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hdjstuff
11-22-2013, 02:15 PM
2013 Bowman Sterling N F L

6 packs per box // 5 cards per pack & 1 boxtopper
2 Auto'd Relics, 4 Autos, PLUS 6 Jumbo Relics per box

I received these:

16 base cards - 16% of the base set
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Bowman Sterling is a premium issue. The cards are printed on very stiff stock and they have a mirror-like finish on the front. The cards seem to me to be a bit dark. Personal preference - I prefer a card/photo design with a lighter presence (for lack of a better word!) The rookie cards carry a RC logo. 12 of the 16 I received are rookie cards.

The reverse of the card has stats - both personal and career along with the Bowman Reflection. Numbers on the cards are very easy to read.

Parallels

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Gold #ed to 50 - Kenjon Barner
Blue #ed to 99 - Landry Jones


Relics / Autos

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3 #ed to 1206
C. Patterson
E.J. Manuel
M. Barkley
2 #ed to 1214
A. Dobson
J. Randle

Blue Refractor #ed to 99

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M. Goodwin

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K. Allen
S. Bailey
Chris Harper #ed to 99

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S. Taylor #ed to 250
Q. Patton#ed to 125
C. Patterson #ed to 55

Box Topper

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Geno Smith #ed to 171

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Bowman Sterling NFL is a beautifully produced product. At bit pricey, (in Orlando - $260-$280 per 6 pack box) but the cards look fantastic - especially the relics and auto/relics. The relics and autos are all on cards that are extremely thick. One should buy Bowman Sterling with the intent of collecting the cards - not reselling them on the 'bay or some where else. I don't think the ROI will be real high - unless you hit the one or two cards that will sell for three figures.... I did mention earlier in this post that the cards were a little dark for my personal preference, but they still look very cool.

For the set builder, (if you are a purest - wanting to build the set from cards pulled from your own packs) you're going to need deep pockets - looking at a chunk of change to pick up enough boxes for a base set. The player collector, rookie collector, and the team builder will have a good time chasing the various parallels and auto/relics.

I have a question - who decides how many of a card to produce - 1206? 1214? 171? -- why not 1200 or 1000 or 750 or 150??? The numbers seem random to me. Maybe someone else can give me some insight here.

The box topper is a really large jersey piece - it looks great!

Overall grade A - just a bit dark!

Go buy several boxes - I would have said 'send the Bucs to me' but they are beyond terrible again this year!!

Duane

daktion
11-23-2013, 03:25 PM
Thanks for the review Duane. Nice looking cards, but way out of my price range. Please LMK if you pulled any of these

26 91 99

Thanks, Brett

dragonslayer913
11-23-2013, 05:33 PM
I would like to take a stab at the E.J. Manuel GU beings i am a Bills homer

hdjstuff
11-24-2013, 12:26 PM
Thanks for the review Duane. Nice looking cards, but way out of my price range. Please LMK if you pulled any of these

26 91 99

Thanks, Brett

I did not even get close to one of those numbers... sorry.

Duane

hdjstuff
11-24-2013, 12:27 PM
I would like to take a stab at the E.J. Manuel GU beings i am a Bills homer

EJ is yours. Post as a free card.

Duane

dragonslayer913
11-24-2013, 02:26 PM
EJ is yours. Post as a free card.

Duane

Posted as free card-Thanks for sending Duane much appreciated

Best,
David

tglg
11-24-2013, 02:54 PM
Duane, I am interested in the Stedman Bailey. I know I just posted a trade for the Jon Jay, anything I can add? Thanks, Tony.

katester44
11-25-2013, 12:30 PM
Nice review.

If the Barkley is still available, what can I send your way for it? Thanks.

hdjstuff
11-26-2013, 10:56 AM
Nice review.

If the Barkley is still available, what can I send your way for it? Thanks.

Post it as free.

Duane

hdjstuff
11-26-2013, 10:57 AM
Duane, I am interested in the Stedman Bailey. I know I just posted a trade for the Jon Jay, anything I can add? Thanks, Tony.

Comin' your way.

Duane

katester44
12-12-2013, 02:48 PM
The Barkley GU arrived in the mail on Tuesday - made it worth trudging through the 5 inches of snow on the ground to the mailbox.

Thank you again for sending it my way!

bdink25
12-12-2013, 06:27 PM
Duane, interested in any Steelers. Thanks for the review. Butch

mlbfan85
12-31-2013, 11:54 PM
Awesome review i agree little dark and way high priced. Thanks for doing these reveiws so we know what looks good.

Drkids
01-08-2014, 10:36 AM
Nice looking cards. I really don't have a lot to offer you right now, but if that Keenan Allen is cluttering up your room...

hdjstuff
01-08-2014, 10:44 AM
Nice looking cards. I really don't have a lot to offer you right now, but if that Keenan Allen is cluttering up your room...

Perry,

Did you turn on my web cam remotely without my knowledge? Post it as free.

Happy New Year.

Duane