After an arduous week at work, I ran a few errands on the way home. At one point I ended up in a shopping center with a Target in it, so I felt obligated to go into Target… and once inside Target, I felt obligated to go into the card aisle. I saw that there were packs of 2014 Bowman there, so… Well, you get the idea.
In most years, the general process is this:
> I buy a pack of Bowman when it first comes out.
> I am not impressed.
> I add certain cards to my wantlist, pick them up at a show down the road, and ignore the rest of the set.
This is most certainly the case with this year’s Bowman… A pack full of ‘meh’.
Here’s a “veteran player” card.
I was at least fortunate enough to get this card for my Ryan Zimmerman collection.
The team logos are a lot clearer in the scans than they are in reality.
Here’s a prospect-y card.
You know what struck me about the design of these cards? It’s a bit hard to pick up all of this from my scans, but the flowing lines of the designs have a sort of “faux-bacco” feel about them… As if they took some rejected Gypsy Queen designs, added some chrome, et voila!!!! Instant Bowman.
You’ll also notice that there’s a new Bowman logo this year; the Bowman ‘B’ on a baseball.
Here’s a Chrome prospect:
…and the backs of the first two cards. Nicely colorful, but nothing Earth-shattering.
They’re nice enough cards, but they’re Bowman so I can only muster so much excitement about them.
Does anybody collect Bowman to a greater extent than I do? How do you feel about this year’s design?