As you can see from previous blog posts, both Sooz and myself have opened our fair share of 2010 Bowman packs. I opened a handful of retail packs last night and ended up with a couple of purple refractors.
Come to find out later when reading the pack wrapper, they are 1:8 packs and considering I opened 7 packs I hit the jackpot. Despite the "coolness" or "mojoness" of the sexy and manly purple, these guys won't go for more than a buck on eBay. Secondary market for these cards seems to be limited just to Strasburg and a few select others.
Since I pulled the Murphy auto, I will hold onto both cards for a while and see what happens. I listed some cards on eBay just to try and recoup some of the money spent. Though with eBay if you don't list the auto cards as soon as they come out you end up on the low end of selling because the market floods.
Now here is where the question comes into play. I like this years set as a whole, and the added "Wonka factor" of the Strasburg makes it all the more entertaining to open packs. I would love to put together a set of the 1992 flashback cards or the Topps 100, but realistically I won't finish it because I lose interest after a week in set building. I think those two insert sets are great, and I particularly think the Topps 100 was an awesome way to keep track of prospects from year to year if they continue to make this a regular set feature. What are your thoughts on the set and the inserts?
I think 2010 Bowman is going to be one of the most successful selling products in recent years, and that has a whole lot to do with Strasburg, but give Topps some credit as well for the inserts and the design. Strasburg being in the set pumped up the hype and the sales, but overall as someone that doesn't do any prospecting I am having a ball trying to pull a cool card.
It will be interesting to see the prices on the 2010 Bowman Chrome set as well as Topps Chrome as the release gets closer, and even after the release what will happen with the prices. I know I wish I had pre-ordered a box or 90 of Bowman when they first went pre-sale.