The Bryce Harper Visual Guide to 2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball

The Bryce Harper Visual Guide to 2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball

With 2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball hitting shelves, we're going to let Washington Nationals super-prospect, Bryce Harper, guide us through the ins and outs of what to expect with the Prospects cards (because most of us buy Bowman Chrome for the prospecting, not the veterans) in this visual  guide.

Due to the rarity of some of the cards, we've asked some of Mr. Harper's friends to step in and help fill out the guide.

Base Card (Regular and Autograph)

The numbering on the Prospects cards picks up where 2011 Bowman Baseball left off, with numbering running from BCP111 through BCP220. It should be noted that Ryan Tatusko and Gustavo Pierre have cards numbered BCP127 and Steve Cishek has no number. There is noBCP171 in the set.

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Base Refractor (/500)

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Green X-Fractor (Retail Only)

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Purple Refractor (/799)

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Blue Refractor (/150)

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Gold Refractor (/50)

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Orange Refractor (/25)

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Red Refractor (/5)

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Canary Diamond (/1)

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SuperFractor (/1)

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Printing Plates

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Bowman's Best Prospects

Carrying on from 2011 Bowman Baseball as well, the Bowman's Best Prospect cards carry the 1994 Bowman's Best Baseball design. Numbered BBP51 to BBP76, there is some gap in the checklist now as the cards in the base Bowman set were numbers 1 to 25. Perhaps 26 to 50 will show up in 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects.

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Bowman's Best Prospects Refractor (/99)

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2001 Bowman Chrome Throwbacks

It has been a decade since Albert Pujols had his Bowman Chrome rookie. To "celebrate," Topps has put several of today's prospects on the same design.

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2001 Bowman Chrome Throwbacks Refractor (/99)

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2001 Bowman Chrome Throwbacks X-Fractor (/25)

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2021 Bowman Chrome Futures

The new insert in the set, 2021 Bowman Chrome Futures cards look forward a decade to predict what Bowman Chrome will look like. The parallels can be differentiated by the designs in the background. For those familiar with 2000 Pacific Prism Baseball, it's apparently back. But since they're die-cut, it's forgivable.

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2021 Bowman Chrome Futures Refractor

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2021 Bowman Chrome Futures Future-Fractor

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2021 Bowman Chrome Futures Fusion-Fractor (/99)

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2021 Bowman Chrome Futures Micro-Fractor (/25)

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Ryan Cracknell

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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

  1. I just received a 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor, with auto. Bryce Harper, RA-BH. #30/50 I can’t find this card on the net at all. It was a redemption, there are none on Ebay, there never was either. Could you tell me how much I should ask for the card.

  2. Matt The redemption cards have been selling for about $400-450.

  3. I have a Bryce Harper Future card #1. I cannot tell whether it is a Futures Ref or a Future-Factor. It has the code #8211125 on the back. The background of my is silver and shiny. Your Futures Ref is darker than mine. I would appreciate any help I could get. Thank you in advance.

  4. The Future-Fractor is very evident based on the small circles in the background of the design as shown for Harper. The base version is only silver and shiny. The Refractor is a standard Refractor, so it shows a faint rainbow of color when you turn it in the light.

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