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

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Bowman Platinum is back — and Topps is promising that it’s “going platinum crazy” with this year’s release.

Set to arrive on July 31 packing two autographed prospect Refractors and one autographed Refractor Relic in each 20-pack hobby box, the prospect line will include new features arising from deals with Baseball America and the Arizona Fall League.

The base set will consist of 100 MLB veterans and rookies, while the prospect set will include 100 potential stars. The base set will include Gold, Blue Sapphire and Ruby parallels with Rubies falling one per box, Blues two per box and Golds four per.

Meanwhile, the prospects will get a Chrome treatment.

There will be standard Refractors along with Green (/399), Blue (/199), Gold (/50), Red (/25), Atomic (/5) and 1/1 Superfractors to be found. The two rarest types will only be found in hobby packs.

The autographed Prospect cards will all be signed on-card this year, much like in 2012, with Green, Blue, Gold, Red, Atomic, SuperFractor and 1/1 printing plate versions to be found. The serial-numbering will match the parallels of the basic cards. Found only in hobby packs will be Purely Platinum autos, which will be printed on “simulated metal” and be 1/1s.

Autographed Relics will showcase players from the AFL Rising Stars Game as well as other prospects and current big-leaguers. There will be Blue, Gold, Red, Atomic, Supers and printing plates of each and all but the Blues will include patch pieces. There also will  be jumbo Relics to be found with the same volume of numbering as well as the same shades.

For those wanting ink but not memorabilia, there will be four autographed insert sets to chase with dual autos showcasing a pair of prospects (each limited to 25), triple autos showcasing prospects, vets and rookies (limited to 10), Hexagraph booklets (limited to five) and a selection of 25 more Bowman Black autos. That will not be the only continuity set in this one as another selection of Blue Sapphire Refractors — and signed versions — will be found in this along with every other Bowman brand this year. The autos will be limited to just five copies.

New this year will be Baseball America Diamonds in the Rough cards that will be the publication’s top picks for prospects with promise. There will be Diamond Cut cards limited to just 25 along with autographed versions of the cards limited to just five copies. Those won’t be the only diecut cards as there will be Cutting Edge Stars with Relic versions limited to 50 and autos limited to 25.

For the memorabilia collectors, there will be three options this time around, two of which will be hobby-only inclusions.

First up are jumbo patch cards limited to just five copies. Then there will be 1/1 Prospect Bat Plate cards with the nameplate from game-used bats showing on the cards. Then there are Rising Stars Game redemptions good for complete game-used items from the event that include signed balls, game-used caps, bases and more.

The AFL also will have promo cards inside the packs good for chances to attend the 2013 Rising Stars 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.

A preliminary checklist from Topps will appear here when it is made available.



  1. shawn davis
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Not bad. May get a hobby box this year

  2. chris woods
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    will there be hhall of famer’s in the set like the stan

  3. chrisolds
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Musial = Blue Sapphire Refractor reprint.

  4. Zach
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    That looks fantastic. This has been one of my favorite buys every year since it came out. Already excited for this year’s.

  5. Richard
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    My only “complaint” is I have not managed to finish my set from 2012. :-)

    While I’ve opened a pack here and there of other product, this stuff is the only one I will always
    do a box of. Let’s hope they don’t do much in the way of redemption cards for the regular sets
    and that they resist the desire to change the formula too much.

  6. J-Dub
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I love Bowman Platinum and I think these look great. I will buy a few boxes of these bad boys. I have always loved the Platinum product. It has that high end look,and its a great value with two on card autos and a relic auto. They have always done a great job with the design,and for a baller on a budget the price is great. Hooked on Platinum for life!

  7. Frank
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait for this set, definitely going to get a few boxes. Only got a few 8 pack boxes of the 2012 product, but it’s a fantastic looking product for sure.

  8. David M. Kimura
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Are the ruby prospects serial to only #25 like last year?

  9. Toby
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always been a big fan of Platinum and this year I sort of went crazy on busting 5 12-box cases, a case of jumbos and a handful of blasters. Got my fair share of pulls; Wil Myers printing plate, Carlos Correa Atomic auto, Duke Snider Best of Baseball auto, (2) Yu Darvish Cutting Edge Stars autos and a couple of Bowman Blacks and best of all a Puig Orange Prospect auto albeit a redemption. Does anyone know anything about the card? I’d imagine it’s similar to the one’s produced for the National but autographed, I’ve only seen one listed on ebay and it is for the redemption card, not the fulfilled auto – any idea how many were produced?

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