By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Topps released on Tuesday the basic product information and preview images for its flagship prospecting product for 2012, Bowman.
Scheduled to arrive on May 9, Bowman will include one Chrome autograph per 24-pack hobby box with a few new introductions to the line, too.
New for 2012 will be Bowman Black autographs, autographed Rookie Originals — signed buybacks of players who never had Bowman autographed prospect cards in the past — Aflac All-American autographs and a wrapper redemption program, too.
Bowman Black (above) will showcase 25 players on its checklist, while 10 players will sign buybacks also limited to 25 copies. The number of Aflac players is still TBD.
The wrapper redemption program will yield a five-card pack of Blue Wave Refractors for every 24 wrappers submitted. This set will parallel the 110-card prospect set.
As with past releases, Bowman Chrome prospect autographs will be found with Refractors as well as Blue (/150), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Purple (/10), Red (/5) and SuperFractor (1/1) versions. The printing plates and Purples will only be found in the 12-pack HTA Jumbo boxes. (Jumbo boxes will include 32 cards per pack and three autographs per box.)
Autographed Rookies will not have Purples with their Blues slightly more plentiful at 250 copies per.
The 2012 Bowman’s Best set will be 50 cards — each apparently diecut — with Refractor, Xfractor and Atomic Refractor.
Also new will be Bowman Silver Ice cards — a one-per-box insert — paralleling the 330 cards in the product.
The prospects set will consist of 110 cards with two Chromes per pack and two regular cards per pack. There will be International, Blue, Orange and Red parallels of the basic cards along with Refractor, Blue, Gold, Orange, Red and Supers for the Chromes.
Also found in the wrapper redemption packs will be Red Wave Refractors limited to 25 copies along with Blue Wave Refractor Prospect autos limited to 50.
Among the signers already committed to having Chrome autographs in the product are Gerrit Cole, Danny Hultzen, Anthony Rendon, Jesus Montero, Matt Moore and Brad Peacock.
Those presently slated to have Bowman Black autographs are Bryce Harper, Cole, Hultzen, Rendon, Andrelton Simmons, Trevor Bauer and Francisco Lindor.
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Bryan Brickhouse Royals
Carlos Martinez Cardinals
Charlie Tilson Cardinals
Cheslor Cuthbert Royals
Clay Holmes Pirates
Daniel Norris Blue Jays
Danny Hultzen Mariners
Dante Bichette Jr. New York Yankees
Dean Green Detroit Tigers
Dillon Howard Indians
Dillon Maples Cubs
Drew Hutchison Blue Jays
Eddie Rosario Minnesota Twins
Eric Arce Blue Jays
Gerrit Cole Pirates
Greg Bird Yankees
Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox
Jacob Anderson Blue Jays
Jeimer Candelario Chicago Cubs
Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers
Joe Ross San Diego Padres
Josh Bell Pirates
Julio Rodriguez Phillies
Kes Carter Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Purke Nationals
Nick Delmonico Orioles
Nick Maronde Angels
Oscar Taveras Cardinals
Rookie Davis New York Yankees
Tommy Joseph Giants
Tyler Collins Detroit Tigers
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