Find the 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Michael Conforto Autograph in 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Michael Conforto was one of the few 2014 first round picks not to have an autograph in 2014 Bowman Draft Picks Baseball. Fast forward a few months and the outfielder is already making an impact with the Mets. And now he’s got a 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph. You just need to open 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball to find it.

Conforto and St. Louis prospect, Ronnie Williams, are both in the product using last year’s cards.

2015 Bowman Chrome 2014 Draft Ronnie Williams Autograph

According to Topps, both batches of cards arrived too late to include them in 2014 Bowman Draft. Rather than destroy the cards, the choice was made to put them in 2015 Bowman Chrome instead.

The situation is reminiscent of the 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Kris Bryant autographs that were included in multiple 2014 products. The Conforto and Williams autographs will only be inserted in 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball so collectors don’t need to worry about more showing up at some point down the road.

For both players, full Refractor rainbows can be found for both Conforto and Williams.

This isn’t Conforto’s first autograph card in a Mets uniform. That can be found in 2014 Bowman Sterling Baseball. This is the first MLB autograph card for Williams.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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6 comments

  1. Richard 9 September, 2015 at 19:18

    Feels like revisionist history to me and likely to cause confusion down the road.
    I mean, why not have Topps issue cards for Bowman for card sets in the 50’s for players that
    did not have the cards using the same stock and copyright dates, etc.
    Kind of undermines the integrity of the cards.
    Let’s print more Mantle RC’s and ….
    Fail.

  2. Tyler Sullivan 9 September, 2015 at 20:18

    The cards were produced, signed and returned in 2014, but wrmere too late for packout. Seems reasonable enough to include them in this release rather than just destroy them or us e as a replacement for other cards. Big difference in them doing this and printing cards from prior years just to confuse consumers.

    Seems like some collectors will complain no matter what a company does. Redemptions don’t work, late inclusion doesn’t work. At least they didn’t produce another ’15 Conforto like they did with Bryant.

  3. Charlie DiPietro 10 September, 2015 at 09:51

    None of my customers have complained about pulling last year’s cards from 2015 Bowman Chrome. In fact, they like it and so do I. It adds value to 2015 Bowman Chrome. Great job Topps.

  4. phillies_joe 10 September, 2015 at 11:16

    I’m with Tyler and Charlie. Would rather they be available then destroyed. Not Topps fault that they didn’t get returned in time for the product release…..blame the players.

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