2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball: Prospects, Autographs and Refractors Galore

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2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball has a lot going on. From veterans to rookies, prospects and prospect autographs, inserts and parallels, there are a lot of angles to come at it from. And that’s even before getting into the configurations. Hobby, hobby LITE and HTA Choice versions all have their own mix of card types and exclusives.

Standard hobby boxes offer the broadest mix of cards with two autographs in every box plus a smattering of parallels and inserts. Hobby LITE is for those not focused on autographs or those looking for something more affordable. These don’t promise any signatures in any given box. Finally, there’s HTA Choice, which have three autographs and nothing else.

2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist Overview

The 100-card base set is where collectors will find veterans and rookies. While slightly more modest than the Prospects rainbow, there are still lots of parallels to chase:

  • Refractors – /499
  • Fuchsia Refractors – /299
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Aqua RayWave Refractors – /199 (hobby only)
  • Black and White Mini-Diamond Refractors – /199 (hobby LITE only)
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Yellow Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball Aqua RayWave Refractors Bobby Witt Jr.
2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball Black and White Mini-Diamonds Refractors Bobby Witt Jr.

Rookie Image Variations are also available for select cards.

Prospects

Numbered separately but carrying a similar design are 100 Prospects.

Parallels for these include:

  • Shimmer Refractors – (1:12 hobby packs, 1:10 hobby LITE packs)
  • Black and White Mini Diamond Refractors – (1:2 hobby LITE packs, hobby LITE only)
  • Refractors – /499
  • Speckle Refractors – /299
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Purple Shimmer Refractors – /250
  • Fuchsia/Pink Vapor Refractors – /199 (hobby only)
  • Fuchsia Shimmer Refractors – /199
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Aqua Refractors – /125
  • Aqua/Pink Vapor Refractors – /125 (hobby only)
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Green Shimmer Refractors – /99
  • Yellow Refractors – /75
  • Yellow/Orange Vapor Refractors – /75 (hobby only)
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Shimmer Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Orange Shimmer Refractors – /25
  • Red Shimmer Refractors – /10
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Red/Aqua Vapor Refractors – /5
  • Black Shimmer Refractors – 1/1
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball Prospects Red Shimmer Refractors Jasson Dominguez

Chrome Prospect Autographs are what a lot of collectors chase. These happen to make up the majority of the signatures across the product, joining a year-long checklist that started in 2022 Bowman Baseball. Here, there are new prospects from both North America and abroad getting their coveted 1st Bowman Chrome Autographs.

Like regular Prospects cards, Refractors make for a large and challenging rainbow:

  • Black and White Mini-Diamond Refractors – (hobby LITE only)
  • Refractors – /499
  • Speckle Refractors – /299
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Blue RayWave Refractors – /150
  • HTA Choice Refractors – /150 (HTA Choice only)
  • Atomic Variation Refractors – /100
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Green Atomic Refractors – /99 (HTA Choice only)
  • Yellow Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Mini-Diamond Refractors – /50 (hobby only)
  • Shimmer Gold Refractors – /50 (HTA Choice only)
  • Orange Refractors – /25 (hobby only)
  • Orange Wave Refractors – /25 (HTA Choice only)
  • Shimmer Orange Refractors – /25 (hobby only)
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5 (HTA Choice only)
  • Shimmer Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball Chrome Prospect Autographs Gold Refractors Cristhian Vaquero

Additional 2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball Autographs

Chrome Rookie Autographs are similar to their Prospect counterparts. However, these players have graduated to the majors. The parallel lineup for these consists of:

  • Black and White Mini-Diamond Refractors – (hobby LITE only)
  • Refractors – /499
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25 (hobby only)
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

It’s worth noting that the Black and White Mini-Diamond Refractors for both the Chrome Prospect and Rookie Autographs are the only signed cards available in hobby LITE packs.

Prime Chrome Signatures (/50) return for another year. In the past, many of these have included additional signatures to help them stand out further beyond the smaller print run. Parallels include HTA Choice-only Orange Refractors (/25) and Superfractors (1/1).

Chrome Auto Relics add a memorabilia element to the signatures. These have Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25, hobby only) and Superfractors (1/1).

The ongoing All-American Game Autographs set gets some additions as well.

Other Inserts

2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball has a handful of other insert themes with varying odds.

Shades of Greatness (1:3 packs) spotlight top prospects and standout rookies that have shown strong skills already.

Arizona Fall League play is highlighted in 2021 AFL Fall Stars (1:6 packs). There’s also a tough MVP short print card that’s only in hobby packs.

It Came to the League (1:12 packs) is a new insert set that’s inspired by old monster movies — because the players are intended to be monster prospects.

Parallels for all three of these include Atomic Refractors (/150), Orange Refractors (/25) and Superfractors (1/1). Select cards also have autograph versions with additional parallels.

Bowman Invicta (1:24 hobby) continues on from 2022 Bowman and is planned to get a third installment in 2022 Bowman Draft later in the year. These have Atomic Refractors (/150), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25, hobby only), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1). There are also autographs for some with their own Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25, hobby only), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

By far the toughest standard insert set in 2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball is Bowman Ascensions. Base versions land 1:144 packs. These are a collaboration between Topps and Invisible Creature. Parallels include Orange Refractors (/25) and Superfractors (1/1) with autographs also available.

2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball Bowman Ascensions Henry Davis

The checklist rounds out with hobby-exclusive 2021 AFL Relics. Base versions have varied print runs along with Orange Refractors (/25), Superfractors (1/1), Autographs, and Autograph Superfractors (1/1).

2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 5, Hobby LITE – 5, HTA Choice – 3
Packs per box: Hobby – 12, Hobby LITE – 10, HTA Choice – 1
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12, Hobby LITE – 16, HTA Choice – 12
Set size: 100 cards
Release date (subject to change): September 14, 2022

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • 2021 AFL Fall Stars – 2
  • It Came to the League – 1
  • Shades of Greatness – 4
  • Shimmer Refractors – 1

What to expect in a hobby LITE box:

  • 2021 AFL Fall Stars – 1
  • Shades of Greatness – 3
  • Black and White Mini-Diamond Refractors – 5
  • Shimmer Refractors – 1

What to expect in a HTA Choice box:

  • Autographs – 3

Recent Bowman Chrome Baseball releases:

The full 2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball checklist and team set lists will be up as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the product’s release.

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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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