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Eight cards per pack/24 packs per box

Base set completion: 111 of 251 (44%)
Short print set completion: 7 of 45 (16%)
Prospect set completion: 48 of 100 (48%)
Rainbow foil set completion: 14 of 251 (3%)
Rainbow foil short print set completion: 7 of 45 (16%)

Overall set completion (two hobby boxes)

Base set: 174 of 251 (69%)
Short print set: 14 of 45 (31%)
Prospect set: 72 of 100 (72%)
Rainbow foil set: 30 of 151 (12%)
Rainbow foil short print set: 21 of 45 (47%)

“Hits”

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Impressions

It sure is a pain in the rear to finish a set these days. Two boxes, lots of cards, even more duplicates. Given that there’s only a possible five base cards per pack, I suppose I should be happy with where I am. Five base cards per pack x 48 packs fives me 240 total possible base cards. I now have 174 of them, or a little more than 2/3 of the way.

Obviously what Topps wants the buyer to do here is to put down for another box. Fortunately, I’ve now managed to acquire a decent-sized piled of doubles that I can hopefully cash in for the remainder of the set.

Still, the point I made in the last post remains. If Topps, UD, and everybody else continue to devalue the hobby box, while maintaining ridiculously high prices, buyers will simply wait. They’ll wait like I did until retailers are forced to discount them, or worse yet, sell them at a loss. Keeping up this process will eventually force retailers to reconsider, or in the worst case, close up shop. We already see this happening on a large scale — shops are closing all the time.

There is no incentive for me to buy wax at full MSRP, knowing it’ll be discounted in due time. I assume Topps/UD are fully aware of this, but the way it’s been, it sure doesn’t feel like it. Nonetheless, I’ll probably end up buying 2009 Topps as well as Heritage on or around their release dates, but anything else is likely going to wait until discounts come.

This will also likely be my last box break until the 09 product comes out, unless of course I run into some extra cash.

Oh, and by the way, Curt Schilling’s middle name is Montague? Didn’t see that one!

Eight cards per pack/24 packs per box

Base set completion: 105 of 251 (42%)
Short print set completion: 7 of 45 (16%)
Prospect set completion: 48 of 100 (48%)
Rainbow foil set completion: 6 of 251 (3%)
Rainbow foil short print set completion: 15 of 45 (33%)

“Hits”

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Impressions

This is the second of three boxes I recently ordered from DACW. I had wanted to do the final Bowman Heritage for some time, but never quite made it around to doing so. And now that prices for 07BH are much more reasonable, now’s as good a time as any.

As you know, the Heritage set is split up into a few different subsets: Prospects, Short Prints, and Rainbow Foil. In this instance, the SPs are truly a subset. They’re variants of the base cards, only without the facsimile autograph — even noted on the checklist as the “B” variation, with the regular card as the “A” variation. So one can complete the base set and not be short any cards from the checklist. This is a welcome change, particularly from Topps Heritage, with its usual load of 75 or so short-prints, all of them part of the main checklist. I really wish that Topps would do this for Heritage and Allen & Ginter — make the SPs a variation rather than an additional card.

The cards themselves are a faithful reproduction of the original 1952 Bowman set. Given my appreciation for all things vintage, it’s no surprise really that I’ve wanted to complete this set for some time.

The checklist is a very manageable 251 cards. Although as you can see here, a single hobby box will yield only half the set, especially with all the inserts included. Still, I can’t complain that the box didn’t produce a single double.

Topps sold these boxes with a guarantee of two relics and one auto per box. This box delivered that, and added a blue printingĀ  plate and a black-border variation as well.

A couple of parting thoughts …

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Dude. Bartolo. Seriously, you’ve let yourself go. And Mike Piazza in an A’s jersey? I totally thought this card was of Nick Swisher. But seeing Piazza in an A’s jersey makes about as much sense as seeing Rickey Henderson in a Dodger jersey.

I was reminded again this weekend why it’s a good idea to always check the markdown bins. In there, I found a mini-box of 2005 Bowman Sterling for 9. 99 — these carry a typical retail price of $40-something. In there, I found these three cards (along with the two base cards).

