2021 Bowman Sterling Preview

There’s no shortage of Bowman-branded baseball card products these days but one of the more long-running issues–one that’s maybe a little underrated when it comes to prospect autographs–is Sterling. The 2021 model has a current release date of August 18.

2021 Bowman Sterling Configuration and Base Set

Sterling hobby boxes will carry five packs with six cards per pack. Each pack should contain an autographed card–a pretty solid bang for the buck, even with the deep demand for current products these days.  Each case will hold 12 boxes.

At 100 cards, the base set is small by any standard, but there are plenty of parallels:

• Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 199
• Speckle Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 99
• Magenta Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 75
• Gold Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 50
• Blue Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 25
• Black Atomic Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 10
• Red Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 5
• SuperFractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1
• Printing Plates – #’d 1-of-1

Inserts

New this year are Sterling Recollections, with each card numbered to 99 or less.  This one focuses on “some of the league’s most prominent superstars,” according to Topps…with the design matching their first Bowman card.  Parallels will be somewhat limited, including: 

• Gold Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 50
• Blue Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 25
• Black Atomic Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 10
• Red Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 5
• SuperFractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1
• Printing Plates – #’d 1-of-1

Autographs

Sterling Recollections also have autographed versions. with a few possible parallel versions including:

• Blue Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 25
• Black Atomic Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 10
• Red Refractor Parallel – #’d to 5
• SuperFractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1

Also new this year are Sterling Tender Autographs, with a design that’s built to mimic the British pound sterling (Sterling, get it?). 

It’ll feature rookies, prospects and current stars with these parallel possibilities:

• Black Atomic Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 10
• Canary Diamond Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 3
• Red Refractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1
• SuperFractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1

Prospect and Rookie Autographed cards will have these parallels:

• Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 150
• Wave Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 125
• Speckle Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 99
• Orange Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 75
• Gold Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 50
• Blue Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 25
• Black Atomic Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 10
• Red Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 5
• SuperFractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1

Dual and Triple Refractor Autographs feature multiple players on the same card. Each is numbered to 25 except: 
• Black Atomic Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 10
• Canary Diamond Refractor Parallel – Sequentially #’d to 3
• Red Refractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1
• SuperFractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1

You can see cards from past Sterling Baseball releases on eBay here.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he’s usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected]

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