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


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


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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