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2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards

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Set Checklist

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Set Checklist

Prospect Autographs Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/99, Blue #/75, Orange #/50, Green #/25, Red #/10, Purple #/5, Inception 1/1, Framed Printing Plates 1/1

PA-AA Albert Almora
PA-AH Alen Hanson
PA-AR Addison Russell
PA-BB Byron Buxton
PA-BBA Barrett Barnes
PA-BH Billy Hamilton
PA-BM Brad Miller
PA-BS Bubba Starling
PA-CBL Clayton Blackburn
PA-CC Carlos Correa
PA-CH Courtney Hawkins
PA-CS Corey Seager
PA-DC Daniel Corcino
PA-DD David Dahl
PA-EB Eddie Butler
PA-GA Gioskar Amaya
PA-GP Gregory Polanco
PA-JB J.O. Berrios
PA-JBI Jesse Biddle
PA-JBO Jorge Bonifacio
PA-JF Jose Fernandez
PA-JM Jake Marisnick
PA-JN Justin Nicolino
PA-JS Jonathan Singleton
PA-JSO Jorge Soler
PA-KG Kevin Gausman
PA-KP Kevin Pillar
PA-KZ Kyle Zimmer
PA-LG Lucas Giolito
PA-LM Lance McCullers
PA-MF Max Fried
PA-MH Miles Head
PA-MM Mark Montgomery
PA-MO Matt Olson
PA-MS Miguel Sano
PA-MZ Mike Zunino
PA-NC Nick Castellanos
PA-OT Oscar Taveras
PA-PW Patrick Wisdom
PA-RG Ronald Guzman
PA-SP Stephen Piscotty
PA-SR Stefen Romero
PA-ST Stryker Trahan
PA-TA Tyler Austin
PA-TD Travis d'Arnaud
PA-TW Taijuan Walker
PA-YP Yasiel Puig
2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards 1

Prospect Inscription Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring 10 cards
Serial Numbered #/10

IA-BB Byron Buxton
IA-BH Billy Hamilton
IA-DB Dylan Bundy
IA-DD David Dahl
IA-JP Jurickson Profar
IA-MM Manny Machado
IA-MZ Mike Zunino
IA-NC Nick Castellanos
IA-TD Travis d'Arnaud
IA-WM Wil Myers
2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards 2

Rookie Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring 15 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/99, Blue #/75, Orange #/50, Green #/25, Red #/10, Purple #/5, Inception 1/1, Framed Printing Plates 1/1

RA-AE Adam Eaton
RA-AG Avisail Garcia
RA-CK Casey Kelly
RA-DB Dylan Bundy
RA-DG Didi Gregorius
RA-DR Darin Ruf
RA-JF Jeurys Familia
RA-JO Jake Odorizzi
RA-JP Jurickson Profar
RA-MM Manny Machado
RA-MO Mike Olt
RA-RH Ryu Hyun-Jin
RA-SM Shelby Miller
RA-TC Tony Cingrani
RA-TS Tyler Skaggs
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Ascension Collection Auto Relics Set Checklist

Featuring 12 cards
Serial Numbered #/25
PARALLEL CARDS: Inception Patch 1/1

ACR-BH Billy Hamilton
ACR-CY Christian Yelich
ACR-DH Danny Hultzen
ACR-GC Gerrit Cole
ACR-HL Hak-Ju Lee
ACR-JP James Paxton
ACR-JS Jonathan Singleton
ACR-MC Michael Choice
ACR-NC Nick Castellanos
ACR-RL Rymer Liriano
ACR-TJ Tommy Joseph
ACR-WM Wil Myers
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Autographed Relics Set Checklist

Featuring 9 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Red #/50, Blue #/25, Inception 1/1

AR-NC Nick Castellanos
AR-NF Nick Franklin
AR-RL Rymer Liriano
AR-RS Richie Shaffer
AR-SH Slade Heathcott
AR-TJ Tommy Joseph
AR-WM Wil Myers
AR-XB Xander Bogaerts
AR-YV Yordano Ventura
2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards 5

Autographed Patches Set Checklist

Featuring 19 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Red #/10, Blue #/5, Inception 1/1

APA-AR Anthony Rendon
APA-BH Billy Hamilton
APA-BRH Bryce Harper
APA-DB Dylan Bundy
APA-FR Felipe Rivero
APA-GC Gerrit Cole
APA-GS George Springer
APA-JO Jake Odorizzi
APA-JP Jurickson Profar
APA-JS Jonathan Singleton
APA-JSC Jonathan Schoop
APA-MC Michael Choice
APA-MM Manny Machado
APA-MT Mike Trout
APA-NC Nick Castellanos
APA-RL Rymer Liriano
APA-RS Richie Shaffer
APA-WM Wil Myers
APA-YD Yu Darvish
2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards 6

