Visual Guide to the 2018 Bowman Baseball Rainbow

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A big part of the appeal of the modern Bowman brand are the parallels. They’re home to lots of color on several levels. The 2018 Bowman Baseball parallel rainbow is definitely no different — especially if you’re chasing prospects.

2018 Bowman combines both regular Bowman and Bowman Chrome elements for the Prospects (veterans are Bowman-only in the main part of the set). Both have their own sets of colors.

And then there are the Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs (and Rookie Autographs), which are cornerstones to the set. These have another bunch of colors.

If you put them all together for Prospect that have autographs, that can mean more than 50 different cards and parallels to chase if you take everything into account including Printing Plates.

While it sounds daunting, it’s really not. Especially when you’ve got this handy visual guide that breaks it all down.

Below is a full gallery that showcases all of the Bowman, Bowman Chrome Prospect and Bowman Chrome Prospect parallels as well as details on where you’ll find them, whether they’re exclusives and full odds for various types of packs that are out there.

2018 Bowman Parallels

Unless noted, covers Bowman base set and Bowman Prospects.


Base




Blue

Print Run: /150

Odds:
Hobby: Base – 1:313, Prospect – 1:209
Hobby Jumbo: Base – 1:98, Prospect – 1:66
Retail: Base – 1:303, Prospect – 1:209
Retail Blaster: Base – 1:303, Prospect – 1:209
Retail Jumbo: Base – 1:143, Prospect – 1:95




Camo

Print Run: not announced
Prospects only.
Exclusive to Retail Value Packs

Odds:
3 per Retail Value Pack




Gold

Print Run: /50

Odds:
Hobby: Base – 1:939, Prospect – 1:626
Hobby Jumbo: Base – 1:294, Prospect – 1:195
Retail: Base – 1:940, Prospect – 1:627
Retail Blaster: Base – 1:940, Prospect – 1:627
Retail Jumbo: Base – 1:428, Prospect – 1:285




Green

Print Run: /99
Exclusive to Retail.

Odds:
Retail: Base – 1:225, Prospect – 1:150
Retail Blaster: Base – 1:225, Prospect – 1:150
Retail Jumbo: Base – 1:103, Prospect – 1:69




Orange

Print Run: /25
Exclusive to hobby.

Odds:
Hobby: Base – 1:438, Prospect – 1:292




Platinum

Print Run: 1/1

Odds:
Hobby: Base – 1:47,561, Prospect – 1:31,708
Hobby Jumbo: Base – 1:14,620, Prospect – 1:9,747
Retail: Base – 1:48,458, Prospect – 1:33,336
Retail Blaster: Base – 1:48,458, Prospect – 1:33,336
Retail Jumbo: Base – 1:27,648, Prospect – 1:18,432




Printing Plates

Print Run: 1/1
Each card has a Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow version.

Odds:
Hobby: Base – 1:?, Prospect – 1:7,838
Hobby Jumbo: Base – 1:3,655, Prospect – 1:2,437
Retail: Base – 1:11,766, Prospect – 1:7,844
Retail Blaster: Base – 1:11,766, Prospect – 1:7,844
Retail Jumbo: Base – 1:5,530, Prospect – 1:3,705




Purple

Print Run: /250

Odds:
Hobby: Base – 1:188, Prospect – 1:126
Hobby Jumbo: Base – 1:59, Prospect – 1:40
Retail: Base – 1:188, Prospect – 1:126
Retail Blaster: Base – 1:188, Prospect – 1:126
Retail Jumbo: Base – 1:86, Prospect – 1:57




Red

Print Run: /5

Odds:
Hobby: Base – 1:9,427, Prospect – 1:6,285
Hobby Jumbo: Base – 1:2,945, Prospect – 1:1,964
Retail: Base – 1:9,456, Prospect – 1:6,228
Retail Blaster: Base – 1:9,456, Prospect – 1:6,228
Retail Jumbo: Base – 1:4,367, Prospect – 1:3,072




Sky Blue

Print Run: /499

Odds:
Hobby: Base – 1:95, Prospect – 1:63
Hobby Jumbo: Base – 1:30, Prospect – 1:20
Retail: Base – 1:95, Prospect – 1:63
Retail Blaster: Base – 1:95, Prospect – 1:63
Retail Jumbo: Base – 1:43, Prospect – 1:29



2018 Bowman Chrome Prospect Parallels


Base


2018 Bowman Chrome Prospects Hunter Greene



Refractors

Print Run: /499

Odds:
Hobby: 1:?
Hobby Jumbo: 1:20
Retail: 1:63
Retail Blaster: 1:63
Retail Jumbo: 1:29




Aqua Refractors

Print Run: /125
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:132
Hobby Jumbo: 1:132




Aqua Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /125
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:132
Hobby Jumbo: 1:132




Atomic Refractors

1 per hobby box.
Exclusive to hobby boxes.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:24




Blue Refractors

Print Run: /150

Odds:
Hobby: 1:209
Hobby Jumbo: 1:66
Retail: 1:209
Retail Blaster: 1:209
Retail Jumbo: 1:95




Blue Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /150

Odds:
Hobby: 1:209
Hobby Jumbo: 1:66
Retail: 1:209
Retail Blaster: 1:209
Retail Jumbo: 1:95




Canary Yellow Refractors

Print Run: /75

Odds:
Hobby: 1:417
Hobby Jumbo: 1:131
Retail: 1:417
Retail Blaster: 1:417
Retail Jumbo: 1:191




Gold Refractors

Print Run: /50

Odds:
Hobby: 1:626
Hobby Jumbo: 1:196
Retail: 1:627
Retail Blaster: 1:627
Retail Jumbo: 1:285




Gold Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /50

Odds:
Hobby: 1:626
Hobby Jumbo: 1:196
Retail: 1:627
Retail Blaster: 1:627
Retail Jumbo: 1:285




Green Refractors

Print Run: /99
Exclusive to retail.

