2016 Bowman’s Best Baseball is back after re-launching last year as the product again puts a bow on the Bowman brand for this year. Each case will include eight master boxes with each master box made up of two mini boxes. Mini boxes will consist of six packs. A total of four autographs will be in each master box.
The base set will include 100 cards; 65 veterans and rookies along with 35 prospects.
Here’s a look at what else to expect when Best arrives December 21. Boxes are available below as well.
2016 Bowman’s Best Insert Cards
A late-season arrival will mean Bowman’s Best will be able to include a few highlights from 2016. Stat Lines cards will focus on the key performances and notable events. Look for both veterans and youngsters.
A second insert will be the product of a collaboration between Bowman’s Best and Baseball America, one of the leading publications that ranks prospects. The two companies will produce a special insert called Prospect Forecast. These cards will include projections from Baseball America on call-up dates for some of the sport’s leading young stars.
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Retro fans will appreciate a nod to one of the company’s past issues. Bowman’s Best is dialing it back a bit to their design from 20 years ago for a third insert set. The 1996 Bowman’s Best inserts will include former legends and current players as well as current draft picks and prospects.
Also returning from 2015 is the popular Mirror Image insert. These cards will include various combinations of veteran players, key prospects, and 2016 MLB Draft selections.
2016 Bowman’s Best Parallels
Parallel cards will be issued for the Stat Lines, 1996 Bowman’s Best, Mirror Image, and Prospect Forecast insert cards. Orange and Atomic Refractors are both limited to only 25, Red to just five and there will be 1/1 SuperFractors as well. Low numbered autographed parallels for both the Stat Lines and Prospect Forecast sets will also be available.
In addition to the insert parallels, parallel refractors will also be printed for the base cards. Those will include Atomic, Green, Gold, Orange and Red as well as the elusive SuperFractors.
One Stat Lines Atomic Refractor, one Mirror Image Atomic Refractor and one 1996 Bowman’s Best Atomic Refractor will be included per case.
Four autographs will be included inside each master box and in addition to the aforementioned parallel autographed Stat Lines and Prospect Forecast cards, there will be three autograph sets – the Best of 2016, 1996 Bowman’s Best and dual autographed cards.
The Best of 2016 autographs will include a selection of some of the game’s top stars, prospects, rookies, and draft picks. Those cards will feature numerous parallel opportunities, including Refractors (sequentially numbered), Atomic Refractors (sequentially numbered to 25), Red (sequentially numbered to five), and the 1/1 SuperFractors.
The 1996 Bowman’s Best autographed cards will feature signatures on a replica of the 1996 Bowman’s Best design. Those, too, will give collectors a chance for parallels with the Atomic and SuperFractors.
Finally, dual autographs will include two players and signatures per card. There is only one parallel possibility here, but it’s a big one – the SuperFractor parallels limited to one per card.