2012 Bowman Draft AFLAC, Perfect Game and Under Armour Autographs Guide

2012 Bowman Draft AFLAC, Perfect Game and Under Armour Autographs Guide

For years, AFLAC autographs have become a key component of the Bowman Draft line. While they'll likely never be as popular as the Bowman Chrome Autographs found in the product, the cards are a nice bonus. They give collectors some of a player's first autographs. 2012 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects Baseball is no different, although concept is evolving as game sponsors change.

The set has 15 autographs from the AFLAC, Perfect Game and Under Armour games. Topps produces these cards during the events, which showcase some of the nation's top high school players. After hosting a photo shoot, the cards are quickly printed and signed. Some are given to the players to trade and hand out as they like. As players get drafted and sign professional contracts, Topps inserts them into packs.

For most years, 2012 included, Topps serial numbers the pack-inserted AFLAC autographs. This helps ensure their authenticity. All cards this year are numbered similarly, between 225 and 235. When Topps didn't number the cards in 2011, there was a bit of an outcry. This led to Topps offering free PSA grading for the cards.

Most of the 2012 Bowman Draft AFLAC, Perfect Game and Under Armour signers also have Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs, although there are a couple of notable exceptions. Carlos Correa, the first pick in the 2012 MLB Draft appears on a Perfect Game card. This is his first pack-inserted Topps autograph. The same is true for Byron Buxton, the second pick in the 212 draft. The highly regarded Twins prospect has a signed Under Armour card, but nothing else in the release.

Below is a complete checklist and gallery of all the 2012 Bowman Draft AFLAC, Perfect Game and Under Armour Autographs. We've also included team info and print runs for each individual card.

2012 Bowman Draft AFLAC, Perfect Game and Under Armor Autographs Visual Checklist

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Keon Barnum, Chicago White Sox #/235

2012 Bowman Draft Perfect Game Autographs Keon Barnum 235

Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins #/233

2012 Bowman Draft Under Armour Autographs Byron Buxton 233

Gavin Cecchini, New York Mets #/235

Carlos Correa, Houston Astros #/235

David Dahl, Colorado Rockies #/235

Max Fried, San Diego Padres #/235

Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers #/235

Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles #/225

Lucas Giolito, Washington Nationals #/235

Courtney Hawkins, Chicago White Sox #/233

Ty Hensley, New York Yankees #/235

Addison Russell, Oakland Athletics #/229

Lucas Sims, Atlanta Braves #/225

Stryker Trahan, Arizona Diamondbacks #/235

Michael Zunino, Seattle Mariners #/225

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Ryan Cracknell

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Comments

  1. Hope I get one (or some)

  2. Hi, I have an unnumbered Byron Buxton, identical to the numbered one you have pictured, Bowman sent me. Any chance you know if more or less rare?

  3. Ronald Robinson Sounds like one of the ones given out at the game. Not sure if any more or less rare (likely similar), but pretty cool given background. You may want to have it authenticated by PSA as non-numbered AFLACs have been grounds for counterfeiting in the past.

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