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Collect call: 2013 Bowman Inception baseball

Posted Jul 14, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Jul 14, 2013 at 09:34 AM

Bowman sets are all about rookies and prospects, so a high end set like Inception should excite those kinds of collectors. And it’s certainly high end, at more than $125 per pack.

Is it worth it? Well, that’s always a question a collector must wrestle with individually. But a five-card pack of Inception certainly is chock full of hot cards. Topps has put four autographs and one autographed relic in every hobby box; of course, the possibility exists that one of those cards is a redemption.

That’s what happened with the hobby box I opened, but it gives me something to look forward to. The redemption card I received was Lance McCullers, the former Jesuit High star who was drafted by the Houston Astros. I always enjoy getting autographed or relic cards of local players, so this was a nice bonus.

There are 47 base cards in Inception, and all of them are on-card signatures. In addition, there are eight different parallels for collectors to chase: gold, numbered to 99; blue (75), orange (50), green (25), red (10), purple (5) Inception (1/1) and framed printing plates (1/1).

Other than the McCullers card, here are the base/autograph cards I pulled: a blue parallel card (numbered to 75) of pitcher Lucas Giolito, chosen 16th in the 2012 draft by the Washington Nationals, who is back in action after Tommy John surgery; Yankees DH/outfielder Tyler Austin, currently with Trenton but a member of the Tampa Yankees last season (he batted .321 in 36 games for the T-Yanks); and outfielder Jake Marisnick, a 22-year-old who was born in Tampa and was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2009, but now plays in the Marlins’ minor-league system.

The relic/autograph card featured a sticker signature of Giants outfielder prospect Gary Brown.

Redemptions collectors could find in this set include Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig, so that’s another player worth chasing.

I do like the design of these cards. Each player is pitching, batting or throwing against a background of clouds. It makes for a rather dramatic looking image.

These are definitely some pretty-looking cards, and if you can recite statistics for up-and-coming players, this is your kind of set.

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