Bowman Baseball showcases some of the first cards from the game’s top prospects. Like the “RC” on Topps’ flagship release signifies the coveted rookie card, collectors and investors interested in prospects seek a player’s “1st” Bowman cards.
The goal with this page is to give our readers a central place to find information on recent Bowman Baseball releases. We will briefly summarize each release from 2013 to 2022 here and also give each release a grade and provide a best-to-worst ranking of recent releases in terms of prospects’ investment potential.
I’ve started with 2022 Bowman Baseball and am working backwards, so we will update this page as new articles are published. Here’s what to expect in each article:
Without further adieu, let’s take a look at what the last tens have brought collect from 1st Bowman releases.
The 2022 Bowman Baseball release features a handful of prospects featured in Baseball America’s Top 100 list. These include Jackson Chourio (#2), Elly De La Cruz (#20), Curtis Mead (#23), Colson Montgomery (#35), James Wood (#36), and George Valera (#42).
At the time I wrote this breakdown, Kahlil Watson was Baseball America’s #60 prospect. Watson struggled in 2022 and has fallen down a tier as of mid-October. Additionally, Baseball America did not have Jackson Chourio on their pre-season Top 100 list. After a breakout year, he is now their #2 prospect and someone I’d bump up to tier one.
The 2021 Bowman Baseball release holds multiple players who are currently on Baseball America’s Top 100 list, including Jordan Lawlar (#11), Marcelo Mayer (#12), Jackson Jobe (#67), Sal Frelick (#68), Henry Davis (#77), and Colton Cowser (#88).
There are also a few players who did not make my top 10 list at publishing that are worth considering, including shortstop Austin Martin, shortstop Cristian Hernandez, and catcher Joe Mack, who is tearing up the Arizona Fall League.
Bobby Witt Jr., Spencer Torkelson, and Jeremy Peña headlined the top of my prospect list in the 2020 Bowman Baseball release. Coming into the season, Baseball America ranked them as the #3, #5, and #72 prospects, respectively. By the time they released their updated rankings in September, these three players had graduated from prospect status.
The remaining prospects on my top 10 list are currently in the top half of Baseball America’s rankings. Here’s how they shake out: Jordan Walker (#7), Anthony Volpe (#10), Robert Hassell III (#22), Zac Veen (#26), Max Meyer (#29), Tyler Soderstrom (#31), Pete Crow-Armstrong (#46).
Both players had their 1st Bowman cards in this release. Julio Rodríguez, who will likely win the 2022 AL Rookie of the Year Award, CJ Abrams, Riley Greene, and Gunnar Henderson also have 1st Bowman cards in the 2019 release.
CardLines’ 2019 Bowman Baseball breakdown is coming soon. We will update this page upon publishing.
Young slugger Yordan Alvarez and flamethrower Hunter Greene are two top players in the 2018 Bowman Baseball release. Jonathan India, the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year, is also featured in this set, along with Luis Robert, Jarred Kelenic, Alec Bohm, and Shane McClanahan.
There’s also a pair of second-generation ballplayers — Griffin Conine and Kody Clemens — in 2018 Bowman Baseball.
CardLines’ 2018 Bowman Baseball breakdown is coming soon. We will update this page upon publishing.
Ronald Acuña Jr. is the headliner of the 2017 Bowman Baseball class, but Jazz Chisholm Jr., Royce Lewis, Jo Adell, and Jeter Downs also provide solid chases.
This release also features a few pitchers that give the general investment approach of hitters-over-pitchers a run for its money — Sandy Alcantara, Shane Baz, and MacKenzie Gore.
CardLines’ 2017 Bowman Baseball breakdown is coming soon. We will update this page upon publishing.
The 2016 Bowman Baseball class is the deepest class of the past decade. Fernando Tatis Jr., Vladimir Guererro Jr., Juan Soto, Bo Bichette, Oneil Cruz, and Pete Alonso all have 1st Bowman cards in the 2016 release.
Because the 2016 class is so stacked, there will be players who don’t make my top 10 but are still All-Stars and worthy of your attention.
CardLines’ 2016 Bowman Baseball breakdown is coming soon. We will update this page upon publishing.
The 1st Bowman prospects in the 2015 Bowman Baseball release fly under the radar, especially when compared to the year that followed. Kyle Tucker, Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Cody Bellinger headline the 2015 release.
CardLines’ 2015 Bowman Baseball breakdown is coming soon. We will update this page upon publishing.
Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, Kris Bryant, Trea Turner, and Jacob deGrom are the most notable names in the 2014 Bowman Baseball release.
CardLines’ 2014 Bowman Baseball breakdown is coming soon. We will update this page upon publishing.
A few months ago, you could pick up a 2013 Bowman Baseball hobby box for about $400. After Aaron Judge’s record-setting 2022 season, however, the price tag has more than doubled. Along with Judge, Byron Buxton, Christian Yelich, and Tim Anderson also have 1st Bowman cards in 2013 Bowman Baseball.
CardLines’ 2013 Bowman Baseball breakdown is coming soon. We will update this page upon publishing.
Below is a ranking, from best to worst, of the prospect classes in recent Bowman Baseball releases. Although each release features talented players, 2016 Bowman Baseball takes the top spot for the release with the biggest investment potential.
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