Preview: 2011 Bowman Baseball

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For over 60 years, Bowman has been the go-to brand for collectors who follow the game’s top Rookies and Prospects. Bowman’s home field advantage continues in 2011 as 30 Bowman Rookies and 110 Prospects take the field led by #1 Draft Pick Bryce Harper!.

DETAILS:

  • Release Date: May 9th, 2011
  • 24-Packs Per Hobby Box/12-Packs Per Jumbo Box (32-cards per pack)
  • Bowman Prospects (2 Per Hobby and 8 Per Jumbo Packs)
  • Bowman Chrome Prospects (2 Per Hobby and 6 Per Jumbo Packs)
  • Bowman Chrome On-Card Autograph Cards (1 Per Hobby Box and 3 Per Jumbo Box)
  • Bryce Harper Autographed Prospect Cards
  • Bowman 1948-‘49 Buyback Cut Signature Cards
  • Bowman International Parallel Cards
  • Bowman’s Best Insert Cards
  • USA Baseball Patch Relic Cards
  • Anniversary Autograph Cards

BOWMAN BUYBACK CUT SIGNATURE CARDS HOBBY & JUMBO EXCLUSIVE!

An original 1948 or ’49 Bowman Baseball card is embedded into a book card along with a cut signature from the legendary player depicted.

TOPPS 60th ANNIVERSARY AUTOGRAPH CARDS HOBBY & JUMBO EXCLUSIVE!

Sixty players past and present have signed these cards along with an additional inscription wishing Topps a “Happy 60th!” All autographs and inscriptions are signed directly on each numbered to 60 card. Three players’ cards will be inserted into each baseball product throughout 2011.

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Contest: Guess the final price – 2006 Bowman Chrome Alex Gordon Superfractor Auto

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Back by popular demand, DailyWax is holding another contest for all of our readers. Our first contest was a success, and we hope to continue to offer more contests in the near future. To enter the contest, simply reply to this entry with your name and email address (which will not be visible) along with your guess of final price of this 2006 Bowman Chrome Alex Gordon Superfractor Auto auction on eBay. The closest, without going over, to the final price listed in the auction will win a 2009 Bowman Jose Reyes Printing Plate 1/1. In the event of multiple correct guesses, it will be randomly awarded to one of the correct guessers. You are only allowed to enter your guess once, multiple guesses from the same email address will result in disqualification from the contest. Be sure you use a valid email address, as I will be contacting the winner via email on where to send their prize.

Good luck and happy guessing!

San Francisco Giants Prospect Angel Villalona Suspect in Murder Case

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MLB.com is reporting that 19-year-old San Francisco Giants Prospect, Angel Villalona, who considered one of the top prospects of the franchise, has turned himself in to Dominican Republic authorities following the murder in La Romana, DR.

The shooting occurred on Saturday, September 19 around 11 PM local time, and the authorities have named Villalona as the prime suspect.

This year, Villalona hit .267 with 9 home runs, and 42 RBIs in 74 games with the San Jose Giants at the Class A Advanced level before a season ending injury in July. As a 16-year-old rookie, Villalona received a $2.1 million signing bonus, one of the largest ever at the time.

Villalona had a 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph that has been an anchor for the set and one of the years more highly sought-after prospect cards. If convicted, this could really damper a once very bright and aspiring future.

Over 2,400 Rene Tosoni 2008 Bowman Chrome Autos Turn Up on eBay

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While, we’re not exactly sure how they all ended up on in the sellers hands, over 2,400 2008 Rene Tosoni Bowman Chrome Auto’s have been placed up for auction on eBay. The seller, who deals in “buying lost freight shipments, unclaimed freight, manufacturer and distributor overstocks, and close-out merchandise”.

The seller currently has auctions for 2,412 of the cards, that were originally inserted as redemptions from Topps in their 2008 Bowman Chrome product:

The lot of the Orange refractors also contains 24 of 25 Tim Bascom Orange Refractors autographs too. If you ever wanted to own a near entire print run of an card, here is your chance.

This has to make you wonder what Topps will do to replace the redemptions currently in circulation or which have been redeemed?

Hot List: Top 25 Baseball Cards for September 2009

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The push for the exclusive invites to this years Post Season Party is in full effect. A number of teams are jockeying daily atop of the Wild Card standings with the look of a photo finish almost imminent. This month, some of our hottest cards are from players helping their team lay a stake in this years Post Season.

Here is the Top 25 Baseball Cards for September 2009:

  1. 2007 Bowman Chrome Tim Lincecum RC Auto
  2. 2007 Bowman Sterling Tim Lincecum RC Auto
  3. 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects Tommy Hanson RC
  4. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Gordon Beckham RC Auto
  5. 2008 Donruss EEE Pablo Sandoval RC Auto
  6. 2009 Topps Chrome Tommy Hanson RC Auto
  7. 2004 Bowman Chrome Felix Hernandez Auto
  8. 2009 Bowman Aflac Bryce Harper PROMO
  9. 2002 Bowman Chrome Joe Mauer RC Auto
  10. 2008 Donruss Elite Neftali Feliz RC Auto
  11. 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Pablo Sandoval
  12. 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter RC
  13. 2009 Bowman Prospects Gordon Beckham Auto
  14. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Buster Posey RC Auto
  15. 2002 Bowman Chrome Prospect Zack Greinke
  16. 2008 Sweet Spot USA Signatures Black Stitch Red Auto Stephen Strasburg
  17. 2002 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres Prince Fielder RC auto
  18. 2008 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg
  19. 2004 Bowman Chrome Aflac Andrew McCutchen
  20. 2005 Topps Chrome Update Andrew McCutchen Auto
  21. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Rick Porcello RC
  22. 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Evan Longoria RC AU
  23. 2005 Bowman Chrome Pospects Justin Verlander Auto
  24. 2009 SPx Matt Wieters Auto
  25. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Jesus Montero RC Auto

Happy collecting!

