Wednesday, August 10, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Bowman Inception Baseball (Autograph Giveaway!)

You know how some products you question the look of in the distance? Well, I did that with this product.

One thing I learned was, you can't judge a card design from a distance.


In every box of 2016 Bowman Inception baseball is one pack with 5 cards per pack. There are also 5 autographs per box and boxes run a little less than $85.

What you see when you first open the box...
Inside that box you will hope to find key rookie autographs of Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda, Stephen Piscotty, Trea Turner, Kyle Schwarber, Michael Conforto, and Miguel Sano.

Or you can pull some future stars that may not have the name just yet like I did.

Here we go!

The base card design looks so much better in person. The rookies appear on an "space" type design probably a symbol for them reaching for the stars.The card thickness is premium and my only concern with this design is chipping. Hopefully when you buy a box it will be shipped safely and correctly.

My first hits are Prospect Autographs which is 56 cards deep.

Parallels include:
• Blue
• Green
• Gold – /25
• Orange – /5
• Red – 1/1

Rookie Autograph is my next pull. These feature the Top 15 MLB rookies of the 2016 season.

Rookie Autographs will feature the following parallels:
  • Blue Parallel: Sequentially numbered.
  • Green Parallel: Sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Orange Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Red Parallel: Numbered 1/1.
The design is same as the prospects except these have the rookie logos and it's presented landscape design. Still leads to a cool. look.

My final pull of the box is a an autographed relic card that falls one-per-box. These feature game-used jersey swatches of the game's top prospects and MLB rookies.

Parallels include:
  • Blue Parallel: Sequentially numbered.
  • Green Parallel: Sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Orange Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Red Parallel: Numbered 1/1.
Mine was a pinstripe pull of Mets Dominic Smith.

Other finds I didn't pull are...
  • Inceptionized Bowman Veteran Autographs: These recreate each MLB veteran's 1st Bowman card featuring the Inception effect and and on-card auto
  • Inceptionized Bowman Prospect Autographs: 1 Per Case and showcases each subject's 2016 Bowman Baseball card with the Inception groove to it
  • Origins Autographs Top prospects, MLB rookies and veterans on a special card design featuring on-card autographs.
  • Autograph Jumbo Patch Cards: Featuring a JUMBO game-used jersey patch of the game's top prospects and rookies.
  • Autograph Logo Patch Cards: Features an MLB Silhouetted Batter logo patch from a game-used jersey. Numbered 1/1.
  • Future Stars Autograph Relics: Showcases unique relic pieces from the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game jersey. Numbered 1/1 and comes with a Laundry Tag Parallel : Numbered 1/1.
  • Veteran Autograph Relics: Features top young MLB stars with a game-used memorabilia piece.
  • Autograph Letter Book Cards: full-sized letter patch relic from a game-used jersey paired with an autograph. Really sharp looking!
Overall, not a bad price point for 5 autographs as many products would top $100. This product has a lot to offer with top rookies in the game and would make for some good looking prospecting. Not every box will provide a boom, but looking at the checklist and looking at the offerings there is plenty here to try and chase.

Also keep in mind what you paid for a box of Bowman for that one hit, this has 5. I know there are less cards but looking at the overall picture....

My only concern with these like I stated above is chipping.

Now time for the giveaway!

To win this card above, read these rules! 
  1. Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to host this/these nice giveaways with. Follow them on all social media sites and visit their site, HERE, as well.
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  3. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  4. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
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  8. Contest starts today, ends on August 16th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on August 17th 2016
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Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!


  1. Wow, jealous of the Reyes!
    Pro: neat lookibg product, good number of hits, great prospects
    Cons: Could wind up with some duds, but hey, that's the hobby

  2. Wow a far out Spacey set. Reminds me of the Upper Deck Metal (or was it Fleer?) from the 90s or was it late 80s?
    Pros: Nice design, autographs ON CARD (they are on card right? Not stickers?) Nice drawn images of players. I'm guessing either traced onto or based on actual photos. Nice variation of poses.
    Cons: As with many higher end products super high price for very FEW cards. Only 5 per pack and only ONE pack per "box"? Foil lettering for logos and names. Hard to read anything. Space backgrounds look cool, but are too busy and there is no contrast for any lettering to read.

  3. Love the big names you could pull, prospects is always fun cause you have someone to keep an eye out for. I don't like the dark/black borders but it's not bad for the price.

  4. Love the artwork feel to inception.such a great design...
    On a side note would be awesome to win getting ready to move to TX thanks for the opportunity

    Rt'd and thanked

  5. Pros colors cons design dont want the cards to chip

  6. Thanks for yet another giveaway! I like the spacey look, though it gets a little old when used on every card.

  7. Love the Mondesi card. Pros: beautiful cards, nice quality product
    Cons: The cards are too busy, and the players seem less a focus than the intergalactic space designs going on in the background...

  8. Pro: Cool design. While not for all, unique and doesn't look like other sets.
    Con: Cost

  9. I've never bought this product since it is prospect-centric. If you don't collect prospects, this product is not for you. However, I did pick up a few singles. The design is usually solid and the on-card autographs are a plus.

  10. Thank you and Topps for another great review and giveaway.
    Pros- Big names and big hits.

    Cons- I dont like the space theme at all. Too much going on. High risk equals low reward often.

  11. Thanks for the contest. Pro is the cool design with con being at this price what if you get a dud of a pack.


  13. PRO - Love the galaxy design in the background.
    CON - Wish there were more cards per pack for your dollar.

  14. PRO: Amazing looking product with chances at promising rookies for the price
    CON: needs more prospect autos

  15. Thanks for the contest!

    Pro: Designed and tailored for the prospector.
    Con: Lack of current stars for the non-prospector.

  16. Pro I love the look of this product. I have always been a fan of the design.

    Cons The price is a bit high for what you get. With most Hits being #99 or higher also not having star prospects in this and the stickers autos on these stinks.

  17. Beautiful cards!

    Pro: High quality card stock, great design, guaranteed autographs
    Con: This year's design looks too much like Topps Legacies and if you're not a prospector you risk the chance of opening a pack having never heard of any of the players.

  18. Thanks,Topps!
    Pro: Lots of guaranteed autographs. On-card autos.
    Cons: I'm not a prospector, and I've never heard of most of these guys. High risk product.

  19. Pros - amazing look
    Cons - cost

  20. Thanks to Topps for providing this!

    Pro- Lots of autographs for hit chasers

    Con- The space theme seems to try to set this apart, but it doesn't work for me. Inception products need a change and this isn't it

  21. Thanks topps for the contest!
    Pro: chance to hit key prospects like Bryant, Turner, etc.
    Con: possible chipping on the cards

  22. Pro - I love premium prospects and rookies especially autos
    Con - $17 per card even though all autos is slightly high with no guaranteed limited number card.

  23. Pro Great cards Con Possible easily damaged