Almost 50 Shades of Everything But Grey: 2014 Bowman Prospect Parallels

Almost 50 Shades of Everything But Grey: 2014 Bowman Prospect Parallels

One of the big chases of the modern player collector is the rainbow. It's a term that covers the many colorful parallels that appear in a set. It can be challenging, even frustrating when you get into the rarer versions. But when they're all lined up in nine-pocket pages, a rainbow can look pretty cool. 2014 Bowman Baseball puts even the most diligent collector to the test with more than 30 different parallels for their main Prospect inserts.

Color has been a trademark for Bowman for several years. The base product combines both Bowman and Bowman Chrome. So already you've got a broad mix. But each year a couple more shades seem to be added to the rainbow to get it to where it is now.

And then there are the autographs, for many the cornerstone of not only the product but a whole segment of the hobby. While not direct parallels to the base Bowman and Bowman Chrome Prospect cards, they do share the same basic design elements.

When Bowman Chrome debuted in 1997, it had base cards and three parallels. Bowman was its own product and it had just the regular cards and International Foil parallel. So both sets combined, a player collector has five cards to collect.

With 2014 Bowman, excluding autographs, each Prospect insert has 28 total Bowman and Bowman Chrome cards.

Retail Paper Autographs are limited in number, both in the number of versions and parallels. However, the Chrome Prospect Autographs have lots of color.

When it's all said and done, if you're chasing 2014 Bowman Kris Bryant cards you've got your work cut out for you. He's in all four levels of the set (Bowman, Bowman Chrome, Paper Autographs and Chrome Autographs) and has a total of 47 different base cards and parallels (if he's in all of the announced parallel levels). And that's not counting any of the other inserts in the product like the Minis.

Below is a breakdown of all the various 2014 Bowman Prospect cards and parallels including base autographs.

What do you think? Are you a fan of lots of parallels or do you think there are too many? Let us know in the comments at the end of the post.

2014 Bowman Baseball Prospects - Paper

2014 Bowman Baseball Chrome Prospects

2014 Bowman Baseball Prospect Autographs - Paper

2014 Bowman Baseball Chrome Prospect Autographs

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2014 BOWMAN PLATINUM AUTOGRAPH PROSPECT GOLD REFRACTOR SP MARK APPEL AP-MAP 50
$35.00
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2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractor Mark Appel #456 500 Auto RC
$30.00
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2014 Bowman Chrome Mark Appel Prospect Auto Refractor #'d 59 500 Inscribed RC SP
$129.99
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2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect BLUE Refractor #BCP73 JACOB DEGROM mets 241 250
$20.50
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2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect AUTO Blue Wave Refractor JESSE WINKER reds 35 50
$41.00
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Jose Abreu Rookie 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects BLUE REFRACTOR Lot 3 #107 250 RC
$32.00
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ROSELL HERRERA 2014 Bowman Chrome REFRACTOR Prospect AUTOGRAPH #373 500 ROCKIES
$17.99
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2014 Bowman Chrome REFRACTOR Prospect Autograph DANIEL ROBERTSON 500 Auto A's
$26.99
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PRESTON TUCKER 2014 Bowman Chrome REFRACTOR Prospect AUTOGRAPH 500 ASTROS RC
$16.99
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2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect BCP17 JOSE ABREU Blue Wave Refractor RC
$22.99
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2014 Bowman Platinum Prospects DEVON TRAVIS Auto Relic Gold Refractor #ed 9 50!
$19.99
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2014 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECT REFRACTOR KRIS BRYANT RC
$20.50
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CHRIS TAYLOR 2014 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECT REFRACTOR AUTO #D 500
$12.00
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2014 JOSE ABREU BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECTS GREEN REFRACTOR AUTO # 61 75 9.5 10 HOT
$799.99
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2014 bowman chrome Andrew Heaney red refractor top prospect mini RC 2 5 Marlins
$39.99
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2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Blue Refractor Micah Johnson BGS 9.5 10 ON auto
$15.00
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Ryan Cracknell

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

User Comments

  1. Ryan — just a quick note that the green paper parallels are actually serial numbered to 150 rather than 199.

  2. EXCESSIVE!! Waaaaaaay too many. I’m 13 cards in on Bryant (Go Cubs Go) and I haven’t even touched the autos. Too rich for my blood.

  3. Tony L. ยป That’s part of the fun of these. The Prospects are /199 but the base set is /150.

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