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.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

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

Parallels

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

Eagles ’09 Bowman Sterling Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to James Lloyd Crecraft on being the lucky winner of the Brandon Gibson 2009 Bowman Sterling Auto #’ed/399.  Once James Lloyd Crecraft sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Eagles ’09 Bowman Sterling Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Brandon Gibson 2009 Bowman Sterling Auto #’ed/399.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 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!!!

White Sox ’08 Bowman Sterling Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Tom Robak on being the lucky winner of the Chris Getz 2008 Bowman Sterling RC Auto.  Once Tom Robak sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

White Sox ’08 Bowman Sterling Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

Chris Getz?  Who the heck is this guy?  Getz was in the majors from 2008 to 2014.  He played for the White Sox, Royals, and Blue Jays.  Now he’s the Director of Player Development for the White Sox.  This contest is for a Chris Getz 2008 Bowman Sterling RC Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 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!!!

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