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2022 Bowman’s Best Baseball: The 2022 Bowman Product Calendar Ends On A Premium Note

2022 bowmans best

A bit late to the game for a 2022 release, Bowman’s Best helps close the door on the 2022 Bowman product line. But after the delays, what can collectors expect to find in 2022 Bowman’s Best?

2022 Bowman’s Best release date & release formats

The release date for 2022 Bowman’s Best is scheduled for March 8, 2023 (subject to change). This product has gone through multiple delays, but hopefully is finally here.

Collectors will find 4 card per hobby pack in 2022 Bowman’s Best. Hobby boxes contain two mini-boxes of 6 packs each (12 total packs). Cases contain 8 hobby boxes per case.

Hobby boxes of 2022 Topps Bowman’s Best contain 4 Chrome autographed cards per box.

Pre-sale prices of 2022 Topps Bowman’s Best are in the $225-240 range.

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2022 Bowman’s Best base set & design

The 2022 Bowman’s Best base set consists of 100 cards. The checklist consists of a mix of current stars and top prospects.

The base design features stylized background with a player photo. The other elements, such as player name, team logo, and Bowman’s Best logo, are fairly minimalistic, in a manner that lets the player photo and background design lead the way.

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2022 Bowman’s Best parallels

As one would expect with any modern Bowman release, this one is packed full of parallels, with a wide range of colors and print runs. There are some very tough pulls that promise real value, especially if you pull a popular player.

The parallel offerings in the set include:

  • Refractor – 1 per pack
  • Atomic Refractors – 1:12 packs
  • Mini-Diamond Refractors – /299
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Aqua Lava Refractors – /199
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Green Mini-Diamond Refractors – /99
  • Gold Lava Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /10
  • Red Lava Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2022 Bowman’s Best Green Mini Diamond Refractor

2022 Bowman’s Best inserts

A number of insert sets liven up the 2022 Bowman’s Best, giving one more item to chase beyond the parallels and autographs. There are some fun themes here, adding a bit of fun to the chase.

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Prospective Royalty

With a focus on top prospects who may graduate to become major league royalty, these are seeded 1:3 packs. Parallels include Atomic Refractors (one per case), Lava Refractors (/50) and Superfractors (1/1).

Bowman UFO

Seeded 1:6 packs, these have a “neon lights” look and highlight players known for putting the ball into orbit.

Parallels include Atomic Refractors (one per case), Lava Refractors (/50) and Superfractors (1/1).

2022 Bowman’s Best Bowman UFO

Elements of Excellence

Blending the basic elements of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire with baseball skills like Defense, Power, Pitching, and 5-tool players. These are seeded 1:6 packs and build a mini puzzle when you collect all four elements.

Parallels include Atomic Refractors (one per case), Lava Refractors (/50) and Superfractors (1/1).

Global Impact Die-Cut

Seeded 1:12 packs, this insert set highlight stars from around the globe.

Parallels include Atomic Refractors (one per case), Lava Refractors (/50) and Superfractors (1/1).

2022 Bowman’s Best Global Impact

Bowman Masterpieces

With an Art Deco-inspired design, these are the toughest insert pull in the product, at 1:18 packs.

2022 Bowman’s Best Bowman Masterpieces

2022 Bowman’s Best autographs

With four autographs per hobby box, autographs are a big part of the 2022 Bowman’s Best product.

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Best of 2022 Autographs

With a checklist consisting of a mix of veterans and prospects, the Best of 2022 Autographs is the largest autograph offering in the product.

Parallels include:

  • Refractors
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Gold Lava Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Atomic Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /10
  • Red Lava Refractors – /5
  • Printing Plates – 1/1
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2022 Bowman’s Best Best of 2022 Auto Gold Lava Refractor

Dual Autographs

These are one tough pull with only 25 copies of each base card. Atomic Refractors (/10) and Superfractors (1/1) parallels are even tougher.

Prospective Royalty, Bowman UFO, Global Impact Die-Cut

Autograph versions of the insert sets. Varied print runs.

Parallels include Lava Refractors (/50), Atomic Refractors (/25), and Superfractors (1/1).

Bowman Masterpieces & Elements of Excellence

Autographed copies of the two harder to pull insert series. Serial numbered to 99 copies each, with 1/1 Superfractors parallels.

2022 Bowman’s Best value

Containing only 12 cards (including 4 autographs) per box at a cost of up to $20 per card, this is a somewhat premium product. But what can prior boxes tell us about the potential future value of these in a “buy and hold” scenario?

YearRecent Comp Price
2022$225-240
2021$230-260
2020$240-315
2019$450-600

These prices suggest at least a solid potential for these to hold or gain value if kept unopened.

What about when opened? A look at sales of singles from 2021 shows that some key cards sell for $1,000+, especially in high-grade slabs. Think names like Bobby Witt Jr., Julio Rodriguez, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Wander Franco.

Quite a few more sell for over $500, with even more in the $200-400 range. So, there is value to be found here, although it’s not guaranteed.

There are plenty of 2021 Bowmans’ Best cards, including Refractors and Autographs, that have sold for next to nothing, including under $1. But if the gamble is attractive to you, and you understand the risks, this could be a box with some potential payback.

Final thoughts on 2022 Bowman’s Best

A high-end product with some interesting parallels, inserts, and autographed offerings, 2022 Bowman’s Best is going to be popular with collectors. With 4 autographs per box and a shot at some strong value, this is a box that may be worth purchasing, whether you plan to break it or buy and hold.

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2022 Bowman’s Best Checklist

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Mike D.

Mike D

Mike D. has collected cards for over 35 years, since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. His fandom,  collecting interests, and contributions to Cardlines center around baseball in general and the Baseball Hall of Fame specifically.

Mike's collecting focus is centered on graded cards, mostly rookie cards, of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Lately, he's been enjoying dabbling in graded minor league cards. A collector/investor with a "buy and hold" approach, Mike takes the long-term view with his collection.
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