Odds:
Retail: 1:150
Retail Blaster: 1:150
Retail Jumbo: 1:69




Green Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /99
Exclusive to retail.

Odds:
Retail: 1:150
Retail Blaster: 1:150
Retail Jumbo: 1:69




Orange Refractors

Print Run: /25
Exclusive to hobby.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:292




Orange Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /25
Exclusive to hobby.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:292




Printing Plates

Print Run: 1/1
Each has a Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow version.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:7,838
Hobby Jumbo: 1:5,149
Retail: 1:7,844
Retail Blaster: 1:7,844
Retail Jumbo: 1:3,705




Purple Refractors

Print Run: /250

Odds:
Hobby: 1:?
Hobby Jumbo: 1:40
Retail: 1:126
Retail Blaster: 1:126
Retail Jumbo: 1:57




Red Refractors

Print Run: /5

Odds:
Hobby: 1:6,285
Hobby Jumbo: 1:1,964
Retail: 1:6,228
Retail Blaster: 1:6,228
Retail Jumbo: 1:3,072




Red Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /5

Odds:
Hobby: 1:6,285
Hobby Jumbo: 1:1,964
Retail: 1:6,228
Retail Blaster: 1:6,228
Retail Jumbo: 1:3,072




Superfractors

Print Run: 1/1
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo packs.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:16,609
Hobby Jumbo: 1: 2,437



2018 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Parallels


Base

 


2018 Bowman Chrome Hunter Greene Autograph



Refractors

Print Run: /499
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:?
Hobby Jumbo: 1:27




Atomic Refractors

Print Run: /100
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:733
Hobby Jumbo: 1:123




Blue Refractors

Print Run: /150
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:?
Hobby Jumbo: 1:84




Gold Refractors

Print Run: /50
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:1,438
Hobby Jumbo: 1:240




Gold Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /50
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:1,438
Hobby Jumbo: 1:240




Green Refractors

Print Run: /99
Retail only.

Odds:
Retail: 1:397
Retail Blaster: 1:397
Retail Jumbo: 1:199




Green Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /99
Retail only.

Odds:
Retail: 1:397
Retail Blaster: 1:397
Retail Jumbo: 1:199




Orange Refractors

Print Run: /25
Exclusive to hobby.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:858




Orange Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /25
Exclusive to hobby.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:858




Printing Plates

Print Run: 1/1
Each has a Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow version.
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:18,041
Hobby Jumbo: 1:3,010




Purple Refractors

Print Run: /250
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:?
Hobby Jumbo: 1:53




Red Refractors

Print Run: /5
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:14,344
Hobby Jumbo: 1:2,408




Red Shimmer Refractors

Print Run: /5
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:14,344
Hobby Jumbo: 1:2,408




Superfractors

Print Run: 1/1
Exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo.

Odds:
Hobby: 1:69,757
Hobby Jumbo: 1:12,040



Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.

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Ryan Cracknell

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12 comments

  1. Tommy B 3 May, 2018 at 11:46

    Great article, Ryan. Thanks.

    I will take exception to this, however:
    “If you put them all together for Prospect that have autographs, that can mean more than 50 different cards and parallels to chase if you take everything into account including Printing Plates.

    While it sounds daunting, it’s really not.”

    Not only is this daunting, it is ridiculous. I thought Panini was absurd with their insane number of parallels, but this takes the proverbial cake. Green and Green Shimmer??? LOL So ridiculous. I am not buying any more boxes of this stuff so that I can chase cards that probably do not even exist. I don’t get it…

    • Ryan Cracknell 3 May, 2018 at 12:16

      @Tommy — Looking at it, my intention probably wasn’t as clear there. I was talking more about the idea of wrapping one’s head around the parallels, not the actual chase. In my mind (and collection), anytime there are cards to chase with less than 25 copies or so, there is indeed a level of daunting. Shimmer cards, and different variations on it like Wave and Ice, have been used in Bowman for years. I haven’t run the math (yet) but I think 2018 is similar to the less 5 years for the line.

  2. Doc 3 May, 2018 at 11:53

    Why on earth would you put those in alphabetical order? How about by rarity, you know, the order collectors think of them in?

    • Ryan Cracknell 3 May, 2018 at 12:18

      @Doc – Data can be ordered in lots of different ways. The rarity for each card is pretty clear. The main set checklist on the site also has them arranged by rarity. As a collector, I was thinking about offering some order and in a way that made sense.

  3. David Johnson 3 May, 2018 at 15:57

    Everyone is chasing the Ohtani autographs, and retail has been selling out like crazy. What’s amazing is that I don’t think most people realize that the green autographs are the only rookie autos in retail. So while there are Ohtani autos, the green ones are the only ones in retail. Thus no chance at hitting any super low numbered Ohtani autos in retail.

  4. Josh 2 June, 2018 at 04:34

    Love that lots of folks are enjoying the hobby and chasing Ohtani. I on the other hand temper my expectations of an Ohtani of any value and have pulled multiple base and still enjoyed pulling a Green Hoskins auto! I love the thrill of a nice $200-$300 hit from a $20 blaster.

    • Ryan Cracknell 6 June, 2018 at 15:53

      @Mike – The regular Bowman “paper” parallels are in retail and hobby.

  5. Mark 9 January, 2020 at 10:19

    You may have missed one – speckle refractors…I can’t seem to find any info on these, although I have seen them on eBay on very rare occasion

    • Ryan Cracknell 10 January, 2020 at 01:10

      @Mark – Speckle Refractors are in 2019, not 2018. 2018 Draft has Sparkle Refractors, which may be similar, but this article covers cards found in 2018 Bowman.

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