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Here’s What We Know About 2023 Bowman Chrome Baseball Right Now [Checklist Added]

2023 Bowman Chrome

2023 Bowman Chrome sold out within hours of going on pre-sale on Topps.com in mid-August. The release is sure to be popular with collectors who are looking to grab the next great 1st Bowman card.

But what do we know so far about 2023 Bowman Chrome? When will it drop? And what do we know about the hits?

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2023 Bowman Chrome release date & release formats

2023 Bowman Chrome will be released via two formats, Hobby Boxes and Hobby HTA. Hobby Boxes contain 12 packs of 5 cards per pack. Meanwhile, the Hobby HTA configuration consists of three autograph cards per box (no base).

While you will get nothing but autos in the HTA box, in the hobby box, Bowman guarantees two autographs for each box.

2023 Topps Chrome Hobby Boxes and Hobby HTA Boxes went live for pre-sale on August 15, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET. They sold out within roughly 3 hours of going live. Hobby boxes pre-sold for $269.99 from Topps.

Hobby HTA boxes clocked in at a pre-sale price of $329.99. Prices have been higher on the secondary market. Since the release date of 2023 Bowman Chrome on September 13, 2023, prices have been in the range of $320 for a Hobby box and $410 for Hobby HTA boxes.

2023 Bowman Chrome base set

The base set for 2023 Bowman Chrome consists of 200 cards. This is broken into two sections. Rookies and MLB veterans make up the first 100 cards. The other half of the set is pre-MLB prospects, most getting their 1st Bowman card.

Some of the key rookie cards and prospects included in the product are listed below.

Key Rookie CardsKey Prospect Cards
Gunnar Henderson
Adley Rutschman
Corbin Carroll
Anthony Volpe
Francisco Álvarez
Zach Neto
Edouard Julien
James Outman
Grayson Rodriguez
Ezequiel Tovar
Michael Harris II
Miguel Vargas
Oswald Peraza
Esteury Ruiz
Nolan Gorman
Vinnie Pasquantino
Bryce Miller
Taj Bradley
Logan O’Hoppe
Kodai Senga
Masataka Yoshida
Gabriel Moreno
Spencer Steer
Druw Jones
Ethan Salas
Jackson Holliday
Junior Caminero
Justin Crawford
Cam Collier
Roki Sasaki
Xavier Isaac
Jasson Domínguez
Marco Luciano
Spencer Jones
Brandon Mayea
Bryan Acuña
Jace Jung
Brooks Lee
Jackson Chourio
Luisangel Acuña

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2023 Bowman Chrome Base Set Design

One fun addition this year is “legend editions” of 1st Bowman cards. These basically provide a 1st Bowman card for players who never got one.

2023 Bowman Chrome 1st Bowman Legends Edition

2023 Bowman Chrome Superfractor duplicates

Since the release of 2023 Bowman Chrome, astute collectors have noticed that certain superfractors (1/1) from the release have shown up as duplicates in perhaps even triples in at least one card.. This is understandably alarmed collectors as the cards are very valuable as one-of-a-kind cards.

In response to the duplicates, Bowman Chrome has introduced a generous 2023 Bowman Chrome Superfractor buyback program, where collectors can exchange their cards for anywhere from $3,000 to $75,000 in cash, depending on the card.

2023 Bowman Chrome Baseball parallels

As with prior Bowman offerings, including 2023 Bowman, look for a rainbow of parallel offerings. Expect some parallels to be exclusive to Hobby and Hobby HTA offerings.

The parallel versions for the rookies and veterans include:

  • Refractors – /499
  • Fuchsia Refractors – /299
  • Aqua RayWave Refractors – /199
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Wave Refractors – /100
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Yellow Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

For the prospects, the parallels include:

  • Shimmer Refractors – 1:12 hobby packs
  • Refractors – /499
  • Speckle Refractors – /299
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Purple Shimmer Refractors – /250
  • Fuchsia Pink Vapor Wave Refractors – /199
  • Fuchsia Shimmer Refractors – /199
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Aqua Refractors – /125
  • Aqua Pink Vapor Refractors – /125
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Green Shimmer Refractors – /99
  • Yellow Refractors – /75
  • Yellow Orange Vapor Wave Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Shimmer Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Orange Shimmer Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Red Aqua Vapor Wave Refractors – /5
  • Shimmer Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2023 Bowman Chrome Parallels

Bowman Chrome 2023 inserts

The insert offerings in 2023 Bowman Chrome range from the rather easy to pull to the downright tough, and parallel versions further enhance the chase.

Bowman Iconic

Seeded 1:3 packs, these use imagery from 25 stars 1st Bowman cards. Parallels include Atomic Refractor (/50), Orange Refractor (/25), and 1/1SuperFractor.

2022 AFL Fall Stars

Featuring young stars who recently played in the Arizona Fall League. Seeded 1:6 packs, this set consists of 15 cards.  Parallels include Atomic Refractor (/50), Orange Refractor (/25), and 1/1 SuperFractor.

