Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened …
2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects (retail blaster box)
Suggested Retail Price: $20
Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 55
Base set completion: 16 of 55 (29 percent)
Base Chrome set completion: 5 of 55 (9 percent)
Draft Picks set completion: 14 of 110 (13 percent)
Chrome Draft Picks set completion: 9 of 110 (8 percent)
Insert/short-print cards found: 11
— Signs of the Future (1:73) — 1. No. SOF-BS Brad Salmon
— Futures Game Jersey Relic (1:29) — 1. No.DBPP71 Matt LaPorta
— Xfractor (1:85, serial-numbered out of 199) — 1. No. BDP33 Max Scherzer 198/199
— Gold parallel (1:1) — 8. No. BDP11 Jay Bruce, No. BDP19 Carlos Gonzalez, No. BDP49 Nick Stavinoha, No. BDPP8 Tyreace House, No. BDPP20 Markus Brisker, No. DBPP34 Brett Hunter, No. BDPP54 Tim Murphy, No. BDPP56 Anthony Capra.
Notes: This box completely defied the odds, but anyone who has busted Topps blaster boxes for select sets the last few years probably knows that some brands can deliver in blasters. … This box’s standard cards yielded a Chromes of Jeff Samardzija, Taylor Teagarden and Brett Anderson. Interestingly for the Draft Picks cards, none of the Chromes were first Bowman Cards, while all of the standard Draft Picks were debut cards … A second blaster we opened included a Welington Castillo Futures Game Jersey Relic, a Michael Murphy Refractor and an Edgar Gonzalez Xfractor. Tough to beat these for $20 a pop.
Box Grade: **** out of *****
Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.