Bowman products have always been judged by rookie and prospect cards, and 2017 Bowman’s Best is no different. And the most popular Judge this year — Aaron Judge — will be one of the many young stars featured in this year’s set, which is set to be released the week of December 20.
2017 Bowman’s Best Basics
A master box will consist of two mini-boxes, and there will be six packs in each mini-box. There will be eight boxes in a case.
Each pack will contain four base cards and one base card refractor parallel. Topps is promising that each mini-box will contain two autograph cards, and a new feature — hard-signed Monograph Autograph cards — will be a case hit. Other items to find in an eight-box case include “more Atomic Refractors than ever before,” according to Topps preview material. Among them will be two Baseball America 2017 Dean’s List parallels, two 1997 Best Cuts parallels and a Mirror Image parallel.
Base cards, printed on Chromium stock, will include top veterans, young stars, rookies and prospects.
Parallels will be plentiful in this year’s set, with refractors, one Atomic Refractor per box, and refractor parallels in purple, blue, green, gold, orange (numbered to 25), red (10) and a 1/1 SuperFractor.
The Best of 2017 signature cards will highlight the game’s top veterans, rookies, draft picks and prospects of 2017 on chrome technology. Parallels will be in refractor form, with regular refractors, green, gold (numbered to 25), red (10) and SuperFractor (1/1). As an added twist, Dual Autographs will feature two subjects with a common theme. The autographs are hard-signed, and the Atomic Refractor parallel will debut and will be numbered to 10. 1/1 SuperFractor parallels also will be sprinkled throughout the product.
The Monochrome Autograph cards will feature the top first-round picks from the 2017 draft, along with top prospects and established veterans. Parallels will come in gold, Atomic (numbered to 25) and a 1/1 SuperFractor.
Three New Parallel Sets
2017 Bowman’s Best will contain four insert sets, with three of them making their debut. Returning is Mirror Image, featuring “thematic combinations” of prospects, draft picks and veterans. The new inserts include Baseball America’s 2017 Dean’s List. Baseball America will grade the game’s biggest prospects. The 1997 Best Cuts will travel back in time two decades to showcase today’s player on a ’97 card design. Raking Rookies, meanwhile, will feature the top performing rookies of this season. That means players like Judge and Cody Bellinger, to name a few.
All of these insert sets will have parallels — Atomic, gold and 1/1 SuperFractor. In addition, the three new insert sets will have low-numbered autograph parallel cards.
If Topps keeps to the release date, 2017 Bowman’s Best will offer a little slice of the summer game just as winter is settling in.