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2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects In-Depth Preview

Posted by houstoncollector on November 13, 2009

For those who haven’t paid attention, Topps’ annual Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball product comes out in December.  I wanted to take a moment and comb over the checklist and look a bit deeper into what’s in this set.  Personally, I’ve always viewed this set as Bowman Series II.  It’ll feature all the minor league guys that they didn’t think fit in 2009 Bowman, as well as those who made it to the Show with their ‘rookie’ cards, along with tons of minor league players that will never make it.

There are three base sets this time, with 55 base cards (all ‘rookie’ cards), 97 Draft Picks & Prospects cards (with the last 22 cards being autograph only), and 35 World Baseball Classic Stars.  In the base set, the only card I care about is Bud Norris, who debuted for the Astros this fall, and will likely be in their starting lineup next year as the #3 starter.  I’m surprised that Tommy Manzilla doesn’t have a card in this set, given that he also debuted this fall, and will be the team’s starting shortstop in 2010, but whatever.  I don’t follow prospects at all, so Tommy Hanson, Neftali Feliz, Andrew Bailey and Drew Sutton (who the Astros traded to the Reds) are the only other players I really recognized.

As far as the draft picks and prospects go, of course Stephen Strasburg is not in the set, but neither is 3 other top 10 drafts.  In fact, thirteen of the first round picks aren’t even in the set.  That’s over a third of the first round not represented.  For me, though, Houston’s first 3 picks are represented, as are rounds six through ten.  This being said, the autograph list is almost exclusively first rounders, or comp round A players.  There’s one 4th rounder in Max Stassi, although he’s compared to Dustin Pedroia and Craig Biggio, so we’ll have to see.

I could completely do without the World Baseball Classic cards, especially since this marks at least the fifth set this year that  features these guys, with Topps, Topps Chrome, Bowman, Bowman Chrome, and now DP&P.  Packs will have 7 cards per pack in the standard 2/1/1/2/1 ratio of Rookies, Rookie Chrome, Parallel, Prospect and Prospect Chrome.  The problem is that the WBC players also share the Prospect s lot, which means you can see a lot of packs with a chrome WBC card, which is a complete waste.  You’ll get 24 packs a box, with one autograph.  Boxes are going for $56 on Blowout right now, and will ship on December 10.  One thing I missed in this is that Topps did add the AFLAC All-American autographs to the product as hits above and beyond the single.  I don’t know what the ratio on these are, though, if it’s an extra auto per box, or not.  Also, the 3rd pick in the draft, Donovan Tate, is in that list, so that’s another first-rounder.

I’ll probably want the Bud Norris and the Astros Prospects, but that’s it.  I’ll debate picking up a box of this, if I can find it for under $50 shipped.  DPP usually holds its price though, so I may have to go up to $60.

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