Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pop Goes the Refractor

I love cards that pop. Who doesn’t? It’s just a matter of nailing down the right definition of the term. A card that pops is something that calls for your undivided attention, something that makes your eyes explode, something epically awesome. Over the years, we can sight many specific brands that have introduced the hobby to cards that pop, and Bowman Chrome definitely leads the charge. While colored refractors and the newest autos of the hottest prospects are pretty cool to look at, I’m going back to old school Chrome, when there were inserts.

Bowman Chrome had inserts? Cha, more than you would think. 2010 Bowman brought back the inserts I love so much, but for a while there Topps had enough with adding any interesting subsets to their Bowman line and it was basically straight up base, chrome, and all their refractor counterparts. But back in the late 90s/early 2000s, Bowman had some nicely done inserts. For example:

Well themed and crafted. But, eh, not too much pizzazz. But, as I quote Luke 3:14:

“And the Lord said: ‘Let there be refractors!’”


1 comment:

  1. It's the lack of interesting inserts that really turned me off to Bowman and Chrome. I'm not a rookie speculator, so I don't have much interest in the base set. The inserts usually were pretty cool, when they did them.