Humberto Sanchez FY AU

David Ortiz GU bat

And the bonus for me, Scott Elbert FY AU/”Player-worn” jersey

There’s just something totally amusing about reading Topps’ disclaimer of “the relic contained within is not from any specific game, event, or season.” That’s about as non-specific as it gets! Given this card is from Elbert’s first professional season, it’s not likely that the jersey piece is from a Dodger uniform. And the non-specific language could very well mean this is a jersey swatch from something he wore on draft day, for that matter. Oh well. It’s still a nice card.

Also, what is with Topps’ UV-coated cards (Chrome, BDPP, Sterling, etc.) curling up like they do? That’s really annoying!

Now on to the others.

TriStar Prospects Plus had a great-looking design in 2006, but I found that their production lacked quality control — so many of their cards were badly miscut. In 2007, the design was once again simple and aesthetically pleasing, and this time the quality issues appeared resolved. I also liked the one-per-pack autograph seeding, not to mention the players themselves. In a draft class with standouts such as David Price and Matt LaPorta, it was a nice thing to be able to pick up their rookie cards for far less than their Bowman Draft counterparts cost.

But in 2008, I feel TriStar took a step back, for several reasons. One was totally out of their control — Razor snatched up a large chunk of the marquee draftees in this class and signed them to exclusive contracts, leaving both TriStar and Bowman’s checklists lacking. Two, while the production quality again appears to be fine, this is just an awful card design.

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I don’t get the little rectangular border extensions into the photo. The card would’ve been fine — albeit boring, but fine — without the border funkiness. I also don’t care for five-card hobby packs for $5, a far cry from last year’s 1o-card packs + one auto for $10. Given the checklist issues, the design, and the price point, I seriously doubt I’ll be pursuing this set.

And then there’s UD Documentary. Before I even mention my critique, takeĀ  a close look at these cards.

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In the above card, Russell Martin readies himself for a play at the plate … at Coors Field. Notice the score is from a game against the Cubs … that they lost. The “youngsters continue to lead the charge offensively,” to the tune of just one lone run — which was driven in by Andre Ethier, not Russell Martin.

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In this card, Aaron Rowand is swinging away at Dodger Stadium. The game mentioned on card? Tim Lincecum fired a gem … against the Rockies.

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And finally, former Padres CLOSER Trevor Hoffman graces this card, which mentions multi-hit games coming to the aid of a veteran starter … Greg Maddux. But notice the score … evidently those multi-hit games weren’t quite enough since the Dodgers pounded the Padres.

I realize it’d probably be a monumental task to secure a photo that was actually from each individual game mentioned. But UD could’ve easily accounted for things such as making sure the right player was pictured, or that their write-ups made sense when juxtaposed with the box scores and photos.

I didn’t even bother taking a closer look at the rest of the cards, but I imagine the same lack of oversight ruined them as well. In a year that’s been chock-full of lackluster, pointless releases from Upper Deck, they f inish the year with arguably the worst one of all. If you’re going to to try to do a documentarian set, then try a little harder. This set is weak, and is filled with so many non-intentional errors it’s aggravating. Then again, given UD’s predilection to not even bother with fact-checking, it’s no surprise really.

163 Eric Byrnes
174 Ryan Garko
216 Nick Blackburn RC
162 Rocco Baldelli
27 Matt Garza
BP41 Eli Tintor
BP44 Alex Cobb
BCP103 Greg Dowling
BCP71 Brad Miller
BP21 (Gold) Chance Chapman

Once again, I appreciate the simplicity of Bowman’s design. I also appreciate the borders, which is why I’ve never really liked many cards featuring Upper Deck’s full-bleed photography. The black borders will eventually be a pain for anyone looking to have these cards graded, but with the base veterans/rookies checklist being as weak as it is, I doubt many of them will be heading to BGS. And just like last year’s Bowman set, most of the “prospects” in this set aren’t really scintillating. There are lots of big-name autos in this set such as Matt LaPorta and so on, but you won’t find anything of the sort in a Wal-Mart bought pack. I was really hoping for a Hiroki Kuroda RC, but alas, no such luck.

It fills my need to bust wax, but it’s not a set I’ll be working on. Bowman doesn’t really pique my interest much until December brings Draft Picks & Prospects.