The latest release of Bowman Draft Baseball features the game’s biggest prospects and many of the top draft selections from the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft.
Along with its mammoth base set, Bowman Draft 2021 Baseball includes a variety of parallels, inserts, and autographs. CardLines has all the details for the 2021 release!
If you haven’t already, check out the prospects you should know.
The Bowman Draft series started out at Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects in 2000. Topps initially released it as a factory set and included one autographed card. By 2002, Bowman dropped the factory set and transitioned the release into packs.
To add to the base set, Bowman included Chrome versions, refractors, and gold parallels. There were a few autographs and inserts, too.
Over the next decade, Bowman introduced new cards in their Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects releases. The prospects from the high school All-American Game, those in the Perfect Game Showcase, and players from the World Baseball Classic and the USA Baseball National Team were featured over the years.
By 2014, the annual prospect release became known simply as Bowman Draft. Any players who already made their big league debut were not included in the release, which eliminated rookie cards in the series. This was the start of Bowman Draft exclusively featuring the latest draftees and top minor league prospects.
The 2014 set mixed Bowman and Bowman Chrome cards, including autographs, parallels, and exclusive inserts. Similar to today’s Bowman Draft releases, the 2014 edition came in large configurations: hobby, jumbo, and super jumbo.
Top prospects with 1st Bowman Chrome Autographs are the big draw. These include #CDA-MM Marcelo Mayer, #CDA-HD Henry Davis, and #CDA-JLA Jordan Lawlar, the top three prospects from my recent Guide To 2021 Bowman Draft Prospects article.
The addition of a Hobby LITE box also offers a more affordable alternative to the pricey Hobby Jumbo and Super Jumbo boxes. There are no guaranteed autographs in the LITE boxes, but there are exclusive Black and White RayWave Refractors and plenty of chances for various parallels.
A few big names are missing from the 2021 Bowman Draft release, making the checklist a little lighter than it could be. Jack Leiter (No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 Draft and No. 12 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect list) and Kahlil Watson (No. 16 overall pick, No. 27 MLB Pipeline prospect) are two of the best prospects not featured in the 2021 Bowman Draft release.
The 2021 release of Bowman Draft Baseball came on December 31, 2021. As with previous editions, Jumbo and 2021 Bowman Draft Super Jumbo hobby boxes are available.
Additionally, there’s a new format for this release: 2021 Bowman Draft LITE boxes. These new LITE boxes offer many of the same parallels and refractors found in the hobby box, but are more affordable due to there being no guaranteed autograph in the LITE boxes.
Bowman is also continuing its release of Asia-exclusive boxes. There seems to be a delay with this product, but we’ll update this page when we hear more about the Asia-exclusive edition of 2021 Bowman Draft Baseball.
200 cards make up the base set for the 2021 release of Bowman Draft Baseball. There are a handful of inserts, parallels, and autographed cards. There are also image variations for select players, all of which are numbered to /99. A few are autographed.
Base Chrome Refractors:
There are four sets of inserts in the 2021 release. Bowman Draft Night, a new set for this release, features six first-round picks on the night of the 2021 MLB Draft. The photos used here are candid shots, some showing players with their new jersey over their dress shirt, putting on their team’s hat, or reacting to their selection.
Additionally, Franchise Futures returns to showcase top prospects for select teams. The Genesis set depicts top prospects in front of a galaxy-like background.
Last but not least are the Invicta inserts, which Beckett notes is a nod to prior Topps NFL and UFC releases. Nine of my top ten prospects for this release are featured in the Genesis and Invicta sets.
The first three inserts — Bowman Draft Night, Franchise Futures, and Genesis — come with parallels with the following odds: Refractors (/250), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1).
The Invicta set, showcasing the game’s most elite prospects, has slightly different parallels with the following odds: Atomic Refractors (/150), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25, hobby only), Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1).
All insert sets feature autographed cards from select players. Base inserts odds are out of /99, with a small number of autographed parallels for each card.
Autographs are the reason we rip. 86 players have chrome autographs, each with nearly 20 different parallels. Along with the inserts we mentioned above, there is also a set of Class of 2021 Autographs, All-American Game Autographs, and image variation autographs.
The list below shows all the details about the 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball autographs. You’ll find three in every Hobby Jumbo box and five in every Super Jumbo box.
Chrome Prospect Autographs:
Bowman Draft Night Autographs:
Franchise Futures Dual Autographs:
Bowman Invicta Autographs:
Class of 2021 Autographs:
All Bowman Draft Baseball sealed Hobby Jumbo boxes over the last six years have increased in value. 2016 Bowman Draft Baseball wax has nearly doubled in value because of its strong draft class. Pete Alonso, Bo Bichette, Kyle Lewis, and Gavin Lux all had 1st Bowman Draft Chrome Autographs in 2016.
Even if past releases didn’t have the strongest crop of prospects, they’ve held their value and then some.
|2015 Bowman Draft Baseball Hobby Jumbo||$595|
|2016 Bowman Draft Baseball Hobby Jumbo||$825|
|2017 Bowman Draft Baseball Hobby Jumbo||$680|
|2018 Bowman Draft Baseball Hobby Jumbo||$700|
|2019 Bowman Draft Baseball Hobby Jumbo||$600|
|2020 Bowman Draft Baseball Hobby Jumbo||$599|
Everyone is hoping to pull a Marcelo Mayer card. The Boston Red Sox were extremely lucky the shortstop was still available when their No. 4 overall pick rolled around. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Mayer has advanced knowledge of the strike zone, a smooth swing, and is a good defender.
Scouts compared Mayer to a combination of Corey Seager’s offense and Brandon Crawford’s defense. I would have liked to list Seager’s card values, but his only non-Chrome Bowman Draft card was as a 16-year-old with USA Baseball.
So, Dansby Swanson will have to do. He was selected with the first overall pick and received similar scouting grades to Mayer at the time of the draft.
All of the cards listed below are graded PSA-10. Swanson did not have an autographed card in the 2015 Bowman Draft release, so the autographed card listed below is from the 2015 Bowman Chrome set.
|2015 Bowman Draft – Dansby Swanson||$37|
|2015 Bowman Draft Chrome||$47|
|2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Purple Refractor /250||$111|
|2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Autograph||$131|
Bowman Draft Baseball is the release for collectors and investors who love prospects. There are tons of parallels, a few different inserts, and a variety of on-card autographs. The Hobby Jumbo and Super Jumbo boxes give investors the best chance of pulling the in-demand autographs.
The 2021 release also offers a solid option for collectors searching for a more reasonably priced, prospect-centered product.
Whatever your reason for ripping, these are the prospect you should keep your eye on: