2018 Bowman Draft Baseball Jumbo Box Break & Review

Every great trilogy has a beginning, middle, and end.  Bowman Draft is the final piece of the prospecting puzzle.  This is the first place to get those cards of newly drafted prospects.  Trust me.  Collectors and investors were chomping at the bit to get their hands on them.  Cards from the core three prospecting sets – BowmanBowman Chrome, and Bowman Draft traditionally hold the most value.

Everyone wants to get in early on that prospect who they think will turn into the next Mike Trout.  Can you blame them?  The Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Chrome Superfractor Auto #’ed 1/1 sold last year for a whopping $400k.  That’s a ton for a modern day baseball card.

It certainly didn’t take long for an eye catching sale to come out of the 2018 version of Bowman Draft.  From the looks of it, the Nolan Gorman Superfractor Auto sold for $15k.  Hopefully the transaction goes through, and the buyer/seller don’t have a falling out.  Talk about a lot of money for a card of a guy who was drafted #19 last summer, and has played less than 100 professional games.  From an investment standpoint I think its a bit nuts.  There are a lot more unproven prospects than Mike Trout superstars.  Just because he had 17 home runs in 63 games last year doesn’t mean he’ll be able to keep that going.  Single A ball is not the same as the majors.  Then again, who am I to say what people should or shouldn’t spend their money on?  As you can see, prospecting is very much alive and well.

2018 Bowman Draft comes in two different formats – Jumbo and Super Jumbo.  A Jumbo box contains (3) autographs, whereas a Super Jumbo box has (5).  The base set contains (200) cards, and has the following parallels: Sky Blue #’ed/499, Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Black #’ed/1, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.

Each base card has a Chrome counterpart with these parallels: Refractor, Asia Refractor, Sparkles Refractor, Sky Blue Refractor #’ed/402, Purple Refractor #’ed/250, Blue Refractor #’ed/150, Green Refractor #’ed/99, Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Orange Refractor #’ed/25, Red Refractor #’ed/5, Superfractor #’ed/1, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.

(14) cards have image variations.  These are quite easy to spot.  Each image variation has a Chrome, refractor-like finish, and the CMP code on the back will end in #0916.  Half of these image variations have autographed versions #’ed/99.

The Chrome Draft Pick Autographs are the real meat and potatoes when it comes to this brand.  This is where you’re guaranteed autographs will come from anyway.  At least most of the time.  The Bowman Sterling inserts are back which have a nice clean look.  What really stands out to me are the cards celebrating the 20th anniversary of 1998 Bowman.  I fondly remember the original 1998 Bowman because that’s where my Jimmy Rollins rookie is from.  A buyback autograph of that card would’ve been nice.  The 20th anniversary set features young prospects on the old design.  Those vertical autographs came out well.

I’m from Selinsgrove, PA.  One of the Cardinals 2018 draft picks, Nick Dunn, is from Sunbury, PA which is right across the river from me.  Its always fun to see a local person get cards.  He was a round 5 pick, 153rd overall.  I saw him play for the State College Spikes this past summer.  Bowman Draft has base and Chrome cards of him with all of the accompanying parallels.  No autographs yet.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Ryan Weathers Chrome Draft Pick Auto Redemption
  • Owen White Chrome Draft Pick Auto
  • Kody Clemens Chrome Draft Pick Green Refractor Auto #’ed/99

Parallels

  • Korey Holland Purple #’ed/250
  • Adam Hill Sky Blue #’ed/499
  • Nick Schnell Sky Blue #’ed/499
  • Jameson Hannah Chrome Sparkles Refractor
  • Pavin Smith Chrome Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Jeremiah Jackson Chrome Sky Blue Refractor #’ed/402
  • Matt Vierling Chrome Sky Blue Refractor #’ed/402
  • Ethan Hankins Chrome Refractor
  • Jesus Luzardo Chrome Refractor
  • Ryan Weathers Chrome Refractor
  • Lenny Torres Chrome Refractor
  • Daniel Lynch Chrome Refractor
  • Jackson Kowar Chrome Refractor
  • Drevian Williams-Nelson Chrome Refractor
  • Taylor Trammell Chrome Refractor
  • Kody Clemens Chrome Refractor
  • Mitch Keller Chrome Refractor
  • (2) Keston Hiura Chrome Refractor
  • Tyler Frank Chrome Refractor
  • Jordyn Adams Chrome Refractor
  • Kevon Jackson Chrome Refractor
  • Sean Guilbe Chrome Refractor
  • Adrian Morejon Chrome Refractor
  • Adam Wolf Chrome Refractor
  • Mitchell White Chrome Refractor
  • Matthew Liberatore Chrome Refractor
  • Grayson Rodriguez Chrome Refractor
  • Braydon Fisher Chrome Refractor
  • Nico Hoerner Chrome Refractor
  • Andres Gimenez Chrome Refractor

Inserts

  • Ryan Weathers Bowman Sterling
  • Alec Bohm 1998 Bowman 20th Anniversary
  • Jonathan India 1998 Bowman 20th Anniversary
  • Cole Winn/Matthew Liberatore Recommended Viewing
  • Anthony Seigler/Noah Naylor Recommended Viewing
  • Nolan Gorman/Triston Casas Recommended Viewing
  • Simeon Woods-Richardson/Braxton Ashcraft Recommended Viewing
  • Logan Gilbert/Josh Stowers Franchise Futures
  • Ryan Weathers/Xavier Edwards Franchise Futures
  • Brady Singer/Jackson Kowar Franchise Futures
  • Jonathan India/Mike Siani Franchise Futures

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Padres ’18 Topps Triple Threads Jumbo Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to dawgpaws on being the lucky winner of the Wil Myers 2018 Topps Triple Threads Single Jumbo Relic Silver Parallel #’ed/27.  Once dawgpaws sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Padres ’18 Topps Triple Threads Jumbo Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Wil Myers 2018 Topps Triple Threads Single Jumbo Relic Silver Parallel #’ed/27.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 21, 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 Triple Threads Auto Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Justin Bour 2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Single Jumbo Relic #’ed/99.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 7, 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!!!

