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Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Sterling by Chris Olds
January 25, 2011, 5:04 pm
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Join the Beckett Baseball crew of Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2010 Bowman Sterling baseball cards from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Sterling football cards by Chris Olds
December 30, 2010, 4:08 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into boxes of 2010 Bowman Sterling football cards from Topps in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out…



Card Gallery: 2010 Bowman Sterling Football by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Sometimes, the flatbed scanner just doesn’t do justice to a good-looking trading card.

Yesterday we busted open two boxes of 2010 Bowman Sterling football, knowing a few things from the get go.

Firstly, according to product history and on-box odds, we expected a hit-heavy ripping session with four autographs, two autograph Relics and 12 Relic cards to be exact. At around $250 per box, the Topps line is light on veterans, but loaded with attribute ample rookie pulls. It’s a high-end product, but when broken into $40-$50 packs yielding one autograph and two Relic cards, Sterling can be an affordable smile maker.

Secondly, we knew that the scanner couldn’t capture every shiny nuance on each card.

We scanned them anyways.

Before we pop up the official Bowman Sterling Box Busters video, we wanted to whet your whistle with this 12-card gallery. Continue reading



Bryce Harper launches Topps’ 60th Anniversary celebration in 2010 Bowman Sterling by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

This year’s Bowman Sterling baseball card set may have been delayed into 2011, but some might say Tuesday’s news makes it worth the wait.

It’s Bryce Harper … and it’s autographed.

Topps announced on Tuesday that the 18-year-old No. 1 draft pick of the Washington Nationals will be part of a sneak preview of the company’s 2011 Diamond Anniversary autographs in Sterling, which will arrive on Jan. 19.

The inscribed cards will be found throughout 2011 Topps products, while Harper — who may not see major league action for a season or two — cannot. He’ll only appear in an MLB uniform in Bowman-branded products per the MLB Rookie Card rules for manufacturers. (Not that this card does not use an MLB logo.)

Harper, who is signed to Topps exclusively for autographs and memorabilia, signed a total of 60 cards with three inscriptions —  “Happy 60th Topps”, “Happy 60th” and “Happy Birthday Topps.”

Could Harper’s inclusion be a sign of what’s to come in 2011? Only time will tell.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



First look: 2010 Bowman Sterling baseball cards by Chris Olds

Topps revealed its latest prospecting product on Friday morning, Bowman Sterling, which will arrive in late-December packing 20 hits in every six-pack box.

The hobby-exclusive product will include four autographed Rookie Cards, eight signed MLB Future Star Cards, six  USA Baseball  Star Autograph Relic or Relics, one dual autograph and one dual-Relic boxtopper.

The base set will consist of 50 rookies and 50 MLB Future Stars cards, a 20-card skip-numbered RC Autograph checklist, a 50-card Future Stars autograph checklist and a 32-card USA Baseball dual-autograph set. The remainder of the product is made up of a 42-card USA Baseball Relic contingent and 31 dual-Relic boxtoppers.

The Rookie and Future Stars sets will, of course, include Refractors — Reds, Blacks, Golds and standards — and the same for the dual-autograph cards.

The Relics will have Patch Red Refractor 1/1s, signed Relic Black Refractors, Triple Relic Gold Refractors and Dual Relic Refractors. The easiest of all Refractors — Relic or autograph — is just 199 copies.

Among those on the Rookie  autograph checklist are Stephen Strasburg, Ike Davis, Jose Tabata, Jason Heyward, Mike Minor, Domonic Brown, Logan Morrison, J.P. Arencibia and Brennan Boesch among others.

The Future Stars checklist includes Aroldis Chapman, Kolbrin Vitek, Matt Lipka, Bryce Brentz and several players to be determined.

See a gallery of images after the jump.

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First look: 2010 Bowman Sterling football cards by Chris Olds
August 16, 2010, 12:00 pm
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Topps unveiled its latest football offering, 2010 Bowman Sterling, on Monday, a rookie-loaded high-end product chock-full of autographs and memorabilia cards.

Set to arrive in mid-December, Sterling will include 12 Rookie Cards, four autographs, two autographed Relics and a dozen more Relics in every six-pack box. Also included will be a dual Relic box-topper card.

Every five-card pack will include two RCs, one autograph and two Relics, while every eight-box case includes one dual autograph.

As with most Topps products, and past editions of Bowman Sterling, there are several parallels of each card to be found — SuperFractors and printing plates as well as Refractors (Gold, Black, Blue and standard).

Among the notable rookies on the autograph checklist are Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, Jordan Shipley, C.J. Spiller, Ndamukong Suh and others, while the veteran autograph lineup includes Eli Manning, Percy Harvin, Chris “Beanie” Wells, Ray Rice, Drew Brees and others.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-16) Contest No. 3 — A Casey McGehee 2009 Bowman Sterling Autograph (only 199 exist) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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