2014 Bowman Baseball CardsBrand: Bowman
2014 Bowman Baseball marks the 25th anniversary of Topps reviving its one-time competitor. When they did, Topps rebranded it as a product focused largely on rookies and prospects. For the most part, 2014 Bowman Baseball sticks with the same formula it has used for several years now. It's the same formula that has made it one of the hobby's top-selling products as well. Baseball's youth get the primary spotlight (would you want it any other way) with a variety of prospect inserts, autographs, Chrome cards, Refractors and more.
The 2014 Bowman Baseball base set holds fast with a 220-card checklist that includes both rookies who debuted late in 2013 and key veterans. State and Home Town versions return, using a flag on the card to show where they're from. The number of base Bowman colors parallels explode with nine different parallels: Blue (#/500), Orange (#/250), Green (#/150), Yellow (#/99), Silver (#/75), Gold (#/50), Black (#/25), Purple (#/10), and Red (1/1). If that wasn't enough, there are Printing Plates as well.
Bowman Chrome Autographed Rookie Cards are hobby exclusives. These inserts have eight levels of numbered Refractor parallels. Print runs range from 500 down to 1/1 Superfractors.
The 110 base Bowman Prospect cards aren't so daunting on the parallel front. The have Blue (#/500), Orange (#/250), Red (1/1) and Printing Plate versions to go with the regular cards.
Always one of the main draws of the product, Bowman Chrome Prospects showcase baseball's rising stars. The Refractor rainbow returns, challenging player collectors and prospectors. Parallels include basic Refractors (#/500), Blue Refractors (#/250), Black Refractors (#/99), Green Refractors (#/75), Gold Refractors (#/50), Orange Refractors (#/25), Red Refractors (#/5), Printing Plates and Superfractors (1/1).
2014 Bowman Baseball hobby boxes guarantee one autograph. The majority are Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs, which are seen as the top cards for debuting signers -- even more so than most official rookie cards. They have the same basic Refractor structure as regular Bowman Chrome Prospect cards save for a couple of changes. Autographed Blue Refractors are numbered to 150. Collectors can also find Purple Prospect Autographs. Numbered to 10, they are exclusive to jumbo boxes.
In case all these parallels weren't enough, base and Prospect cards also have Silver Ice parallels that fall one per hobby box and two per jumbo box. Besides basic versions, there are also Red Ice (#/25), Autographed Red Ice (#/25), Purple Ice (#/10), Autographed Purple Ice (#/10) and White Ice (1/1) versions.
But wait, there's more! Hobby boxes have randomly inserted Blue Wave Refractor and Black Wave Refractor Hot Packs. The special Blue Wave packs also have random Red Wave Chrome Refractors (#/25) and Blue Wave Chrome Refractor Prospect Autographs (#/50). Black Wave hot packs also have Silver Wave Chrome Refractors (#/25) and Black Wave Chrome Prospect Autographs (#/50).
In honor of Bowman 2.0's 25th anniversary, every 2014 Bowman-brand release includes a selection of 1989 Bowman Is Back Silver Diamond Refractors. These use the 1989 Bowman Baseball design as its inspiration, only with new players and a lot more shine. Besides basic versions, hobby and jumbo packs have Black Refractor Autographs (#/25). Exclusive to hobby boxes are 1989 Bowman Buyback Autographs (#/5).
The Lucky Redemption Program returns with five cards. These are mystery redemptions that will be announced as the set releases and new players debut.
Other returning components in 2014 Bowman Baseball include AFLAC Perfect Game and Under Armour All-American Game Autographs, Bowman Black Autographs (#/25, Violet parallels #/10), Social Media Autographs (#/10), Dual Franchise Autograph Refractors (#/25) and Bowman's Top 100 Prospects inserts. Top 100 parallels include Die-Cut Refractors (#/99), Autographed Die-Cut X-Fractors (#/24) and Autographed Die-Cut Atomic Refractors (1/1).
Chrome Refractor Minis are back for a second season. This set includes five top prospects from each organization. And what would Chrome be without Refractors? Mini cards have seven levels of Refractor parallels. Chrome Refractor Autograph Mini Cards come with three parallels of their own.
The only memorabilia cards in 2014 Bowman Baseball are All-Star Futures Game Relics. Numbered to 25, these cards have jersey swatches from the annual event.
Limited to five copies across the entire product run is an Ultimate Prospect Autograph Book Card that has signatures from 25 top prospects.
Random 2014 Bowman Baseball boxes come with added goodies. Oversized 1989 Bowman Autographs are numbered to 20. The jumbo theme continues with Oversized Silver Ice cards numbered to 99. These have Red (#/10), White (1/1) and Purple Autographed (#/25) parallels.
The Bowman Golden Debut Contract program returns. Those who find a contract in their box get an autographed ball from a top baseball prospect. They also have a chance to appear on a 2015 Bowman Baseball card.
Estimated Release Date: 4/30/14
Product Configuration: Hobby Box - 24 packs per box, 10 cards per pack; Jumbo Box - 12 packs per box, 32 cards per pack
Price Point: Low-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Prospectors, Set Builders, Autograph Collectors, Rookie Card Collectors
2014 Bowman Baseball Hobby Box Break
- 1 Autograph
- 1 Silver Ice Parallel
- 48 Bowman Chrome Prospect Cards
- 48 Bowman Prospect Cards
- 240 Total Cards
2014 Bowman Baseball Jumbo Box Break
- 3 Autograph Cards
- 2 Silver Ice Parallels
- 12 Bowman's Best Inserts
- 72 Bowman Chrome Prospect Cards
- 96 Bowman Prospect Cards
- 384 Total Cards
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2014 Bowman Baseball Set Checklist
Base Set Checklist
Prospects Set Checklist
Bowman Chrome Prospects Set Checklist
Autographed Bowman Chrome Prospects Set Checklist
Autographed Bowman Chrome Rookies Set Checklist
1989 “Bowman is Back” Silver Diamond Refractor Set Checklist
1989 “Bowman is Back” Black Refractor Autograph Set Checklist
1989 Autographed Buyback Set Checklist
AFLAC/Perfect Game High School All-American & Under Armour All-American Game Autographs Set Checklist
Bowman’s Top 100 Prospects Set Checklist
Chrome Refractor Minis Set Checklist
Chrome Refractor Autographed Minis Set Checklist
Dual Franchise Refractor Autographs Set Checklist
SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Relics Set Checklist
Social Media-Graphs Set Checklist
The Bowman Black Collection Set Checklist
Lucky Redemption Program Set Checklist
Lucky Redemption # 2
Lucky Redemption # 3
Lucky Redemption # 4
Lucky Redemption # 5
Blue Wave Refractor Hot Packs Set Checklist
Black Wave Refractor Hot Packs Set Checklist
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