Ok, now I can write my thoughts about 2011 Bowman free from worry that I might lead someone astray who might be tempted to collect Bowman. Here's a preview of the base cards ganked offa teh interwebs:
The very first thing I thought of was this:
The 2011 looks to be a clever reimagining of the 1955 set with a modern look. If that was their intent, then Topps' design crew did a very fine job this year. Of course, most of the set will probably be vertical which won't look like the '55 design at all. Well, the horizontal cards will look good at least.
Speak of the devil.. The vertical orientation looks more like a shield or maybe a falling bomb. it squishes the photo more than anything. Also notice that the Bowman/Bowman Chrome logo is right in the bottom center of the card chewing up some more photo room. It's not quite as horrible as the 2008 Topps Bump but still distracting. The lower half of Freddie's body is being dissolved by the Autograph Mist so it's hard to tell if the logo is all that annoying on this card. In other news: Topps is awfully confident that Freddie will be handed the Braves' 1st baseman job out of Spring training. I am too, but one injury in the Grapefruit league leaves the Braves up a creek without a first baseman and Topps scrambling with Alex Gordon Part Two.
This is a J-Hey in the style of 1994 Bowman's Best. I would speak more about it but I do believe that I have come down with a case of the Vapors. Excuse me, I need to be alone for a little while.