2019 Bowman Sterling Baseball
Bowman Sterling has revived its product-laden line, which fell out of the MLB card rotation, with the 2019 stand-alone Bowman Sterling Baseball set that hit shelves on Aug. 14. Each pack of the hit-heavy release contains one autograph, with five signed cards expected per box. This is a substantial change from the previous iteration that had 18 autographs per box.
The full-fledged Sterling brand was last seen in 2014, but was most recently a continuation insert found across Topps products.
The 100-card base set is a 50-50 split between rookies and prospects. Collectors also have multiple parallels to chase: Refractor, Speckle Refractor, Gold Refractor, Blue Refractor, Black Atomic Refractor, Red Refractor, SuperFractor and Printing Plates.
Inserts include Sterling Retrospectives, which transports collectors back to the initial Bowman Sterling design from 2004. The parallel selection mostly matches the base lineup, but only goes from Gold Refractor and down.
Every pack also includes one autograph card, which comes in several forms. The main Prospect & Rookie Autograph line features the base design and adds several numbered parallels: Refractor, Wave Refractor, Speckle Refractor, Orange Refractor, Gold Refractor, Blue Refractor, Black Atomic Refractor, Red Refractor and SuperFractor.
Other signed choices include the case-hit Sterling Die-Cut Autograph set, which comes in Blue Refractor, Red Refractor and SuperFractor editions.
In addition, the Sterling Retrospective Autograph cards, numbered to 50 or less, add a signature to the throwback insert. These have Blue Refractor, Black Atomic Refractor, Red Refractor and SuperFractor parallels.
The set also has multi-signed draft pick/prospect/rookie cards, including Dual Refractor Autograph and Triple Refractor Autograph. Both sets work in Black Atomic Refractor, Canary Diamond Refractor, Red Refractor and SuperFractor parallels, as well.