By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor
2017 Bowman Draft Baseball marks the first MLB cards featuring picks from the year’s draft. And it’s going at things big — at least from a configuration perspective.
Jumbo is the box format of choice for the product. These come in two forms. Regular 2017 Bowman Draft Baseball hobby boxes have three autographs. Super Jumbo boxes come with five.
Like 2017 Bowman, Draft packs come with both regular Bowman paper and Bowman Chrome cards. The matching base sets have 200 cards highlighting both 2017 draft picks and other prospects.
Paper parallels include Silver, Purple, Blue, Green Gold, Orange (/25, Jumbo-only), Red (/5) and Black (1/1). All of these are serial numbered.
Chrome base cards come with multiple levels of Refractor versions that can be discerned by their colorful reflective backgrounds. In addition to base Refractors are numbered Purple Refractor, Bowman 70th Logo Refractors, Blue Refractors, Green Refractors, Gold Refractors, Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1). There are also Sky Blue and Orange (/25) Refractors that are exclusive to regular Jumbo Boxes and not Super Jumbo.
Select cards also have Image Variations that switch out the photo. Of there, some have autographed versions that are numbered and come with an on-card signature.
Chrome Draft Pick Autographs are one of the main reasons a lot of collectors chase Bowman Draft each year. The 2017 draft class makes their MLB autograph debuts with on-card signatures.
The parallel rainbow includes Refractors, Purple Refractors, Blue Refractors, Green Refractors, Bowman 70th Logo Refractors, Wave Refractors, Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1). Orange Refractors are exclusive to Jumbo and are not in Super Jumbo.
Black Refractors (/75) are also available but only in special Jumbo Box hot packs. Super Jumbo boxes don’t have hot packs.
Class of 2017 Autographs are case hits in both Jumbo and Super Jumbo. The checklist for these is limited to first round picks from the 2017 draft.
All-America Game Autographs return. These were signed while the players were still in high school and took part in the special showcase. In some instances, these could have been signed several years prior and have sat in the Topps vaults ever since. Gold Framed parallels are one-of-ones.
2017 Bowman Draft has a few additional inserts.
MLB Draft History highlights retired players, looking at the early portion of their pro careers. Autographed versions of select cards are numbered no higher than 99.
Bowman Defining Moments and Recommended Viewing are a pair of new insert themes. Defining Moments look at the specifics behind prospects’ success. Recommended Viewing pairs up prospects from the same franchise.
All three regular inserts come with four levels of parallels, all of which are numbered: Refractors, Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1).
Jumbo Boxes also have Top of the Class box topper cards. These over-sized Chrome cards are numbered. Players are limited to 2017 draft picks. Parallels come in the form of Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1). Select cards have Autographed Orange versions as well.
Comparing 2017 Bowman Draft Jumbo and Super Jumbo Boxes
While the majority of the cards are the same save for a couple of exclusive, the configurations of the 2017 Bowman Draft Jumbo and Super Jumbo boxes is significant. Here’s a breakdown of how each stacks up.
2017 Bowman Draft Jumbo Boxes
Total Cards/Box: 384
Bowman: 276 (23/pack)
Bowman Chrome: 84 (7/pack)
Refractors: 24 (2/pack)
• Base Bowman Orange
• Base Chrome Sky Blue Refractors
• Base Chrome Orange Refractors
• Chrome Draft Pick Autographs Black Refractors
• Chrome Draft Pick Autographs Orange Refractors
• Top of the Class Box Toppers
2017 Bowman Draft Super Jumbo Boxes
Total Cards/Box: 600
Bowman: 390 (78/pack)
Bowman Chrome: 165 (33/pack)
Refractors: 40 (8/pack)
Autographs: 5 (1/pack)
2017 Bowman Draft Baseball at a glance:
Packs per box: Hobby Jumbo – 12, Hobby Super Jumbo – 5
Cards per pack: Hobby Jumbo – 32, Hobby Super Jumbo – 240
Boxes per case: Hobby Jumbo – 8, Hobby Super Jumbo – 6
Set size: 200 cards
Release date: December 6, 2017
What to expect in a hobby jumbo box:
• Autographs – 3
• Refractors – 24
What to expect in a hobby super jumbo box:
• Autographs – 5
• Refractors – 40
Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.
Please note that the gallery below is all mock-up images to give an idea of the designs. Many are blank because the checklist is still taking shape as draft picks sign.