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All You Need to Know About 2012 Bowman Black Autographs

All You Need to Know About 2012 Bowman Black Autographs

Black autographs are nothing new. But that doesn't make them any less impressive. And despite their increased availability over the past couple of years, these striking signatures are still the exception. 2012 Bowman Black doesn't break any ground stylistically, but the limited insert has created some continuity throughout the brand's many lines.

Each of the five 2012 Bowman-brand sets have 25 different Bowman Black cards. All are numbered to 25.

The horizontal cards all have the same design. They're dominated by a black backdrop with a player photo on the right. All are also signed in silver, further adding to the continuity throughout the various sets.

The 2012 Bowman Black checklist consists entirely of rookies and top prospects. Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, Dylan Bundy, Jackie Bradley Jr, Nick Castellanos, Danny Hultzen and Billy Hamilton are among those in the set.

Several of the cards are inserted as redemptions. 2012 Bowman Platinum, in particular, has a lot. More than half of those allocated for the set were not returned in time for the pack out.

2012 Bowman Black cards are also extremely condition sensitive. The dark design causes any sort of nick or surface blemish to show. The cards are especially prone to chipping along the edges and corner dings.

Below you will find a near-complete image gallery (minus redemption cards) of the 2012 Bowman Black set. We've also included a set-by-set checklist and a list of redemptions. This guide will continue to evolve as more cards are on the way in 2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball and 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball. Topps has also announced plans to continue the Bowman Black program in 2013, beginning with 2013 Bowman Baseball.

2012 Bowman Black Autograph Gallery

Please consult the checklists below for the set specific cards come from. Players are arranged by last name. We did not include redemption cards, even for those that are not yet live. Missing from the gallery are Chelsor Cuthbert, Guillermo Pimentel and Brad Miller.

2012 Bowman Black Autographs Checklist

2012 Bowman Baseball

BBC-AB Archie Bradley
BBC-AR Anthony Rendon
BBC-ASI Andrelton Simmons
BBC-BH Bryce Harper
BBC-BJ Brandon Jacobs
BBC-BN Brandon Nimmo
BBC-BS Bubba Starling
BBC-CM Carlos Martinez
BBC-CS Cory Spangenberg
BBC-DB Dante Bichette Jr.
BBC-DBY Dylan Bundy
BBC-DH Danny Hultzen
BBC-FL Francisco Lindor
BBC-GC Gerrit Cole
BBC-JBZ Javier Baez
BBC-JP Joe Panik
BBC-JR Julio Rodriguez
BBC-MB Matt Barnes
BBC-MBA Manny Banuelos
BBC-MC Michael Choice
BBC-MP Matt Purke
BBC-OT Oscar Taveras
BBC-SB Sean Buckley
BBC-SM Starling Marte
BBC-TB Trevor Bauer

2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball

BBC-AS Andrew Susac
BBC-BD Brandon Drury
BBC-CC Cheslor Cuthbert
BBC-DC Daniel Corcino
BBC-ER Eddie Rosario
BBC-GP Guillermo Pimentel
BBC-GS George Springer
BBC-JB Jackie Bradley Jr.
BBC-JBY Jed Bradley
BBC-JF Jose Fernandez
BBC-JT Jameson Taillon
BBC-KC Kes Carter
BBC-KW Kolten Wong
BBC-LM Levi Michael
BBC-MA Matt Adams
BBC-MM Mikie Mahtook
BBC-ND Nick Delmonico
BBC-RR Robbie Ray
BBC-TA Tyler Anderson
BBC-TJ Tommy Joseph
BBC-TJN Taylor Jungmann
BBC-XB Xander Bogaerts
BBC-ZC Zack Cox
BBC-ZW Zack Wheeler

2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball

BBC-AC Andrew Chafin
BBC-AG Avisail Garcia
BBC-BH Billy Hamilton
BBC-BM Brad Miller
BBC-CB Christian Bethancourt
BBC-CBU Cody Buckel
BBC-CV Christian Villanueva
BBC-FS Felix Sterling
BBC-JC Jose Campos
BBC-JG Jonathan Griffin
BBC-JH John Hellweg
BBC-JM Jake Marisnick
BBC-JP James Paxton
BBC-JS Jonathan Singleton
BBC-KP Kevin Pillar
BBC-KS Kevan Smith
BBC-MO Marcell Ozuna
BBC-MS Matt Szczur
BBC-NC Nick Castellanos
BBC-TC Tony Cingrani
BBC-TM Trevor May
BBC-TS Tyler Skaggs
BBC-WJ Williams Jerez
BBC-YD Yu Darvish
BBC-ZD Zeke DeVoss

2012 Bowman Black Redemptions

The following cards were available via redemption. Those that are live are noted in the gallery above.

Trevor Bauer
Dylan Bundy
Bryce Harper

Bowman Chrome
Christian Bethancourt
Yu Darvish
James Paxton
Kevin Pillar

Bowman Platinum
Tyler Anderson
Xander Bogaerts
Kes Carter
Zack Cox
C.J. Cron
Nick Delmonico
Brandon Drury
Jose Fernandez
Tommy Joseph
Taylor Jungmann
Guillmero Pimentel
Eddie Rosario
George Springer
Jameson Taillon
Zack Wheeler
Kolten Wong

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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.

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