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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 on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.

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Topps gives preview of 2013 Bowman Chrome

Posted Feb 15, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 08:47 PM

The great thing about spring training is getting to watch the veterans round into shape, while also watching prospects and rookies working to impress managers and owners. It’s interesting to wonder if a particular prospect that you see toiling on a distant practice field today might be starring in a major-league stadium several years from now.

That’s the same kind of feeling a collector gets when opening packs of Bowman Chrome. One of those players on a card could turn out to be a star someday.

Bowman Chrome pays close attention to rookies and prospects, and the 2013 version will have even more autographs. Each hobby box will contain one signature card, but every third box will have two of them. That makes a popular brand even more coveted.

Topps released some information about Bowman Chrome on Friday. Hobby boxes will hit stores on Sept. 18 and will contain 18 packs, with four cards to a pack. There will be two base and two prospect cards. The base set will have 190 veterans and 50 rookies, plus there will be an additional 110 prospect inserts.

As usual, there will be parallel cards, in blue, purple, gold, orange and red. There also will be 1/1 printing plates and refractors.

A new twist this year will be Rising Thru The Ranks, a chrome mini card that will feature a prospect from each major-league franchise. Autographed versions of these cards will be numbered to 25.

Another new item is an insert set called Fill the Bill. These cards will be die-cuts and will feature former top prospects who have made it to the major leagues. These will be numbered to 99 copies; refractor autographs will be limited to 25.

A very interesting insert will be 65th Anniversary Best Bowman Players of All-Time. These will be sapphire cards and will depict old-time players from classic Bowman cards from 1948 to 1955. An autographed parallel will be numbered to five.

So, look for a nice mix of the past, present and future when Bowman Chrome arrives this autumn.

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