Card of the Day: Kerry Kittles 1996-97 Topps #198

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2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball Box Break & Review

For two decades the Bowman Chrome brand has been the #1 product when it comes to a player’s first year cards.  Collectors love Chrome!  This year is no different.  People are willing to do their homework and spend lots on minor league standouts hoping that one day they’ll hit it big.  Sometimes this can workout great.  Others not so much.  That’s the gamble you take.  Either way you look at it, Bowman Chrome is the product that amplified prospecting within this hobby.

Topps decided to keep the new format for Bowman Chrome that began last year.  Every master box comes with two mini-boxes containing (6) packs each.  Bowman Chrome is all about the parallels.  Whenever I open a pack of this stuff I look down into the top and hope to see a slightly thicker card.  I’ve noticed that Topps prints the parallels and autographs on thicker stock.  When pulling the cards out I always attempt to get a glimpse at the fatter card to see if it has any color to it.  I enjoy the suspense.  Seeing a little strip of gold, orange, red, or SuperFractor pattern can make for an entertaining pack rip.

Two major additions were made to Bowman Chrome in 2017.  The first are photo variations.  Bowman Chrome is not the traditional place you’d find these.  But we’ve got them.  (15) to be exact.  They’re easy to spot as long as you check the CMP code on the back.  Base cards end in #3927 compared to photo variations with #3953.

The other new addition are relics.  Just like the photo variations, Bowman Chrome isn’t known for having them.  Chrome Autograph Relics, 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Relics, and 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Autograph Relics can all be found.  Those AFL cards can come with some insane looking patches.

Refractors That Never Were gives us a dose of what popular Bowman cards from the past would look like in refractor form.  Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, and Ivan Rodriguez each have autographed versions.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Luis Arraez
  • Mitchell White

Parallels

  • Lucas Erceg Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Chris Archer Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Ryan O’Hearn Green Shimmer Refractor #’ed/99
  • James Kaprielian Refractor #’ed/499
  • Brent Honeywell Bowman 70th Logo Blue Refractor

Inserts

  • Eloy Jimenez 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars
  • D.J. Stewart 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars
  • Dustin Fowler Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates
  • Alec Hansen Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates
  • Ronald Acuna Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates
  • Taylor Trammell Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates

Notable Rookies

  • Andrew Benintendi
  • Yoan Moncada

Card of the Day: Benito Santiago 1987 Leaf Rated Rookie #31

’17 Topps UFC Chrome Auto Contest!

This contest is for a Tony Ferguson 2017 Topps UFC Chrome Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
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  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Rays ’17 Topps Triple Threads Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Matt Wilson on being the lucky winner of the Evan Longoria 2017 Topps Triple Threads Single Jumbo Unity Bat Relic Emerald Parallel #’ed/18.  Once Matt Wilson sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Card of the Day: Justin Turner 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter #322

Guess The Set – October 20, 2017

Can you Guess The Set?  This evening I’ll post the correct answer in the comment section and on Twitter.  Good luck!

Hint – Card #83 is a popular rookie of #20.