2014 Bowman Chrome Checklist is LIVE!

Posted: September 12, 2014 by Crackin Wax in Bowman, Chrome
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2014 Bowman Chrome Checklist

Word shot around quickly today about the early release of the 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball checklist. I say early because the recent trend by Topps is to hold onto checklists for their new products until the day before release. To this collector, this is a breath of fresh air. Let’s see if this ends up helping or hurting retail and hobby sales.

In just a few short weeks, I will be ripping through a hobby case of 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball and currently have random team slots available. For those invited to my end-of-year Private Break, if this break sells out before 9/24/14, I’ll throw a box of 2014 Topps Triple Threads Baseball into the Private Break for free! As of this posting, I have 17 spots available. Now that the checklist is out, I expect these spots to go quickly. Grab your spots now while you can!


If Topps hasn’t already ingrained it into collectors’ minds already, Bowman is the “home of the rookie card.” Since 2001, Bowman Chrome has been the unofficial home of the autographed rookie card.

From the ever reliable Wikipedia…

After the success of the Chrome set by Topps, Topps created a Bowman Chrome set in 1997. This was initially fueled by Rookie Cards of José Cruz, Jr. and Travis Lee, but top RC’s from it now are Roy Halladay’s, Miguel Tejada’s, Eric Chavez’s, Kerry Wood’s and Lance Berkman’s cards. The set continued to be a mainstay, but it got a major jump in 2001 when Bowman decided to put Autographed Rookie Cards inside the base set. One of the Rookies that autographed cards for Bowman Chrome in 2001 was St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols. This card continues to skyrocket in value, worth about $2,500 not graded. In 2002, autographed cards of MLB rising stars such as David Wright of the New York Mets, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins and Bobby Jenks of the Chicago White Sox were inserted into the set.

For 2014, Topps has ramped up the Bowman Chrome product by including two autographs in each hobby box instead of one. If this set follows the trend of sets that preceded it this year, that could mean that fewer cases have been produced allowing for more autographs in each box. According to sell sheets, Bowman Chrome has been reinvented for 2014 and promises not to disappoint.

The main prospects featured on the sell sheet include Rays Kean Wong, Yankees Gosuke Katoh, Cubs Kris Bryant and Twins Miguel Sano. Die cuts and mini chrome superfractors are the major inserts for collectors to chase. Another new feature included in this year’s set is the inclusion of advanced statistics provided by Bloomberg Sports printed on the card backs.

What else is new for 2014 Bowman Chrome? Bubble refractors, Carbon Fiber refractors, Twitter-Blue Social Media-Graph parallels, mini chrome die-cut parallels, die-cut blue wave parallels, Fire die-cuts (refractors, atomic refractors, X-fractors, refractor autographs and Superfractor autographs), Dualing Die-Cuts (refractors, atomic refractors and X-fractors), base card rookie variations (#’d to 99), Prospect error card variations, and base/prospect parallels (Bubble refractors, green refractors and Carbon Fiber refractors).

Items you’ll only be able to find in hobby boxes of 2014 Bowman Chrome include Purple Bubble Refractors, Superfractors, autographed printing plates, die-cut black wave parallel minis, die-cut red wave parallel minis, Superfractor die-cut parallel minis, fire die-cut Superfractors, Dualing die-cut Superfractors, Bowman Black Collection, Bowman Black Collection Violet parallel, 1989 “Bowman is Back” Black Diamond refractor autograph, and AFLAC High School All-American & Under Armour All-American Game autographs.

It seems that Topps has done a great job at making this year’s release of Bowman Chrome a must-have. They’ve done quite a bit to keep things interesting while not changing the soul of what makes this set so great year in and year out. Doubling the amount of autographs per box and adding exciting new inserts and parallels makes group breaking this product even more fun.

Personally speaking, I have a case of 2014 Bowman Chrome coming in from Blowout Cards. This is the first case of this product I have ever ordered and I feel that I have picked the right year to jump in. I am excited to tear into what I fully expect to be a very exciting case!

I’m hosting a random team group case break of this set and it’s going to be ON FIRE! I currently have 18 spots left, so get your spots now before they’re all gone!

While I’m not busting cases, I like to tear into the occasional blaster of new product. Since I won’t be doing a case of Topps Chrome this year, I figured resurrecting the old Blaster Buster series might be a neat idea. Even neater, still? Literal Quirk, my MUCH better half, asked me if she could do it! Ya know, as practice for her future Ladies Night Case Break. Here’s what happened…

2014 Bowman Chrome comes out in a little under 3 weeks and I’m hosting a random team group case break! It sounds like this product is going to be absolutely HOT this year. In fact, Blowout Cards (where I got my case) is all sold out! I currently have 18 spots left, so get your spot(s) now while you can!

It’s very rare that I get a mail day. That’s what happens when you’re a breaker that always buys your own team and has a very specific personal collection. If you didn’t know already, I generally only PC Twins prospect/rookie autograph cards. Even more rare is a double or multi-mail day—a day in which I receive more than one package containing something brand new for my collection.

Mail days for me typically only come when I’ve purchased something because I keep getting skunked in my own breaks. Now is the time of year when I begin to break down and gobble up the pieces that I’ve missed out on throughout the beginning of the collecting year. Admittedly, I’m still a bit behind (I still haven’t found the strength and courage to spend the cash necessary for that 2013 Bowman Chrome Byron Buxton auto), and I usually like to wait until my Twins prospect auto cards hover around the $1 mark, but sometimes I just gotsta have a mail day, and that’s when I pay premium prices to friends for fresh product.


