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First Look: 2013 Bowman Sterling baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Bowman Sterling is back once again.

Topps released the basic information and preview images for the 10th edition of Bowman Sterling on Wednesday, a high-end prospecting brand that caters to those collectors wanting a little more bang for their buck.

As in three autographs in every single $50 pack.

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Set to arrive on Dec. 18, Sterling will include six packs per box with one rookie or prospect in every pack along with three autographs — a combo of signed rookies and prospects, dual autos, Sterling Showcase and autographed Sterling Showcase cards.

The base set checklist was not announced — nor was a set size. Each card will have a seven Refractor parallels and a set of printing plates to chase. The same applies to the prospect inserts. There will be Refractor (/199), Gold (/50), Blue (/25), Purple (/10), Canary (/3) and 1/1 Super and Reds. Printing plates, of course, will also be four 1/1s.

The autographed rookie offerings will also come with several parallels — 10 Refractors and also printing plates. These will be Refractor (/150), Green (/125), Ruby (/99), Orange (/75), Gold (/50), Blue (/25), Purple (/10), Canary (/3) and 1/1 Red, Super and plates. The autographed prospects will have the same configuration.

New this year will be Sterling Blue Sapphire Signings cards — what Topps says will consist of the best rookies and prospects of the year. These will be limited to 50 with a Ruby parallel limited to 25 and a 1/1 Super.

The last inclusion in this one will be the Sterling Auto Showcase cards, which will showcase top prospects of the year. They’ll be limited to just 25 copies apiece with a 1/1 Sterling Silver parallel.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

(Want a checklist or OPG for a previous edition of Sterling? Click here.)

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