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2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball Cards

2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball Cards

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For those who like rookie and prospect autographs, 2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball delivers the most of the season. Every pack of the high-end product comes with three autographs as well as a rookie or prospect base card.

The bulk of the set's attention comes from the Rookie and Prospect Autographs. Signers feature a mix of first-year players, 2014 draft picks and rising prospects. In addition to basic numbered Refractors, cards come with nine additional Refractor parallels: Green, Magenta, Orange, Purple, Blue (#/25), Black Atomic (#/10), Canary Diamond (#/3), Red (1/1) and SuperFractor (1/1). There are also Printing Plates.

2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball has a few other autograph insert sets. Sterling Autograph Showcase (#/25) promises on-card autographs and a framed card. Sterling Silver Autographs are all one-of-ones from top players done on Sterling Silver. Bowman Black Autographs (#/25) continue from other Bowman brands. Each card is done with a distinct design, signed in silver ink and numbered to 25. Numbered Dual Refractor Autographs pair up rookies, prospects and draft picks.

Every eight-box case of 2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball has a pair of guaranteed case hits. The first is a numbered over-sized Purple Wave Refractor. These have Black Wave, Blue Wave (#/5) and Red Wave (1/1) parallels. Every case also has a Sterling Die-Cut Autograph. The checklist has more than 30 signers and come with Blue Refractor, Red Refractor (#/5) and SuperFractor (1/1) parallels.

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

2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball Box Break

  • 18 Autographs
  • 1 1989 Bowman is Back Silver Diamond Refractor
  • 24 Total Cards

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Set Checklist

2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball Set Checklist

Base Rookies Set Checklist

50 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/199 (1:9), Green Refractor #'d, Magenta Refractor #/50, Orange Refractor #'d, Purple Refractor #/50 (1:34), Japan-Fractor #/25 (Asian exclusive), Blue Refractor #/25 (1:68), Black Atomic Refractor #/10 (1:170), Canary Diamond Refractor #/3 (1:567), Red Refractor 1/1 (1:1,714), SuperFractor 1/1 (1:1,714), Japan Atomic Refractor 1/1 (Asian exclusive), Printing Plates 1/1 (1:424)

1 Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
2 Alex Guerrero - Los Angeles Dodgers
3 Andrew Heaney - Miami Marlins
4 Eddie Butler - Colorado Rockies
5 Joe Panik - San Francisco Giants
6 Luis Sardinas - Texas Rangers
7 Taijuan Walker - Seattle Mariners
8 Yordano Ventura - Kansas City Royals
9 Andrew Susac - San Francisco Giants
10 Billy Hamilton - Cincinnati Reds
11 Chase Anderson - Arizona Diamondbacks
12 Jesse Hahn - San Diego Padres
13 Arismendy Alcantara - Chicago Cubs
14 Cam Bedrosian - Los Angeles Angels
15 Erisbel Arruebarrena - Los Angeles Dodgers
16 Rougned Odor - Texas Rangers
17 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
18 Xander Bogaerts - Boston Red Sox
19 Michael Choice - Texas Rangers
20 George Springer - Houston Astros
21 Jonathan Schoop - Baltimore Orioles
22 Rafael Montero - New York Mets
23 Tommy La Stella - Atlanta Braves
24 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
25 Masahiro Tanaka - New York Yankees
26 Nick Castellanos - Detroit Tigers
27 James Paxton - Seattle Mariners
28 Kennys Vargas - Minnesota Twins
29 Travis d'Arnaud - New York Mets
30 Oscar Taveras - St. Louis Cardinals
31 Danny Santana - Minnesota Twins
32 Kolten Wong - St. Louis Cardinals
33 Aaron Sanchez - Toronto Blue Jays
34 Matt Davidson - Chicago White Sox
35 Jimmy Nelson - Milwaukee Brewers
36 Chris Owings - Arizona Diamondbacks
37 Kyle Parker - Colorado Rockies
38 Josmil Pinto - Minnesota Twins
39 Stefen Romero - Seattle Mariners
40 Jon Singleton - Houston Astros
41 C.J. Cron - Los Angeles Angels
42 Marcus Stroman - Toronto Blue Jays
43 Yangervis Solarte - San Diego Padres
44 Zach Walters - Cleveland Indians
45 Jake Marisnick - Houston Astros
46 Ken Giles - Philadelphia Phillies
47 Christian Bethancourt - Atlanta Braves
48 Roenis Elias - Seattle Mariners
49 Garin Cecchini - Boston Red Sox
50 Gregory Polanco - Pittsburgh Pirates