Also look for 2022 AFL MVP Short Print featuring AFL MVP Heston Kjerstad of the Baltimore Orioles (1:6,632 hobby packs). 1/1 SuperFractor parallels also available.

Prospect Process

New for 2023, this 20-card offering is seeded 1:12 packs and features top prospects in four colors. Parallels include Atomic Refractor (/50), Orange Refractor (/25), and 1/1 SuperFractor.

2023 Bowman Chrome Prospect Process Insert

It Came for the League

15 cards seeded 1:12 packs, featuring top prospects. Parallels include Mini-Diamond Refractors (/150), Orange Refractors (/25), and 1/1 SuperFractor.

Bowman Invicta

Seeded 1:24 packs and consisting of 24 subjects. Parallels include Atomic Refractor (/150), Gold Refractor (/50), Orange Refractor (/25), Red Refractor (/5) and 1/1 SuperFractor.

WBC Flag Refractor Variations

100 cards featuring players who appeared in the World Baseball Classic. Seeded 1:34 packs and serial numbered /499.

Parallels include:

  • Green Refractors – /99 (1:169 hobby)
  • Blue Refractors – /75 (1:223 hobby)
  • Gold Refractors – /50 (1:334 hobby)
  • Orange Refractors – /25 (1:666 hobby)
  • Red Refractors – /5 (1:3,323 hobby)
  • Superfractors – 1/1 (1:16,408 hobby)

Bowman Ascensions

Seeded 1:144 packs, these are a collaboration with artist Jeremy Fish. Parallels include Orange Refractor (/25) and 1/1 SuperFractor.

New for 2023 are “Super Limited” Base Set Retrofractor Variations and Hidden Gems.

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2023 Bowman Chrome Relics

AFL relics add another hit to chase in 2023 Bowman Chrome.

2022 AFL Relics

27 relic card featuring some of the most exciting young players in the game. Numbered out of 150 and seeded 1:412 hobby packs. Parallels include Orange Refractors (/25) and SuperFractor (1/1).

2023 Bowman Chrome Relic

2022 AFL Jumbo Relics

The same 27 cards numbered to just 10 copies each, featuring some of the most exciting young players in the game. Seeded 1:6,146 hobby packs. Parallels include Red Refractors (/5), Black Nike Logo (1/1), and Superfractors (1/1).

2023 Bowman Chrome Jumbo Relic

2023 Bowman Chrome autographs

Autographs, which fall two per Hobby Box or three per Hobby HTA Box (no base), are clearly one of the big hits in the 2023 Bowman Chrome product.

Chrome Prospect Autographs

The primary autograph offering in 2023 Bowman Chrome is the Chrome Prospects Autographs. These use the design of the base set but all autographs. These are seeded 1:11 hobby packs, and 2:1 HTA packs. The checklist is a deep one at 132 cards. This can be a good thing and a bad thing, as some of the deeper cuts on the checklist might not exactly thrill collectors.

The parallel versions offer a significant level of additional chase opportunities. These include:

  • Refractors – /499 (1:55 hobby, 1:4 HTA)
  • Speckle Refractors – /299 (1:92 hobby, 1:6 HTA)
  • Purple Refractors – /250 (1:110 hobby, 1:7 HTA)
  • Blue RayWave Refractors – /150 (1:183 hobby, 1:12 HTA)
  • HTA Choice Mojo Refractors – /150 (1:6 HTA; HTA only)
  • Atomic Variation Refractors – /100 (1:275 hobby, 1:17 HTA)
  • Green Refractors – /99 (1:278 hobby, 1:17 HTA)
  • Green Lava Refractors -/99 (1:8 HTA, HTA only)
  • Yellow Refractors – /75 (1:366 hobby, 1:23 HTA)
  • Gold Refractors – /50 (1:549 hobby, 1:34 HTA)
  • Gold Mini-Diamond Refractors – /50 (1:297 hobby; hobby only)
  • Shimmer Gold Refractors – /50 (1:16 HTA; HTA only)
  • Orange Refractors – /25 (1:594 hobby; hobby only)
  • Orange Wave Refractors – /25 (1:31 HTA; HTA only)
  • Shimmer Orange Refractors – /25 (1:594 hobby; hobby only)
  • Red Refractors – /5 (1:5,481 hobby, 1:334 HTA)
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5 (1:152 HTA; HTA only)
  • Shimmer Red Refractors – /5 (1:5,481 hobby, 1:334 HTA)
  • SuperFractors – 1/1 (1:27,300 hobby, 1:1,645 HTA)

Chrome Rookie Autographs

Featuring 12 of the hottest rookies in 2023, these are seeded 1:686 hobby packs or 1:42 HTA packs.

