First look: 2014 Bowman Sterling Football cards


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The Bowman brand is utilized to highlight rookies and prospects – and 2014 Bowman Sterling Football will celebrate the upcoming season’s rookies.

Bowman Sterling will contain five cards in every pack with six packs in every box.

Each pack will contain three base cards, an autograph and a relic card. Each box will yield four rookie autographs, one rookie autograph relic, one rookie autograph patch, six dual relics or dual patches, and one box topper hit.

Most of the autograph hits will be rookies from the 2014 season. However, there will be a limited number of veteran hits featuring an image of them from their rookie year. The Rookie Autographs will have six parallels, including new Pulsar Refractors. There are also Rookie Autographs Short Prints within the set.

The Autographed Rookie Relics will all be numbered. This year, there will be seven parallels with Gold, Green, Black, Pulsar, and Blue Wave Refractors, along with 1-of-1 Superfractors and Printing Plates.

The Rookie Dual Relics will feature one jersey swatch and one patch. Collectors can find up to six types of parallels.

Rare pulls include Dual Autographs Cards, which are numbered to just 25 copies. The patch versions will be numbered to just five. Triple Autographed Cards will be numbered to 10. One of the case hits includes Pulsar Refractor Dual Autographed Dual Patch cards.

The Ultimate Rookie Autograph Card is a five-panel booklet, chrome refractor with autographs of all 40 players attending the NFLPA Rookie Premiere. These hits will be numbered to just five copies.

The Box Toppers will utilize jumbo swatches. The base version will be a Blue Wave Refractor with five levels of parallels. There is also the chance to pull an Autographed Purple Wave Box Topper.

The base will consist of 100 rookies with Gold (numbered to 99), Black (numbered to 75), Pulsar (numbered to 50), and Blue Wave (numbered to 25) Refractors, and Superfractors and Printing Plates.

Bowman Sterling is scheduled to come out the week of October 15.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.



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  1. Mike Pereira 5 May, 2014 at 04:22

    Extremely overpriced sticker autos. Just get rid of the relics and give me another good rare base card. Event worn patches are cheap gimmicks that manufactures push as hits in hobby boxes to keep costs down and still fulfill the hit quota stated on the box. I don’t think any collector believes that getting a relic is a hit.

  2. Joe 5 May, 2014 at 12:22

    Thought the 2012 Bowman Sterling was perfect very beautiful cards. 2013 with a “metal” look for the card was ok still haven’t begun to like because of how dark the cards are. Now 2014 looks even darke. Loved 2012 and 2011 a whole lot but not understanding the unattractive 2013 – 2014 cards look like thier coming from a thousand years ago back from the stone age which wouldn’t be a bad thing but now I want to see a black/grey pulsar refractor

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