Friday, September 18, 2015

Instead Of A Box...

So 2015 Bowman Chrome came out a little while back and naturally I bought a box and had Rex and his men go on their first clone break in months right?


私はBowman Chromeを箱ごと買っていませんし値段が5ドル以下じゃない限り箱を買うつもりはありません。

Here's the thing, Bowman Chrome is often the weakest Bowman flagship offering in terms of hits. It's right behind Bowman Draft and Bowman. A large part of that is because almost all of the notable domestic prospect autographs were already included in Bowman and Bowman Draft and several of the high profile international prospects are included in Bowman. This year Bowman tried to do a sort of "best for last" type of thing by saving guys like Michael Conforto for 2015 Bowman but that still isn't really enough if you glance through the autograph checklist.

Plus I looked at the checklist for the product. As is to be expected there were a ton of repeaters (guys who already had cards made of them) in the base card checklist and Bowman Chrome includes the most worst type of baseball players around, the major leaguers. Bleck.

It certainly doesn't help that I already have autographs of close to 20% of the autograph checklist. At this point any of the non-Jake Cave autographs would be redundant if I pulled them. It always feels weird pulling a certified autograph of a guy who you already got via TTM or IP (unless it's a Yankee in which case it's a gigantic bonus for me :)).

そう言ったものの Bowman Chromeにはなかなか悪くない選手がいます。例えば Gleyber Torres, Michael Conforto, Brent Honeywell, Hector Olivera, Gilbert Lara, Casey Gillaspieなでのような選手がいます。あとチームからするとトッププロスペクトと見られているJarlin Garcia, Zach Bird, Michael De Leonもいます。私はこの選手たち一人も必要ありませんがね。

Which brings me to the fact that there were only four cards that I "wanted" in Bowman Chrome this year. Three of them were autographs and one was a regular base card. I would go for those four directly but I'm waiting until the dead of winter/the offseason to strike since everybody is still paying double digits for the newest shiniest toys on the market. I'm pretty sure I can get the lone base card I need for a coin (or two) in the future, and the autographs I can probably obtain for less than 2 digits if I wait long enough.

Although if you feel inclined to help me, the cards I need are basically the three Yankees prospect autographs of Wilkerman Garcia (The Wilkman!), Dermis Garcia (EpiDERMIS!) and Jake Cave. As well as Jake Cave's base card. I especially need the Wilkerman.

So yeah, I was originally planning on having this be a "using the $60-100 I could've spent on a box, I decided to spend it on the four cards I wanted!" but those four cards I wanted have died down price wise yet. Instead I decided to do this.

I bought two loose packs of Bowman Chrome. It was in order to do a pack war with a pack of cards that P-Town Tom sent me. If anybody knows my taste in cardboard it's Tom, and unless the two packs actually yield a card I need, their chances for victory look slim. Let's dive in.

Round 1.

Here the PTT pack takes an early lead by offering a Severino Bowman Chrome. And this Severino was actually Sevy's base card in 2014 Bowman Chrome meaning that this is legitimately his first Bowman Chrome card.
Also, the Bowman Chrome pack committed the cardinal sin of dishing out a member of a Florida team. One of the most useless and immoveable types of cards you'll ever see in the hobby. Especially if they're boring established veterans like Prado who can't realistically be any better and in turn have very few collectors waiting to scoop up their cards.

Round 2.

It's the battle of the sunglasses. The BoChro pack tried to be cute by throwing out a tallboys-ish insert but Katoh gets the point. Simply because Katoh replied to a TTM request (twice) for me and Jackson hasn't.

Round 3.

The battle of the top org prospects. I give the point to Judge because he's shiny. And tall.

Round 4.

There's almost nothing I dislike more than veterans in Bowman products. It was my understanding that the Bowman brand is purely for prospects and the main Topps brand is reserved for big leaguers. Products like Stadium Club are perfect for major leaguers. Products like Bowman Chrome aren't. Obviously the point goes to the gold parallel TANAK.

Round 5

You could throw any group of prospects up against Torrens and he'd defeat them all. And Reed and Davis aren't run of the mill prospects either, they're quite good. I'd like them more if they were in the Yankees org. However the green Torrens wins. Green is good.

Round 6

The battle of the autographs, both on card too. My luck with Bowman Chrome continues as I beat the odds and pulled that Dominic Smith autograph out of my second and final pack. This is actually a pretty good matchup since both Jags and Smith were first round picks back in 2013. Since then they've been overshadowed by better prospects but both serve specific roles in their organizations (depth/trade bait). I think this is like my 4th Bowman Sterling Eric Jagielo autograph but Smith hasn't responded to my TTM request. So the point goes to the power hitter from Notre Dame.

PTT: 6
Bowman Chrome: 0

To the surprise of absolutely no one, P-Town Tom wins it. Thanks for the awesome pack Tom. I'll be sending something out to you shortly.

Anyway, I still need the four 2015 Bowman Chrome cards I listed above. Guess I'll add them to my unofficial gray whales want list.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).


  1. If you ever figure out what to do with immoveable cards you must let me know. The Florida teams and Oak are taking over my trade box.

    Oh, and . . . Woo-Hoo! A shut out!

    1. Well regarding the A's I just dump, er I mean give all of them to Fuji.

      As for the Florida teams, I ship them off to people who aren't really team collectors and are just general fans of baseball.