Prospects Set Checklist

50 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/199 (1:9), Green Refractor #'d, Magenta Refractor #/50, Orange Refractor #'d, Purple Refractor #/50 (1:34), Japan-Fractor #/25 (Asian exclusive), Blue Refractor #/25 (1:68), Black Atomic Refractor #/10 (1:170), Canary Diamond Refractor #/3 (1:567), Red Refractor 1/1 (1:1,714), SuperFractor 1/1, Japan Atomic Refractor 1/1 (Asian exclusive), Printing Plates 1/1 (1:424)

BSP-1 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
BSP-2 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
BSP-3 Aaron Nola - Philadelphia Phillies
BSP-4 J.P. Crawford - Philadelphia Phillies
BSP-5 Miguel Sano - Minnesota Twins
BSP-6 Alex Meyer - Minnesota Twins
BSP-7 Nick Howard - Cincinnati Reds
BSP-8 Kodi Medeiros - Milwaukee Brewers
BSP-9 Jon Gray - Colorado Rockies
BSP-10 Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
BSP-11 Braden Shipley - Arizona Diamondbacks
BSP-12 Robert Stephenson - Cincinnati Reds
BSP-13 Luis Severino - New York Yankees
BSP-14 Alex Jackson - Seattle Mariners
BSP-15 Hunter Harvey - Baltimore Orioles
BSP-16 Sean Newcomb - Los Angeles Angels
BSP-17 Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
BSP-18 Colin Moran - Houston Astros
BSP-19 Mark Appel - Houston Astros
BSP-20 Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
BSP-21 Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs
BSP-22 Michael Conforto - New York Mets
BSP-23 Tyler Glasnow - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSP-24 Jorge Alfaro - Texas Rangers
BSP-25 Jeff Hoffman - Toronto Blue Jays
BSP-26 Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers
BSP-27 Clint Frazier - Cleveland Indians
BSP-28 David Dahl - Colorado Rockies
BSP-29 Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins
BSP-30 Addison Russell - Chicago Cubs
BSP-31 Henry Owens - Boston Red Sox
BSP-32 Julio Urias - Los Angeles Dodgers
BSP-33 Maikel Franco - Philadelphia Phillies
BSP-34 Blake Swihart - Boston Red Sox
BSP-35 Tyler Beede - San Francisco Giants
BSP-36 Trea Turner - San Diego Padres
BSP-37 Erick Fedde - Washington Nationals
BSP-38 Kohl Stewart - Minnesota Twins
BSP-39 Austin Meadows - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSP-40 Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
BSP-41 Kyle Zimmer - Kansas City Royals
BSP-42 Max Pentecost - Toronto Blue Jays
BSP-43 Brandon Finnegan - Kansas City Royals
BSP-44 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
BSP-45 Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets
BSP-46 Archie Bradley - Arizona Diamondbacks
BSP-47 Dominic Smith - New York Mets
BSP-48 Lucas Giolito - Washington Nationals
BSP-49 Kyle Freeland - Colorado Rockies
BSP-50 Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins

Rookie Autographs Set Checklist

22 cards. Inserted 1:5 packs.
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/150 (1:29), Green Refractor #/125 (1:34), Magenta Refractor #/99 (1:43), Orange Refractor #/75 (1:57), Purple Refractor #/50 (1:85), Blue Refractor #/25 (1:170), Black Atomic Refractor #/10 (1:424), Japan-Fractor #/5 (Asian exclusive), Canary Diamond Refractor #/3 (1:1,402), Red Refractor 1/1 (1:4,205), SuperFractor 1/1 (1:4,205), Japan Atomic Refractor 1/1 (Asian exclusive), Printing Plates 1/1 (1:1,065)

