2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Who’s going to be the next Babe Ruth?  The answer to that is fairly simple… nobody.  There will only ever be one Babe Ruth, and he passed away in 1948.  But it sure is fun to see certain players increase and decrease in popularity over the years.  In 2017 it was Aaron Judge.  2018 Shohei Ohtani.  2019 Pete Alonso.  Bunches of other players fall in between.  Who’s going to be the next mega-popular player collectors will be digging through their boxes to find?  That’s the one-million dollar question.

Bowman Chrome is the second prospecting pillar of the year to drop.  Every prospect-focused set has a core group of players which are in demand at the time of it’s release.  But over time those players can drop off the radar and new ones who nobody paid attention to at first can rise up.  That’s how prospecting goes.

2019 Bowman Chrome has (2) mini-boxes per master box.  Housed inside each mini-box are (6) packs.  Every mini-box should have (1) autograph.  That’s (2) autographs per master box.

Between the veterans, rookies, and prospects, you’re looking at a 200-card set.  The Base Bowman Chrome set has (100) cards.  Parallels include Refractor #’ed/499, Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

Base Bowman Chrome Prospects makes up the other (100) cards.  Parallels include Refractor #’ed/499, Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.  Shimmer Refractors are also available in Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed/5.

Photo variations usually aren’t something you think about a lot when it comes to this brand, but there are (15) players who have them.  CMP codes with these photo variations end in #209.

Autographs include Rookie Image Variation Autographs, Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs, Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs, 2018 Arizona Fall League AFL Fall Stars Autographs, 2018 Arizona Fall League MVP Autographs, Arizona Fall League Alumni Autographs, All-America Game Autographs, Elite Farmhands Autographs, Prime Autograph, and Stat Tracker Autographs.

Relics include 2018 Arizona Fall League AFL Fall Stars Relics, 2018 AFL Fall Stars Autograph Relics, and Chrome Autographed Relics.

Inserts include 2018 Arizona Fall League AFL Fall Stars, 2018 Arizona Fall League MVP Short Print, Arizona Fall League Alumni, Elite Farmhands, and Stat Tracker.

As always, Bowman Chrome is prospect and rookie heavy.  Some of these names might not ring a bell just yet, but someday in the future they could.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Sean Hjelle Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractor Auto #’ed/499
  • Sam Hentges Bowman Chrome Prospects Auto

Parallels

  • Eric Pardinho Bowman Chrome Prospects Purple Shimmer Refractor
  • Khris Davis Bowman Chrome Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • J.B. Bukauskas Bowman Chrome Prospects Blue Refractor #’ed/150

Inserts

  • Victor Victor Mesa Elite Farmhands
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 2018 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars
  • Ryan McKenna 2018 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars
  • Connor Scott Stat Tracker
  • Brady Singer Stat Tracker
  • Nick Madrigal Stat Tracker
  • Brice Turang Stat Tracker

Card of the Day: Tim Tebow 2019 Bowman Chrome Prospects Purple Refractor

Card of the Day: Ricky Watters 1991 Bowman #489

Card of the Day: Barney Poole 1952 Bowman Large #11

Card of the Day: Bobby Dillon 1955 Bowman #122

2019 Bowman Sterling Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Pizza.  That’s exactly what pops into my head when I look at a box of 2019 Bowman Sterling Baseball.  The shape of the box reminds me of something a personal pan pizza would get delivered in.  Mmm… pizza.  I haven’t had one of those from Pizza Hut in a long time.

Its been five years since the Bowman Sterling brand was made available as a standalone product.  The last standalone outing it had was in 2014.  I remember buying a lot of Bowman Sterling packs, both baseball and football.  Over the last few years Bowman Sterling inserts have shown up in various other Topps products.

Topps debuted Bowman Sterling to collectors in 2004.  Matt Bush, Huston Street, Robinson Cano, Adam Wainwright, Felix Hernandez, Homer Bailey, Philip Hughes, David Wright, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Quentin, Delmon Young, and Trevor Plouffe were all top guys that you wanted to pull at the time.

2019 Bowman Sterling is a very rookie and prospect focused set.  Much like it’s predecessors of the past.  A hobby box will cost around $250 as of this writing.  Inside each box you’ll find (5) mini-boxes each housing an autograph.

Although the autographs are the main attraction, a base set is here for you to collect.  The base set consists of (100) cards – (50) prospects and (50) rookies.  Parallels include Base Refractor #’ed/199, Speckle #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Black Atomic #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, Superfractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Even though a low-numbered parallel of a base card could easily end up being the major hit of the box, autographs are the meat and potatoes of this brand.  Numerous autograph options are available – Prospect & Rookie Autographs, Sterling Die-Cut Autographs, Sterling Retrospect Autographs, Dual Refractor Autographs, and Triple Refractor Autographs.

Sterling Retrospect highlight the only insert.  Both the autographed and non-autographed versions of these cards are designed to look as if they’re from the 2004 set.  I would say that these are my favorite cards.  A lot of veterans are in this portion of the set.  Vertically signed autographs, which you’ll find on the Sterling Retrospect cards, has always caught my eye.

Simple design.  Pizza box presentation.  Prospecting collectors should enjoy the revival of this brand.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Noelvi Marte
  • Jordan Groshans
  • Ryan Borucki
  • Franklin Perez
  • Grayson Rodriguez Refractor #’ed/150

Parallels

  • Brendan Rodgers Refractor #’ed/199
  • Brock Deatherage Speckle #’ed/99

Card of the Day: Kris Benson 1997 Bowman Chrome Refractor #167