First look: 2014 Bowman Sterling baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Bowman Sterling is back — and this time it has some new features.

Topps revealed its plans for 2014 Bowman Sterling on Monday morning and among the new inclusions are diecuts and Wave Refractors. In fact, this one will include an oversized Wave box-topper in every box as well as a diecut auto in every case when it arrives in December.

Each six-pack box will include four cards — three autographs and a rookie or prospect card. There will be eight boxes per case with a 1989 Bowman is Back Silver Diamond Refactor also worked into the mix for every box.


The Purple Wave Refractor cards will come as box-topper with each of them serial-numbered though an amount was not announced. They will have Black (/TBD), Blue (/5) and 1/1 Red parallels.

The diecut autos also will be numbered (amount TBD) with Blue (/TBD), Red (/5) and 1/1 Superfractor versions to be found. There will be as many as 40 players in this set.

The standard autographs will be a mix of rookies and prospects, each with 10 parallels and printing plates. All will be serial-numbered but quantities for most shades was not announced. There will be standard Refractors along with Green, Magenta, Orange, Purple, Blue (/25), Black Atomic (/10), Canary Diamond (/3) and 1/1 Red and Superfractors to be found.

Other autographs in this one will include Sterling Showcase (framed cards limited to 25 copies), Sterling Silver (1/1 cards printed on silver), Bowman Black (the continuity insert limited to 25) and Dual Refractor autos that pair players. Those also will be numbered but a quantity was not announced.

A preliminary checklist was not released.

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


  1. Mike
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Why is Beckett “previewing” 1995 Fleer?

    Oh, my bad ;)

    Definitely a wait and see in person.

  2. Richard
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Looks like they are going back to on card autos. If so, good idea.

  3. once78
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Ugly as sin!

  4. deez
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    mike beat me to it
    its the chromium version of 95 fleer

  5. Me
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, it looks like the trend is to revert back to the ugly 1990’s. Topps is destroying itself, where is Upper Deck when you need them?

  6. Joe
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Mike & Deez beat me to it & prove to myself I wasnt nuts! LOL

    I saw that first card & had flashbacks to those Hideous 1995 Fleers! Whats next Putrid Yellow bordered Baseball & Barf Green Football Cards?

    Hey Chris There is a topic for you The 10 Worst Looking Card Sets Ever! You also can do 10 Best.

    Add 1958 Topps Baseball to the worst. Now I am going to be thinking about this for hours LOL

  7. Posted June 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    These are a lot closer to some of the Metal issues than anything Fleer was doing in 1995. At least with these you can find the text and the player amid the background, unlike the eye-torturing reality distortion field that was 1995 Fleer. I think 1995 Fleer would even give Max Headroom a headache.

  8. kris buonocore
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    names are way too small

  9. Charles
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Ugly, Ugly, Ugly! I would expect more from a higher end product. Sterling doesn’t hold value well anyway and these are ugly as sin. I will save for a different product.

  10. Phil
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    “Each six-pack box will include four cards”

    Am I reading that right? Will 2 packs be empty?

  11. Joe
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Card companies are going for the “retro” look. Some designs was crappy back then and they are still crappy today.

  12. whattheheck
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink


    I love sticker autographs too. Stop ranting how good on card autographs are, topps has a great design for the sticker autographs.

  13. whattheheck
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I also thought the majority of last years Sterling was garbage. Very cheap looking

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