BSRA-AA Arismendy Alcantara - Chicago Cubs
BSRA-AH Andrew Heaney - Miami Marlins
BSRA-ASU Andrew Susac - San Francisco Giants
BSRA-BH Billy Hamilton - Cincinnati Reds
BSRA-CB Cam Bedrosian - Los Angeles Angels
BSRA-CC C.J. Cron - Los Angeles Angels
BSRA-CO Chris Owings - Arizona Diamondbacks
BSRA-GC Garin Cecchini - Boston Red Sox
BSRA-GP Gregory Polanco - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSRA-GS George Springer - Houston Astros
BSRA-JA Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
BSRA-JAG Jesus Aguilar - Cleveland Indians
BSRA-JN Jimmy Nelson - Milwaukee Brewers
BSRA-JPA Joe Panik - San Francisco Giants
BSRA-MB Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
BSRA-NC Nick Castellanos - Detroit Tigers
BSRA-OT Oscar Taveras - St. Louis Cardinals
BSRA-RE Roenis Elias - Seattle Mariners
BSRA-RO Rougned Odor - Texas Rangers
BSRA-TL Tommy La Stella - Atlanta Braves
BSRA-YS Yangervis Solarte - San Diego Padres
BSRA-YV Yordano Ventura - Kansas City Royals

Prospect Autographs Set Checklist

78 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/150 (1:9), Green Refractor #/125 (1:11), Magenta Refractor #/99 (1:14), Orange Refractor #/75 (1:18), Purple Refractor #/50 (1:27), Blue Refractor #/25 (1:53), Black Atomic Refractor #/10 (1:131), Japan-Fractor #/5 (Asian exclusive), Canary Diamond Refractor #/3 (1:436), Red Refractor 1/1 (1:1,307), SuperFractor 1/1 (1:1,307), Japan Atomic Refractor 1/1 (Asian exclusive), Printing Plates 1/1 (1:326)

BSPA-AA Albert Almora - Chicago Cubs
BSPA-AB Archie Bradley - Arizona Diamondbacks
BSPA-ABL Alex Blandino - Cincinnati Reds
BSPA-AC A.J. Cole - Washington Nationals
BSPA-AH Alen Hanson - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSPA-AJ Alex Jackson - Seattle Mariners
BSPA-AME Austin Meadows - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSPA-AN Aaron Northcraft - Atlanta Braves
BSPA-ANO Aaron Nola - Philadelphia Phillies
BSPA-BB Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
BSPA-BD Braxton Davidson - Atlanta Braves
BSPA-BF Brandon Finnegan - Kansas City Royals
BSPA-BS Blake Swihart - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-BZ Bradley Zimmer - Cleveland Indians
BSPA-CC Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
BSPA-CE C.J. Edwards - Chicago Cubs
BSPA-CF Clint Frazier - Cleveland Indians
BSPA-CM Colin Moran - Houston Astros
BSPA-CT Cole Tucker - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSPA-CV Chase Vallot - Kansas City Royals
BSPA-DDE Delino DeShields Jr. - Houston Astros
BSPA-DF Derek Fisher - Houston Astros
BSPA-DH Derek Hill - Detroit Tigers
BSPA-DS Dominic Smith - New York Mets
BSPA-EF Erick Fedde - Washington Nationals
BSPA-ER Eduardo Rodriguez - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-ERO Eddie Rosario - Minnesota Twins
BSPA-FG Foster Griffin - Kansas City Royals
BSPA-FL Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
BSPA-GCE Gavin Cecchini - New York Mets
BSPA-GH Grant Holmes - Los Angeles Dodgers
BSPA-GM Gareth Morgan - Seattle Mariners
BSPA-GS Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees
BSPA-HH Hunter Harvey - Baltimore Orioles
BSPA-HO Henry Owens - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-JA Jorge Alfaro - Texas Rangers
BSPA-JAG Jacob Gatewood - Milwaukee Brewers
BSPA-JB Jorge Bonifacio - Kansas City Royals
BSPA-JBA Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
BSPA-JC J.P. Crawford - Philadelphia Phillies
BSPA-JF Jack Flaherty - St. Louis Cardinals
BSPA-JGA Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
BSPA-JH Jason Hursh - Atlanta Braves
BSPA-JHO Jeff Hoffman - Toronto Blue Jays
BSPA-JN Justin Nicolino - Miami Marlins
BSPA-JPE Jose Peraza - Atlanta Braves
BSPA-JS Justus Sheffield - Cleveland Indians
BSPA-KC Kyle Crick - San Francisco Giants
BSPA-KF Kyle Freeland - Colorado Rockies
BSPA-KSC Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
BSPA-KV Kennys Vargas - Minnesota Twins
BSPA-LG Lucas Giolito - Washington Nationals
BSPA-LO Luis Ortiz - Texas Rangers
BSPA-LS Luis Severino - New York Yankees
BSPA-LSI Lucas Sims - Atlanta Braves
BSPA-LW Luke Weaver - St. Louis Cardinals
BSPA-MBA Matt Barnes - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-MC Michael Conforto - New York Mets
BSPA-MF Michael Foltynewicz - Houston Astros
BSPA-MG Mitch Gueller - Philadelphia Phillies
BSPA-MIC Michael Chavis - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-MJ Micah Johnson - Chicago White Sox
BSPA-MK Michael Kopech - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-MP Max Pentecost - Toronto Blue Jays
BSPA-MPA Mike Papi - Cleveland Indians
BSPA-MS Miguel Sano - Minnesota Twins
BSPA-NG Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
BSPA-NH Nick Howard - Cincinnati Reds
BSPA-NS Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets
BSPA-RA Raul Alcantara - Oakland Athletics
BSPA-RS Robert Stephenson - Cincinnati Reds
BSPA-SC Sean Coyle - Boston Red Sox
BSPA-SN Sean Newcomb - Los Angeles Angels
BSPA-SP Stephen Piscotty - St. Louis Cardinals
BSPA-TB Tyler Beede - San Francisco Giants
BSPA-TG Tyler Glasnow - Pittsburgh Pirates
BSPA-TK Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins
BSPA-TM Tom Murphy - Colorado Rockies

