Card of the Day: Wilson Valdez 2002 Donruss Originals RC #402

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The Melky Mix-Up

In 2006, Topps released a product called Bowman Originals.  Each pack cost around $75.00 and included two buyback autographs.  Opening a pack of this stuff usually yieled an autographed rookie of Mike Lamb numbered to 1,000,000, but if you were lucky enough you could pull a Pujols signed rookie numbered to 1.  Bowman Originals has so many different autographed cards for one player, it can get very confusing when purchasing one and knowing its the real thing.  

Take a look at this Melky Cabrera “autograph”.  

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At first glance, it looks like a buyback autograph from 2005 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #’ed/10.  But there is just one little problem.  The only Cabrera buyback autograph from ’06 Bowman Originals #’ed/10 is the regular 2005 Bowman Chrome, not the DP&P.  The above card should be #’ed/161 and not 10.  Someone just looking to pick up a low numbered Cabrera autograph may not realize this at first if their not familiar with the Bowman Originals product.  

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This is the card that should be numbered to 10.

2006 Bowman Originals is a great product for player collectors that need to obtain every autograph of a specific player.  It would be wise to familiarize yourself with the product before purchasing any on the secondary market so you don’t get scammed.  When purchasing online, it would be a good idea to get a picture of the back.  Topps included a few stickers that certify the autograph.

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Bowman Originals – are they true rookie cards too?

About 2 years ago Topps introduced a product called Bowman Originals.  Each factory sealed box contained 6 pack with 7 cards per pack, and there were 2 autographed card in every pack.  Each autographed card came in an encased uncirculated holder with a seal across the top from Topps.  Each autographed card was an original rookie card from the past that had been signed by the player.  My question for you is this.  Do these cards count as rookies?  A lot of the autographed cards aren’t from the year this product was released, but the cards themselves are not reprints.  The cards were made in the past, but signed when this product began production.  If these cards were reprints, the product would not be called Bowman Originals.