Monday, June 9, 2008

2008 Bowman

About the only thing Bowman has going for it, and they know it, is that they are usually the first ones on the block with regards to rookie cards. Year in and year out there are somewhere around 8-10 Tigers making their cardboard debut. 

I guess when you trade your entire farm system for Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cabrera, and Dontrelle Willis (who is getting hammered right now by the Indians...) it doesn't leave a lot to choose from. Actually, it should open the minors up for a lot of new faces, but apparently Bowman didn't see it that way. This year there are only five.

Before I go any further, let me delve into this "rookie card" designation thingy that was supposed to clear up all the confusion. I thought the whole idea was that a player wasn't supposed to appear on a card until he had played a game in the majors, and all his cards from that year would bear the official "rookie card" logo. Well Bowman/Topps have somehow managed to circumvent the rule THAT THEY AGREED TO without any ramifications. I really wish someone would explain to me how they can do this.

So to get back on topic here, there are only five rookie cards. One is Armando Galarraga, with that goofy little "rookie card" logo. The others are just designated with a "1st Bowman Card" logo. This set consists of Jonah Nickerson, Ryan Strieby, Michael Hernandez, and Will Rhymes. 

Great name, Will Rhymes. 

Ho-hum. Your 2008 Bowman Tigers:

35 Ivan Rodriguez
51 Dontrelle Willis
69 Jeremy Bonderman
79 Magglio OrdoƱez
95 Miguel Cabrera
106 Justin Verlander
139 Carlos Guillen
159 Gary Sheffield
177 Edgar Renteria
191 Curtis Granderson
214 Armando Galarraga
BP14 Jonah Nickerson
BP55 Ryan Strieby
BP79 Michael Hernandez
BP108 Will Rhymes

There are also chrome versions of the prospects cards. I'm sure there are also the usual assortment of different colored border variations on the base cards. Who cares?


Anonymous said...

This write up was boring. Great name, Will Rhymes? What does that even mean. Either way as the organizational player of the year you may want to hold on to that card.

Jeffrey said...

For those of us who DO care ! Thanks I needed a list of these cards ! AND thanks for the article ! Its easy to commwnt when you write ANONYMOUS ! Jeff