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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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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1 comment

  1. Ryan Hansen 10 November, 2018 at 17:03

    pattern 8 is out…and it appears it’s listed in Beckett online as “Circle Gear” yet pricing for that version only comes in at just over the base card? My thinking at 1:24 boxes it should be worth more than the “Lightning Tree” and “Shatter” versions. There are pictures of this variation online. While I’ve opened 18 boxes myself I’ve yet to get one and the price guide has the “circle gear” pricing I think has to be this card…they’ve just got the wrong algorithm assigned to the pricing I think.
    Any help or explanation you can give would be outstanding.
    E.G. Acuna # PHTRA:
    base model doesn’t have a designation but we all know it’s the circles=$8
    Circle Gear=$10 (this one has to be the pattern 8 but the price certainly doesn’t reflect this)
    Zig Zag= $12
    Bow tie =$12
    Circuit Board =$25
    Lightning Tree =$25
    Shatter =$30
    Those are the only non auto/serial numbers options.
    Thanks for your help!

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