Wilmer Flores 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft to go Live

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In a recent tweet on Twitter, Topps has announced that Wilmer Flores has begun to sign his 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft cards. These originally were inserted in packs as redemption only and may collectors were growing inpatient and speculating that Flores would not sign and these cards would be deemed as replacements only.

Hot List: Top 25 Baseball Cards for August 2009

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As teams are making their pushes toward the post season, a rash of mid-season call-ups have escalated the demand for quite a few prospect rookie cards resulting in an overwhelming demand and collectors paying out at some all-time highs for prices. For the month of August and possibly into late October, I can see that Gordon Beckham and his cards are going to very hot.

Here is the Top 25 Baseball Cards for August 2009:

  1. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Gordon Beckham RC Auto
  2. 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects Tommy Hanson RC
  3. 2007 Bowman Chrome Tim Lincecum RC Auto
  4. 2009 SPx Matt Wieters Auto
  5. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Jesus Montero RC Auto
  6. 2007 Bowman Sterling Tim Lincecum RC Auto
  7. 1997 Bowman Chrome Roy Halladay RC
  8. 2009 Bowman Prospects Gordon Beckham Auto
  9. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Buster Posey RC Auto
  10. 2004 Bowman Chrome Aflac Andrew McCutchen
  11. 2005 Topps Chrome Update Andrew McCutchen Auto
  12. 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Evan Longoria RC AU
  13. 2008 Bowman Sterling Evan Longoria RC Auto
  14. 2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Logan Morrison Auto
  15. 2006 Bowman Chrome Justin Upton RC AU
  16. 2007 Donruss EEE Matt Weiters Auto
  17. 2008 Sweet Spot USA Signatures Black Stitch Red Auto Stephen Strasburg
  18. 2008 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg
  19. 2009 Topps Red Hot Rookie Redemptions
  20. 2004 Bowman Chrome Felix Hernandez Auto
  21. 2002 Bowman Chrome Joe Mauer RC Auto
  22. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects David Price Auto
  23. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Rick Porcello RC
  24. 2009 Topps Chrome Tommy Hanson RC Auto
  25. 2005 Bowman Chrome Pospects Justin Verlander Auto

Happy collecting!

MLB announces exclusive deal with Topps

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Topps has signed an exclusive deal with Major League Baseball, and starting 2010 will have an exclusivity on MLB, club trademarks, logos and other intellectual property for use on baseball cards, stickers and other product categories featuring MLB players.

What does this mean? Basically that no other card manufacturers will be able to show photography of players in their actual MLB uniform or use team logos on their product. Topps is hoping that this exclusivity will appeal to a new generation of enthusiasts and restore their reign as the crown jewel of the sports collecting world.

he exclusive arrangement ends MLB’s 30-year relationship with Upper Deck, the other main player in the market, which retains licensing rights from the MLB Players Association. That enables Upper Deck to continue producing cards with players’ images, but team logos and such are out.

Hot List: Top 25 Baseball Cards for July 2009

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The month of July is synonymous with one thing: HOT. Throughout the month of June, I don’t think there was a player that was as hot as Tim Lincecum. The Freak amassed freakish numbers for the month that included 3 wins, 40 Ks, 1.82 ERA, 39.2 IP in 5 games started. Lincecum’s 2007 Bowman Chrome RC Auto has been reaching freakish prices too. Close on his heels for the month is Stephen Strasburg, who has yet to even sign a MLB contract, but continues to be the buzz around the shop.

  1. 2007 Bowman Chrome Tim Lincecum RC Auto
  2. 1997 Bowman Chrome Roy Halladay RC
  3. 2008 Sweet Spot USA Signatures Black Stitch Red Auto Stephen Strasburg
  4. 2008 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg
  5. 2007 Bowman Sterling Tim Lincecum RC Auto
  6. 2007 Donruss EEE Matt Weiters Auto
  7. 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects Tommy Hanson RC
  8. 2006 Bowman Chrome Justin Upton RC AU
  9. 2009 SPx Mystery Rookie Redemption Exchange
  10. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Josh Vitters RC Auto
  11. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Buster Posey RC Auto
  12. 2005 Topps Chrome Update Andrew McCutchen Auto
  13. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Gordon Beckham RC Auto
  14. 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Evan Longoria RC AU
  15. 2008 Bowman Sterling Evan Longoria RC Auto
  16. 2002 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres Zack Greinke Auto XRC
  17. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Jesus Montero RC Auto
  18. 2009 Topps Red Hot Rookie Redemptions
  19. 2008 SP Authentic Evan Longoria RC Auto
  20. 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Josh Johnson RC
  21. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects David Price Auto
  22. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Rick Porcello RC
  23. 2004 Bowman Chrome Aflac Andrew McCutchen
  24. 2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Logan Morrison Auto
  25. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Lonnie Chisenhall RC Auto

Happy collecting!