1989 Bowman is Back Silver Diamond Refractor Set Checklist

25 cards. Inserted 1:6 packs.

89BIB-AC A.J. Cole - Washington Nationals
89BIB-AM Alex Meyer - Minnesota Twins
89BIB-AR Addison Russell - Chicago Cubs
89BIB-AS Aaron Sanchez - Toronto Blue Jays
89BIB-BP Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
89BIB-CE C.J. Edwards - Chicago Cubs
89BIB-DS Dominic Smith - New York Mets
89BIB-ER Eddie Rosario - Minnesota Twins
89BIB-FF Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
89BIB-HO Henry Owens - Boston Red Sox
89BIB-JA Jorge Alfaro - Texas Rangers
89BIB-JG Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
89BIB-JP Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers
89BIB-JT Julio Teheran - Atlanta Braves
89BIB-JV Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
89BIB-KS Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
89BIB-MB Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
89BIB-MBU Madison Bumgarner - San Francisco Giants
89BIB-MS Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers
89BIB-NG Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
89BIB-NS Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets
89BIB-RB Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
89BIB-RC Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
89BIB-TG Tyler Glasnow - Pittsburgh Pirates
89BIB-TK Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins

1989 Bowman is Back Autographs Set Checklist

7 cards. Inserted 1:302 packs.
Serial Numbered

89BIBA-JT Julio Teheran - Atlanta Braves
89BIBA-KS Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
89BIBA-NG Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
89BIBA-NS Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets
89BIBA-RB Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
89BIBA-RC Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners
89BIBA-TK Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins

Bowman Black Autographs Set Checklist

12 cards. Inserted 1:226 packs.
Serial Numbered #/25

BBC-AS Aaron Sanchez - Toronto Blue Jays
BBC-BZ Bradley Zimmer - Cleveland Indians
BBC-CE C.J. Edwards - Chicago Cubs
BBC-DF Derek Fisher - Houston Astros
BBC-GH Grant Holmes - Los Angeles Dodgers
BBC-JGA Jacob Gatewood - Milwaukee Brewers
BBC-KB Kyle Crick - San Francisco Giants
BBC-KF Kyle Freeland - Colorado Rockies
BBC-MP Mike Papi - Cleveland Indians
BBC-RS Robert Stephenson - Cincinnati Reds
BBC-SN Sean Newcomb - Los Angeles Angels
BBC-TB Tyler Beede - San Francisco Giants

