Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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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.