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Card of the Day: Francisco Rodriguez 2000 Bowman #321


2017 Bowman Chrome Mini Complete Set Box Break & Review

Happy New Year!!!  Its 2018 and everyday baseball season gets closer.  Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training next month.  In 2017 we had an impressive rookie class.  Its going to be hard to top it.

All 2017 Topps MLB licensed products have been released.  The last two were Bowman’s Best and the Bowman Chrome Mini Complete Set.  2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball is due out near the end of the month.

I really like the 2017 Bowman Chrome Mini Complete Set.  Inside each box is a complete 273-card set featuring top tier rookies and prospects from 2017.  Along with it are (3) packs containing (10) special parallels each.  These exclusive parallels can only be found in here.  Parallels include: Refractor, Blue Shimmer Refractor #’ed/150, Black Shimmer Refractor #’ed/100, Green Refractor #’ed/99, Bowman 70th Logo Refractor #’ed/70, Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Orange Refractor #’ed/25, Red Refractor #’ed/10, Superfractors #’ed/1, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.

What I find the most attractive about this set is the configuration.  You can open the main box to access the parallel packs, yet the complete base set remains sealed separately.  I like that a lot.  There aren’t too many configurations that allow you to open something, get the “hits”, and leave you with a sealed set.

It certainly wouldn’t bother me if more rookie/prospect products were configured like this.  Boxes are currently selling for just under $200.  Demand is quite strong considering there aren’t any autographs.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Magenta Printing Plate #’ed 1/1
  • Dane Dunning Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Dakota Chalmers Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Brett Phillips Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Harrison Bader Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Justus Sheffield Bowman 70th Logo Refractor #’ed/70
  • Max Fried Bowman 70th Logo Refractor #’ed/70
  • Rowdy Tellez Bowman 70th Logo Refractor #’ed/70
  • Mickey Moniak Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Brendan Rodgers Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Garrett Whitley Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Brian Anderson Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Jorge Alfaro Blue Shimmer Refractor #’ed/150
  • Christin Stewart Blue Shimmer Refractor #’ed/150
  • Teoscar Hernandez Blue Shimmer Refractor #’ed/150
  • Touki Toussaint Blue Shimmer Refractor #’ed/150
  • A.J. Puckett Blue Shimmer Refractor #’ed/150
  • Tetsuto Yamada Blue Shimmer Refractor #’ed/150
  • Sandy Alcantara Blue Shimmer Refractor #’ed/150
  • Jorge Ona Refractor
  • Trevor Clifton Refractor
  • Blake Rutherford Refractor
  • Wuilmer Becerra Refractor
  • Beau Burrows Refractor
  • Dylan Cozens Refractor
  • Albert Abreu Refractor
  • Jonathan Arauz Refractor
  • Kyle Freeland Refractor
  • Justus Sheffield Refractor

Marlins ’17 Bowman Draft Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to dawgpaws on being the lucky winner of the Trevor Rogers 2017 Bowman Draft Chrome Class Of 2017 Auto #’ed/250.  Once dawgpaws sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Marlins ’17 Bowman Draft Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Trevor Rogers 2017 Bowman Draft Chrome Class Of 2017 Auto #’ed/250.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Red Sox ’17 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Jeffery Turri on being the lucky winner of the Roniel Raudes 2017 Bowman High Tek Auto.  Once Jeffery Turri sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

2017 Bowman Draft Baseball Jumbo Box Break & Review

With the release of Bowman Draft, baseball products are coming to a close for 2017.  Bowman’s Best is technically the last Topps baseball set of the year.  Between the four major prospecting sets – BowmanBowman ChromeBowman Draft, and Bowman’s Best, the seeds of a new prospecting class have been planted.  The next Mickey Mantle or Aaron Judge could be starring at you right now, and you wouldn’t even know it.

Of them all, Bowman Draft is most likely my favorite with Bowman’s Best coming in at a close second.  What makes Bowman Draft fun for me is that it has the first licensed cards of newly drafted players in their MLB uniforms.  Speculation is at it’s highest as many of these guys haven’t had the opportunity to truly prove themselves when it comes to the world of professional baseball.  High speculation combined with unproven talent can have collectors spending big bucks on young players.  Especially when it comes to their autographed and/or low numbered parallels.

2017 Bowman Draft consists of a (200) card base set.  Each base Bowman card has a Chrome counterpart.  Everything has parallels out the wazoo.  Variations offer something fun to look for.  Unlike some other products, the variations found in here are easy to find.  Not only do variations have alternate images, but they come with facsimile signatures.  So browsing through that big stack of cards looking for a facsimile signature should be a breeze.  Some of them actually have real autographs and keep the alternate image.  Those are serial numbered to (99) copies.

Inserts are plentiful and come with their share of parallels and autographs.  This is the only place you’re going to find veteran content.  These come in the form of MLB Draft History cards.  Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg, Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay, Rickey Henderson, Jim Thome, Derek Jeter, Carlton Fisk, Barry Larkin, and Andy Pettitte are included.  Parallels are Refractor #’ed/250, Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Red Refractor #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed/1.  Pettitte, Jeter, Henderson, Johnson, and Sandberg have autographs.

I am very satisfied with my break.  The checklist is solid and not that full of prospects from previous years.  Hard to beat a (1) per case autograph and an Orange Refractor autograph.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Nate Pearson Bowman Chrome Draft Orange Refractor Auto #’ed/25
  • Trevor Rogers Bowman Chrome Draft Class Of 2017 Auto #’ed/250
  • Quentin Holmes Bowman Chrome Draft Auto

Case hit!!!


  • Alex Lange Green Paper Parallel #’ed/99
  • Anderson Tejeda Silver Paper Parallel #’ed/499
  • Scott Hurst Silver Paper Parallel #’ed/499
  • Corbin Martin Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Adonis Medina Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Kramer Robertson Sky Blue Refractor #’ed/399
  • Alex Scherff Sky Blue Refractor #’ed/399
  • Drew Ellis Refractor
  • Buddy Reed Refractor
  • Hans Crouse Refractor
  • Kyle Lewis Refractor
  • Pavin Smith Refractor
  • Delvin Perez Refractor
  • Ricardo De La Torre Refractor
  • Gavin Lux Refractor
  • Blayne Enlow Refractor
  • Nick Solak Refractor
  • Tanner Houck Refractor
  • Daniel Tillo Refractor
  • James Marinan Refractor
  • Gleyber Torres Refractor
  • Will Gaddis Refractor
  • T.J. Zeuch Refractor
  • Nate Pearson Refractor
  • Nick Raquet Refractor
  • Conner Uselton Refractor
  • Dylan Cease Refractor
  • Cash Case Refractor
  • Will Craig Refractor
  • Royce Lewis Refractor
  • Jahmai Jones Refractor


  • Randy Johnson MLB Draft History
  • Ryne Sandberg MLB Draft History
  • Mickey Moniak Bowman Defining Moments
  • Brendan McKay Bowman Defining Moments
  • Gleyber Torres Bowman Defining Moments
  • Jake Burger Bowman Defining Moments
  • J.B. Bukauskas/Corbin Martin Recommended Viewing
  • Shane Baz/Steven Jennings Recommended Viewing
  • Royce Lewis/Brent Rooker Recommended Viewing
  • Adam Haseley/Spencer Howard Recommended Viewing

Card of the Day: Charley Trippi 1954 Bowman #60