2019 Bowman Platinum Baseball Variations Gallery and How to Spot Them


2019 Bowman Platinum Baseball variations come in a couple of forms. Most are your standard short print variations that come with different photos and tough odds. However, there’s a handful of rookies that one could view as separate. These change the players up and appear to be much easier to come by.

SSP Variations

The SSP cards make up the bulk of what to look for as far as variations go in 2019 Bowman Platinum Baseball. These are not easy pulls, landing 1:275 jumbo, 1:660 monster and 1:825 blaster packs. While print runs haven’t been announced, it’s safe to say that not many of each card exists.

Rookie Variations

2019 Bowman Platinum Baseball has four additional variations, all of which rank among the year’s best first-year players: Pete Alonso, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez and Fernando Tatis Jr.

2019 Bowman Platinum Variation 23 Fernando Tatis Jr

On the company checklist put out by Topps, these are listed as “Short Printed Base Cards.” There are a couple of things to consider here. First, print runs for these haven’t been released. And while they might be harder to come by than other base cards, there’s no indication that they’re rare.

Also, all four players share a checklist spot with a second “common” card. So even though these cards are different from the SSPs as far as how frequently they appear to fall, they’re still variations.

Codes on the Back = Quick Confirmation

Hoping the codes on the back work to confirm variations? You’re in luck — at least for the ten SSP cards. In the fine print at the bottom on the back, the code endings differ between base cards and variations. Here are the ones to look for when it comes to 2019 Bowman Platinum variation hunting:

  • Base – 674
  • Rookie SP Variations – 674
  • Variations – 722

This is another instance that shows the four Rookie Variations are different from the main variants on the checklist. The code being the same on the back shouldn’t be too complicated for these, though, seeing as how they’re all different players and not just images.

2019 Bowman Platinum Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick checklist of all the 2019 Bowman Platinum variations. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s currently listed on eBay.

SSP Variations

1 Mike Trout
2 Shohei Ohtani
9 Alex Bregman
18 Ronald Acuna Jr.
22 Christian Yelich
48 Yusei Kikuchi
56 Juan Soto
63 Rhys Hoskins
74 Mookie Betts
97 Gleyber Torres

Rookie Short Prints

20 Pete Alonso
23 Fernando Tatis Jr.
27 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
74 Eloy Jimenez

2019 Bowman Platinum Baseball Variations Gallery

1 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Variation – holding helmet

Base – running

2 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Variation – running

Base – batting

9 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

Variation – blue warm-up jersey, no helmet

Base – gray jersey, wearing helmet

18 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves

Variation – fielding glove

Base – with bat

20 Pete Alonso, New York Mets

2019 Bowman Platinum Variation 20 Pete Alonso

Rookie Variation – Pete Alonso

Base – Kolby Allard

22 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

Variation – with bat

Base – no bat

23 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

Rookie Variation – Fernando Tatis Jr.

Base – Josh Hader

27 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays

Rookie Variation – Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Base – Dakota Hudson

48 Yusei Kikuchi, Seattle Mariners

Variation – wearing shorts

Base – light blue jersey

56 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

Variation – pointing


63 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies

2019 Bowman Platinum Variation 63 Rhys Hoskins

Variation – tipping cap

Base – batting

74 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

Variation – Gatorade shower

Base – batting

74 Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox

Rookie Variation – Eloy Jimenez

Base – Mookie Betts

97 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees

Variation – flexing arm, running

Base – with bat


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. Kerry Orton 3 July, 2019 at 08:50

    Shame on Bowman for putting highly desired rookies only as variations. So, a person has to buy tens of boxes hoping to get their favorite RC?! Not for me this year, I guess.

    • Ryan Cracknell 3 July, 2019 at 11:53

      @Kerry – They are not hard to find. Still early, but they look very comparable to base quantities minus the parallels.

  2. Phil 13 July, 2019 at 22:06

    Glad you posted this. I actually build sets and noticed the 2 different 23’s, but figured maybe a UER. Located the other RCs (thankfully) for my master set. Never look at the front, just card number on back. Darn you, Topps! Also seemed to be a delay in most locations getting the big guaranteed auto boxes out, but could be due to distributors trying to make a quick buck.

    The RC variations do not appear to be that tough. I have cracked 6 of the “2 auto guaranteed” boxes and gotten 3xVlad, 3xEloy, and 2xAlonso.

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