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 DEVON TRAVIS Black Refractor Prospect Rookie Auto 99 Blue Jays STUD

2014 Bowman Chrome #BCP82 Kendry Flores BLUE WAVE REFRACTOR SF Giants Prospect

Jacoby Jones REFRACTOR AUTO! # 500! 2014 Bowman Chrome #BCAP-JJ Pirates PROSPECT


Devon Travis 2014 Bowman Platinum Prospect Blue Refractor #ed 199

MICHAEL O'NEILL 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect SUPERFRACTOR REFRACTOR Yankees 1 1

2014 Bowman Chrome Jose Abreu Prospect Autos Red Refractor #'d 3 5 Graded 8.5 NM

2014 Bowman Draft Mark Appel CTP-4 Prospect Chrome + Refractor Lot of 151

2014 Bowman Draft Colin Moran CTP-12 Prospect Chrome + Refractor Lot of 189

2014 Bowman Draft Vincent Velasquez CTP-28 Prospect Chrome + Refractor Lot x 144

2014 Bowman Draft Lance McCullers CTP-36 Prospect Chrome + Refractor Lot of 160

2014 Bowman Draft Josh Hader CTP-45 Prospect Chrome + Refractor Lot of 105

2014 Bowman Draft Delino Deshields CTP-73 Prospect Chrome + Refractor Lot of 182

2014 Bowman Draft Michael Feliz CTP-76 Prospect Chrome + Refractor Lot of 113

2014 Bowman Draft Jakson Reetz CDP65 Prospect Chrome + Refractor Lot of 120

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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. » That’s part of the fun of these. The Prospects are /199 but the base set is /150.

  4. Questions about the Prospect Auto’s (Paper). I have been trying to complete the Wyatt Mathisen rainbow. I have the four you listed here (base, blue, orange and silver). Though I also have purple /35 green /100 and gold. The gold is on its way so I don’t know what it’s numbered to.

    My question there a black and or red?


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