Friday, January 4, 2019

REVIEW:2018 Bowman Draft Baseball

Like to prospect? Love rookies of players who could be future stars? Love on card autographs of those guys? Well, look no further than Bowman Draft. It has it all.

I love collecting the cards from this product as they are usually the ones collectors most seek out when it comes to rookie cards of first Bowman released players.

Let's see how my 2018 break went!

In every hobby box of 2018 Bowman Draft baseball, there are 12 packs of 32 cards. No  you didn't read that backwards like I thought I had. Less packs, more cards per pack seems to be the approach here. Each pack comes with a few refractors and a bonus parallel along with paper base and chrome base. You also will find three autographs per box and boxes run around $180.

There are also box toppers to be found as well. Some are autographed.

Mine wasn't but is numbered  to 99. There are also parallels to be found of, Gold /50, Red /5, and SuperFractor 1/1. There are 12 toppers in all from all of the top of the class.

The base card design is exactly the same one as Bowman used as this product is really a Bowman 2.0 minus the bigger veteran presence. There are 200 cards to collect in the paper set with  many stars like Shed Long who should have a great career as a Red.

The same 200 prospects can be found in the Chrome well

There are also base card variations to chase as well. I didn't know about them til after I posted this so I will have to go and look and see if I pulled one. If I did, I will update this post as so. There are only 14 to chase.

With anything chrome, you find refractors.There are plenty of them to chase including, Refractor, Asia Refractor, Sky Blue /402, Purple /250, Sparkles, Blue /150, Green /99, Gold /50, Orange /25, Red /5, SuperFractor 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Blue /150

Sky Blue /402

And there are paper parallels to of course! Can you imagine building a rainbow of all of them? Paper parallels include, Sky Blue /499, Purple /250, Blue /150, Green /99 (above), Gold /50, Orange /25, Red /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Sky Blue /499

Inserts can have the following parallels Atomic Refractor, Refractor /250, Gold /50, Red /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Recommended viewing as 15 cards to collect in the set

Franchise Futures has 10 cards to collect. Glad I found a Yankees one

I really like the Bowman Sterling addition to the product. Nice looking cards. There are 10 of these to build a set of.

With it being the 20th anniversary of Bowman, well, there is an insert for that. Not an app if you get what I mean. 10 cards to chase in this set.

Now onto everyone's favorite part of the product, the on-card autographs! They have the following parallels, Refractor /499, Purple /250, Blue /150, Blue Wave /150, Green /99, Black /75, Sparkles /71, Gold /50, Gold Wave /50, Orange /25 (Jumbo), Red /5, Red Wave /5, Black Wave 1/1, SuperFractor 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Jeremiah Jackson was selected by the Angels in the second round of the 2018 draft. Looks to be a superstar in the making.

Nico was selected by the Cubs with the 24th pick in the 2018 draft. Many feel this guy has a big future ahead.

My final hit wasn't base auto,
I pulled a Bowman Sterling auto. Never seen one up close. Pretty cool. Travis Swaggerty  Pirates selected him with the 10th overall pick and could be Cutch's repalcement.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: This was a pretty solid box in my opinion. Best one I have broken of this product. The things with products like this, you never truly know how these guys will turn out so it's hard to judge box value at this point. They could be studs or become duds. There always seems to be that sneaky player who nobody thought would make it, not only make it, but make it big time. So for me, if you are into rookies and autographs, this is your best way to go.

Of course not all can afford hobby, so look for retail and other options such as a box break to make it cheaper.

I think if you need to, jump in on a box break, I strongly recommend using Midwest Box Breaks for your breaking needs. They are always hitting the big pulls so if they are breaking this, you could put yourself in a good spot.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add cards to GIVEAWAYS! Follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well. 


  1. Nice pull on the Nico Hoerner. He can flat out rake.
    Thanks, Topps, for providing the box!

    1. I was surprised to find a name I knew lol. I never do that.

  2. I enjoy picking up my buddy's cheap Bowman leftovers. They sit in a box and a few years later I did through them and see if anyone panned out.

    1. That's why I like trading or adding them when I can. I throw them in a binder and when I hear a name I go and look