Bowman Chrome Draft Picks can be one of the top products of the year, especially for the players that many of the prospectors out there who are trying to acquire their targets for the coming year. However, it can also be a time where Topps wants to have some fun, and I am one that always likes when they do.
Last year we got a Russell Wilson SP card, commemorating his time with the Texas Rangers during spring training. Obviously Wilson is never going to play baseball, but he was drafted by the Rockies back in the day:
His Bowman SP still sells for a ton:
He also had a card in 2010 Topps Pro Debut and Bowman Platinum for kicks:
This year we get another treat, as Topps has found a way to bring a big Football name back to the Bowman brand again. Johnny Manziel was drafted by the Padres, likely as a joke, but lucky for card collectors, it made him eligible to be included in sets like this. Manziel's football stuff is down because of a lack of playing time, but this will be rare and likely a very expensive card for all the Manziel fans out there.
At the same time, this is a big thing for football fans as well, as this means he will have live signatures in the remaining Topps products. Although he is required by the PA to complete all autos, Topps had been struggling to lock him down for a signing. Over the last few products, he had been redemptions, and now that we see he has signed for them. Its a good sign for the upcoming release of Topps Chrome, for which Manziel’s top RC will likely come from, based on sales from what we saw in the early release of Bowman Chrome. His signature remains one of the nicest looking autographs of the class.