One of the most dependable card collecting friends in the biz is Brent Williams of brentandbecca on ebay and any time I just have to have a brand new Twins prospect or rookie auto, he almost always has it. He’s a super friendly guy and ridiculously fast on shipping. If you’ve gotta buy on ebay, don’t buy with anyone else.

Now, about that card. What a sweet card! I think this may be my first shaving cream pie auto card. The photo was taken September 24 2013 when Pedro Florimon greeted his teammate with a pie in the face in celebration of Pinto’s walk-off single, leading the Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Tigers in 11 innings at Target Field. Josmil has been thought of as Joe Mauer’s eventual successor behind the plate, but his overall development has, unfortunately, been lacking. That’s okay. We still have Suzuki.


The second card I got today comes from Marissa (@marissafriedcj on Twitter). She happened to have the only Twins prospect auto in this year’s Bowman. I had actually busted a case of Bowman this year and, of course, got skunked on my Twins. So, when a card collecting friend of mine says they’ve got a 2014 Bowman Lewis Thorpe 1st Bowman Chrome auto for sale, I snatch that up faster than a free bag of dark chocolate peanut M&Ms.

This Thorpe auto is now the second Thorpe auto I own (I received my first just a little over a week ago). His signature on this card is slightly more complex than the two loops on either side of a straight line that he used on his Bowman Platinum cards. I’m guessing he signed this card before his Platinum card.

Like I said last time, it’s nice to have friends in the hobby, especially when they think of you when they come across something you PC. It’s also great having a resource like brentandbecca any time I need a Twins fix.

I am always looking for just about any Twins FC/RC/Prospect AUs. If you have any that you’re willing to give up, PLEASE let me know! Thanks!

2014 Bowman Chrome comes out in 3 weeks and I’m hosting a random team group case break! It sounds like this product is going to be absolutely HOT this year. In fact, Blowout Cards (where I got my case) is all sold out! I currently have 18 spots left, so get your spot(s) now while you can!

A clue! A clue!


Yes, there was a life for me before trading cards, before charity case breaks, and before I met Literal Quirk. Once upon a time, I had a passion for a different hobby—music. Way back when, nearly 20 years ago, some high school friends and I got together to do something we all thought only stoners from Seattle could do.

Before all that, I had an interest in music before I could even talk. I knew I wanted to be a drummer at an extraordinarily early age when I heard the infamous DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN DUN DUN from Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.” At the earliest age that I was allowed, I joined the elementary school concert band to play, you guessed it, the drums. I sat behind a drumset for the first time in the fifth grade and got to work learning “Come Together” by The Beatles. After all, what better drummer to learn rudimentary technique from than Ringo Starr?

For me, nothing else was quite as fun, fulfilling and exciting as drumming—not even playing baseball or soccer. Drumming was the one thing that I could do that other people could respect. As a kid that got bullied and picked on a LOT, drumming was my escape from all of that. The bullies never made fun of me for the way I pounded away on the drums. In fact, by the time I hit my senior year, they finally accepted me and thought I was cool—not as if that mattered to me by then. I didn’t get picked on any more. I didn’t get beat up any more. In fact, my class voted me Most Likely To Become Famous. That’s a heck of a turnaround over a long 13-year stretch (yes, I got beat up on my first day of kindergarten). I did not turn to music and/or drumming to be accepted. I turned to it to get away from the abuse, depression and pain. It was my escape from the rest of my life and it made me happier than anything else.

In the summer of 1994 between my Junior and Senior years, a few of my other musically inclined friends and I got together a few times simply to kill time, jam and have fun. At that time, we did nothing but covers. We had so much fun as a group that we decided to stick together and write our own music. We finally decided on the name “Spindle.” Up until then, we used a different name at each gig, such as “Chasing Parked Cars” and “Alder and the Albatross.” In Winter of 1995, we recorded two of our own songs for a demo tape which we would then spread around to try to score more gigs. From that demo tape, we were able to land a gig at La Crosse, Wisconsin’s premiere club, The Warehouse. We were actually able to pack the house that night just as an opening act and were subsequently invited back.

In late 1996, we headed into the studio to put together our first real album. Due to time and financial restrictions, we were stuck to no more than two takes per part and ended up only being able to record 9 songs. The resulting CD, titled “Henrietta’s Mix,” ended up being a collection of 8 well-written yet sloppily recorded and poorly produced songs (one song somehow didn’t get added to the master tape). Below is the first track from our CD, a song I wrote called “Flying Buttress.”

We were recognized by many of our local radio stations and had one of our tracks on rotation at radio stations across the country in 1997. We got to headline our own gig at The Warehouse and were starting to play bigger venues in larger cities like Madison and Minneapolis. We had garnered a respectable following by that point—in fact, I would often get recognized in random places back then. It was an incredibly cool and memorable time in my life.

In the summer of 1998 the band decided it was time to make a permanent move to Minneapolis. Our singer and guitarist were attending the University of Minnesota and it was too tough trying to be what amounted to being a long-distance relationship with the band. I felt that Spindle was something to do for fun, not something to pursue seriously. That was the last time we had done anything together as Spindle.

…until now.

For a little over a month, I’ve been working on tracks for the first Spindle release since Henrietta’s Mix. I haven’t been this excited about any of my projects since then and I really can’t wait for you all to hear it. It’s going to rock, it’s going to be loud and it’s going to be oh-so-90s (in an early Smashing Pumpkins kind of way, not in a Milli Vanilli kind of way). I don’t want to spoil too much about this project, but I hope that we’ll have it ready to go within the next couple of months (or less). Keep your ears out, and get ready to rock it out with your pocket out.