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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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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 Comments

Brad Beneke
Brad Beneke

I am searching for 2014 Bowman Purple Ice cards /10.

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I am a medical massage therapist before anyone gets any silly ideas.

Thank you


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?



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.

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

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

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

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