This afternoon I received a wonderful package from reader Dan W. with a ton of current Marlins players, including “Hulk” Logan Morrison. Even though he sent some awesome cards (including a Ricky Nolasco autograph), a 2008 Bowman Sterling Refractor of Hulk really caught my eye.
While Bowman was once again the “King” among prospect collectors in 2008, the design itself was a little on the weak side. Of course, it did not stop them from releasing a total of four products, three of them using the same design. The only release that had it’s own design was Bowman Sterling, which was a ultra high-end product many collectors were not pleased with.
We don’t need to read The Sports Card File to know that our hobby is in the dumps. As much as we bashed Upper Deck for unnecessary releases like ‘X’ and ‘Documentary’, where were the collectors who realized that there was just way too much Bowman products last year? Surely we didn’t need four of them, did we? How many are in store for 2009?
What kills me as a collector is how amazing Bowman Sterling looks. Why, you ask? With the $240 dollar per box asking price, it’s just out of reach to 95% of collectors today. Can you imagine if Topps decided to release just two Bowman products this year? All we really need is the flagship brand and one high-end chrome version that is an upgrade over Bowman Chrome. More collectors deserve to bust products like Bowman Sterling.
Sadly, that is never going to happen.