Card gallery: 2014 Bowman baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s first installment of the Bowman franchise from Topps arrives on Wednesday in 2014 Bowman, and it will pack the first MLB-licensed cards and autographs from some of the top prospects and rookies in the game.

One example? Jose Abreu‘s first MLB-approved autographs. Another? The first MLB autos of the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, Mark Appel. Then, of course, there’s the latest for Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

After the jump is a sampling of the autographs, inserts, parallels and more that you’ll find in Bowman this year. It’s one that marks the return of the First Bowman Card notation as well as one that carries a new logo for the brand, which is in its 25th consecutive year of release — an anniversary marked in the product with 1989 Bowman-inspired inserts.


Let us know what you think in the comments and grade the product in our poll … after the jump.

Your take: How would you grade the looks of 2014 Bowman based on this selection?

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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  1. Cincyscott 28 April, 2014 at 19:26

    Will they have a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie auto buy back card inserted in this product?

  2. The Archduke 29 April, 2014 at 09:12

    Appel, Abreu, Buxton Bryant, Tanaka, Lindor, Dahl….this is the most excited i’ve been for a prospect lineup in a set in a long time.

  3. Jason K 29 April, 2014 at 14:34

    My biggest complaint about Bowman is that year after year they look almost identical. If that’s your thing, go for it. Me, I’ll just buy the singles of guys I want to get ballpark autos from.

  4. Ken 29 April, 2014 at 17:48

    I’ve been a Bowman Baseball Collector/Set Builder for more years than I choose to admit, and this may well be the LAST year I purchase Bowman! Topps it seems, is hell-bent upon ruining its’ flagship product just as it did Rookies and Traded and regular Topps, by adding altogether too many extraneous, miscellaneous, garbage parallels, inserts, etc. etc. etc!

  5. joe 30 April, 2014 at 14:13

    folks its prospects 90% of these guys will never make it to the line up seriously why is everyone so geeked on bowman!!!

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