2011 Bowman Platinum Baseball Early Observations
If you got in on 2011 Bowman Platinum Baseball early, you're no stranger to the concept of patience. Originally scheduled for a late June release, the set ended up being delayed for about a month. Much to the chagrin of fans of chrome and prospect collectors, this change came with little explanation from Topps. On Wednesday, the product officially released, though single cards started showing up online a few days earlier. It is unclear if these singles came from hobby or retail packs.
Videos are popping up online of box breaks and there seems to be a trend of bonus hits, commonly known as "hot boxes." If you're lucky enough to get one, you could be looking at a nice payday if you intend to flip. For example, a dual autographed card featuring top prospects Bryce Harper and Jameson Taillon limited to 89 copies has already sold for $399.
Boxes should include two prospect autographs and one relic autograph card. It does seem that many boxes include an extra redemption autograph or autograph cards on top of the stated hits. If you pre-ordered the product, you could have easily paid $95 per box. Those who land an extra hit should easily be able get more value than they put into the product.
However, there are rumors circulating about changes to the pre-sell checklist even though it was fully disclaimed up front. Complaints are circulating on message boards that Topps used images of cards that aren't actually in the set. This should become more clear in the coming weeks as more of the product gets ripped. Even with the disclaimer, such "bait and switch" tactics will surely cause some grief among collectors.