Card of the Day: Ki-Jana Carter 1995 Bowman #1

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Oakland A’s ’18 Bowman Platinum Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Matt Martel on being the lucky winner of the Nick Allen 2018 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects Auto.  Once Matt Martel sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Oakland A’s ’18 Bowman Platinum Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Nick Allen 2018 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • 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!!!

Card of the Day: Joe Mauer 2002 Bowman Heritage Auto

2018 Bowman Platinum Baseball Collector’s Box Break & Review

Earlier this week I opened a blaster box of 2018 Bowman Platinum.  At the time of that writing, Walmart’s website still had some blasters for sale.  Checking right now, they have nothing.  I was able to get my paws on a Collector’s Box though.

If you’re going for the ultimate 2018 Bowman Platinum experience, opening a Collector’s Box is the best way to go.  Remember, this product is exclusive to Walmart.  Hobby shops and online dealers couldn’t get it.  Unless they went to their local Walmart, cleaned the shelves, and resold what they bought.  Ripping into a Collector’s Box is equal to what a traditional hobby box would be.  Of the three formats this product comes in (Blasters, Fat Packs, and Collector’s Boxes), the Collector’s Box is the only one that guarantees (2) autographs.  Its also the only place you can pull Orange parallels #’ed/25.  A Collector’s Box runs about $80, and inside you should find (20) packs.

As I mentioned when opening my blaster, the base set consists of (100) cards.  There are also (100) Top Prospects.  Each has the following parallels: Ice (Blaster), Sky Blue (Fat Pack), Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/25 (Collector’s Box), Red #’ed/10, and Foilfractor #’ed/1.

Ten players have photo variations: Kris Bryant, Rafael Devers, Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Francisco Lindor, Aaron Judge, and Bryce Harper.  These are easy to spot as the pictures are much different compared to the base.  If using the CMP codes is easier, base cards end in #264 and photo variations end in #303.  Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene has (10) Short Prints that on the surface look just like base.  The card number on these all start with the letters “HG”.

Relics can be found, but are difficult to pull.  Platinum Rookie Auto Pieces fall 1:374 packs, and Platinum Patches come 1:4,706 packs.  The Platinum Patches remind me of Triple Threads.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Nick Allen
  • MJ Melendez

Parallels

  • Heliot Ramos Purple #’ed/250
  • Paul DeJong Purple #’ed/250

Inserts

  • Colton Welker Platinum Presence
  • Keston Hura Platinum Presence
  • Gleyber Torres Prismatic Prodigies
  • Tony Santillan Prismatic Prodigies
  • Eloy Jimenez Prismatic Prodigies
  • Jon Duplantier Prismatic Prodigies
  • Tyler Mahle Rookie Revelations
  • Harrison Bader Rookie Revelations
  • Walker Buehler Rookie Revelations
  • Miguel Andujar Rookie Revelations

Card of the Day: Enyel De Los Santos 2018 Bowman Platinum #46

2018 Bowman Platinum Baseball Blaster Box Break

This is just a quick break.  For the last couple of years, the Bowman Platinum brand has been a Walmart exclusive.  My local Walmart store had three blasters on the shelf.  By now they could be all gone.

There are three different formats that you can find this product in – Fat Packs, Blasters, and Collector’s Boxes.  Each comes with it’s own exclusive parallel.  A Collector’s Box is the most expensive at $80, but that does include (2) autographs.  The base set consists of (100) cards and the following parallels: Ice (Blaster), Sky Blue (Fat Pack), Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/25 (Collector’s Box), Red #’ed/10, and Foilfractor #’ed/1.  Top Prospects have (100) cards too with the same parallels.

Photo variations are quite easy to spot.  The pictures are drastically different compared to a traditional base card.  CMP codes for base are #264, whereas photo variations are #303.

My favorite Walmart exclusive Topps product recently is 2017 Topps Gallery.  But these look cool too.  When talking about the base set, that pure blackness mixed with those psychedelic swirls is totally far out.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels

  • Estevan Florial Top Prospects Purple #’ed/250
  • Javier Baez Ice
  • Dansby Swanson Ice
  • Hudson Potts Top Prospects Ice
  • Dennis Santana Top Prospects Ice

Inserts

  • Andres Gimenez Prismatic Prodigies
  • Alex Verdugo Rookie Revelations
  • Alex Verdugo Platinum Presence

Rookies

  • Dominic Smith
  • Harrison Bader
  • Chance Sisco
  • Victor Robles

Top Prospects

  • Hunter Greene
  • Jake Burger
  • Dennis Santana
  • Nick Pratto
  • Shane Bieber
  • Greg Deichmann
  • Riley Pint