2017 Bowman Platinum Variations Gallery

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Don’t let the foil shine distract your hunt for short prints. The 2017 Bowman Platinum variations showcase a handful of top stars, rookies and a trio of prospects with alternate photos.

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Bowman products don’t usually have variations. They have, but just not very often. 2017 Bowman Platinum is an exception.

There’s no real theme to the variations that’s readily apparent. Many of the photos are actually fairly similar to one another. They’re easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for but it’s not quite the extreme differences like on many 2017 Topps cards or thematic short prints like Topps Heritage.

The 2017 Bowman Platinum variations fall on two parts of the checklist. Seven base cards get the second-photo treatment. Player selection is limited to top stars like Mike Trout and Kris Bryant, and key rookies such as Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada. Three Top Prospects inserts, which are very similar to the base cards, only with players who haven’t made the majors yet, have variations as well.

2017 Bowman Platinum Variation Odds

2017 Bowman Platinum variations are tough, but not absurdly so. They combine to land 1:165 Collector packs. They’re slightly more common in blaster boxes, falling 1:156 packs.

Combine these odds with the manageable checklist and those wanting to build a full run shouldn’t have too hard of a time. Prices should also be a lot more reasonable than similar short prints in other products.

Codes

If all else fails, the codes at the end of the fine print on the card backs also tip off variations. Regular base cards end in 646. For variations, it’s 671.

2017 Bowman Platinum Variations Yoan Moncada Reverse Arrow

We’re still awaiting word on codes for the Top Prospects and their corresponding variations.

2017 Bowman Platinum Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick look at the 2017 Bowman Platinum Baseball variations. Topps has provided the full checklist. A couple of images are missing but we suspect we’ll have them filled in quickly. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s listed on eBay.

2017 Bowman Platinum Variations

1 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


2017 Bowman Platinum Variations 1 Kris Bryant

Variation – holding bat


2017 BowPl 1 Kris Bryant

Base – running


13 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox


2017 Bowman Platinum Variations Andrew Benintendi

Variation – hand on chin


2017 BowPl Andrew Benintendi

Base – swinging


25 Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox


2017 Bowman Platinum Variations Yoan Moncada

Variation – leaning on bat


2017 BowPl Yoan Moncada

Base – batting stance


63 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox


2017 Bowman Platinum Variations Mookie Betts

Variation – red jersey


2017 BowPl Betts

Base – batting, white jersey


75 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros



2017 BowPl Alex Bregman

Base


78 Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves


2017 Bowman Platinum Variations Dansby Swanson

Variation – holding bat


2017 BowPl Dansby Swanson

Base – throwing


100 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


2017 Bowman Platinum Variations 100 Mike Trout

Variation – no helmet


2017 BowPl 100 Mike Trout

Base – batting


TP-CR Corey Ray, Milwaukee Brewers



2017 Bowman Platinum Prospects Corey Ray Ice

Top Prospect Base (Ice parallel)


TP-JG Jason Groome, Boston Red Sox


2017 Bowman Platinum Variations Jason Groome

Variation – hand at knee


2017 Bowman Platinum Prospects Jason Groome

Top Prospect Base – throwing hand over head


TP-MM Mickey Moniak, Philadelphia Phillies


2017 Bowman Platinum Variations Mickey Moniak

Variation – throwing


2017 Bowman Platinum Prospects Mickey Moniak Ice

Top Prospect Base – batting (Ice parallel)


Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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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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5 comments

  1. Ryan 7 July, 2017 at 08:01

    The cards are nice. I have a love hate with foil cards, the edges, corners, and even the foil on the face of the cards are definitely something to watch.

    Variatons are fun, hope they call them out better soon because my old eyes can’t see those numbers well, ha.

  2. zotster 7 July, 2017 at 11:43

    I say this as a Red Sox fan … just 10 variations, and 3 of them are Red Sox?

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