2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball Box Break & Review

For two decades the Bowman Chrome brand has been the #1 product when it comes to a player’s first year cards.  Collectors love Chrome!  This year is no different.  People are willing to do their homework and spend lots on minor league standouts hoping that one day they’ll hit it big.  Sometimes this can workout great.  Others not so much.  That’s the gamble you take.  Either way you look at it, Bowman Chrome is the product that amplified prospecting within this hobby.

Topps decided to keep the new format for Bowman Chrome that began last year.  Every master box comes with two mini-boxes containing (6) packs each.  Bowman Chrome is all about the parallels.  Whenever I open a pack of this stuff I look down into the top and hope to see a slightly thicker card.  I’ve noticed that Topps prints the parallels and autographs on thicker stock.  When pulling the cards out I always attempt to get a glimpse at the fatter card to see if it has any color to it.  I enjoy the suspense.  Seeing a little strip of gold, orange, red, or SuperFractor pattern can make for an entertaining pack rip.

Two major additions were made to Bowman Chrome in 2017.  The first are photo variations.  Bowman Chrome is not the traditional place you’d find these.  But we’ve got them.  (15) to be exact.  They’re easy to spot as long as you check the CMP code on the back.  Base cards end in #3927 compared to photo variations with #3953.

The other new addition are relics.  Just like the photo variations, Bowman Chrome isn’t known for having them.  Chrome Autograph Relics, 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Relics, and 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Autograph Relics can all be found.  Those AFL cards can come with some insane looking patches.

Refractors That Never Were gives us a dose of what popular Bowman cards from the past would look like in refractor form.  Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, and Ivan Rodriguez each have autographed versions.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Luis Arraez
  • Mitchell White


  • Lucas Erceg Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Chris Archer Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Ryan O’Hearn Green Shimmer Refractor #’ed/99
  • James Kaprielian Refractor #’ed/499
  • Brent Honeywell Bowman 70th Logo Blue Refractor


  • Eloy Jimenez 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars
  • D.J. Stewart 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars
  • Dustin Fowler Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates
  • Alec Hansen Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates
  • Ronald Acuna Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates
  • Taylor Trammell Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Updates

Notable Rookies

  • Andrew Benintendi
  • Yoan Moncada

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  1. Everyone ready for Monday tomorrow?

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