When collectors think of modern Bowman autographs, often it’s the prospects. However, 2012 Bowman Baseball has a handful of rookie autographs that have been given the Bowman Chrome treatment. Each of these black-bordered cards is considered an official rookie card, although most do have prospect cards and signatures from earlier years that are just as desirable, if not more so, on the secondary market.
However, with such a strong rookie crop in 2012, there are many high-profile on-card autographs. The checklist is led by the likes of Yu Darvish, Jesus Montero, Matt Moore and Dellin Betances. 2012 Bowman Baseball has a total of 12 Bowman Chrome autographed rookie cards.
A last-second checklist change saw Jeff Locke (#204) added to the checklist. Chris Parmelee (#219) was originally slated to have an autograph but he does not.
The 2012 Bowman Baseball Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs have several Refractor parallels as well. Basic Refractors are numbered to 500. Most of the Blue Refractors are numbered to 150 (Yu Darvish is numbered to 250). Other Refractors include Gold (#/50), Red (#/5) and one-of-one Superfractors. The set also has Printing Plates.
2012 Bowman Baseball Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs combine with Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs to fall at least one per hobby box. A gallery of the entire set is below as well as details on any previous Bowman-brand autographs they may have.
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2007 Bowman Heritage Signs of Greatness, 2008 Bowman Signs of the Future, 2008 Bowman Sterling
Team: Texas Rangers
Previous Bowman Autographs: None
Team: Seattle Mariners
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft, 2008 Bowman Sterling, 2008 Bowman Sterling Dual Autographs (with Mark Melancon), 2010 Bowman Platinum, 2010 Bowman Platinum Triple Autographs (with Carlos Santana and Buster Posey), 2011 Bowman Platinum Dual Autographs (with Gary Sanchez), 2011 Bowman Platinum Hexagraph Patches (with Yonder Alonso, Aroldis Chapman, Kyle Drabek, Jeremy Hellickson, Mike Minor), 2011 Bowman Platinum Triple Autographs (with Dustin Ackley, Lonnie Chisenhall), 2011 Bowman Platinum Triple Autographs (with Joe Mauer, Buster Posey)
Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects, 2011 Bowman Sterling
Team: Colorado Rockies
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft, 2010 Bowman Sterling
Team: Oakland Athletics
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects
Team: Cincinnati Reds
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft, 2007 Bowman Sterling
Team: Minnesota Twins
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2007 Bowman Heritage Signs of Greatness, 2007 Bowman Sterling, 2011 Bowman Platinum
Team: Oakland Athletics
Previous Bowman Autographs: None
Team: New York Yankees
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2007 Bowman Signs of the Future, 2007 Bowman Chrome
Team: Colorado Rockies
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2010 Bowman Chrome
Team: Chicago White Sox
Previous Bowman Autographs: 2011 Bowman Chrome
That new Chrome Clock is ticking on the countdown to Opening Day, and the average visitor to MLB.com these days is spending much of that time looking around the MLB.com Shop. Here are 20 new items for 2012 to scope out before those first ceremonial pitches are thrown:
1. Nike Men’s, Women’s and Caps. The Shop is loaded with new Nike gear, ranging from a Mets Tactile Swoosh Stretchfit Cap to a Royals Women’s Old Faithful T-shirt to a Cubs AC Dri-FIT Legend Team Issue T-shirt.
2. Baseball Base Bobbleheads. These are hand-crafted and hand-painted, and some of these look a lot more like the real players than others. Mariano Rivera is gripping a cutter and Tim Lincecum’s right leg is straight up. Other than that, you will just have to take the player name on the base at its word.
3. Men’s 2012 Authentic Collection. Look for new items such as the Change Up, Tech Fleece and Featherweight Tech Fleece. The regular season will start as chilly as usual in many places, and now is an ideal time to think about an Authentic Triple Peak Premier Jacket.
