Tuesday, December 26, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Bowman's Best Baseball

Let's take a step back in time with today's break. Bowman's Best ranked as one of my favorites in the late 90's. A lot of companies have brought back late 90's favorites and failed to compete with the original. You simply can't recreate a classic or carry on a brand from that era in today's collecting.

However, Topps has done a decent job when it brought back Bowman's Best and has so far kept it pretty close to the original line. May be the closest any company has done to recreating a classic.

So let's see a rip of 2017 Bowman's Best and my thoughts on it.

In every box of 2017 Bowman's Best Baseball Master Box are 2 mini boxes. Each mini box comes with 6 packs of 5 cards. Each Master box comes with 1 atomic refractor and each mini box also has 2 autographs per. Master Boxes are running $120.

The base set comes with 100 cards including 35 prospects. The design is funky, but colorful and team matching. Looks pretty good.

Here are the key rookies I pulled in my box. No Judge or Bellinger however.  Gonna need to hunt down the Judge.

Gleyber Torres prospects card. You can tell the prospects from the base as the design runs the opposite way.

As with anything with a Finest Chrome shine, here come the refractors. 
Base Refractor,

Here is a throwback, they put the word refractor on the card back. Sweet!!!

Blue /150 and Orange /25,

And a sweet looking Atomic just like the old days that falls 1 per master box. Can't wait to see this guy in pinstripes.

Other refractors not found in my box include, Purple /250, Green /99, Gold /50, Red /10, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Now onto the inserts.

Raking Rookies. Top rookies of 2017. Parallels include, Atomic Refractor, Gold Refractor /50, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Mirror Image another throwback to the 90's. Some great players to find on here including a Judge/Stanton I will need to chase down. Parallels include, Atomic Refractor, Gold Refractor /50, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Baseball America's Dean List 2017. Top prospects on here. Parallels include, Atomic Refractor , Gold Refractor /50, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Bowman's Best, Best Cuts. Throwback insert to 1997. I dig these! Parallels include,Gold Refractor /50, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Atomic Refractor, 1:48 packs or 2 per case
Now time for the pulls,

On-card autographs but nothing big. But, they are prospects so you never know.

These have parallels also. They include, Refractor, Green Refractor /99, Gold Refractor /50, Atomic Refractor /25, Red Refractor /10, and SuperFractor 1/1.
Other hits not found in my box include, Monochrome Autographs, Dual Autographs, 1997 Best Cuts Autographs, Baseball America’s 2017, Dean’s List Autographs, and Raking Rookies Autographs

OVERALL: Great design, great throwback. My hits weren't the best, but overall I enjoyed the break and the Gore auto saved it some. The fun thing is, if you can't afford a master box, give a mini box a try or buy into a break. There are plenty of options to enjoy. Plenty of solid hits to find across the board from rookies to prospects to veterans.

My only negative, I really wished this was done in retail as well for those of us who don't have access to the hobby versions. Treat it like chrome and maybe do some retail exclusive parallels.

Please take a minute out to thank Topps for providing the box to review. Some of the cards you see above will be included in the #MyToppsMomentOfTheYear promo! Follow Topps on all social media sites and check out their website HERE for cards and more!


  1. Pretty cool. Like that green Gore auto!
    Thanks for providing the box, Topps.

  2. I like this set, especially the Best Cuts inserts and the base set design. How did you get Topps to provide the box? That's pretty cool!

  3. The jury is still out on this set for me. I may need to buy a pack and have the cards in hand to truly figure out if I like them. Great post. Thanks.