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Monday, December 19, 2011
A Simpler, Better Bowman
I'm not even going to try to explain the numbering system. It was changed a little this year to make things a bit easier, but not quite good enough. Instead, I'm going to offer up a solution for numbering. Platinum and Sterling are easy enough to distinguish from the regular releases, though I'm not sure Platinum is really necessary.
Topps wants three releases of its flagship prospect line - Bowman, Bowman Chrome, and Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects. They can still release three series. Call the first release Bowman. Call the second release Bowman Futures, and keep the Draft Picks and Prospects name for the third release. That's fine. "Bowman Futures? What's that! Wow! It's not just Bowman in Chrome version!"
When October rolls around, it's time for Draft Picks and Prospects. But are we going to restart the numbering, adding a bunch of Bs and Ps? Of course not! Cards #331-440 are the green rookies. Cards P331-440 are the new draft picks and prospects. Again, all the cards are paralleled in Chrome as mentioned above.
For type collectors (are there any others like me?!) and player collectors, it makes things fairly simple. Two "sets" each with 10 parallels (gold, international, Chrome, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) plus plates. I didn't mention inserts, but that doesn't mean they can't be in there. No more worries about whether cards from one release are part of another (Bowman Chrome prospects are included in Bowman and Bowman Chrome, but Bowman Chrome veterans are only found in Bowman Chrome?!). And I won't have to deal with 279 sets in what should be a much-more-simple series of releases. And no cards numbered BDPPP43.