Autographed Jumbo Relics Set Checklist

Featuring 19 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Red #/10, Blue #/5, Inception 1/1

AJR-AR Anthony Rendon
AJR-BH Billy Hamilton
AJR-BR Bruce Rondon
AJR-BRH Bryce Harper
AJR-CM Carlos Martinez
AJR-FR Felipe Rivero
AJR-GC Gerrit Cole
AJR-GS George Springer
AJR-JG Jedd Gyorko
AJR-JP Jurickson Profar
AJR-JPA Joe Panik
AJR-JS Jonathan Schoop
AJR-MC Michael Choice
AJR-MM Manny Machado
AJR-MT Mike Trout
AJR-MZ Mike Zunino
AJR-NA Nolan Arenado
AJR-RS Richie Shaffer
AJR-YD Yu Darvish
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Autograph Logo Patch Set Checklist

Featuring 20 cards
Serial Numbered 1/1

ALP-AR Anthony Rendon
ALP-BH Billy Hamilton
ALP-CM Carlos Martinez
ALP-CY Christian Yelich
ALP-DB Dylan Bundy
ALP-GC Gerrit Cole
ALP-GS George Springer
ALP-JM Jake Marisnick
ALP-JP Jurickson Profar
ALP-JP Joe Panik
ALP-JS Jonathan Singleton
ALP-MD Matt Davidson
ALP-MM Manny Machado
ALP-MZ Mike Zunino
ALP-NA Nolan Arenado
ALP-NC Nick Castellanos
ALP-OA Oswaldo Arcia
ALP-SM Shelby Miller
ALP-TS Tyler Skaggs
ALP-WM Wil Myers

Best Bowman Players of All-Time Blue Sapphire Set Checklist

Featuring 10 cards

41 Carlos Beltran
42 Alex Rodriguez
43 Jose Reyes
44 Curtis Granderson
45 Bob Feller
46 Roy Halladay
47 Whitey Ford
48 Paul Konerko
49 Adrian Beltre
50 Mark Teixeira
2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards 8

Bowman Black Collection Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

BBC-AE Adam Eaton
BBC-AH Alen Hanson
BBC-BB Byron Buxton
BBC-CK Casey Kelly
BBC-EB Eddie Butler
BBC-JB Jorge Bonifacio
BBC-JF Jose Fernandez
BBC-JO Jake Odorizzi
BBC-JP Jurickson Profar
BBC-JT Jake Thompson
BBC-JW Jesse Winker
BBC-MH Miles Head
BBC-MM Mark Montgomery
BBC-MO Mike Olt
BBC-MS Miguel Sano
BBC-RG Ronald Guzman
BBC-SM Shelby Miller
BBC-ST Stryker Trahan
BBC-TA Tyler Austin
BBC-TD Travis d'Arnaud
BBC-WM Wil Myers
BBC-YP Yasiel Puig
2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards 9

Bowman Victory Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring 22 cards

BVA-AE Adam Eaton
BVA-AH Alen Hanson
BVA-BB Byron Buxton
BVA-CK Casey Kelly
BVA-EB Eddie Butler
BVA-JB Jorge Bonifacio
BVA-JF Jose Fernandez
BVA-JO Jake Odorizzi
BVA-JP Jurickson Profar
BVA-JT Jake Thompson
BVA-JW Jesse Winker
BVA-MH Miles Head
BVA-MM Mark Montgomery
BVA-MO Mike Olt
BVA-MS Miguel Sano
BVA-RG Ronald Guzman
BVA-SM Shelby Miller
BVA-ST Stryker Trahan
BVA-TA Tyler Austin
BVA-TD Travis d'Arnaud
BVA-WM Wil Myers
BVA-YP Yasiel Puig

Dual Rise Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring 10 cards
Serial Numbered #/25

DRA-AM Tyler Austin
DRA-AM Mark Montgomery
DRA-AS Albert Almora
DRA-AS Jorge Soler
DRA-BG Dylan Bundy
DRA-BG Kevin Gausman
DRA-BM Dylan Bundy
DRA-BM Manny Machado
DRA-CB Carlos Correa
DRA-CB Byron Buxton
DRA-HP Alen Hanson
DRA-HP Gregory Polanco
DRA-MT Wil Myers
DRA-MT Oscar Taveras
DRA-PC Jurickson Profar
DRA-PC Carlos Correa
DRA-SB Miguel Sano
DRA-SB Byron Buxton
DRA-SP Corey Seager
DRA-SP Yasiel Puig
2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards 10

