2018 Bowman High Tek Baseball Pattern Variations and How Hard They Are to Pull

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The 2018 Bowman High Tek Baseball pattern variations are apparent as soon as you bust open a box. They’re one of the key markers of the Tek brand that make it distinct from other lines.

2018 Bowman High Tek Pattern Variations

According to Topps’ initial info, 2018 Bowman High Tek Baseball base cards all have ten different variations. They range from common to almost impossible. That’s because not all patterns are available in equal quantities.

For the most common cards, the first two patterns, you’ll likely find one or two of each in every pack. The toughest, SpekTEKular Diffractor and Galactic Diffractor, are both one-of-ones. The rest lie somewhere in between.

2018 Bowman High Tek Baseball Pattern Variations: What to Look For

At their essence, the pattern variations are essentially parallels done differently. Instead of colorful backdrops and borders, the layout of the foil in the background changes — often drastically. This goes back to when Topps Tek first debuted back in the late ’90s.

Back then, there were a lot more patterns but there wasn’t the tiered rarity. The patterns were also numbered on the back so it was easier to keep track of what you needed and what you had if you were building a full player run.

As for the traditional color parallels, 2018 Bowman High Tek Baseball has those, too. But they’re limited to the common Pattern 1 design.

2018 Bowman High Tek Baseball Pattern Variations Gallery

Here’s a gallery of the known 2018 Bowman High Tek patterns as well as a scale for how scarce they’re believed to be. Besides the pattern number, we’ve given them a descriptive name to help make them a little easier to remember. Every base card has the ten different patterns.

While we’re very confident with the rarity at the top where the most common pattern variations are, it might take a little time to fill out the bottom. Besides the one-of-ones, there’s one pattern we haven’t seen yet. It does look like for Pattern 6 down, the cards are a case hit or tougher. But please note that the rarity of these tough spots could change slightly. We’ll be continuing to update in the days ahead as needed.


Pattern 1 – Circles

Insertion rate: Very Common – 1-2 per pack


2018 Bowman High Tek Circles Ronald Acuna




Pattern 2 – Stripes

Insertion rate: Very Common – 1-2 per pack


2018 Bowman High Tek Stripe Shohei Ohtani




Pattern 3 – Zig Zag

Insertion rate: Common – 1 per pack





Pattern 4 – Dots Bow Tie

Insertion rate: Uncommon – 3-4 per case


2018 Bowman High Tek Bow Tie Brendan McKay




Pattern 5 – Circuit Board

Insertion rate: Rare – 2 per case





Pattern 6 – Lightning Tree

Insertion rate: 1 per case?


2018 Bowman High Tek Lightning Tree Rafael Devers




Pattern 7 – Shatter

Insertion rate: less than one per case?





Pattern 8 – TBA

Insertion rate: ?





Pattern 9 – SpecTEKular Diffractor

Insertion rate: 1/1





Pattern 10 – Black Galactic Diffractor

Insertion rate: 1/1




 

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