1. Card Design:
This year’s design is almost full-bleed with a hockey stick border on the right-hand side for the veterans and on the left-hand for the prospects. This design is similar to 2019 Topps Flagship, with horizontal stripes in the border. I like the design, it is a clean look with a solid font for the player’s name and in a few years, you will be able to look back and say that is 2019 Bowman. The card stock is thin and makes the cards feel cheap in hand.
2. Checklist Review:
This year’s base set is only 100 cards, down from the normal 150. There is a solid amount of star players in the base set, but there really isn’t a standout rookie in the 2019 class just yet. The prospects list boasts the 1st Bowman cards of Tampa Bay Rays’ prospect shortstop, Wander Franco, 2018 1st Round 2nd pick catcher Joey Bart and outfielder Marco Luciano of the San Francisco Giants. Also Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez seems to be a hot seller on eBay. There are currently just a few prospects to chase from this set, but time can change everything. This is a wait-and-see checklist for me.
Bowman is always one of the most sought-after sets each year. This year is no exception to that rule. Prospecting is blowing up to the point collectors are investing in every player, just not the top tier guys. The demand is always high for the product on release date and as the season goes that will slow a bit unless there is a breakout star. If that happens watch out and sell while the player is hot. Time will tell exactly how collectible this set really is compared to others. I believe there are already a few key guys in this set to make it a collectible one.
4. Favorite Parallel/Insert Set:
Not truly a parallel set per se, but my favorites are the chrome 1st Bowman cards of the prospects. They are the same cards as their paper base but finished with the chrome technology. I love these cards because if you don’t have the budget for an auto version this is the next best card. These cards seem to the one of the most desirable to collect of any player when they make it to stardom in the majors next to their Topps Flagship RC.
This is why collectors, speculators and ripper/flippers buy Bowman: CHROME AUTOS! It is pretty simple, 1st Bowman Chrome Autos are the kings of the market. The are 15 parallels to the base auto, so building a rainbow could be quite challenging but gorgeous once completed. There aren’t any relics in this release.
This is a pretty standard Bowman release that we have seen over the past decade. It’s full of hopes and dreams of hitting that next huge prospect auto. The base cards are on thin stock but have a solid design, there are a few known prospects in the set at the moment, but time tell us if this set is any good. My recommendation is to buy at your own risk knowing the ROI isn’t the best. I like to wait until December to pick these cards up on the secondary market.
Overall Score 4.2/5.0