I’ve recently posted at length about the Prospect cards that can be found across the range of Bowman products released by Topps each year!
Mostly I’ve been irked by the fact that they often appear to be taking over from the venerable old Rookie card as the ‘valuable’ first card in collector’s personal player collections!
But maybe I’m doing them a disservice? I’ve recently been swayed by a purchase of a box of 2012 Bowman Draft, and am contemplating buying another in the none to distant future.
On the back of my purchase of the first box I’ve started to look into the Draft Class of 2012, getting to know the young player’s names, their positions, who drafted them, etc, etc… I’ve also started to read a few Scouting Reports on certain players who have caught my eye – one of which is this years #4 pick, Kevin Gausman.
Gausman was drafted and signed by the Baltimore Orioles, adding another young arm to join the other pitching ace, Dylan Bundy! The O’s have a great selection of young players coming up through their farm system and, after their first playoff appearance since the days of Cal Ripken Jr and Brady Anderson, the future is looking rosy for Baseball in Baltimore!
And why an O’s Prospect?? Well my first (and only) live Baseball game was at Camden Yards back in 1997, so despite being a Cardinals fan first and foremost, I’ve always had an affinity for the Birds. Must be my penchant for orange, I guess :)
So I’m aiming to start picking up a few Gausman cards, with the hope of snaring the card below as my first acquisition! I’ve got my eye on a couple on eBay at the moment, so crossed fingers and all that!
I’ll hopefully pick up a few more of these autographed prospect cards (I’ll stick to 1st Round Draft picks to make life simple) over the coming months and I’ll keep you all up to date as and when they materialise!