Silver Signings Set Checklist

Featuring 25 cards
Serial Numbered #/25

SS-AE Adam Eaton
SS-AG Avisail Garcia
SS-AH Alen Hanson
SS-AR Addison Russell
SS-BB Byron Buxton
SS-BH Billy Hamilton
SS-CC Carlos Correa
SS-CS Corey Seager
SS-DB Dylan Bundy
SS-DD David Dahl
SS-JF Jose Fernandez
SS-JP Jurickson Profar
SS-JS Jonathan Singleton
SS-JSO Jorge Soler
SS-MM Manny Machado
SS-MO Mike Olt
SS-MS Miguel Sano
SS-MZ Mike Zunino
SS-NC Nick Castellanos
SS-OT Oscar Taveras
SS-RH Ryu Hyun-Jin
SS-TA Tyler Austin
SS-TD Travis d'Arnaud
SS-WM Wil Myers
SS-YP Yasiel Puig
2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards 11

Triple Autograph Set Checklist

Featuring 9 cards
Serial Numbered #/5

TA-CBZ Carlos Correa
TA-CBZ Byron Buxton
TA-CBZ Mike Zunino
TA-GZF Kevin Gausman
TA-GZF Kyle Zimmer
TA-GZF Max Fried
TA-TDS Oscar Taveras
TA-TDS Travis d'Arnaud
TA-TDS Miguel Sano
2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Cards 12

Triple Autograph Patch Set Checklist

Featuring 9 cards
Serial Numbered #/5

TAP-HMC Billy Hamilton
TAP-HMC Wil Myers
TAP-HMC Nick Castellanos
TAP-OSR Mike Olt
TAP-OSR Miguel Sano
TAP-OSR Anthony Rendon
TAP-PBM Jurickson Profar
TAP-PBM Dylan Bundy
TAP-PBM Wil Myers
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Little League Autographs Box Loader Set Checklist

Featuring 5 cards
Serial Numbered #/20

LLA-DB Dante Bichette Jr.
LLA-JN Justin Nicolino
LLA-JP Jurickson Profar
LLA-JPA Joe Panik
LLA-JS Jonathan Schoop

Product Details

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After a couple of years as a football-only brand, Inception is coming to the diamond. 2013 Bowman Inception Baseball sees the same intense style and focus on autographs from young prospects and rookies. Every box has four autographs and one autographed relic.

Both Prospect Autographs and Rookie Autographs have highly detailed images. They come with a total of eight different parallels, including Gold (#/99), Blue (#/75), Orange (#/50), Green (#/25), Red (#/10), and Purple (#/5). Inception and Framed Printing Plates are one-of-ones. Prospects also have Inscription parallels numbered to 10.

Numbered to 25, Silver Signings gives collectors a black background that is used for a silver signature. Gold Ink versions are limited to 5 numbered copies.

Focusing on baseball's farm systems, Dual Rise Autographs (#/25) pair rookie and prospect autographs from the same franchise. Triple Signatures are numbered to 5.

Autographed relics come with basic swatches, patches and jumbo pieces. Basic Autographed Relics have three parallels: Red (#/50), Blue (#/25) and Inception (1/1). Autographed Patches and Autographed Jumbo Relics come with similar parallel tiers, each numbered to 10 or less.

Focusing on a player's climb through the ranks of the minors through to the majors, Ascension Collection Auto Relics (#/25) have three jersey pieces and a sticker autograph. Each of the three jersey pieces come from different development levels. Patch parallels are one-of-ones.

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball also has some high-end autographed relics. One-of-one Autographed Logo Patch cards combine the MLB logo from the back of a player's collar with an autographed sticker. Triple Autograph Patch cards (#/5) have sticker autographs and patch swatches from three players.

The release sees the continuation of a pair of programs that will be featured throughout 2013 in Bowman products. These include 22 more Bowman Black Autographs (#/25) and 10 Blue Sapphire Refractors highlighting the best players from the brand's 65-year history.

Over-sized Little League Autographs (#/20) do not feature grade-school scribbles from random kids. Rather, they highlight current players using images from when they played Little League or high school.

