2021 Bowman Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Prospect/Rookie

Can you believe it? There it was. Sitting all alone on the shelf at Walmart. This lonely HOBBY box of 2021 Bowman Baseball. How did it get there? Why was it there? Do other Walmart stores have hobby boxes? I fought through a major crowd just to get my hands on it. I didn’t have time to hesitate. Reaching out I grabbed the box, and ran like hell. I nearly lost an eyeball.

Just kidding. I didn’t find this Hobby box of 2021 Bowman Baseball at Walmart. But wouldn’t that be the talk of the town if I did. Shopping for cards at retail outlets such as Walmart and Target has become a full-contact sport. Things have become so violent Target switched to selling cards strictly online for the foreseeable future.

2021 Bowman Baseball is the first of the big three rookie/prospect sets to be released throughout the year. Bowman Chrome, and Bowman Draft being the other two. As a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club I’m always excited for the limited Sapphire Editions.

The main base set consists of (100) cards. It is a good mix of both veterans and rookies. Parallels include Sky Blue #’ed/499, Neon Green #’ed/399, Fuchsia #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

(150) Paper Prospects make up the prospect checklist. Parallels include Camo, Sky Blue #’ed/499, Neon Green #’ed/399, Fuchsia #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Platinum #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Each of the (150) Paper Prospect cards has a Chrome counterpart. Chrome parallels include Atomic, Refractor #’ed/499, Speckle #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Fuchsia #’ed/199, Fuchsia Shimmer #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Blue Shimmer #’ed/150, Aqua #’ed/125, Aqua Shimmer #’ed/125, Green #’ed/99, Green Shimmer #’ed/99, Green Mini-Diamond #’ed/99, Yellow Mini-Diamond #’ed/75, Yellow #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Gold Shimmer #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Orange Shimmer #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Red Shimmer #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Available in Hobby boxes are (20) Chrome Prospects Prospector’s Die-Cut variations. These look like gold nuggets, and are limited to (49) copies each.

Autographs include Chrome Prospect Autographs, Paper Prospect Autographs, Chrome Rookie Autographs, 1991 Bowman Autographs, Bowman Scout’s Top 100 Autographs, Dual Bowman Prospects Autographs, Positional Promise Autographs, ROY Favorites Autographs, Ultimate Autograph Book, Under Armour All-American Game Autographs, and 1991 Bowman Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 1991 Bowman, Bowman Scout’s Top 100, Futurist, Positional Promise, ROY Favorites, and Talent Pipeline.

A ton of hype surrounds young prospects today. Its important to collect what you want, and not to worry about what others are pushing on you. In today’s hobby, everyone thinks they know who the next Mike Trout or Fernando Tatis, Jr. will be.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Patrick Bailey Chrome Prospect

Parallels:

  • Keston Hiura Orange #’ed/25
  • Taylor Trammell Chrome Prospect Fuchsia Shimmer #’ed/199
  • Tyler Freeman Chrome Prospect Atomic

Inserts:

  • Ronald Acuña Jr. 1991 Bowman
  • Casey Mize RC 1991 Bowman
  • Joey Bart RC 1991 Bowman
  • Travis Swaggerty/Oneil Cruz/Blake Weiman Talent Pipeline
  • Shea Langeliers/Braden Shewmake/Drew Waters Talent Pipeline
  • Andres Gimenez Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Jake Cronenworth Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Luis Garcia Rookie of the Year Favorites
  • Reid Detmers Futurist
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Futurist
  • Francisco Alvarez Futurist
  • Nick Gonzales Futurist
  • Josh Jung Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Corbin Carroll Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Shea Langeliers Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Andres Gimenez Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Oneil Cruz Bowman Scout’s Top 100
  • Brandon Marsh Bowman Scout’s Top 100

Other Notable Cards:

  • Blaze Jordan 1st Bowman Prospect #71
  • Maximo Acosta 1st Bowman Prospect #7
  • Aaron Sabato 1st Bowman Prospect Chrome #125
  • Austin Martin 1st Bowman Prospect Chrome #87
  • Blaze Jordan 1st Bowman Prospect Chrome #71
  • Maximo Acosta 1st Bowman Prospect Chrome #7

Card of the Day: Cliff Floyd 1992 Bowman #678

Card of the Day: Barry Bonds 1996 Bowman #78

Card of the Day: Nick Maton 2021 Bowman 1st Edition #5

Card of the Day: Jay Bruce 2005 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Chrome #32

Card of the Day: Akil Baddoo 2019 Bowman Sterling Orange Refractor Auto

Card of the Day: Blaze Jordan 2021 Bowman 1st Edition #71

Card of the Day: Stan “Happy Rabbit” Rojek 1949 Bowman #135

Card of the Day: Mickey Moniak 2016 Bowman Draft Chrome Draft Picks Auto

Card of the Day: Aaron Boone 1996 Bowman #235