Thursday, March 20, 2014

2013 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects baseball hobby box

Sport:  Baseball
Product:  2013 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects
Break Date:  March 16, 2014
Hit Breakdown:  One autograph per box
Summary:  After not pulling exactly what I wanted out of my Bowman Sterling break, I figured I'd take one more shot at the '13 rookie class, this time with Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects. With a box that only promised one hit, I knew pulling something huge was a longshot, but the box price is also significantly cheaper.

This turned out to be a pretty solid break. The auto turned out to be a decent one - Reese McGuire, a top prospect in the Pittsburgh system.

Some of the nicer cards in Bowman breaks turn out to be the colored refractors. While heavy on base refractors, this box only had one colored refractor. But, it was pretty low-numbered, and orange refractor numbered to 25 - Andrew Church, a pitcher in the Mets system.

What made the box, though, was the 1/1 printing plate. It was in a pack with the orange /250 base card...the orange card showed up first, and its bottom right corner was pretty badly dinged. The blow was softened when I saw the card behind it, the plate - D.J. Peterson, a top prospect in the Mariners' system.

Overall, this was a solid box. While I'd have loved to pull a huge name as the auto, getting a low-numbered refractor and a printing plate were really nice.

Like with the Sterling break, only time will tell whether any of these guys pan out. But, for the time being, it was a fun break.

Grade for the product:  B
Grade for the break:  A-

What we pulled:

Printing Plate 1/1 (Cyan):  D.J. Peterson
Autograph:  Reese McGuire
Orange Refractor /25:  Andrew Church
Orange Prospect /250:  Caleb Kellogg
Blue Prospect /500:  Tyler Vail
Silver Ice:  Ian Hagenmiller
Refractor:  Elier Gonzalez, Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, Cody Harris, Gerrit Cole, Johnny Hellweg, Jarred Cosart, Austin Nicely
Future of the Franchise (mini):  Hunter Dozier
Breakouts:  Chris Bostick
Dual Draftee:  Trey Ball/Jon Denney

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