Continuing with a trend of offering unique experiences, 2013 Bowman Inception Baseball has an essay contest where the winner will get to participate in the first round of the Home Run Derby at the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field.

Product Configuration: 1 pack per box, 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Mid- to High-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Prospectors, Autograph Collectors

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Box Break

  • 4 Autographs
  • 1 Autographed Relic
  • 5 Total Cards
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Product Review

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Jeremy Sebastian

Good: On-card autographs. Great design. Every card is a hit.

Bad: No veteran players. Lots of redemptions.

The Bottom Line: 2013 Bowman Inception Baseball is a "go big or go home" release in the truest sense. This product mainly caters to autograph and hit collectors who are less interested in basic inserts or base cards. Bowman Inception is interesting because virtually every card in the set is of either a prospect or a young star.

Staff Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

Card Design: 5.0/5.0

Bowman Inception features a strong card design. The cards have a really crisp look to them and have ample space for autographs, with a nice fade touch to make the on-card autographs jump out at you. The design uses a cloudy sky background which really works well with this release when you add in the filter Bowman uses on the players. The overall look really makes the players the focal point of each card. As an added feature, the set includes many color parallel versions. Also, the base autograph Inscriptions parallel (#/10) is a terrific addition. Most of the autographs are on-card, which adds to the design.

Checklist: 4.0/5.0

Heavy on youth, the checklist is great if you are looking for prospects or young stars. It has pretty much every rising star or potential great, from Byron Buxton to Yasiel Puig to Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Obviously, if you're looking for established stars like Miguel Cabrera or Albert Pujols, you won't find them in this release. Because Bowman Inception offers a variety of different autographed subsets, a lot of the same prospects are used over and over again in the different subsets simply because there are only so many players you can pick from when doing a prospect-only release. Whether that's a good or bad thing lies solely with the collector opening the box. I personally think it's a good thing because instead of only having one subset with a Yasiel Puig autograph, for example, you now have four or five. And that just means you have a better chance of pulling an autograph of a particular player.

Value: 4.5/5.0

Baseball, more so than any other sport, has always been fueled by prospects. Therefore, having a high-end release catered to those hot prospects gives collectors a release that will have value right out of the box, as well as a few years down the road. The release is loaded with popular prospects, and quite a few stars that are already making a huge impact for their MLB teams. True value is always tough to judge when it comes to products that deal primarily with prospects. Most of the initial value is based on potential, and years may pass before the true value is established.

The Fun Factor: 4.0/5.0

Bowman Inception is a fun product because it is all hits. Few collectors will complain about that. But when spending $100+ on a box of cards, I personally want that experience to last longer than a few seconds. With each box only having one pack and five cards per pack, you'll undoubtedly spend much more time staring at your pulls than actually opening the packs. However, this is not a new concept in the collecting world and many products operate with this same basic format. As long as you know what you are getting into, the fun is definitely there. One thing that takes away from the potential fun is the abundance of redemptions in this product. I know you can't expect Bowman to get every card signed in time for the release, but there are a ton of redemptions in this set, which can put a damper on the excitement.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

User Reviews


Why isn’t Aaron Judge on this checklist? I know they did included him in the set. Its so hard to find his card in this set even thou it was made.

Trey Treutel
Trey Treutel

Judge was not in 2013 Inception. He is found in 2014 Inception and after.

James McCay
James McCay


I entered (9) Inception Baseball autograph Redemptions Online right after the product was released.
It’s now over a YEAR later and I’ve not received more than one of the redemptions I am owed!
I’m waiting on (4) COREY SEAGER Autograph Redemptions which could be worth nothing by the time Topps sends these out.
I know I’m the ONLY one in this hobby who buys cards like this so that I can trade them (once received) for items I need so that I can make my yearly 30,000+ card & autograph donation to hospitalized children. I’ve done this EVERY YEAR since 1989.
This was a great product, but like almost every other Topps product since 2012, the redemptions dragged the product down in the dirt!
Since 2012, Topps’ Customer Service has been USELESS! You’ll hold for 30+ minutes if you call (then you are LUCKY if you ever get a human- and their humans LIE to you too!), & they don’t answer e-mails anymore (YET THEIR WEBSITE STILL PROMOTES THAT AS A WAY OF CONTACTING THEM???).

Once Customer Service is useless, what usually happens to the company? Just refer to the past companies that have followed this path: Signature Rookies, Score Board, Pinnacle, Upper Deck, Donruss/Playoff. NEED I SAY MORE?

