2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Guide

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The 2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball variations put rookies in the spotlight. A total of 15 players from the base set get the SSP treatment with a second card that looks similar only with longer odds and a different photo.

At first glance, the short prints in 2020 Bowman Chrome don’t draw much attention to themselves. For the most part, the alternate photos are pretty standard. So they might not jump out right away. That said, a good starting point for the 2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball variations is the fact that they’re all base Refractors. All bypass the regular base finish and go straight to the brighter rainbow backgrounds. There are no additional colors, though.

2020 Bowman Chrome Rookie Image Variations are only available in regular hobby packs, landing at a rate of 1:152 packs. That makes them slightly tougher than a case hit.

Five of the 15 cards also have autograph versions that are available in both hobby (1:8,642) and the autograph-only HTA boxes (1:483). One-of-one Superfractors can also be found (1:217,764 hobby, 1:11,204 HTA)

Tips on Spotting 2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations

The photos on the front are the most obvious way to spot one of the SSPs. However, that takes a lot of photo memorization.

A couple of other tricks can help. The first is the serial number, or lack thereof. Regular base Refractors are numbered on the front to 499. Variations look just like a base Refractor but they don’t have the additional numbering. So if you pull a Refractor of a rookie that’s lacking in this department, you might have a variation.

The fine print on the back is another giveaway. The block of text has a code at the end that changes from card type to card type. When it comes to telling a base card apart from a variation, these are the two you need to know:

  • Base – 623
  • Variation – 647

2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s the complete 2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Rookie Variations checklist at a glance. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s currently available on eBay.

5 Brusdar Graterol
25 Yordan Alvarez
30 Sheldon Neuse
34 A.J. Puk
44 Nico Hoerner
50 Bo Bichette
51 Michel Baez
62 Jesus Luzardo
72 Dylan Cease
79 Aristides Aquino
80 Brendan McKay
83 Gavin Lux
87 Sean Murphy
90 Kyle Lewis
96 Dustin May

2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Gallery

5 Brusdar Graterol, Los Angeles Dodgers


2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Brusdar Graterol
Variation – sitting with towel


Base – pitching


25 Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros


Variation – running


Base – batting


30 Sheldon Neuse, Oakland Athletics


Base


34 A.J. Puk, Oakland Athletics


Variation – sitting


Base – pitching


44 Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs


2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Nico Hoerner
Variation – no cap


Base – with glove


50 Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays


2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Bo Bichette
Variation – running


Base – batting


51 Michel Baez, San Diego Padres


Variation – looking up


Base – pitching


62 Jesus Luzardo, Oakland Athletics


Variation – green jersey


Base – white jersey


72 Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox


Variation – mound and grass in background


Base – wall in background


79 Aristides Aquino, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – coming out of dugout


Base – wearing helmet


80 Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays


Variation – running


Base – pitching


83 Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – blue shirt


Base – white jersey


87 Sean Murphy, Oakland Athletics


Variation – leaning on bat


Base – batting stance


90 Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners


2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Variations Kyle Lewis
Variation – catching


Base – batting


96 Dustin May, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – batting


Base – pitching


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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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