Card of the Day: Donavan Tate 2010 Bowman Platinum Prospects Refractors #24

Card of the Day: Danny Farquhar 2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractors

Topps Creates Special Bowman Chrome Refractors For The 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

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The corporate area during the National Sports Collectors Convention is always a busy place.  At least that’s what I’ve experienced during the five Nationals I’ve attended.  Of all the companies setup, I think Topps is one of the better run and more active booths.

Topps knows how to do promotional cards the right way.  Creating special cards that can be integrated into an already successful existing product is the best way to go.  For the last few years, Topps stuck with making National-exclusive Allen & Ginter cards.  Before that, they also touched on special Gypsy QueenBowman Platinum, and Heritage cards too.  In 2010, I remember it being a battle to obtain that Stephen Strasburg National-exclusive Topps Heritage rookie.

Over on the Topps blog, they recently announced their wrapper redemption plans for the 2016 National.  They’re going with commemorative “National” refractors all designed to look like 2016 Bowman Chrome.  You can see the entire checklist here.  You’ll find plenty of young talent within this set, but prospects and rookies aren’t the only thing Topps included.  Current stars and retired legends are in here too.  Its uncommon to see someone like Babe Ruth in a set reserved for many players who haven’t even made their MLB debut yet.  Randomly inserted parallels and autographs will be found.

According to Topps, it sounds like a lot of the qualifying products for their wrapper redemption program will be some of the more affordable ones.  This way more collectors can participate.  But I bet if you walked over with a box of Bowman Inception or another high-end 2016 baseball product you’d still be eligible for some promo packs considering the cost is much more.  I’d ask before doing so though.

Card of the Day: Jordy Nelson 2008 Topps Letterman Refractors RC #81

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Card of the Day: Bret Wagner 1995 Bowman’s Best Refractors #59

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Card of the Day: Jimmy Rollins 1998 Bowman Chrome Golden Anniversary Refractors #181

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Card of the Day: Roy Halladay 1997 Bowman Chrome International Refractors #212

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Card of the Day: Ryan Braun 2005 Bowman Draft Picks Chrome Refractors Auto

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Green Lantern Looks Fantastic

I’m a sucker for all comic book driven movies.  Thats why I’m so excited for the new Green Lantern film that hits theaters on June 17th, 2011.  It looks great from what you can see in the new trailer.


These 1995 Skybox DC Chromium cards are some of the best looking comic book cards from the 90’s.  I still think the 2010 Topps Finest Football Atomic Refractors look like the Green Lantern logo.