2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

The regular season has officially come to an end.  No more Phillies games this year.  My Phillies ended with a record of 80-82.  Much better when compared to 2017 where they finished 66-96.  Although they improved quite a bit, its disappointing to know that at the All-Star break they jumped into first only to lose it a month later.  They completely fell apart.  At one time they were (15) games above .500 and 2.5 games ahead of the Braves.  It’ll be interesting to see what moves they make in the off season.  Their first regular game of the 2019 season takes place on March 28 at 3:05 p.m. at home against Atlanta.

Just because your team didn’t make it to the playoffs doesn’t mean the box ripping has to stop.  In fact, with the release of 2018 Bowman Chrome you might pickup some new prospects that one day could help your team win the Fall Classic.

Bowman Chrome is the second wave of big prospect-based products released by Topps.  The first is Bowman and the third is Bowman Draft.  There are two ways you can enjoy Bowman Chrome this year.  A hobby box comes with (2) mini-boxes.  Packed inside each mini-box are (6) packs and (1) autograph.  For those looking for a quick-thrill and willing to spend a little more, there is the HTA option.  An HTA box contains (1) pack with (3) encased autographs.  I like the HTA option as it gets straight to the hits, and you don’t have the leftover base cards.  But if you’re someone who wants a lot of base, hobby boxes are there too.

(100) veterans and rookies make up the base set.  An additional (100) prospects can be found as well.  The inclusion of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is cool.  He was drafted by the Rockies in 2010, and even has cards in Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects and Topps Pro Debut.  Despite his main job playing professional football, he’s played in some minor league/spring training games.  He was last seen in a Yankees uniform back in March pinch-hitting for Aaron Judge.

(15) players have photo variations.  These are easy to spot as the CMP codes differ.  The base card CMP code ends in #370, whereas photo variations end in #393.  (13) photo variations have autograph counterparts #’ed/25.  Superfractor autograph photo variations are in there too.

Among all of the autographs, relics, and parallels there are (4) types of inserts.  These are 2017 AFL Fall Stars2017 AFL Fall Stars MVP2018 Bowman Sterling Continuity, and Peaks Of Potential.  I like the 2018 Bowman Sterling Continuity cards.  They make me wish that brand still existed as a standalone product.  I use to buy a lot of that.

While opening my box, I did come across something a little odd.  The Purple Shimmer Refractors are #’ed/655.  Usually basic refractors are the highest serial numbered parallels you’ll pull.  This time around they’re #’ed/499.  Its unusual to see something like a Purple Shimmer Refractor numbered higher.  You’ed think it would be the other way around.

Bowman Chrome is a prospector’s paradise.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • James Nelson
  • Jorge Guzman

Parallels

  • Luiz Gohara RC Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Darwinzon Hernandez Refractor #’ed/499
  • Taylor Trammell Purple Shimmer Refractor #’ed/655

Inserts

  • Estevan Florial 2018 Bowman Sterling Continuity
  • Sandy Alcantara 2017 AFL Fall Stars
  • Adbert Alzolay 2017 AFL Fall Stars
  • Aramis Ademan Peaks Of Potential
  • Keibert Ruiz Peaks Of Potential
  • Andres Gimenez Peaks Of Potential
  • Luis Robert Peaks Of Potential

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Brewers ’18 Topps Chrome Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Kent Ritchie on being the lucky winner of the Jacob Barnes 2018 Topps Chrome RC Refractor Auto #’ed/499.  Once Kent Ritchie sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Brewers ’18 Topps Chrome Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jacob Barnes 2018 Topps Chrome RC Refractor Auto #’ed/499.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 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!!!

Marlins ’18 Topps Chrome Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Zachary Lahay on being the lucky winner of the Brian Anderson 2018 Topps Chrome RC Auto.  Once Zachary Lahay sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Marlins ’18 Topps Chrome Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Brian Anderson 2018 Topps Chrome RC Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 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!!!

2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

From a visual standpoint both 2018 Stadium Club and Topps Chrome take the cake.  Just like Stadium ClubTopps Chrome offers lots to look for and your (2) autographs guaranteed per hobby box don’t have to be the main attraction.  They certainly can be, but with all of the refractors/photo variations you’re bound to pull something in order to help balance things out.

Topps Chrome is a (200) card set that pulls top rookies and veterans featured in Series 1 and Series 2.  If you’re a soccer fan, earlier this year we got to see what the 2018 Topps flagship design looked like on chrome stock with 2017/18 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League.  I think it translates well, and is always something that needs to be thought about when designing a flagship set.

You can find 2018 Topps Chrome in a few different formats – Hobby boxes, Jumbo boxes, Mega boxes, Blasters, and Value Packs.  Parallels include: Refractor, X-Fractor (Mega Box), Prism, Sepia (Blaster), Pink (Value Packs), Negative, Purple #’ed/299, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Wave #’ed/99 (Hobby/Jumbo), Blue Wave #’ed/75 (Hobby/Jumbo), Gold #’ed/50, Gold Wave #’ed/50 (Hobby/Jumbo), Orange #’ed/25 (Hobby), Red #’ed/5, Red Wave #’ed/5 (Hobby/Jumbo), Superfractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

In addition to the autographs and refractors, photo variations offer another element to chase.  These are fairly easy to identify as the photos used are drastically different.  As usual, I check the CMP code on the backside of the cards.  Base end in #161, whereas the photo variations end in #195.  The one of Aaron Judge is cool because you can clearly see a fan handing him Topps cards to sign.  These too have parallels – Green #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

Inserts come in the form of 1983 ToppsFreshman FlashFuture Stars, Rookie Debut Medallion, and Superstar Sensations.  Each has their own set of parallels and autographs.

Hobby boxes come with (2) on-card autographs.  Jumbos have (5).

2018 Topps Chrome was released right in time for the National this year.  It was wildly popular.  I remember seeing collectors lined up at the Topps booth early in the morning with cases.  For the last three years, specially made Bowman Chrome cards were used with their wrapper redemption program.  Given that Topps Chrome tends to come out around the time of the National, it would be nice to see exclusive refractors for that set.  That might be cutting it a little too close though.  Topps Chrome could get delayed, and then they’ed be handing out promos for a product that hasn’t been released yet.  All well.  I’m sure collectors wouldn’t mind.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Brian Anderson RC
  • Jacob Barnes RC Refractor #’ed/499

Parallels

  • Adrian Beltre Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Garrett Cooper RC Negative
  • Aaron Altherr Prism
  • Alex Reyes Prism
  • Noah Syndergaard Prism
  • Matt Chapman Prism
  • Gregory Polanco Refractor
  • Jose Berrios Refractor
  • Edwin Diaz Refractor
  • Chris Sale Refractor
  • Brian Dozier Refractor
  • Jon Gray Refractor

Inserts

  • George Springer Superstar Sensations
  • Cody Bellinger Future Stars
  • Keon Broxton Future Stars
  • Trey Mancini Future Stars
  • Manny Machado 1983 Topps
  • Kris Bryant 1983 Topps
  • Clint Frazier RC 1983 Topps
  • Rafael Devers RC 1983 Topps
  • Rafael Devers RC Freshman Flash
  • Harrison Bader RC Freshman Flash