09 Bowman Chrome - NFL
18 packs per box - 4 cards per pack
'1 Rookie Autograph in Every Box!'
At this writing - no info on the Topps website: www.topps.com
I received the following:
42 base Vets (1 dupe!) - Base vets #1-110
18 unique Rookies - base rookies #111-165
The NFL Bowman Chrome is printed on very stiff stock and a few of the cards have the 'chrome curl'. The background of each card does not enhance the player's picture - if anything, it detracts from the action photo of the player.
The reverse has pro stats along with personal stats. A write up of the draft when the player was chosen and a highlight or 2 of his career.
3 Vets / 2 Rookies
12 P. Manning
24 J. Delhomme
54 D. McFadden
114 R. Bomar
149 B. Cushing
X-Fractor / Blue Refractor
X - 53 K. Boss #ed to 250
Blue - 42 J. Rodai #ed to 150
Green / Orange Refractors
Green - 144 M. Thomas #ed to 99
Orange - 92 E. Reed #ed to 25
Box Topper -
Gold/Copper? - #ed to 225
144 R. Bomar
BCAP-GC #ed 1/2
Bowman Chrome NFL will be and is a great issue for the rookie collector, the player collector and the set builder. The base set of 165 (unlike the baseball set - 220 vets. 65 rookies and the WBC cards) should be very 'doable' with 4-5 boxes. If not completed, one should have more than enough dupes for trading and enough inserts to sell if one needs to buy the final few cards to complete the set.
The various parallels will allow the player collector a number of variations to chase - should you happen to pull them - I want the variations of #135 Michael Crabree. I received an Xfractor, blue, orange, and green parallel and another boxtopper color - either gold or copper -- all of which are numbered - very good!
The auto I received is numbered to just 2 and the auto is on the letter 'E'. The pack containing a patch card will only have 3 cards in the pack.
Overall grade A-- unimpressed with the back ground on the cards - WAY too busy!
Go buy several boxes and send those 'holdout' Crabtree cards to me!!