Monday, August 3, 2009

2009 Bowman Chrome Football Has Become A Freak Show

Topps? Seriously? You are messing with the one product that isnt broken?

The preview spread sheet has been posted, and I am shocked that Topps took Bowman Chrome in this horrible direction. As you can see, they have added relic autos and relic refractor autos to the set, and they are so poorly conceived that they make Prestige Chrome look well put together. Why do we need a relic if it is going to cover up the fucking subject of the card? It not that fucking important! A Chrome auto /10 would be worth a bunch regardless, why destroy the one card that could sell the product? I know that Upper Deck has mentioned to me on a number of occasions that Topps is developing a product to compete directly with SPA, and I hope that Topps didnt choose Chrome as the way to do it.

Oh, but wait! THERE'S MORE!

Now we are having a repeat of the signed letters from Bowman Draft Picks? Why? We get that UD broke new ground with the signed manu-letters in SPA a few years ago, but I dont think they intended Topps to take the idea and repeatedly beat it into a fine mush. Every goddamn Topps product has letters - signed and unsigned. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Bowman Chrome was great BECAUSE of its simplicity, not despite it. Topps has bastardized a standard in low-end with needless upgrades that sway from the original ideas. Here is the letter all of us should write to the leadership:

Dear Topps,

Fuck you. You ruined Bowman Chrome.

That is all.


What is happening with this shit? Jesus.


  1. Wow, I'm a huge Topps fan and even I think that's awful.

  2. It should be a law that for all topps chrome/bowman chrome products....that there should be absolutely no event worn crap put into the rookie autos! WTF topps!?!?!?!?!

  3. You are forgetting that Bowman Chrome wax prices have dropped like a rock the last 3-4 years. Nobody is going to buy it anymore with the "one sticker auto per box" format.

    Topps knows this and is trying something different. It's a low-level product, for people who can't afford premium stuff. No need to be so harsh about it. It doesn't matter much - real flippers/collectors don't care about BC for football.

  4. Actually, from my experience, both of the chromes are great products for "flippers" per message boards. Only because of the value of the base cards being more than normal.

    As for prices, maybe secondary value prices have dropped SLIGHTLY, but only in relation to the cost of the boxes. It definitely hasnt "dropped like a rock."

    I just think you are grasping at straws in order to disagree with me. Of course, thats fine, but my argument is that the new additions are frankenstein cards rather than actual good ideas. You must have missed that.

  5. Lazy ... F'in Lazy Topps! I want to barf in my mouth. God that sucks.