2019 Bowman Sterling Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Pizza.  That’s exactly what pops into my head when I look at a box of 2019 Bowman Sterling Baseball.  The shape of the box reminds me of something a personal pan pizza would get delivered in.  Mmm… pizza.  I haven’t had one of those from Pizza Hut in a long time.

Its been five years since the Bowman Sterling brand was made available as a standalone product.  The last standalone outing it had was in 2014.  I remember buying a lot of Bowman Sterling packs, both baseball and football.  Over the last few years Bowman Sterling inserts have shown up in various other Topps products.

Topps debuted Bowman Sterling to collectors in 2004.  Matt Bush, Huston Street, Robinson Cano, Adam Wainwright, Felix Hernandez, Homer Bailey, Philip Hughes, David Wright, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Quentin, Delmon Young, and Trevor Plouffe were all top guys that you wanted to pull at the time.

2019 Bowman Sterling is a very rookie and prospect focused set.  Much like it’s predecessors of the past.  A hobby box will cost around $250 as of this writing.  Inside each box you’ll find (5) mini-boxes each housing an autograph.

Although the autographs are the main attraction, a base set is here for you to collect.  The base set consists of (100) cards – (50) prospects and (50) rookies.  Parallels include Base Refractor #’ed/199, Speckle #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Black Atomic #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, Superfractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Even though a low-numbered parallel of a base card could easily end up being the major hit of the box, autographs are the meat and potatoes of this brand.  Numerous autograph options are available – Prospect & Rookie Autographs, Sterling Die-Cut Autographs, Sterling Retrospect Autographs, Dual Refractor Autographs, and Triple Refractor Autographs.

Sterling Retrospect highlight the only insert.  Both the autographed and non-autographed versions of these cards are designed to look as if they’re from the 2004 set.  I would say that these are my favorite cards.  A lot of veterans are in this portion of the set.  Vertically signed autographs, which you’ll find on the Sterling Retrospect cards, has always caught my eye.

Simple design.  Pizza box presentation.  Prospecting collectors should enjoy the revival of this brand.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Noelvi Marte
  • Jordan Groshans
  • Ryan Borucki
  • Franklin Perez
  • Grayson Rodriguez Refractor #’ed/150


  • Brendan Rodgers Refractor #’ed/199
  • Brock Deatherage Speckle #’ed/99

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