First Look: 2012 Bowman Chrome


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Get ready, Chromies, you now have a new date to mark on the calendar.

Topps unveiled the first look and basic set information for 2012 Bowman Chrome on Thursday, the latest chapter in the always-beloved brand that will pack a bit more punch this year.

Set to arrive on Oct. 17, it will include one Chrome autograph per box and every third box (12 boxes per case) will include an extra autograph, too. (Need a full checklist of past Bowman Chrome sets or an OPG? Click here.)



Among the big names to be found in this one autograph-wise will be top names Yu Darvish, Bryce Harper and Yoenis Cespedes along with at least 35 prospects, a lineup that will include Jonathan Singleton, Matt Sczcur, Jake Marisnick, Pratt Maynard, Nick Catsellanos and Shawon Dunston Jr. among others.

Each pack will contain two base cards and two prospect cards. The base set will consist of 220 players, 50 of those rookies, while the prospects set will contain 110 players and also to be found will be 45 Futures Game cards.

As always the Chrome will be heavily paralleled with standard, Blue (250), Purple (199), Gold (50), Orange (25), Red (5) and SuperFractors (1/1) as Refractors for each standard and each prospect card.The autographs will have the same breakdown with standard Refractors limited to 500, Blues to 150, Golds to 50, Orange to 25, Purple to 10, Red to five and autographed printing plates joining the Supers on the 1/1 roster.

First impression: 2012 Bowman Chrome

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Non-prospect set insert cards will include a 25-card Legends in the Making diecut set (also with autographed versions limited to 15 or fewer copies) and Franchise All-Stars (a combo card of Futures Game players and MLB All-Stars) which also will be found signed. Players tentatively slated to have Legends autos include Albert Pujols, Cespedes, Darvish, Buster Posey, Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez.

The Futures Game cards will be found one per box (18 packs) on Refractor stock and will have Patch Relics and Autographed Patches as well.

Rounding out the lineup will be the next offering in the Bowman Black multi-brand line — 25 new players signing here, including Darvish — while all base cards and prospect cards will also have printing plates.

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


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  1. deez 19 April, 2012 at 10:28

    could we get a finalized bowman checklist before we see chrome images
    gawd topps.. is it so much to ask for …. a complete checklist

  2. Matt Gilman 20 April, 2012 at 07:32

    This is an awesome product year in and year out. For us prospectors and for us who are chromies who have got to chase down those refractors!

  3. @Jaypers413 20 April, 2012 at 09:28

    If I live to be 100, I will never understand Topps’ way of thinking when it comes to soliciting their Bowman products. In last year’s Bowman Draft Picks, they threw us a few crumbs when it came to revealing the identities of prospects in the initial checklist, and are doing it again here. I’d thought MAYBE they were turning the corner when it came to 2012 Bowman’s solicitation sheets, when they gave us half (55) of the prospect base checklist in advance, but all we know in this offering is that Machado and Hellweg will be included within this set. And no disrespect to Pratt Maynard, but he is hardly worthy of being one of the featured “highlights” in the Chrome autograph set.

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