There is something for everyone in the baseball card collecting hobby. For people who love to speculate and collect cards of players who may never reach the majors, the initial Bowman release is the set to purchase and collect. Each year, Topps releases the Bowman set during the spring–this year on April 15th.
Prospects are clearly the target for everyone, but you will find a number of veterans as well. To collect everything, you would need to get all 100 base cards and 150 prospects in each of their parallels: 10 for base (11 if you count Camo) and 19 for chrome.
Base Set Parallels
Prospect Set Parallels
|Atomic||1 per box|
Like ever year, this set is packed with fun insert sets to collect.
|Scouts’ Top 100||1 per 4 packs||Features 100 of the top prospects|
|Spanning the Globe||1 per 6 packs||Features international players’ home flags|
|1990 Bowman||1 per 8 packs||Uses 1990 Bowman design|
|Rookie of the Year Favorites||1 per 8 packs||Features top candidates to win RoY|
|Talent Pipeline||1 per 12 packs||Features 3 prospects from the same team|
|Hidden Finds||1 per 24 packs||Highlights players who were “diamonds in the rough”|
And of course there are multiple parallels for these: atomic, gold, orange, red, superfractor, autograph, and autograph superfractor.
Autographs are what brings everyone to the set, particularly the Chrome prospect and Chrome rookies parallels.
|Parallel||Chrome Prospects||Chrome Rookies|
|Refractor (#’ed to 499)||Yes||Yes|
|Speckle Refractor (#’ed to 299)||Yes||No|
|Purple Refractor (#’ed to 250)||Yes||No|
|Blue Refractor (#’ed to 150)||Yes||Yes|
|Atomic Variation (#’ed to 100)||Yes||Yes|
|Yellow Refractor (#’ed to 75)||Yes||Yes|
|Gold Refractor (#’ed to 50)||Yes||Yes|
|Gold Shimmer Refractor (#’ed to 50)||Yes||No|
|Orange Refractor (#’ed to 25)||Yes||Yes|
|Orange Shimmer Refractor (#’ed to 25)||Yes||No|
|Red Refractor (#’ed to 5)||Yes||Yes|
|Red Shimmer Refractor (#’ed to 5)||Yes||No|
|SuperFractor (#’ed to 1)||Yes||Yes|
|Printing Plates (#’ed to 1)||Yes||Yes|
You can also find additional autographs:
|All-American Game||#’ed to 199||None|
|Rookie of the Year Favorites||#’ed to 150||Gold – /50Orange – /25Red – /5SuperFractor /1|
|Hidden Finds||#’ed to 99||Orange – /25Red – /5SuperFractor /1|
|Dual Bowman Prospect||#’ed to 25||SuperFractor /1|
|Ultimate Autograph Book||#’ed to 10||None|