2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball Cards

2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball Cards

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With a growing number of autograph-heavy prospect prospects from Panini and Leaf, not to mention several other Bowman products offering more ink, 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball includes a major shift. Hobby boxes now promise two autographs for the first time. The long-time brand also includes several new twists and inserts in an attempt to freshen things up.

The 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball base set features 220 cards. This breaks down to 50 rookies and 170 veterans. Ten Rookie Variations come with an alternate photo. They're also numbered to 99, which helps identifying them. Another 100 Prospect Cards are in the set, carrying on from where 2014 Bowman Baseball left off.

Both base and Prospect cards have several parallels: Refractors (#/500), Blue Refractors (#/250), Purple Refractors (#/150), Bubbles Refractors (#/99), Green Refractors (#/75), Gold Refractors (#/50), Carbon Fiber Refractors (#/25), Red Refractors (#/5), Printing Plates and Superfractors (1/1).

Chrome Prospect Autographs and Rookie Autographs are all signed on-card. Basic Refractors are numbered to 500. Like the base and Prospect parallels, there are lots of other signed Refractor types as well: Blue (#/150), Bubbles (#/99), Green (#/75), Gold (#/50), Carbon Fiber (#/25), Purple Bubbles (#/10), Red (#/5), Printing Plates and Superfractors (1/1). There are also Twitter-Blue Social Media-Graph Refractors (#/10) that include an inscribed Twitter handle.

Black Wave Refractor and Silver Wave Refractor Hot Packs are randomly inserted, replacing four base cards. Silver Wave Refractors are numbered to 10.

Mini Chrome cards return with a checklist that includes both veterans and prospects. These come with a handful of parallels: Die-Cut (#/150), Die-Cut Blue Wave (#/99), Die-Cut Black Wave (#/25, jumbo packs only), Die-Cut Red Wave (#/5, hobby packs only - not jumbo) and Superfractor Die-Cut (1/1). Autographed Mini Chrome cards are numbered to 10.

Fire Die-Cut Refractor inserts are designed in a way that they're meant to give off the appearance they've been melted in a fire. Besides base versions there are Atomic Refractors (#/99), X-Fractors (#/25) and Superfractors (1/1). Collectors can also find Refractor Autographs (#/25) and one-of-one Superfractor Autographs.

Dualling Die-Cut Refractors round out the basic insert lineup for cards exclusive 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball. Featuring two players, these have three levels of numbered Refractors limited to 99 or less.

The 1989 Bowman is Back Silver Refractor continuity insert set that's running throughout all 2014 Bowman sets continues.Parallels include Black Diamond Refractor Autographs (#/15) and Super Jumbo Refractors (#/10).

Bowman Black Autographs carry over from other Bowman-brand releases. Exclusive to hobby and jumbo packs, these distinct autographs are numbered to 25. Violet parallels are numbered to 25.

AFLAC and Under Armour All-American Autographs continue, delivering early autographs from today's prospects that were signed while they were in high school.

Another change that some may overlook is that 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball is aiming to go deeper into stats, further adding to the prospecting nature of the set. Topps is working with Bloomberg Sports in this regard.

Estimated Release Date: 9/24/14
Product Configuration: Hobby - 18 packs per box, 4 cards per pack, Jumbo - 12 packs per box, 13 cards per pack
Price Point: Low- to Mid-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Prospectors, Autograph Collectors, Chromies

2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break

  • 2 Autographs
  • 72 Total Cards

2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball Jumbo Box Break

  • 5 Autographs
  • 156 Total Cards

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Set Checklist

2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

170 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/500, Blue Refractor #/250, Purple Refractor #/150, Bubbles Refractor #/99, Green Refractor #/75, Gold Refractor #/50, Carbon Fiber Refractor #/25, Red Refractor #/5, Super-Fractor 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo), Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo)

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Rookies Set Checklist

50 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/500, Blue Refractor #/250, Purple Refractor #/150, Bubbles Refractor #/99, Green Refractor #/75, Gold Refractor #/50, Carbon Fiber Refractor #/25, Red Refractor #/5, Super-Fractor 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo), Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo)

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Rookie Variations Set Checklist

10 cards
Serial Numbered #/99

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Propsects Set Checklist

100 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/500, Blue Refractor #/250, Purple Refractor #/150, Bubbles Refractor #/99, Green Refractor #/75, Gold Refractor #/50, Carbon Fiber Refractor #/25, Red Refractor #/5, Super-Fractor 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo), Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo)
PARALLEL CARD HOT PACKS: Blue Wave, Silver Wave #/10

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Prospect Error Card Variations Set Checklist

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Mini Chrome Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Die-Cut #/150, Die-Cut Blue Wave #/99, Die-Cut Black Wave #/25 (Jumbo), Autograph #/10, Die-Cut Red Wave #/5 (Hobby), Die-Cut Superfractor 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo)

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Rookie Autographs Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/500, Blue Refractor #/150, Bubbles Refractor #/99, Green Refractor #/75, Gold Refractor #/50, Carbon Fiber Refractor #/25, Purple Bubbles Refractor #/10 (Hobby), Twitter Blue Social Media-Graph #/10, Red Refractor #/5, Super-Fractor 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo), Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo)

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Prospect Autographs Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/500, Blue Refractor #/150, Bubbles Refractor #/99, Green Refractor #/75, Gold Refractor #/50, Carbon Fiber Refractor #/25, Purple Bubbles Refractor #/10 (Hobby), Twitter Blue Social Media-Graph #/10, Red Refractor #/5, Super-Fractor 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo), Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo)

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1989 “Bowman is Back” Silver Diamond Refractor Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Black Diamond Refractor Autograph #/15 (Hobby/Jumbo), Super Jumbo Refractors #/10 (Super Jumbo)

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AFLAC High School All-American & Under Armour All-American Game Autographs Set Checklist

Hobby/Jumbo only

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Bowman Black Collection Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25
PARALLEL CARDS: Violet #/10 (Hobby/Jumbo)

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Dualing Die-Cut Refractors Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Atomic Refractor #/99, X-Fractor #/25, Superfractor 1/1 (Hobby/Jumbo)

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Fire Die-Cut Refractors Set Checklist

50 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Atomic Refractor #/99, Autograph Refractor #/25, Superfractor 1/1 (Hobby), Superfractor Autograph 1/1

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User Reviews

  1. Will most players have auto in this? Sorry I’m kind of clueless about Bowman Chrome

  2. The majority of autographs will be prospects. A list hasn’t been released yet.

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