Baseball card blog focusing on 1971 Topps, cards of catchers and the Colorado Rockies, sometimes drifting of into other areas or sports.
Friday, 16 December 2011
Mailday: 2011 Bowman Draft Rockies team set
Just got the Rockies team set in the post today in both regular and chrome. I really like the looks of the regular set, nice and simple and I really like the black borders on the Prospects subset this year. I could do without the Chrome versions though, seriously Topps, how many versions of every card do we need? The one thing that really stuck out for me was the inclusion of an Alan Johnson card. The Prospects inserts are all draft picks and main set has rookie cards of Alex White, Rex Brothers, Juan Nicasio and Charlie Blackmon, all four of look to be big parts of the Rockies future with two promising starters, a potential closer and an player who looks to be a solid 4th outfielder at worst. Johnson is a good story, and undrafted player in 2005, made his MLB debut in 2011 as an emergency starter in a game the Rockies won, but he was removed from the 40 man roster shortly after and was granted free agency in November of this year. I would have rather have seen either Jordan Pacheco, Drew Pomeranz or Wilin Rosario in this set, but we will have to wait until the 2012 products roll out for their "official" rookie cards. So Johnson gets an "official" rookie card for his one start to go along with his 2008 Bowman pre-rookie, as well as the numerous parallel colors and refractors.