Buzz Break: 2012 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2012 Bowman Platinum MLB (blaster)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
19 of 100 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Braun

Rookie Cards (3) – Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Liam Hendriks, Hisashi Iwakuma

Insert cards: 13 (all in gallery below)
Prospects (5) –
A.J. Cole, Jameson Taillon, Trey McNutt, Telvin Nash, Jarred Cosart
Gold parallel (1) – Ubaldo Jimenez
Ruby parallel (1) – Yu Darvish
Cutting Edge Stars (1) – Adrian Gonzalez
Top Prospects (2) – Billy Hamilton, Tyler Thornburg
Chrome Refractor parallel (2) – Anthony Ranaudo, Julio Rodriguez
Chrome X-Fractor parallel (1) – Jedd Gyorko

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This Bowman Platinum box was a surprise find in a discount bin during a retail run and delivered well with one card — a one in 20 pack Ruby parallel of Yu Darvish. That’s a decent card in the product (bigger then) and definitely the best one here. On the hobby side you get two autos per box and the biggies here are ink from Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Ink in these boxes is tougher at one in every 33 packs (every fifth box). You can also find autos from Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Anthony Rendon, Nolan Arenado and a number of solid big-leaguers like Robbie Ray, whose first MLB autos are found here. Blasters have a number of notable cards possible — but with long, long odds. Check out the odds panel along with a sampling of cards in the gallery below.

Product Grade: B+
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: C

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