2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball: More Prospects, More Autographs, More Color


2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball cards dive deeper into the game’s prospects. Yes, there are veterans, but it’s the young players that are going to be the main draw for most. And in true Bowman Chrome fashion, this comes across in several ways including ample autographs and plenty of colors.

Once again, there are a pair of hobby configurations. Regular 2019 Bowman Chrome hobby boxes have two signatures as well as the traditional assortment of base cards, prospects and other inserts. HTA Choice boxes are the abbreviated autograph-only versions. These have only three cards, all signed.

2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball Base Set and Prospects

Things kick off with a base set that’s MLB vets and rookies. Parallels include Refractors (/499), Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball Blue Refractors

Select base set rookies have Short Print Image Variations. SSP cards also have autographs (/25) and Autograph Superfractors (1/1).

Chrome Prospects are also available. Prospects not only have similar Refractor parallels as the base set, but they have additional Shimmer Refractors as well. These come in Green (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/10), and Black (/5). Shimmer Refractors combine to land one per hobby box.

2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball Prospects Orange Refractor

Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

The Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs are among the key cards in the product. These have on-card signatures and expand the checklist that began in 2019 Bowman Baseball. Parallels are a full rainbow, starting with Refractors (/499). Additional colors include Purple (/250), Green (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball Chrome Prospect Autographs Gold Refractors

Even more parallels can be found in the autograph-only HTA Choice boxes: HTA Choice (/150), Green Atomic Refractors (/99), Gold Shimmer Refractors (/50), Orange Wave Refractors (/25), Red Wave Refractors (/5) and Black Mojo Refractors (1/1).

Chrome Rookie Autographs take a similar hard-signed approach, only with a checklist of players who have made the majors. Refractors parallels match the Prospect Autographs.

2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball Chrome Rookie Autographs

Bowman Chrome isn’t a brand that’s usually heavy on the memorabilia. While that rings true here, they are found in a couple of spots.

For starters, there are 2019 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Relics. All are numbered including the Orange (/25) and Superfractor (1/1) parallels. Autograph Relic versions have 25 copies each plus a Superfractor to call their own.

Chrome Autographed Relics return for another year. Players are MLB vets, rookies and prospects. Signatures are on-card. Parallels are available as Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25) and Superfractors (1/1).

Prime Chrome Signatures (/50) and All-America Game Autographs (/199) round out the autograph content in 2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball.


2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball has a handful of additional insert sets as well. These combine to take a deeper dive into the game’s youth and those working their way to their big league clubs.

Arizona Fall League Fall Stars return, spotlighting players from the prospect showcase. Besides the base versions, there are Atomic Refractors (/150), Orange Refractors (/25) and Superfractors (1/1). Select cards also have autograph versions. Milwaukee’s Keston Hiura has an SP AFL MVP card that is numbered to 250. It also has Superfractor (1/1) and Autograph (/100) versions.

New to 2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball are Arizona Fall League Alumni inserts. These are a case hit. Parallels come in the form of Orange Refractors (/25) and Superfractors (1/1). Some cards also have autographs.

2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball Arizona Fall League Alumni Autoographs

Elite Farmhands is a new insert set. Landing one per hobby box, the checklist features only top prospects. Stat Tracker cards also make their debut.

2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball Stat Tracker

Atomic Refractors (/150), Orange Refractors (/25) and Superfractors (1/1) accompany base versions for both sets. Select cards also have autographs with further Orange Refractor (/25) and Superfractor (1/1) parallels.

2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball Elite Farmhands Autographs

2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 5, HTA Choice – 3
Packs per box: Hobby – 12, HTA Choice – 1
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12, HTA Choice – 12
Set size: TBA
Release date: September 4, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • Elite Farmhands – 1
  • Shimmer Parallels – 1

What to expect in a HTA Choice box:

  • Autographs – 3

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. Javier 10 June, 2019 at 19:16

    Is buying a case really worth it? What are the chances of making a profit or even making your money back when buying a case?

    • Ryan Cracknell 13 June, 2019 at 14:27

      @Javier – It really depends on why you’re doing it. If it’s strictly money, look closely at the odds and do some research. If you’re looking at pre-buying, there’s added risk as there’s no certainty of who will be in the set. If you’re looking to amass a lot of cards and work on the product, a case is an option if it’s in your budget.

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