First look: 2013 Bowman Inception baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First it starred on the gridiron, now it’s coming to the land of prospecting.

Topps teased its forthcoming 2013 Bowman Inception brand on Tuesday, the first release for the brand in baseball that will bring a new look to the prospecting field.

Set to arrive on June 21, Inception will include four autographs and one autographed Relic in every pack — so mark it down as a hits-driven, high-end product.

Each Rookie Autograph will include eight parallels — Gold (/99), Blue (/75), Orange (/50), Green (/25), Red (/10), Purple (/5) and 1/1 Inception and 1/1 printing plates. That’s 269 autos per player.

Each Prospect Autograph in Inception will have the same number of parallels in the same quantities.

Also to be found are Silver Signings cards — metallic ink on a black card — limited to 25, while a Gold parallel of those cads will be limited to just five copies. Dual Rise autographs will pair notable players from the same franchise and be limited to 25 copies, while a triple autograph will be limited to just five.

For autographed Relics, there will be three versions each with three parallels. The versions are standard Relics, patches and then jumbo patches. The Relics will be paralleled with Red (/50), Blue (/25) and 1/1 Inception cards, while the patches will have the same and be limited to 10, five and one.

Also to be found on the auto Relic side will be autographed logo patches — the logoman patch from their jerseys along with a sticker autograph, each 1/1 cards, a triple auto patch limited to five and Asension Collection auto Relics will include an auto and swatches from several steps in the minors. These will be limited to 25 and have a 1/1 patch parallel as well.

There will be three continuity releases in 2013 Bowman brands with Bowman Black returning here along with the Blue Sapphire Refractors as well. A third inclusion will be Little League autographs — signed cards of players in their younger days, along with a contest that will include a Baseball Factory tryout and a trip to the Under Armour All-American Game.

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.

















Preliminary (partial) checklist as provided by Topps:

Prospect Autographs (40-plus players)

Addison Russell
Albert Almora

Barrett Barnes
Billy Hamilton
Brad Miller
Byron Buxton
Carlos Correa
Christian Bethancourt
Corey Seager
Courtney Hawkins
David Dahl
Eddie Butler

Jake Marisnick
Jonathan Singleton
Jorge Soler
Kevin Gausman
Kyle Zimmer
Lucas Giolito
Max Fried
Mike Zunino
Miles Head
Nick Castellanos
Stefen Romero
Stryker Trahan
Tyler Austin

Rookie Autographs (15 players)

Avisail Garcia
Dylan Bundy
Jurickson Profar
Manny Machado
Mike Olt
Tyler Skaggs

Autographed Relics (25-plus players)

Anthony Rendon
Billy Hamilton
Carlos Martinez
Jake Marisnick
Joe Panik
Jonathan Schoop
Jonathan Singleton
Manny Machado
Michael Choice
Mike Olt
Mike Zunino
Nick Castellanos
Nolan Arenado
Oswaldo Arcia
Richie Shaffer
Tommy Joseph
Tyler Skaggs

Autographed Patches (15-plus players)

Billy Hamilton
Carlos Martinez
Christian Yelich
Dylan Bundy
Gerrit Cole
Jonathan Singleton
Jurickson Profar
Manny Machado
Mike Zunino
Nick Castellanos
Nolan Arenado



  1. kris
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    awesome looking

  2. Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    looks good but does the hobby need another prospect set???

  3. Scott76
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    How much for the doggy in the window.?

  4. Chris H
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    If they’re giving baseball a crack at Inception, then why can’t they make Ginter FB?!

  5. Posted January 8, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Because they already had Mayo FB and it didn’t sell.

  6. RJ
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Wow, can’t wait for the chipping on the borders on these! I got a Mikel Leshoure auto redemption from last year’s FB product, direct from the factory, noticeable white and rounded edges on all four corners. No thanks.

  7. Matt
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Looks super cool, but again, yet another high end product!

  8. Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Let the flooding begin. What makes high end product special? The scarcity of the cards. Now they are introducing yet another high end product with 269 autos of each player?! Are they pretty? Yes. So was Stadium Club and Leaf at the time. Is it me or is this starting to feel like this is the high end version of the 1990s over-saturation all over again?

  9. Keyser Soze
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    They’re going to kill the prospect market via oversaturation just like they did with “game-used”. It’s almost like they’re incapable of learning.

  10. chrisolds
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Kind of hard to over-saturate at that kind of presumed price-point.

    I’d also lean toward this product replacing one that was on the calendar in 2012.

  11. Jamie Case
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    What no veteran star players?

  12. Kevin
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    To me this product screams collectors beware and resellers come make some money. Also this just more and more fits the mold that topps is just taking us for our buck and not to worried about quality over quantity. 260 + autos isnt it a lil over kill already. some of these kids will have over 10000 autos out before even seeing a pitch in a big league park even they even make it. plus sticker autos should be out by now.

  13. Mike
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Don’t know what product itll replace, hoping triple threads got the axe but pics have been teased.

    but hobby didn’t need more $100 packs or prospect issues.

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