling to hit the streets. I just wish it wasn’t so close to Christmas. Damn Santa Claus and kids don’t understand Daddy needs his Bowman Sterling!!!

  5. I guess I’m going to take the plunge! I’ve wanted this for a long time and finally getting it as a Xmas present. However looking on EBay at the cards listed I’m nervous to do this. So many players that aren’t worth much at all. And with the Auto market so big now, cards that once sold for $15-$20 go for $3- $8 And looking at the limited checklist there are plenty of players in that category. But I guess it’s why u buy. In search of that sweet card. Question..Are there variations to this box. I read someone saying they just do the prospects. Was he just saying he just collects the prospects and sells or gets rid of the rest? Or are there separate Rookie and Prospect boxes? Thanks and always a pleasure being a member here.

  6. Well priced this year, will definitely bust a box or 2 :)

  7. Bowman Sterling cards are just plain SICK. They have been my favorite cards ever since i started collecting. I wish it had more game used memorabilia though.

  8. Thats quite the jump in the parallels mentioned at the top..from #50 to #199? Seriously who comes up with that? Doesn’t even make sense. They keep putting some of the same prospects? if u can call them that anymore, in all their products with some who shouldn’t even be called prospects. The are so many better players they could use, but also that are missing. Carrea and Buxton are limited again. Teveras? As someone said above some of these autos are going to go for less than $4-$5. Just way to hefty a price tag for the roster

  9. do you know if the Auto Boxloaders Set Checklist is like years past, the single lose pack in the box that contain in past a relic? is this now an auto pack of only players listed for this checklist? thanks

  10. I can’t wait to break this product. Tons of autos per box makes it a more fun break for everyone. No relics is a big plus for me, just b/c it seems unless you are talking about hall of fame legends you can pick up anyone’s relic card for a fraction of the price of a pack. Price point is great for opening on your own or getting in a break.

  11. Two star mainly because the base set design is beautiful.

    This product, for me, is pointless. The cards look nice, 18 autos per box is fun; but this just over saturates the market for prospect autographs. There’s not many additional prospects featured that are not in other Bowman products. (Aside from Chris Heston which I am excited about.) Ideally, it would be great to see these inserted in another Bowman product – but Topps wouldn’t make near as much money off of it. I’m sure this product will drop significantly in price after release and may cause some of the other prospect autos to drop as well.

  12. PEOPLE WHO LIKE AUTO OR PROSPECTS WILL LOVE IT… I LIKE COLLECTING PROSPECT, BUT I HAVE ALL OF THE GUY OR MOST ANYWAY…. TOPPS NEED TO START ADDING BETTER AUTO”DON’T BE FRIED TO SPEND MY HARD EARNED MONEY FOR GREAT AUTOS… LIKE WIL MYERS HIS ONLY BIG AUTO IS 2010 BOWMAN CHROME… I THINK I’M GONNA WAIT FOR IT TO DIE DOWN WITCH I THINK IT WILL AND THEN I’LL GET THE GUYS I WANT..1 THINK, THEY LOOK GREAT ,WHAT A SHAME TO WASTE ON A LOT OF REPRINTS….

  13. i struggled on if this is a 2 or 3 star product. ended on 3 i guess, to be kind, and as the overall check list looks solid.

    the card design isn’t as appealing as some other high price point cards. value of a sterling base auto will not be much more valuable if at all from a ’12 platinum auto, which is a mid range price product. personally i like the look of the ’12 platinum cards more so then these. i will say i do like most of the action shots used in this product, good quality player photos. as others have said, ebay is saturated with these cards currently. bowman is really diluting the auto values, but flourishing in sales i’m sure. go for a jumbo draft box and a platinum box for about the same price as one box of sterling. you’ll get a few less autos but the big hit values are about the same and card design’s are better as well.

