First Look: 2015 Bowman baseball cards
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Bowman is getting bigger.
Topps revealed the first looks at 2015 Bowman baseball cards on Thursday with one new inclusion that could pique the interest of prospectors — a deeper lineup.
Bowman will now include 150 Chrome prospects when it arrives on April 29 and as many as 60 players will sign for the one-per-box Chrome prospects cards.
The basic set also will change with 120 veteran cards and 30 rookies — each with nine parallels Silver, Purple, Blue, Gold, hobby-only Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 Black cards going along with 1/1 White Ice and Silver Ice versions.
Parallels for the Chrome and Chrome prospects will include standard Refractor, Purple, Blue, Gold, hobby-only Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 printing plates and Superfractors. There also will be Wave Refractor Hot Packs inserted into boxes.
Among the insert card sets will be Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 — a prospect-ranking set — with diecuts, diecut Orange parallels (/25) and 1/1 Superfractors. Also to be found will be The Farm’s Finest Minis of top players with nine parallels (Purple Shimmer, Blue Shimmer, Gold Shimmer, Orange Shimmer, Red Shimmer and Superfractors … and also autographs for Orange, Red and Supers). There will be Rookie Recollections cards with the 1990 Bowman set getting showcased with Refractor, Gold, Red and Super versions to be found.
Other autographs in this one beyond just prospects will be found in five sets. Chrome Rookies will have six versions (Refractor, Blue, Gold, Orange, Red and Super), while Sophomore Standouts will have Gold, Red and Black versions. Also to be found are Dual autos, Bowman Black autos and All-America Game autos. Serial-numbering on many of these sets was not announced.
For memorabilia cards, there will be Futures Game Relics limited to just 25 numbered copies.
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