Top 50 Bowman Chrome Baseball Autographs, 2001-2018

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Over the course of nearly 20 year, Bowman Chrome autographs have become some of the most popular baseball cards in the entire hobby. This is particularly true in the last decade or so as the art of prospecting — and the ups and downs that come with it — has really taken off.

Although Rookie Cards are still a big part of the hobby, a player’s first Bowman Chrome autograph is often times bigger today. More often then not, they come out years before a player makes it to the bigs. However, Bowman Chrome autographs come with MLB marks and uniforms.

Further fuelling the chase today are Refractor parallels that not only add an even shinier background but come in smaller numbers. Any part of the rainbow is coveted but one-of-one Bowman Chrome Superfractor autographs are the kings of the modern baseball card world.

A Brief History of Bowman Chrome Autographs

Bowman Chrome autographs made their baseball debut in 2001. That year, 20 Rookie Cards on the 2001 Bowman Chrome checklist came not only limited to 500 copies but with a signature as well. The vast majority of those players never panned out but one did, Albert Pujols.

For the better part of a decade, the Pujols was the crown jewel of Bowman Chrome autographs. It still is today, although there’s a holy grail that’s also part of that list.

In the early years, Bowman Chrome autographs were part of the base set. That meant RC status for players like Felix Hernandez, Joe Mauer, David Wright and Justin Verlander.

Things changed in 2006 when the MLBPA and MLB changed how prospects could be included in sets. In order to appear in a main base set, and thus get an official Rookie Card, they had to appear in the majors. That didn’t stop companies from making cards of players before this time. But now, they were inserts by traditional definitions, numbered separately from a main set. This marked a shift for Bowman Chrome autographs, but as the hobby has continued to evolve, the lack of an RC tag hasn’t hampered them.

Currently, Bowman Chrome autographs are found in three similar but separate releases each year. Bowman Baseball comes out in the spring, not long after the start of the MLB season. Bowman Chrome is a fall release. Finally, Bowman Draft captures a lot of the players taken in June’s MLB Draft.

Although it’s the prospects that get most of the attention, over the last few years, Topps has used Chrome Rookie Autographs to help fill out checklists as well. Generally, these aren’t as valuable as their earlier prospect counterparts, but for big-name players, they can still be worth a significant amount.

Peaks and Valleys

A lot of speculation surrounds recent Bowman Chrome signatures. As a prospect tears up the minors, these are some of their first cards to get hot. Blue chip prospects can fetch huge amounts, often hundreds of dollars, before they even get a taste of MLB action. For non-prospectors, it might not make a lot of sense.

2016 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr Autograph

Much of the values is based on what could be. If reality doesn’t hit those expectations, prices eventually drop. This is most often the case. Even if a player turns out to be good, prices frequently drop if they’re not great. For every Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, there are probably 20 (or more) Mark Appels and Jurickson Profars. Quite often, values peak in the immediate lead up to a player’s MLB debut.

Once they get there, they need to prove they’re worth they hype.

Prospecting with Bowman Chrome autographs can be high stakes. Yes, cards can take huge upswings in a hurry. But if you’re not equally observant or time things just right, a major downshift could be right around the corner.

That idea of expectation is also why so many young players are so valuable versus similar cards of proven major leaguers. Even perennial All-Stars and potential Hall of Famers experience drops at the same time a 19-year-old in Double-A soars.

50 Most Valuable Bowman Chrome Baseball Autographs, 2001-2018

The list of Bowman Chrome baseball autographs is impressive. Here’s a countdown of the 50 most valuable released between their debut in 2001 and 2018. This list focuses on base versions of MLB cards. Refractors, buybacks and USA Baseball cards are not included.

Rankings are based primarily on the Beckett Baseball Card Database and Price Guide.

Updated: April, 2019


50. 2017 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Cody Bellinger #BCAR-CB

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49. 2017 Bowman Chrome Nick Senzel AU #CPA-NS

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48. 2009 Bowman Chrome Freddie Freeman AU #BCP101

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47. 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Andrew Benintendi AU #BCA-AB

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2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Andrew Benintendi Autograph




46. 2005 Bowman Chrome Justin Verlander RC AU #331

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45.2018 Bowman Chrome Kristian Robinson AU #BCPA-KR

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44. 2016 Bowman Chrome Victor Robles AU #CPA-VR

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43. 2016 Bowman Chrome Draft Bo Bichette AU #CDA-BOB

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42. 2016 Bowman Chrome Alex Bregman AU #CPA-AB

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2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Alex Bregman




41. 2018 Bowman Chrome Luis Robert AU #CPA-LR

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2018 Bowman Chrome Luis Robert Autograph




