By the Numbers: 2012 Bowman baseball



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.

The 2012 Bowman baseball card set from Topps has arrived on with the newest prospects, some of baseball’s hottest rookies and more. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer  — and see even more — after the jump.


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Total value … of all priced cards in product: $29,124.35.

Average price … of all priced cards: $10.45.

Highest-priced card … Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Gold Refractors #209 Yu Darvish ($1,300-$1,500)

Other notable cards:
— Darvish’s first Bowman Chrome autograph cards.
— The super-hot Bowman Lucky Redemption cards 1, 2 and 3.
— Bowman AFLAC Autographs.
— Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs of Jackie Bradley Jr., Josh Bell, Gerrit Cole, Danny Hultzen, Anthony Rendon, Dante Bichette Jr., Oscar Taveras and Xander Bogaerts.
— Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs of Jesus Montero and Matt Moore.

Fleischer’s Focus: Fans of Bowman will not be disappointed with this year’s offering. While much of the product is almost identical to previous year’s Bowman products, there are plenty of new chase elements like the Darvish autographs, the Lucky Redemptions and the Debut Golden Contract. Almost half of the Prospect/Rookie autographs are priced at $20 or more, so there’s a pretty good chance that collectors will pull top prospect’s signature.

Olds’ Opinion: Bowman is a hobby staple — if not THE hobby staple — these days, so it can seemingly do no wrong whether it’s a strong crop of rookies and prospects or not. This year is looking pretty darn strong.

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


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  1. Mel G 23 May, 2012 at 12:03

    No doubt the cheating collectors have already hit the Target and Wal-Mart stores and been busy fingering the packs. That’s why I almost never buy loose packs at Target or Wal-Mart. Chances are that the collectors have already fingered them and searched them. And yes, they get away with it all the time. I always report them when I see them, but when I see them they’re always doing it in plain sight and nobody is paying any attention to them.

    How many of us have seen the finger searchers in action, particularly if the nearest cashier has a long line of customers and is busy ringing people up? Of course, there’s also the time of day when no register near the cards is occupied at all. In either event, the finger-searchers are there, openly plying their trade and not being bothered by any employees. I know that in some cases security is watching remotely and will get the guy when he leaves the store, but for the most part the finger-searchers get away with it.

    Buy the sealed boxes (and make sure that they are sealed by Topps, not re-sealed by the store). It’s pretty hard for the finger-searches to search the boxes!

  2. Nick C. 23 May, 2012 at 12:40

    How do you pack search “On Card” autos, topps redemptions, and high numbered refractors? Not sure what you are going off about Mel G?????

  3. nemo 23 May, 2012 at 13:28

    I agree it’s unethical, but that doesn’t make it illegal. Security does not “get the guy when he leaves the store”. He has not commited a crime, pack searchers may be a$~*&!, but that dosent make them criminals

  4. Josh 23 May, 2012 at 22:32

    Nick, the packs at Target and Walmart are retail packs and the autos are sticker autos. I don’t think they feel out redemptions and refractors. I think they can see through the wrapper most times. I don’t know why Topps makes wrappers you can see through. Seems stupid to me. And they only do it with the retail packs.

  5. Jason McCuddy 30 May, 2012 at 20:43

    Pack searchers are totally pathetic. What is almost equally ridiculous is the thought of a grown adult seeking out the nearest employee to taddle on someone who is doing it. There is nothing that any employees can do, because although, as nemo states is unethical, they are not doing anything illegal. I go on ahead and buy packs that have obviously been fanned through, and pulled some huge hits from retail that were obviously missed. Harper auto, Kobe patch auto, this year, the retail Matt Adams auto, ect. I just get a kick out of people going on these rants about pack searchers. It’s not healthy to get all fired up about something completely out of your hands. Just chill. The pack searchers seem to miss the best stuff anyway from what I’ve gathered, and although they are a cancer to the retail sector, there is no way to stop it. Security stopping them at the door? Where do people come up with this stuff?

  6. Jason McCuddy 30 May, 2012 at 20:48

    I’m sorry, this is just too funny. Security stopping the guy at the door who payed for something before he left? Give me a break. My sides are hurting….Loss prevention has actual work to do, catching people stealing. The idiot pack searcher is I am sure happy to pay for whatever they think it is they found.

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