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The box: 2017 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (collector’s box)
Where to buy: Initially only available via Walmart.
Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 100
Base set completion: 44 of 100 (44 percent)
Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, David Ortiz, Josh Donaldson, Jose Altuve, Kenta Maeda, Gary Sanchez, Yu Darvish, Ichiro Suzuki, Kyle Schwarber, Buster Posey, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout
Rookie Cards (16) – Jake Thompson, Andrew Benintendi, Jharel Cotton, Amir Garrett, Tyler Glasnow, David Dahl, Antonio Senzatela, Raimel Tapia, Joe Musgrove, Yulieski Gurriel (2), Jose DeLeon, Alex Bregman, Manny Margot, Orlando Arcia, Jeff Hoffman
Insert cards: 54 (biggest highlights in gallery below)
Orange parallel (1) – Miguel Cabrera (/25)
Purple parallel (1) – Brent Honeywell (/250)
Platinum Presence (2) – J.P. Crawford, Josh Donaldson
Bowman’s Next Generation (4) – Josh Staumont, Kyle Lewis, Cody Sedlock, Victor Robles
Rookie Radar (4) – Aaron Judge, Jorge Alfaro, Jose DeLeon, Jharel Cotton
Prospects (40) – Notables include Mickey Moniak, Lazarito Armenteros, Lewis Brinson, Franklin Barreto, Clint Frazier, Amed Rosario, Sean Newcomb, Kevin Maitan, Brett Phillips, Matt Chapman, Tyler O’Neill, Rafael Devers
Autographs (1) – Andrew Sopko
Platinum Presence Autographs (1) – Kris Bryant (/16)
What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in for our blaster box break here, Bowman Platinum is back once again as a retail-only (Walmart-only) exclusive that’s got plenty of prospecting potential with one rookie helping drive demand — Cody Bellinger — among a hot rookie class. His first in-pack Rookie Cards are found here and this box was saved by his appearance on an insert that’s found one per box. … This collector’s box included more cards per pack (five, vs. four for blasters) and that helped change the feel quite a bit though you don’t get an Ice parallel pack here so the scope of variety in a rip is actually lowered here but you get more of everything (a plus) and two autographs guaranteed. For $70, it’s a solid rip — and it’s something that the hobby needs more of whether it’s found at retail or hobby. … This brand is found in three formats at retail, this collector’s box, blasters and jumbo packs. This did live up to my gut feeling that these boxes are your best bet — if you can find them. Are they worth a substantial premium? Only if they consistently deliver top names — and this one did with a $350 Kris Bryant auto where there are only 15 others like it. The checklist includes some first-time ink and some current MLB names you probably know — Andrew Benintendi, Alex Bregman, Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa, Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Dansby Swanson, Bryce Harper, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Mike Trout, Ryon Healy and, you know, all those top prospects people expect in a Bowman brand. The bad news? You only get two autos per box and there are only two of these boxes per tray in Walmart stores. But, here’s a thought … if there are display trays that does mean they should get a refill soon, right? Get hunting!
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A+
Fun Grade: B+
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