2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations: Everything You Need to Spot Them Quickly and Easily

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The 2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball variations focus on some of the season’s top rookies. The short print variations aren’t complicated. They simply offer up a different photo and longer odds compared to their regular 2018 Bowman Chrome base card.

2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations

These aren’t the toughest short prints of the year, but they’re not going to pop up in large numbers, either. 2018 Bowman Chrome Rookie Image Variations land 1:133 hobby packs. That’s about every eleventh box. That means most every hobby case will have one but there will be the occasional one that has two. Because HTA boxes only come with autographs, 2018 Bowman Chrome SSP cards are hobby-only

Thirteen of the 15 variations also have autograph versions. Nick Williams and Alex Verdugo are the only ones without. Rookie Image Variation Autographs are 1:2,766 hobby packs. One-of-one Superfractor Autographs are 1:67,785 packs.

Confirming 2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations on the Back

If you’re still not 100 percent sure you’ve got a variation short print from the picture, there’s another way. You can use the production code on the back. Although it’s not meant for collector use, these codes in the fine print often act as confirmation for Topps variations. The 2018 Bowman Chrome SSPs are no different.

Go right to the end of the small block of copyright text at the bottom of the card. There’s a long CMP code that changes based on the card type.

Here are the two code endings that matter if you’re looking for 2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball variations:

  • Base – 370
  • Rookie Variations – 393

2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s the full 2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball Rookie Image Variations checklist. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s currently available on eBay.

2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Gallery

1 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Shohei Ohtani

Variation – carrying bag


Base – batting


8 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox


Variation – with bat


Base – throwing


11 Amed Rosario, New York Mets


Variation – hand on waist


Base – batting


21 Clint Frazier, New York Yankees


Variation – wearing shorts


Base – with bat, pinstripe jersey


25 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – wearing cap


Base – swinging bat, wearing helmet


33 Francisco Mejia, Cleveland Indians


Variation – wearing catcher’s gear


Base – batting


35 Nick Williams, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – gray jersey, wearing cap


Base – batting, red jersey


44 Dominic Smith, New York Mets


Variation – with ball, gray sleeves


Base – batting


47 Alex Verdugo, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – facing forward


Base – swinging, back of jersey visible


52 Victor Robles, Washington Nationals


Variation – wearing white shirt


Base – batting, red jersey


65 J.P. Crawford, Philadelphia Phillies


Variation – running


Base – batting


68 Harrison Bader, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – arms raised, white jersey


Base – batting, red jersey


72 Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – batting


Base – pitching


87 Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – no helmet


Base – batting


92 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves


Variation – wearing warm-up shirt


Base – wearing sunglasses, glove


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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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