Dual Refractor Autographs Set Checklist

5 cards. Inserted 1:242 packs.
Serial Numbered #/35
PARALLEL CARDS: Blue Refractor (1:240), Atomic Black Refractor #/10 (1:852), Canary Diamond Refractor #/3 (1:2,800), Printing Plate (1:2,118), Red Refractor 1/1 (1:8,450), Superfractor 1/1 (1:8,450)

BDA-BT Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
Oscar Taveras - St. Louis Cardinals
BDA-GS Miguel Sano - Minnesota Twins
Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
BDA-KH Andrew Heaney - Miami Marlins
Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins
BDA-SC George Springer - Houston Astros
Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
BDA-SP Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers
Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs

Sterling Autograph Showcase Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25. Inserted 1:1:340 packs.

SAS-BB Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
SAS-CC Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
SAS-GP Gregory Polanco - Pittsburgh Pirates
SAS-JA Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
SAS-JB Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
SAS-NG Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
SAS-TK Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins
SAS-YP Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers

Sterling Die-Cut Autographs Set Checklist

19 cards. Inserted 1:85 packs.
Serial Numbered #/50
PARALLEL CARDS: Blue Refractor #'d (1:142), Japan-Fractor #/5 (Asian exclusive), Red Refractor #/5 (1:852), SuperFractor 1/1 (1:4,220)

SA-AB Archie Bradley - Arizona Diamondbacks
SA-AJ Alex Jackson - Seattle Mariners
SA-AN Aaron Nola - Philadelphia Phillies
SA-BB Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
SA-CC Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
SA-CF Clint Frazier - Cleveland Indians
SA-FL Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
SA-GP Gregory Polanco - Pittsburgh Pirates
SA-GS George Springer - Houston Astros
SA-JA Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
SA-JB Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
SA-JSO Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs
SA-KS Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
SA-LG Lucas Giolito - Washington Nationals
SA-MB Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
SA-MS Miguel Sano - Minnesota Twins
SA-NG Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
SA-NS Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets
SA-TK Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins

Sterling Silver Autographs Set Checklist

8 cards. Inserted 1:8,315 packs.
Serial Numbered 1/1

SS-BB Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
SS-CC Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
SS-GP Gregory Polanco - Pittsburgh Pirates
SS-JA Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
SS-JB Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
SS-NG Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
SS-TK Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins
SS-YP Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers

Purple Wave Refractor Box Topper Set Checklist

20 cards. 1 per box.
Serial Numbered #/50
PARALLEL CARDS: Black Wave #/35, Blue Wave #/5, Red Wave 1/1

BBT-AB Archie Bradley - Arizona Diamondbacks
BBT-AJ Alex Jackson - Seattle Mariners
BBT-AR Addison Russell - Chicago Cubs
BBT-BB Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
BBT-CC Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
BBT-FL Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
BBT-HH Hunter Harvey - Baltimore Orioles
BBT-JB Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
BBT-JG Jon Gray - Colorado Rockies
BBT-JS Jorge Soler - Chicago Cubs
BBT-KB Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
BBT-KS Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
BBT-LG Lucas Giolito - Washington Nationals
BBT-NG Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
BBT-TK Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins
BBT-GP Gregory Polanco - Pittsburgh Pirates
BBT-GS George Springer - Houston Astros
BBT-JA Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
BBT-MT Masahiro Tanaka - New York Yankees
BBT-OT Oscar Taveras - St. Louis Cardinals

Product Review

2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell

Good: Lots of autographs, distinct design.

Bad: Checklist has a lot of prospects who have signed in past years, huge increase in sticker autographs.

The Bottom Line: As with recent years for the brand, 2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball opts to focus on autograph quantity over quality. That’s not to say that the signers are bad, per se, but a lot of the best have already been seen in Bowman products from past years. This set is also significantly hindered by a large amount of autographs on stickers, which will likely make them seem inferior over the long run when set alongside their cardboard counterparts from other releases.