  14. I want to give the product a 4-Star rating, but then that would diminish the rating of products that are “thisclose” to great.. 18 Autos… nice, but much like the 10 ‘graphs one can snare out of the Valiant release…the volume diminished the end-product. The checklist buoys the rating a bit, but I LOVE auto/relic cards. I refer to a design such as 5-Star as opposed to Triple Threads Unity. But this is not that sort of product, and I get that this is a ramped-up Bowman Chrome…but Bowman Chrome Jumbo is a difficult act to follow. The Jumbo boxes of Chrome have a great mix of numbered parallels and short-printed auto rooks. Again, this feels like a pricey Valiant or Ultimate Draft Baseball.
    Topps had better get it’s act together because for better or worse, love them or hate them… Panini North America is GOING to jump into the game with both feet and snag the rights to use logos, team names and pictures of the athletes in MLB Uniforms.

  15. Good: 18 hits per box. Product centered around prospects and rookies. Almost every card in the box is either a rookie or prospect. Lots of 2012 draft picks. Players shown in their MLB uniforms. On-card Autographs.

    Bad: Hard to see autograph due to dark background. Steep price to pay for box for likely low secondary market return. Several prospects from past years included, such as Francisco Lindor.

    The Bottom Line: 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball is a great release for prospect collectors, but it doesn’t give you the excitement of pulling veteran players. The cost is also high. You have a good chance at pulling a top prospect, however the price of these cards is rather low for the price you pay per box. If you’re someone who’s willing to take the wait-and-see approach, then this is a solid product (but you may be sitting on a hefty investment for a while). That unknown prospect autograph you pulled could end up being the top prospect in baseball in a few years. With the price of boxes at around $300, either way, this is a product that probably isn’t worth busting a single box. It is more geared towards case breaking where there’s a higher chance of getting a low-numbered parallel.

    Staff Rating: 3.0/5.0

    Card Design: 3.0/5.0
    The design for Bowman Sterling was changed completely in 2012. It finally features on-card autographs for the most part, which is a positive. The bad part is that it can be hard to see since the players’ blue signature as it is on a dark surface. I’m not a fan of the dark background, and think the problem even exists with the base cards. The good thing about the base cards though is that they actually look like they should be coming out of a high end product. The set still has parallels for the base and base autographs, so player collectors can go after the rainbow of a specific athlete.

    We did pull one redemption, but based on the fact that there were 18 autographs pulled, getting one redemption isn’t the worst thing in the world. That said, it would be great if Topps could eventually have redemption-free products.

    While I commend Topps for overhauling the design in this product, overall, I think there are still lots of improvements that can be made.

    Checklist: 4.0/5.0
    The checklist is solid. With over 150 current rookies and prospects, there’s a lot of variety. Bowman Sterling features some of the best and brightest prospects in baseball such as Joey Gallo and David Dahl. They’re paired alongside top rookies like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and more. The standard rookie card checklist is solid with guys like Matt Moore, Yu Darvish and Trevor Bauer. Overall, the checklist has a good amount of young players with a lot of potential, so even with the product lacking the type of value you’d like to see in a high-end box, there are a lot of top young players to pull.

    Value: 2.0/5.0
    The value is for Bowman Sterling is just not there this year, and I think it has something to do with oversaturating the product with too many autographs. It’s having a hard time competing with other Bowman-branded products. Most of the stuff in this set will require lots of time to gauge an overall return. That’s tough with such a high-priced box. Overall, I just don’t believe there is much money to be made unless you pull a very rare card. Sticking to the secondary market will be the best approach for many collectors.

    The Fun Factor: 3.0/5.0
    With all the hits that you can pull from Bowman Sterling, busting a box is fun, especially for prospectors and team collectors. However, if you prefer to open a box that features some of the top veteran players, look elsewhere. This is a factor for me as I prefer a mixture of prospects, rookies and veterans. This is a great example of a product that Topps suits to a specific market.

  16. Amazing product… definitely worth the money. The only problem is I don’t have the money to spend.

  17. I got the Sterling Silver Gerrit Cole redemption card. I can’t wait to see what it looks like since there aren’t any pics available. I am not even sure if it has an autograph on it or not. #1/1 woo-hoo!

  18. Love this product! Pulled the 1/1 Yu Darvish autograph RC nd redeemed it! I cannot wait for Topps to ship it!

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