2018 Bowman’s Best Baseball is kind of like the all-encompassing Bowman set of the season. That means it has the veterans, rookies and established prospects that Bowman and Bowman Chrome. It also highlights 2018 draft picks found in Bowman Draft. Autographs are also a major focus with four per hobby box.
Where things diverge are in the designs. Whereas Bowman and Bowman Chrome products typically have somewhat understated designs, 2018 Bowman’s Best Baseball has lots of color and design elements. And that’s before the Refractors come into play. It’s similar to the differences between Topps Chrome and Topps Finest.
Hobby boxes are packaged in as two mini boxes, each with six packs and a pair of autographs.
2018 Bowman’s Best Baseball Base Set and Top Prospects Overview
Similar to how a lot of other Bowman Baseball products are constructed, 2018 Bowman’s Best Baseball has both a main base set and a similar Top Prospects checklist.
These come with several types of Refractors for parallels. These include Atomic Refractors, which land one per hobby box. Among the others are basic Refractors, Purple (/250), Blue (/150), Green (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/10) and Superfractors (1/1).
All autographs in 2018 Bowman’s Best Baseball are done on-card.
Best of 2018 Autographs make up the majority of the signature content. Unlike Bowman Chrome autographs, which are virtually all prospects and rookies, veterans are included in the mix here.
Parallels come as Refractors, Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Atomic Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/10), Printing Plates (1/1) and Superfractors (1/1).
Dual Autographs (/25) also have hard signatures from both of the players. Atomic Refractors (/10) and Superfractors (1/1) are the parallels.
Regular inserts in 2018 Bowman’s Best Baseball are all new — except when they’re nods to the brand’s past.
1998 Best Performers go back 20 years to the line’s early days. The checklist includes current players and some from the past. It also has autographs and autograph parallels: Gold Refractors (/50), Atomic Refractors (/25) and Superfractors (1/1).
Other inserts include the prospect-driven Early Indications, the rookie-focused Neophyte Sensations and Power Producers.
Like other parts of the product, inserts come with parallels including Atomic Refractors, Gold Refractors and one-of-one Superfractors. Select Early Indications, Power Producers and Neophyte Sensations cards have autographed versions as well. For Early Indications Autographs, there are additional parallels similar to the 1998 Best Performers Autographs.
2018 Bowman’s Best Baseball at a glance:
Cards per pack: 5
Packs per box: 12 (two 6-pack mini boxes)
Boxes per case: 8
Set size: 70 cards
What to expect in a hobby box:
• Autographs – 4
• Atomic Refractors – 1
• Additional Refractors – 11