2018 Bowman Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Between the Living Set and 2018 Bowman, Topps has been on quite the successful roll.  Those collectors who didn’t get in early on the first few weeks of the Living Set, are now finding themselves in a bidding war for cards like my Rhys Hoskins.  I couldn’t be happier about this.  Its awesome to see cards that aren’t autographed, game-used, or even serial numbered bringing in this kind of cash.  Nobody does these “print on-demand” products better than Topps.  Other companies have tried, but Topps does it the best.  Hopefully there are more Phillies Living Set cards coming down the line.  I’d be all over a Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, Phillie Phanatic, or dare I say Harry Kalas card.  I paid $7.99 for Rhys Hoskins, and they’ve recently been selling for $50-$100.  It might be time to move it to my safe.

Every year there is a new “top rookie” or “major prospect” who’s going to be the next big thing.  This year its Shohei Ohtani.  Collectors are spending many thousands of dollars on him.  Given that Bowman has been “Home Of The Rookie Card” for years, its no surprise that his cards from this product are reaching insane levels.  Base autographs sell for roughly $1,500.  All others just go up from there.  Thomas Fish of Blowout Cards has offered $75,000 for the Ohtani Superfractor Auto #’ed 1/1 when it comes back from BGS a 9.5 or higher.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes back with a BGS Black Label.  That story alone has been circulating the media outlets and drawing lots of attention not only to this product, but the whole hobby in general.  Its fantastic to see the hobby get the spotlight like that.  If you do hit the jackpot and pull an autograph of him, especially from Bowman, I’d move it ASAP.  A lot can happen between now and the end of his career.  Could he go on to be the next Babe Ruth?  Sure.  He could also suffer a career ending injury next week and never play again.  Its a high stakes gamble.  Consider yourself lucky to have pulled one out now.  Don’t push your luck by holding on to it.

Prospecting continues to be a very large part of the industry.  Everyone wants to get in on the ground floor of that possible one day future Hall Of Famer.  Products like BowmanBowman Chrome, and Bowman Draft are still the key brands to do this.  Because of all the attention on Ohtani, 2018 Bowman in particular has been quite popular.  This popularity has carried over to other players.  Topps has gotten extremely lucky over the past few years with so many rookies performing well.  Other top prospects/rookies you’d want to pull include Ronald Acuña, Rhys Hoskins, Hunter Greene, and Luis Robert.

Parallels!!!  Parallels!!!  Parallels!!!  2018 Bowman contains a massive amount of parallels.  Depending on the player, you could have over (50) parallels to chase down.  Forget Skittles, this gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Taste the rainbow.”  Quite the challenge.

Of all the inserts, I’ve got to go with Bowman Sterling as my favorite.  Between 2004 and 2014, Bowman Sterling was a regular high-end standalone baseball set.  Then it disappeared.  Now its back!  From the looks of it, these new Bowman Sterling cards will be inserted throughout other Bowman products this year too.  Parallels include Atomic #’ed/150, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.  Autographs are serial numbered to (99) and have Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1 parallels.

When it comes to prospecting, there can be a lot of pressure from other collectors about who you should and shouldn’t pickup.  I say collect what you enjoy.  Also, don’t get in over your head.  Modern day sports cards shouldn’t be used as investments.

I think it would be neat to see “print on-demand” exclusive Bowman cards for prospects.  Topps could base them on some of the players featured on that week’s Baseball America’s Hot Sheet.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Adbert Alzolay


  • Carter Kieboom Atomic Refractor
  • Evan White Refractor #’ed/499
  • Corbin Burnes Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Nate Pearson Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 Orange Refractor #’ed/25


  • Clint Frazier Bowman Sterling
  • Jesus Luzardo/A.J. Puk/Paul Blackburn Talent Pipeline
  • Jon Duplantier/Alex Young/Anthony Banda Talent Pipeline
  • Joey Gallo Bowman Birthdays
  • Max Kepler Bowman Birthdays
  • Nick Williams Bowman Birthdays
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. #Bowman Trending
  • Scott Kingery #Bowman Trending
  • Stephen Gonsalves #Bowman Trending
  • Bo Bichette #Bowman Trending
  • Nick Williams ROY Favorites
  • Jack Flaherty ROY Favorites
  • Harrison Bader ROY Favorites
  • Michael Baez Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Luiz Gohara Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Juan Soto Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Sam Travis Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Adam Haseley Bowman Scouts’ Top 100
  • Chance Sisco Bowman Scouts’ Top 100

Notable Prospects/Rookies

  • Shohei Ohtani Bowman RC
  • Rhys Hoskins Bowman RC
  • Hunter Greene Bowman
  • Hunter Greene Bowman Chrome
  • Keibert Ruiz Bowman
  • Keibert Ruiz Bowman Chrome
  • Cristian Pache Bowman Chrome

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