If Topps hasn’t already ingrained it into collectors’ minds already, Bowman is the “home of the rookie card.” Since 2001, Bowman Chrome has been the unofficial home of the autographed rookie card.
From the ever reliable Wikipedia…
After the success of the Chrome set by Topps, Topps created a Bowman Chrome set in 1997. This was initially fueled by Rookie Cards of José Cruz, Jr. and Travis Lee, but top RC’s from it now are Roy Halladay’s, Miguel Tejada’s, Eric Chavez’s, Kerry Wood’s and Lance Berkman’s cards. The set continued to be a mainstay, but it got a major jump in 2001 when Bowman decided to put Autographed Rookie Cards inside the base set. One of the Rookies that autographed cards for Bowman Chrome in 2001 was St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols. This card continues to skyrocket in value, worth about $2,500 not graded. In 2002, autographed cards of MLB rising stars such as David Wright of the New York Mets, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins and Bobby Jenks of the Chicago White Sox were inserted into the set.
For 2014, Topps has ramped up the Bowman Chrome product by including two autographs in each hobby box instead of one. If this set follows the trend of sets that preceded it this year, that could mean that fewer cases have been produced allowing for more autographs in each box. According to sell sheets, Bowman Chrome has been reinvented for 2014 and promises not to disappoint.
The main prospects featured on the sell sheet include Rays Kean Wong, Yankees Gosuke Katoh, Cubs Kris Bryant and Twins Miguel Sano. Die cuts and mini chrome superfractors are the major inserts for collectors to chase. Another new feature included in this year’s set is the inclusion of advanced statistics provided by Bloomberg Sports printed on the card backs.
What else is new for 2014 Bowman Chrome? Bubble refractors, Carbon Fiber refractors, Twitter-Blue Social Media-Graph parallels, mini chrome die-cut parallels, die-cut blue wave parallels, Fire die-cuts (refractors, atomic refractors, X-fractors, refractor autographs and Superfractor autographs), Dualing Die-Cuts (refractors, atomic refractors and X-fractors), base card rookie variations (#’d to 99), Prospect error card variations, and base/prospect parallels (Bubble refractors, green refractors and Carbon Fiber refractors).
Items you’ll only be able to find in hobby boxes of 2014 Bowman Chrome include Purple Bubble Refractors, Superfractors, autographed printing plates, die-cut black wave parallel minis, die-cut red wave parallel minis, Superfractor die-cut parallel minis, fire die-cut Superfractors, Dualing die-cut Superfractors, Bowman Black Collection, Bowman Black Collection Violet parallel, 1989 “Bowman is Back” Black Diamond refractor autograph, and AFLAC High School All-American & Under Armour All-American Game autographs.
It seems that Topps has done a great job at making this year’s release of Bowman Chrome a must-have. They’ve done quite a bit to keep things interesting while not changing the soul of what makes this set so great year in and year out. Doubling the amount of autographs per box and adding exciting new inserts and parallels makes group breaking this product even more fun.
Personally speaking, I have a case of 2014 Bowman Chrome coming in from Blowout Cards. This is the first case of this product I have ever ordered and I feel that I have picked the right year to jump in. I am excited to tear into what I fully expect to be a very exciting case!
I’m hosting a random team group case break of this set and it’s going to be ON FIRE! I currently have 18 spots left, so get your spots now before they’re all gone!