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:

Autos

  • 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!!!

Parallels

  • 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

Inserts

  • 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

Rays ’17 Topps Triple Threads Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Evan Longoria 2017 Topps Triple Threads Single Jumbo Unity Bat Relic Emerald Parallel #’ed/18.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 20, 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!!!

2016 Bowman Draft Baseball Jumbo Box Break & Review

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As 2016 comes to a close, we can say goodbye to this year’s line of Bowman products.  Bowman’s Best is officially the last Topps baseball product of 2016.  Countless boxes were ripped open, and many collectors pulled some flashy looking cards of tomorrow’s stars.  If you were lucky enough to attend the National in Atlantic City, perhaps you even got to pull some NSCC themed Bowman Chrome Refractors.  I know I did.  But before we change the calendar, let us dive into what is probably one of the most important prospect-based sets of the year – 2016 Bowman Draft.

Bowman Draft is packed with exactly what it sounds like, recent draft picks.  As a Phillies fan, 2016 Bowman Draft has me particularly excited since they had the first pick and chose Mickey Moniak.  Collectors have been happily buying up cards of these 2016 draft picks in their new MLB uniforms.

Among the (200) card base set is the wonderful world of parallels.  Its always fun to bust open a pack and see if I can spot a shiny color, especially when it turns out to be autographed.  Topps keeps coming up with new parallels to collect every year.

Bowman Paper parallels:

  • Silver #’ed/499
  • Blue #’ed/150
  • Green #’ed/99
  • Gold #’ed/50
  • Orange #’ed/25
  • Red #’ed/5
  • Black #’ed/1
  • Printing Plate #’ed/1

Bowman Chrome parallels:

  • Chrome
  • Refractor
  • Sky Blue Refractor
  • Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5
  • Superfractor #’ed/1
  • Printing Plate #’ed/1

Chrome Draft Picks Autographs parallels:

  • Refractor #’ed/499
  • Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Blue Wave Refractor #’ed/150
  • Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Black Refractor #’ed/75
  • Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Gold Wave Refractor #’ed/50
  • Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5
  • Red Wave Refractor #’ed/5
  • Superfractor #’ed/1
  • Printing Plate #’ed/1

Inserts to look for include Bowman Scouts’ Fantasy Impact, Draft Dividends, MLB Draft History, and Top of the Class box toppers.  All come with their fair share of parallels and autographs.  The Draft Dividends really stand out to me as they’re quite good looking.  I’m beginning to enjoy horizontally designed chrome cards.

The only veterans you’ll find come in the form of MLB Draft History.  Topps used very young photos of these vets.  They came out great.  I can’t help but notice the design is similar to those early 90’s products made by Classic.

2016 Bowman Draft’s configuration is the biggest change this year.  Gone is the regular hobby box.  You’ll have to choose between a jumbo or super jumbo box.  Since the hobby box option isn’t available, you’re going to spend a little more.  This was the first time I had ever opened a jumbo box, and it was a lot more fun than your standard hobby one.  Jumbos offer so much more to pull.

Right now 2016 Bowman Draft is the #1 product for those collectors looking for cards of the newest draft picks.  Go buy a box… or case.  In 2017, the Bowman brand turns 70.  I can’t wait to see what surprises Topps has planned.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Kyle Lewis Blue Wave Refractor Auto #’ed/150
  • Ronnie Dawson Refractor Auto #’ed/499
  • Taylor Trammell Auto

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Parallels

  • Chase De Jong Blue Border #’ed/150
  • Ben Rortvedt Silver Border #’ed/499
  • D.J. Peters Silver Border #’ed/499
  • Nolan Williams Chrome Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Jon Harris Chrome Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Rhys Hoskins Chrome Sky Blue Refractor
  • Ryan Boldt Refractor
  • Walker Robbins Refractor
  • Erick Fedde Refractor
  • Taylor Trammell Refractor
  • Dominic Smith Refractor
  • Ben Rortvedt Refractor
  • A.J. Puckett Refractor
  • Dylan Cozens Refractor
  • Francisco Mejia Refractor
  • Will Benson Refractor
  • Alex Young Refractor
  • Will Craig Refractor
  • C.J. Chatham Refractor
  • Franklin Barreto Refractor
  • Javier Guerra Refractor
  • Alec Hansen Refractor
  • Jordan Sheffield Refractor
  • Ryan McMahon Refractor
  • Mason Thompson Refractor
  • Alexis Torres Refractor
  • Daniel Palka Refractor
  • A.J. Puk Refractor
  • Jacob Heyward Refractor
  • Ryan Hendrix Refractor

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Inserts

  • Christian Arroyo Bowman Scouts’ Fantasy Impact
  • Corey Ray Bowman Scouts’ Fantasy Impact
  • Austin Meadows Bowman Scouts’ Fantasy Impact
  • Justin Dunn Bowman Scouts’ Fantasy Impact
  • Brett Lilek Draft Dividends
  • Zack Collins Draft Dividends
  • Eric Lauer Draft Dividends
  • Chipper Jones MLB Draft History
  • Frank Thomas MLB Draft History

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