40. 2018 Bowman Chrome Draft Nolan Gorman AU #CDA-NG

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2018 Bowman Chrome Draft Autographs Nolan Gorman




39. 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Rookie Autographs Yasiel Puig #CRA-YP

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38. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Buster Posey AU #BDPP128

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2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Buster Posey Autograph




37. 2018 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Ronald Acuna Jr. #BCRA-RA

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36. 2017 Bowman Chrome Royce Lewis AU #CDA-RL

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2017 Bowman Chrome Draft ROyce Lewis Autograph




35. 2011 Bowman Chrome Paul Goldschmidt AU #BCP99

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34. 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Javier Baez AU #BCAP-JBA

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33. 2016 Bowman Chrome Draft Pete Alonso AU #CDA-PA

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2016 Bowman Chrome Draft Pete Alonso Autograph




32. 2015 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Kris Bryant #BCAR-KB

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31. 2016 Bowman Chrome Yoan Moncada AU #CPA-YM

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30. 2012 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Bryce Harper #RA-BH

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29. 2018 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Rhys Hoskins #CRARH

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28. 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Christian Yelich AU #BDPP78

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2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Christian Yelich Autograph




27. 2015 Bowman Chrome Cody Bellinger AU #BCAP-CBE

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2015 Bowman Chrome Cody Bellinger Autograph




26. 2017 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Aaron Judge #CRA-AJ

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25. 2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Corey Seager AU #BCA-CS

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2012 Bowman Chrome Corey Seager Autograph




24. 2014 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant AU #BCAP-KB

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2014 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant Autograph




23. 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Francisco Lindor AU #BCAP-FL

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2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Francisco Lindor Autograph




22. 2015 Bowman Chrome Gleyber Torres AU #BCAPGT

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21. 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Manny Machado AU #BDPP80

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20. 2017 Bowman Chrome Eloy Jimenez AU #CPA-EJ

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2017 Bowman Chrome Eloy Jimenez Autograph




19. 2016 Bowman Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr. AU #CPA-FT

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2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Fernando Tatis Jr




18. 2018 Bowman Chrome Russell Wilson AU #BCPA-RW

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2018 Bowman Chrome Autographs Russell Wilson




17. 2010 Bowman Chrome Nolan Arenado AU #BCP91

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2010 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Nolan Arenado




16. 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft Jo Adell AU #CDA-JA

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2017 Bowman Chrome Draft Jo Adell Autograph




15. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Clayton Kershaw AU #BDP26

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2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Clayton Kershaw Autograph




14. 2013 Bowman Chrome Carlos Correa AU #BCP-CC

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2013 Bowman Chrome Carlos Correa Autograph




13. 2016 Bowman Chrome Juan Soto AU #CPA-JS

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2016 Bowman Chrome Juan Soto Autograph




12. 2014 Bowman Chrome Mookie Betts AU #BCAP-MB

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2014 Bowman Chrome Mookie Betts Autograph




11. 2018 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Shohei Ohtani #BCRA-SO

Found in 2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball.

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10. 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Kris Bryant AU #BCA-KB

Included in several 2014 Bowman products.

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2013 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant Autograph 350




9. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton AU #BDPP115

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2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Giancarlo Stanton Autograph




8. 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Clayton Kershaw AU #84

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2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Clayton Kershaw Autograph




7. 2018 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Shohei Ohtani #CRA-SO

Found in 2018 Bowman Baseball.

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2018 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Shohei Ohtani



 


6. 2017 Bowman Chrome Ronald Acuna Jr. AU #CPA-RA

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2017 Bowman Chrome Ronald Acuna Autograph




5. 2016 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. AU #CPA-VG

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2016 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr Autograph




4. 2011 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper AU #BCP111

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2011 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper Autograph




3. 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Aaron Judge AU #BCA-AJ

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2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Aaron Judge Autograph




2. 2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols RC AU #340 /500

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2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols Rookie Card




1. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout AU #BDPP89

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2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Autograph



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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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3 comments

  1. Kerry Orton 23 April, 2019 at 12:10

    Nice piece, Ryan. Sadly, I only own 1 of these autos, and it is not even one that I plan to keep! (#40)

    • Ryan Cracknell 24 April, 2019 at 14:20

      @Kerry – Thanks! You’ve got one more than me. I think my “best” Chrome autograph is Ron Calloway.

  2. Eric 23 April, 2019 at 14:39

    It is great to see Kristian Robinson on the list and in front of some potential HOF. 2018 Bowman Chrome is where his autograph can be found but they did not produce any color autos! There are limited amounts of his cards available on eBay. Was his 1st bowman auto short printed like Jo Adell in 2017?!

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