I stand before you today with a problem of epic proportions that threatens to cast my recently organized life into complete and total disarray. My self imposed moratorium on opening new packs of baseball cards was recently lifted after the successful completion of entering my collection into a database. My collection, and hence, my life is now organized and has meaning. A few days ago I opened a few packs of 2008 Bowman baseball that had been lying around in patient anticipation of this wonderful event. Shortly after opening the packs I was dutifully and diligently entering those cards into the database assuring that my life would continue to make sense. That’s when all hell broke loose.
What the hell is this? It’s green. Or, as the card companies like to call it “emerald”. (Doesn’t that sound much more impressive?) All of my other 2008 Bowman base cards are red. Why is this one green? I’ve spent the last 2 minutes scouring the internet for an answer to this question to no avail. The Beckett site has no scan of it and makes no mention of a Bowman green, emerald, or any other colorful designation that would be pleasing to the Irish. There is, however, a Bowman “blue”. That sure as hell looks green to me, though.
I’ve narrowed it down to two possibilities:
1. This is the regular base card and is green because it is a rookie card (allegedly, due to the RC designation in the corner) and ALL rookie cards are green in this set. This would make me an idiot. Since anyone who regularly reads this blog already knows this, I figured “what’s the difference”.
2. It is some kind of super rare error card and is currently one of the most sought after cards in all of collecting. A mistake with the ink during production made it green instead of blue or red or something.
My gut tells me the likely answer is #1. (My brain would tell me the same thing if it could) However, until informed otherwise, I will assume that #2 is actually what has happened here.
The bidding starts at $2,499.99. Please add $3.50 for shipping plus $.50 for each additional card (I have a lot of rare 1989 Topps available too).
Good luck everyone.
Fred C. Harris and Brendan C. Boyd
5 weeks ago