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2016 Bowman’s Best Baseball Box Break & Review

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The first card shop that I ever visited was called the Penalty Shot.  Don’t let the name fool you, it carried much more than just hockey cards.  It was a great shop with some glass cases full of singles, a dollar wall, and packs/boxes.  One of my first purchases was a Scott Rolen 1995 Bowman’s Best RC.  I had recently met Scott Rolen at an autograph signing during a local mall show and was collecting his cards.  I still own that card and never intend on moving it.  Sadly the Penalty Shot is no longer open.  That’s a shame because it was one of the most organized shops I’ve ever been in.  I think we can all agree that one of the key elements collectors look for in a card shop is organization.

2016 Bowman’s Best is the best of both worlds when it comes to collecting prospects and veterans.  It caters to both groups.  A single master box contains two mini-boxes.  Inside each mini-box you should discover two autographs.  That comes to four autographs for an entire master box.

The base set comes in at (100) cards that is divided up between (65) veterans/rookies and (35) top prospects.  Parallels you can pull include:

  • Refractor
  • Atomic Refractor
  • Blue Refractor #’ed/250
  • Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Orange Refractor #’ed/35
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5
  • Superfractor #’ed/1

Autographs are a big deal when it comes to Bowman’s Best.  Most of them are signed on-card as well.  The Best of 2016 autographs are most likely what you’re going to find.  Parallels of these autographs include:

  • Refractor
  • Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Orange Refractor #’ed/50
  • Atomic Refractor #’ed/25
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5
  • Superfractor #’ed/1

Inserts are plentiful too:

  • Bowman’s Choice Autographs
  • 1996 Bowman’s Best
  • 1996 Bowman’s Best Autographs
  • Baseball America Prospect Forecast
  • Baseball America Prospect Forecast Autographs
  • Dual Autographs
  • First Impressions Autographs
  • Mirror Image
  • Stat Lines
  • Stat Lines Autographs

Many inserts come with their share of parallels.

Last year the horizontally designed Hi-Def inserts really caught my attention.  This time around the 1996 Bowman’s Best inserts catch my eye.  Especially the parallels and autographs featuring veterans.

Overall, Bowman’s Best is really good for those collectors who want a mix of both prospects and veterans.  Boxes cost just under $100.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Sean Newcomb
  • Matt Manning
  • Ozzie Albies
  • Aaron Judge Green Refractor #’ed/99

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  • Rafael Devers 1996 Bowman’s Best Orange Refractor #’ed/35
  • David Dahl Blue Refractor #’ed/250
  • Tim Anderson RC Atomic Refractor
  • Michael Conforto RC Refractor
  • Mookie Betts Refractor
  • Bryce Harper Refractor
  • Starling Marte Refractor
  • Will Benson Refractor
  • Aledmys Diaz RC Refractor
  • Tim Anderson RC Refractor
  • Giancarlo Stanton Refractor
  • Jorge Mateo Refractor
  • Yoan Moncada Refractor
  • Anderson Espinoza Refractor
  • Braxton Garrett Refractor

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  • Jose Berrios 1996 Bowman’s Best RC
  • Mark McGwire 1996 Bowman’s Best
  • Clayton Kershaw/Julio Urias Mirror Image
  • Buster Posey/Zack Collins Mirror Image
  • Jon Lester/Steven Matz Mirror Image
  • Anderson Espinoza Stat Lines
  • Jake Arrieta Stat Lines
  • Tyler O’Neill Stat Lines
  • Nomar Mazara Stat Lines

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2 Responses

  1. Looks like a solid box, a friend did one at the LCS yesterday. Got an Alex Kirilloff for his Twins PC and a Bregman. That Judge is definitely a nice one!

  2. […] had a fairly good string of luck lately when it comes to Topps products.  Between 2016 Bowman’s Best, 2017 Topps Series 1, and 2017 Topps Finest I’ve pulled some amazing cards.  Oh!  I […]

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