Parallels include:

  • Refractors – /499 (1:3,021 hobby, 1:185 HTA)
  • Blue Refractors – /150 (1:1,059 hobby, 1:65 HTA)
  • Green Refractors – /99 (1:1,603 hobby, 1:98 HTA)
  • Gold Refractors – /50 (1:3,177 hobby, 1:194HTA)
  • Orange Refractors – /25 (1:3,431 hobby; hobby only)
  • Red Refractors – /5 (1:31,208 hobby, 1:1,939 HTA)
  • SuperFractors – 1/1 (1:159,158 hobby, 1:9,048 HTA)

2022 AFL Fall Stars Autographs

9 subjects from the 2022 AFL Fall Stars insert set get ink. Odds are 1:1,341 hobby packs and 1:82 HTA packs. 1/1 SuperFractor parallels also available.

2022 AFL MVP Short Print Autographs

The Heston Kjerstad MVP insert gets the autograph treatment. This is a tough pull at 1:30,030 hobby packs or 1:1,851 HTA. Serial numbered out of 100.

2022 AFL Relics Autographs

The AFL Relic card of Luisangel Acuña gets an autograph on top of the relic. The card is numbered out of 50 and is seeded 1:2,274 hobby packs and 1:132 HTA. 1/1 SuperFractor parallels also available.

All-American Game Autographs

This four card set includes autographs of four top prospects. Serial numbered out of 199 copies. Seeded 1:3,790 hobby packs or 1:232 HTA packs.

Bowman Ascensions Autographs

15 top rookies from the Bowman Ascensions insert set get autographs. Seeded 1:1,437 hobby packs or 1:88 HTA packs. 1/1 SuperFractor parallels also available.

Bowman Iconic Autographs

One card from the Bowman Iconic insert set gets the ink upgrade, and it’s a good one. It’d be none other than all-time great Mike Trout. Numbered to 99 copies. Seeded 1:1,524 hobby packs or 1:93 HTA packs. Parallels include Orange Refractors (/25) and 1/1 SuperFractors.

Bowman Invicta Autographs

Five cards from the Bowman Invicta insert get signed versions that are numbered out of 99. Seeded 1:2,033 hobby packs or 1:124 HTA packs. Parallels include Gold Atomic Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), and 1/1 SuperFractors.

Chrome Autograph Relics

Five cards from the Chrome relics (including some big names) get autographed versions. Numbered out of 150 and seeded 1:629 hobby packs or 1:39 HTA packs. Parallels include Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25) and 1/1 SuperFractors.

2023 Bowman Chrome Autographed Relic

Color Run Rookie Variations Autographs

Featuring one card, of top prospect Jordan Walker of the St. Louis Cardinals. Serial numbered /25 and seeded 1:12,940 hobby packs. 1/1 SuperFractor parallels also available.

Prime Chrome Signatures

Also featuring only one card of a top prospect, in this case Jackson Holliday of the Baltimore Orioles. Serial numbered out of 50 and seeded 1:2,103 hobby packs or 1:123 HTA packs. Parallels include Orange Refractors (/25) and 1/1 SuperFractors.

Prospect Process Autographs

One card, again of top prospect Jackson Holliday of the Baltimore Orioles from the Prospect Process insert set gets a signed version. Numbered out of 99 and seeded 1:2,033 hobby packs or 1:124 HTA packs. Parallels include Orange Refractors (/25) and 1/1 SuperFractors.

Retrofractor Autographs

Featuring Hall of Famer Johnny Bench and numbered out of 50. Seeded 1:30,030 hobby packs or 1:1,851 HTA packs. Parallels include Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), and 1/1 SuperFractors.

Rookie Short Print Image Variations Autographs

Numbered to 2 cards and featuring two top rookies in Masataka Yoshida of the Boston Red Sox and Gunnar Henderson of the Baltimore Orioles. Seeded 1:12,058 hobby packs or 1:1:741 HTA packs. 1/1 SuperFractor parallels also available.

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New for 2023 Pearl Refractors

Special Pearl Refractor packs are seeded 1:10 hobby cases. These ultra-rare packs contain exclusive Pearl Refractors. These Bowman Chrome Pearl packs contain four cards, one base and three Prospects.

2023 Bowman Chrome value

There is no doubt that 2023 Bowman Chrome is a much-anticipated product. But how do Hobby Boxes hold their value over time? Let’s see what recent comps for the last few years can tell us.

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YearRecent Comp Price
2023$270 (pre-sell)
2022$300-325
2021$175-225
2020$250-275

Generally speaking, prior Bowman Chrome hobby boxes have held their value well. We haven’t seen any big returns, but generally, they hold value.

In terms of singles, Bowman Chrome is the type of product that can harbor some earth-shaking hits. A popular player, with a signature or a rare parallel, can bring big bucks. For example, a number of PSA 10 graded copies of top prospect Elly De La Cruz’s rarer 2022 Bowman Chrome parallels and have sold for over $25,000.

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Final thoughts (for now) on 2023 Bowman Chrome

While we don’t know all the details yet, we do know that 2023 Bowman Chrome is sure to be a popular release. Why is that?

The power of the 1st Bowman Chrome card is strong, as it’s typically one of a player’s most anticipated and valuable rookie cards. Add in a mix of parallels, autographs, and relics to chase, and there’s a lot to like about 2023 Bowman Chrome.

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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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