Saturday, July 23, 2011

2004 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractors

Set size: 165 cards, numbered 166-330

Front Design: Cards follow the 2004 Bowman design, with a blue tinted refractor effect added. The player's photo appears in a black bordered card; horizontal plateau borders appear above and below the photo. A facsimile autograph is printed over the signature. The bottom of the card contains the Bowman logo, player name and position.

Back Design: Card backs are identical to the 2004 Bowman design, while the card number has the words "BLUE REFRACTOR" printed beneath it, and cards are serial numbered to 290 on the left-hand edge. The Bowman design has the player's name, position and team at the top, followed by a player photo, vital statistics, a scouting report, and prior year and career stats.

Parallels and Similars: This set is a parallel of the regular Bowman Chrome set card numbers 166-330 (the First Year cards in the set). As such, these cards are nearly identical to Bowman, Bowman Chrome, and all the other parallels associated with the set.

Distribution: Exchange cards were included one per hobby box-loader pack, and via the website.

Thoughts: I prefer the refractor parallels when the borders are different colors, instead of refractors just having a tint. This set really doesn't stand out for me, and only player and team collectors really have interest in these cards. The card was delivered encased, which is why the scan is blurry. You can see a hint of the Topps security label at the bottom of the card front image.

Additional Images: Card back.

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