Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Throwing Bowman a bone

A bit of a cash crunch delayed some packages that I had planned to send out at the end of last week. But everything appears to be in order now, so I should be back to my old stop-and-start, wildly slow trading pace in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd make one last stab at 2013 Bowman before I wave goodbye to it forever. Unless some crazy hit from this set crosses my way, or I land the Ryu or Puig cards, I don't expect to feature any more cards from this set here, mostly because I don't plan on buying any more.

So let's see if we can come up with a Define the Design name for 2013 Bowman as a farewell gift.

The design is a lot like last year's with a little more going on -- it's got that technogadget vibe that Bowman has churned out the last couple of years.

The outline of the design looks like one of those wine glasses with a thick stem. Or even better, a goblet. In fact, I like "the goblet set."

But then there are those blue tab-like items on the sides that puts me in mind of a hand-held game, in which pressing in the tabs causes some sort of action. So if there is some sort of old-style game that resembles this, I'd love to pay tribute to that with a Define the Design name.

If you have any ideas, just let me know.

And, yes, I realize the prospects in this set have a different design, but I'm not going to acknowledge that because as usual with Bowman, it just confuses the issue.

While I'm talking about Bowman, I thought I'd show some Dodger Bowman cards I received from Uncle Doc's Card Closet.

Doc went through and found cards of my wants for virtually every Bowman year between 1993-2008. This is much appreciated because I think I pursue Bowman sets less vigorously than any other set brand. I don't find it appealing, therefore I ignore it.

Doc must know this because here is what he sent:

1993: An up-and-coming Mondesi.

1994: A Bowman's Best Ingram.

1995: The squashed secondary image years.

1996: Shiny of players who didn't do much.

1997: The most appealing Bowman base set of the late '90s.

1998: More nowhere men.

1999: International men.

2000: I don't understand the 00/00/00 MLB Debut thing on the Chen card. Is it stupid? I bet it's stupid.

2001: No, none of these guys are Ichiro or Pujols.

2002: I forgot all about Herges. He pitched in 75 games in 2001.

2003: The merciful end for Kevin Brown.

2005: Yup, we skipped 2004. Cut Doc some slack.

2006: Would've loved to see what Furcal could've done with a complete career.

2007: Chrome and gold. Weeeee!

2008: Loney is doing in Tampa what I feared he would when he left L.A.

Doc also sent me this pre-production Bowman card of Raul Mondesi, which of course I didn't know existed.

That's the back of it. Very cool. And very cool of Doc to leave an identifying note, because who has time to track stuff like this?

All of those cards cut down on my Bowman wants very nicely. And every number I can trim off the list is less time I have to think about Bowman. I love never having to think about Bowman.

Doc also sent me a handful of Bazooka Dodgers, this one being my favorite:

I'm not sure where Nomo is looking, but it's not at home plate.

So, that's probably my last Bowman post of 2013.

For me, it's about as memorable as the set was this year.


  1. My pleasure to send those cards your way! One of the best parts of this hobby is getting cards to those you know will appreciate them more than yourself.

    To many more trades!

  2. It's not everyday we have a Bubba Crosby sighting in the blogosphere. Love it!

  3. This year's Bowman reminds me of 1996 Donruss and not in a good way. I suggest the logo loin cloth set.

  4. I have a name but it doesn't belong in a family blog.

  5. I think it looks more like a snifter. As in a brandy snifter with a short base.

    It also looks like a loch in the Panama Canal viewed edge-on.

    Therefore, my vote is for the "Panama Canal Edge-on Techno-Snifter Set."