Feel free to contact me:

Killa k
Killa k

Just got back into collecting after almost 20 yr hiatus..started with the light stuff..topps, bowman, then i moved onto platinum, and now? What have i gotten myself into?! What started as an innocent chase of puig-sanity i am now at my hobby shop every single day for the past 3 months and moved on to the hard stuff: inception. I pulled the trigger on the $120 box assuming i would at least come close to recovering my investment if i were to sell on ebay but it appears to make 1/3 back would be lucky. Of 2 boxes i pulled slade heathcott auto relic (i think thats what it is) and a soler auto are the only 2 i can remember worth speaking. Pretty weak in my opinion, i think for a buck twenty, you should at least be guaranteed 1 valuable card. But will i stop? No. After i got my fix at the hobby shop i normally move onto kmart target or models for a few blasters to support my habit. I truly have a problem $150-$200+ everyday! I tell my wife they only cost a couple bucks cause what does she know so she thinks its a great hobby. Best of luck to my fellow feinds. “May we all hit the puig autos we so desire”.

Jamey "Cardboard Crack-Head" F.
Jamey "Cardboard Crack-Head" F.

Another product with a design that will appeal to some while turning others away, Inception is a beautiful and well-rounded product IMO.

I love the “artsy” nature of the player images, the renderings are a welcome departure from traditional on-field photography, and autos & auto/mem’ issues from baby-faced prodigies such as Correa, Almora, Buxton, Rendon, Russell Hanson, Polanco and Fried, amongst others, are all the more impressive when paired with ‘graphs from more experienced youngsters such as Machado, Bundy, Myers, Taveras, Springer & Taijuan Walker.
The real chase, however, is for Yasiel Puig’s sig’…& that has taken box prices to “seriously!?!” Dollar figures. My LHS was selling Inception for $110 upon release…and that price is now a fond memory with boxes selling for $125-$130 ($130 is the pre-lunch price).
My last observation echoes a previous post; as well-executed as the product is… Bowman Chrome pricing is a multiple higher. As an example, I snared a Xander Bogaerts Chrome auto RC for $75 (now closing around $110/120) 3 months or so ago. I just grabbed an Inception Bogaerts auto jersey issue for a very reasonable $25.
The room for investment growth within Inception exists… but it seems that such growth is limited to just a few prospects whose autos have yet to really hit the secondary market.

J-C Des Champs
J-C Des Champs

GQ have 2 autos and 2 memorablias for less money, more fun and more time to break and enjoy without those sticker auto. Ok, that’s not the same card quality or thickness on GQ. I buy 2 group break on this product, I pulled Giolito, Rendon and Profar auto for 90$. Ordinary.


Got a Buxton base auto and a Wil Myers Patch auto 5/5 … Not bad for a 100 box


Great checklist, but aside from a few it looks like values are 20-40% lower than Bowman Chrome autos. not great investment set. card design is ok i guess.

I bought a box of these cards and opened them up two days ago. I got a nice box with 5 autos including a Byron Buxton #/75 which I’m pretty happy about. I am concerned however as EACH card has the same imprint from printing. Has anyone else had this problem? I wouldn’t think they are supposed to look like this but I can’t find another such incident reported on the web.

VIin Giordano
VIin Giordano

I Like the border they put on the printing plates….2011 supreme did it ,then stopped in 2012…everyone should border the printing plates


I have opened this stuff and it is absolutely beautiful. Not crappy lile football(damn the cards condition were bad) this stuff is nice


How is it that these cards are on ebay
before the release date?

thebig cdog
thebig cdog

no one seems to know if the prospects and rookies also have a “base” card autograph or if they start at /99 copies and go from there. Does anyone here know? The problem may lie where you only find very minimal cards of the hot players and a ton of the lower end guys. I guess this is the way football ended up. I personally can’t wait for this stuff and I’m kicking myself for not getting in when it was $650 or so a case.

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

thebig cdog We normally have to gather print run info once the product is released for short prints and the like. So we won’t know until next week once it hits.

jon belk
jon belk

Actually the finished checklist sounds pretty decent. Looking forward to seeing it. I have the Nationals and Rays in a case break

I wonder if the Puig will be a redemption?
And it seems to have a lot of sticker autos
will have to down grade from a 5 star to
a 4 star.

Scott B.
Scott B.

One other thing, You would think they would perfect the making of the football cards with all the chipping and stuff, before making another set of them.

Scott B.
Scott B.

Yet another 1 pack low number cards per box set. Cheaper for companies to make and easy to charge high and steal your money.

I know what I am saving my money for this year. This Product will be Hot !

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