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09/24/07 12:54 PM ET

Neshek: 2007 Bowman Chrome review

The 2007 Bowman Chrome is one of my favorite brands for looks, high priced inserts and rookie card mining.

In the collecting world, this brand is known for always having first cards of a lot of guys who are not Major Leaguers yet. Collectors love to mine this set. They try and figure out which players are going to be stars and buy up all their cards.

If the player hits it big, there's a good chance their autographed or refractor Bowman card is going to be worth A LOT. That's why this set is so big -- you're taking the chance of getting a bunch of young prospects and waiting for them to blossom.

It's a fun set to break open. The cards look awesome and you never know what you can get. If you're looking for established MLB players, this set is probably not for you. You do get a few MLB players, but that's not the premise behind this brand. On the other hand, if you like taking the chance on prospects and waiting for them to develop, this is definitely the set for you.

Stats for the hobby box: 18 packs per box, four cards per pack, one autograph per box and five parallel cards per box.

My thoughts: Just like the past couple years, this set never really changes. You cross your fingers hoping to open up a low-numbered autograph refractor. Pujols' 2001 Bowman Auto is going for right around $3,500.

I got exactly what I expected -- lots of base cards and the normal mix of refractors and an autograph. Here's the breakdown for the two boxes I opened:

  • 68 Prospects base cards
  • Six green MLB rookie base cards
  • 50 MLB Base Cards
  • Two A-Rod HR cards
  • Eight Plain Refractor MLB base cards
  • Two MLB rookie refractors with no numbers
  • Two numbered-to-500 regular refractors (M. Macdonald, T. Fairchild)
  • Two X-Fractor numbered-to-250s (Chien-Ming Wang, Carlos Fisher)
  • Autographed Cedric Hunter
  • Autograph refractor numbered-to-500 Fernando Martinez
  • I also had my lowest numbered pull of all-time out of a Bowman brand -- Red Refractor numbered-to-five Jose Constanza.

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