Staff Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

Card Design: 3.4/5.0

The basic design for 2014 Bowman Sterling reminds me of a mix of Chrome with the old Fleer Circa and a touch of Metal Universe. It might not be for everyone, but I don’t mind it. It’s certainly busy enough. Above all, it’s distinct.

Where it struggles is with the addition of stickers for a lot of the autographs. They standout on the chromium stock (a common problem for any set like this that uses stickers). Further, the stickers often overlap with some of the written elements found on the sides of the cards because they’re so big. It’s just not a good fit, even when you overlook stickers in the first place.

2014 Bowman Sterling continues where Bowman left off to take a more visual approach to card backs. This time, it’s bar graphs that rank prospects’ potential in key areas. It’s not as in-depth as the advanced stats found on Bowman Chrome and Bowman Draft, but it’s handy for casual prospectors to get a better gauge on who to watch. Showing my age, I was taken back a little to when I’d scour over the cards on the back of my Transformers.

Checklist: 2.8/5.0

Player-wise, there are lots of decent prospects and rookie autographs in the set. The problem is that most of the biggest prospects had autographs in 2012 or 2013 Bowman products. In today’s hobby, that’s kind of like the equivalent of a 1990 Ken Griffey Jr. versus a 1989 Ken Griffey Jr.

Beyond that, 2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball takes a relatively straightforward approach. Rookies, prospects and autographs all look very similar, making for a very singular look in any given box. There are a few exceptions in the rare inserts, but that might only amount to a card or two per box, if that.

Value: 2.0/5.0

Given the amount of autographs per pack and box, Bowman Sterling isn’t cheap. But with the perception of great supply comes much lower secondary market values, especially compared to Bowman Chrome Autographs. This has long been a major issue with the brand where they’re seen as a secondary type card despite arriving with a high buy-in price. The stickers and weak checklist don’t help matters either.

With a lower overall print run compared to other products, the chance of landing something rarer is easier than normal. But that doesn’t help when there’s not a lot of demand to being with.

The Fun Factor: 3.0/5.0

With the cards sitting in front of me, there are some things that I like about 2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball. The on-card autographs look good. But the product falls victim to a lack of frontline prospects signing for the first time in 2014. It’s further compounded by the massive increase in sticker autographs. If you’re a player or team collector, it’s probably best looked at as a way of landing an affordable signature if Chrome singles aren’t in your budget. The massive amount of autographs can also bode well for a group break as well.

The box for this review was provided by Topps.

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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 Reviews

Marc Maziarz
Marc Maziarz

Wow. Topps might have just lost a customer. This feels like a classic ‘bait-and-switch’ – 2013 Bowman Sterling was my first year to try that set (i build base Topps and Bowman sets every year, but get one or two high-ends a year.) The 2013 Sterling blew me away! All on-card prospects/rookies on solid premium cards. I couldn’t wait to buy the 2014 box… my emotions can be summed in one word: STICKERS. All but 3 of the autos were stickers and then 2 base auto redemptions!?!? You have got to be kidding me. Card design is absolutely atrocious (Can’t even read the player’s names!) Just don’t buy it. Go for Bowman Chrome Prospect Super Jumbo if you’re chasing prospect autos… better bang for your buck. I’ve been loyal to Topps for many years, but after a couple of terrible redemption experiences and product issues, it might be time to send my money elsewhere. Don’t waste your money on 2014 Bowman Sterling.


Is their a link for the Thorpe dilemma? Thanks

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

Geezer Thorpe dilemma?


Stuff is one of the ugliest sets I’ve ever seen. And whom ever asked why Bryant isn’t in here is beyond me too? You’d think he’d be in there….guess they were to busy mass producing bowman chrome refractors….I think their were 2500 with all the redemptions being him? I’m still in aww that people are asking $20k for his graded 10’s. what also makes my jaw drop is who has them. Seems like the same people and they all have 10’s! Is it possible some are going out the backdoor and people who work at these grading companies are grading them themselves? I just don’t see how he can be demanding more than trout when trout is proven even thou I believe he’s on peds because if you look at his pictures from 2011 he wasn’t even a fraction of how huge he is now. Bryant will never fill out like that. Bryant is taking over for jeter as my favorite player but I would never spend that kind of money on his nor anyone’s besides a jeter foil or Jordan or something pre-1960 of a HOF of any sport. Wish this were a hobby still. I know most that come here are collectors besides a few that only care about ROI!


the cards kind of look like a throwback to the lean years…maybe they should rebrand the product…maybe something like “Bowman Sterling: Metal Universe Redux”–these cards are still not as bad as 2014 Finest; and how ’bout that Tek or whatever product–after I finished opening it, I was actually embarrassed that I bought a box.