4. Fireball Black Mugs. Memory Company’s new mugs for Home Office hold 15 ounces and feature your favorite club’s logos and colors. Specially made for those who stayed up all night watching their team’s extra-inning thriller.
5. Tops from ’47 Brand. If you just want a comfortable cotton fit with a vintage distressed screen print, then here’s a new batch of scrums, fadeaways and pullovers.
6. 2012 Commemorative Baseballs. Encased Rawlings baseballs bear the official logo for each of five different anniversaries, including Fenway Park at 100, Camden Yards at 20, Dodger Stadium at 50, plus the 50th anniversary for the Astros and Mets franchises.
7. Cooperstown Snapback Adjustable Caps. Remember when players wore wool caps with six panels stitched together? There is just enough wool (15 percent) in these to make them a throwback along with the panel count, and for each club they come in different colors. The Montreal Expos caps are likely to be big-sellers for nostalgia buffs.
8. Jetstream V-Neck Fashion Jersey. This new jersey style by Majestic Athletic is not going to make its way onto the diamond in 2012, but it will be a new look in the stands. The short-sleeve, 100 percent polyester raglan features contrast neck tape, color-blocked shoulder and upper-body piecing, a straight bottom hem (unlike field jerseys), and mixed labels and embroidery.
9. Cardinals Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6. The Rangers were a strike away from winning the world championship, twice. Led by World Series MVP David Freese, the Cardinals did the unthinkable and forced a seventh game that they would win. Get this 3-hour, 45-minute DVD/Bluray combo from AE Home Video, the latest addition to their “Baseball’s Greatest Games” series, and you can keep the memory alive in two discs.
10. Mitchell Ness T-shirts. You know them more for those precise throwback jerseys like the one Juan Marichal wore 50 years ago for the Giants. But you need to look at their new tees for spring, featuring many styles with a vintage touch.
11. Palmetto Franchise Fitted Caps. You see these relaxed caps with a weathered vintage look more and more, but this batch from ’47 Brand is fitted so be sure to check out the sizing chart.
12. OYO Collectible Mini Figures. A lot of people are talking about the little OYO dudes. If you have kids, or are a kid yourself, then you may be part of that crowd. These are “compatible with most other brand name building toys,” which many parents will decipher as code for “they work with Legos.” Check out Buster Posey — legs work great.
14. Mini Pillow Pets. When the Velcro strap is attached, Pillow Pet is a stuffed animal. Release the Velcro, and it’s a pillow. But what’s even more interesting is the subject chosen. The Yankees’ is a teddy bear and the Dodgers’ is a dog, examples of no-mascot teams. But the Giants have Lou Seal as mascot yet they went with a panda here, a nod to Pablo Sandoval.
15. Pet T-Shirts. Speaking of pets, your real ones need some Shop love. Your dog will want to live in this, depending on his or her favorite team. If you have an English Bulldog like me, make sure to measure the neck first.
16. Topps 2012 Opening Day. Collecting trading cards is a tradition almost as old as the game itself, and it is going strong at the MLB.com Shop. For $35.99 you can get the Hobby Edition featuring 36 packs per box, seven cards per pack. For $9.99, you can get the Opening Day Blaster featuring 11 packs each with seven cards inside. The base is 220 veterans and rookies, including 74 Series 2 preview cards, featuring the 2012 Opening Day logo.
17. Design Your Own. If you haven’t tried this out yet, then give it a spin. And by spin, we mean clicking one of those four views to choose where to design. Do this by 11:59 p.m. ET Monday, and you save $5 on a tee and $10 on a sweatshirt.
18. Kids’ Items by adidas. A good way to introduce new fans to the national pastime. The newborn long-sleeve coverall is a hot new style for MLB’s youngest demographic, and you can even wear a Derek Jeter or Cliff Lee jersey as an infant.
19. Emblem Beach Towels. Here are the new towels that will be used for this summer at the beach or maybe just everyday use out of the shower. There’s one in there with a big World Series trophy on it just for Cardinals fans, too.