This release of Sterling makes it official: I am finished with most high-end products (I’m a sucker for Tribute–and I did hit big with Dynasty), most current set building (still gotta have my Archives and Gypsy Queen), and of other forms of the hobby lottery that tOPPS has created.

If only Panini had MLB rights also–some healthy competition would help the hobby–and Panini is killing tOPPS on design right now…just look at this year’s release of Bowman Sterling: Metal Universe Redux–tOPPS has hit bottom….

Jamey Feuer
Jamey Feuer

Nick, I’d not heard anything about a suspect Thorpe piece… though I’m not shocked; manufacturers have been putting jerseys, helmets, caps, cleats, gloves, bats, various balls and other accoutrements of Sport through food processors and “carding-up” the results since mebbe ’01. That’s a lot of product whereas there are but a finite number of authenticatable game-used/player-worn Mem’ hailing from the early 20th century, let alone the 19th. Thus, a fraudulent Thorpe jersey comes as a surprise only in that the question of questionable provenance hasnt arisen sooner. It’s disappointing, however, to hear of Panini’s refusal to accept accountability, as I infer from your comment.
Accordingly, as I stated in my prior post, with no “official agency” monitoring the industry, it’s manufacturers, and their handling of historical artifacts, it falls to the manufacturers themselves to self-police, and collectors such as ourselves to hold Panini & Topps accountable.


Jamey, I’m not so sure of paninis standards either. Have you read up on the Jim Thorpe controversy, the fake jersey cards that they aren’t doing anything about?

Jamey Feuer
Jamey Feuer

This is just another fancy re-hash of pricey, prior Topps products (say that 7 times fast and I’ll give you an Oscar Taveras auto!)
That Taveras is included as a “hit” in such products, as I have mentioned relative to other Topps products such as Dynasty, is outrageous. The guy’s death is a tragedy, but he had little to no impact on Baseball bc his career had yet to begin, even with all of that potential.
Topps needs to take a long hard look at the year’s releases…& with few exceptions, the marked consumer distaste. A vibrant Topps will force the only other major trading card manufacturer, Panini, to keep THEIR standards high and price-points sane.


Another rushed, forced product. I was hoping there would be a reduction in releases for 2015, but I don’t see it. Plus one of ones having parallels tells me they are out of creative ideas and forcing the issue now.


No Rays cards at all. And same guys that are in every other product. I’m guessing Topps had stickers of Taveras?


Why does Kris Bryant not have an auto in this set? Everyone else seems to have one.


Why have a red refractor parallel numbered 1/1 and a superfractor parallel of the same card numbered 1/1? Think it waters down the specialness of hitting a 1/1. And that doesn’t even take into account the 1/1 printing plates.


Does anyone know if these are sticker autos? After looking at some of the items listed on Ebay, it looks like there was a lot of them. I know last years product was NOT stickers, and that is why I am confused.

If that is the case, that is a little disappointing that the product actually took a step back. Please let me know! Thanks!

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

Erik Looks like a mix of both stickers and on-card. That said, it looks like there are more stickers than on-card. Quite a bit is out early. It was originally pushed back until next week.


18 Autos. that’s ridiculous. 2014 was a good year for rookies and prospects. If I had 240 bucks , I’d be in. Maybe graduation gift? Idk it’s a risky product but this year could be worth the risk.


Wow, I’m definitely not liking the look. Die cut auto & wave refractor as a case hit guarantee isn’t going to make it any more appealing.


The 2013 design was bland and blah…this is just downright ugly! Maybe the cards will look better in hand??? But of course beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so if you like these, enjoy em!

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