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A Review Of 2022-23 Bowman Chrome University Basketball, Which Includes A Wemby Auto [Checklist Added]

wemby auto 2022-23 bowman university basketball

Bowman Chrome University Basketball 2022-23 is returning again this season with some big names and some changes to the brand. Here’s our analysis of the good, the bad, and the questions that are yet to be answered.

This product is set to release on June 6, 2023. 

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2022-23 Bowman Chrome University Basketball product introduction 

Bowman Chrome University Basketball launched for the first time in 2021-22, and it has been met with a lukewarm reception. That box, which was pre-ordering for around $200, now resells for less than $50.

This season ushers in some important changes. For one, the cards are now licensed, meaning they can feature the college mascots, logos, and team names. While college cards are never going to be better than NBA cards, these do at least look 10x better than last year’s version.

Nick Smith Jr. 2023 Bowman University

Second, Bowman shucked the “university” aspect and features a crop of prospects whether they played college basketball or not. And that’s a great thing since four or five of the top picks are either international or G-Leaguers.

Note that this product doesn’t have a G-League License, as the NCAA cards have logos while the G-League do not.

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And yes, that means this will be the first licensed autograph cards of Victor Wembanyama from a basketball set (there were a few in the Bowman University Inception Release). And, for that matter, Caitlin Clark has an autograph in this product, too. Topps is riding the wave of what’s hot, no doubt. 

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What to expect from 2022-23 Bowman Chrome University Basketball

Bowman Chrome University maintains the same basic makeup as the previous year’s: Each box offers 4 cards per pack and 24 packs per box.

It’s quite a few cards, especially since they’re all essentially rookie cards (or even pre-rookie cards, for a select few), but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll age well.

Chris Livingston Skyscraping Bowman U 2023

What’s in each box? Per Topps, expect to find

  • (2) Autograph Cards
  • (4) 2009 Bowman Insert Cards
  • (3) Skyscraping Insert Cards
  • (2) Bowman Invicta Insert Cards
  • (1) Chrome Shimmer Parallel
  • (4) Refractor Parallels
  • (2) Colored Parallels/Image Variations 

We do not have a release price yet for the hobby, but Blasters are pre-ordering for $30, so we can guess it will be $200+. That said, the first Wembanyama autos will surely cost a fortune, so we’ll just have to see. 

And a note on the release year: in the future when we’re looking back on this product, it might be a bit confusing that this is the Wemby year. Most basketball fans know 2003-04 to be the LeBron rookie year, and in the same way, 2023-24 could become an iconic Wemby rookie year.

Just bear that in mind since this is a 2022-23 product. The green parallel of this card is making waves for the Topps Ultimate Collectors Experience, which is going to award a one-of-a-kind “first-ever signed” Wemby card to one lucky winner.

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Victor Wembanyama 2022-23 Bowman Chrome University Basketball

2022-23 Bowman Chrome University Basketball

The inserts are about the same as last year, but none of them are money-makers. “2009 Bowman” falls 1:6 packs (I love having odds back) and “honors the ’09-10 design, which was an homage to 1948 Bowman Basketball, the first traditional basketball card product.” So yes, this is a design based on a design, based on a design. Makes sense. 

Skyscraping features skyscrapers and high-flying young stars. Nothing groundbreaking here.

The big money will be in the autographs and low-numbered parallels. Autographs include base autographs, plus Prime Signatures, and hobby-exclusive Invicta Autographs (#/99) and The Big Kahuna Autographs (#’d).

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Caitlin Clark 2022-23 Bowman Chrome University Basketball

From Topps, the base parallels include:

  • Refractor– 1:6 Packs
  • Shimmer Refractor – 1 per Hobby Box – Hobby Exclusive!
  • Purple Refractor Parallel – #’d to 399
  • Aqua Refractor Parallel – #’d to 299
  • Blue Refractor Parallel – #’d to 199
  • Fuchsia Mini-Diamond Refractor – #’d to 150
  • RayWave Refractor – #’d to 100
  • Green Refractor – #’d to 99
  • Green Shimmer Refractor – #’d to 99 – Hobby Exclusive!
  • Yellow Refractor – #’d to 75
  • Gold Refractor – #’d to 50
  • Gold Shimmer Refractor – #’d to 50 – Hobby Exclusive!
  • Orange Refractor – #’d to 25
  • Orange Shimmer Refractor – #’d to 25 – Hobby Exclusive!
  • Red Shimmer Refractor – #’d to 10 – Hobby Exclusive!
  • Red Refractor – #’d to 5
  • Black Shimmer Refractor – #’d 1-of-1 – Hobby Exclusive!
  • SuperFractor – #’d 1-of-1
  • Base Set Image Variations

The Autograph Parallels look like this:

  • Refractor – #/499
  • RayWave Refractor – #/199
  • Green Refractor – #/99
  • Yellow Refractor – #/75
  • Gold Refractor – #/50
  • Gold Lava Refractor – #/50 (Hobby)
  • Orange Refractor – #/25
  • Orange Shimmer Refractor – #/25 (Hobby)
  • Red Refractor – #/5
  • Red Shimmer Refractor – #/5
  • SuperFractor – 1/1

I’m going to assume that since the basic orange refractor auto /25 isn’t marked as “hobby” by Topps it can be pulled from blasters. That makes retail shopping a bit of fun! Imagine hitting a /25 Wemby out of your local Walmart

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Drew Timme 2022-23 Bowman Chrome University

Investing in Bowman Chrome University 2022-23

For the sake of this section, we’re going to assume a release price of around $200 – $250.

Given last year’s product’s crash in price, there’s not an amazing case to be made for investing in this one. Maybe it was the rookie class and not having Paolo autos, but football suffered too – it was released at $250 and is reselling for less than $100 now.

Upon the time of writing this (5/11), the highest-selling recent sales for 2021-22 Bowman Chrome University basketball on eBay was the Chet Superfractor auto, which sold for $1000, and the Shaedon Sharpe Big Kahuna SSP auto that sold for $300. 

$300 is not good as the second-highest-selling card for an entire brand over the last 90 days.

So what does this mean? 

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Investing in Bowman Chrome University wax boxes

Given the drop of the 2021-22 basketball and football boxes, which both lost over half of their pre-order value over the last year, there’s no way we can recommend investing in this sealed product.

While adding an NCAA  license and a Wemby auto will definitely help Bowman U keep its value this year, it won’t gain value. 

Buying sealed products is a long-term investment, and college cards are never going to be a good long-term hold since the NBA-licensed cards will come out before you’re ready to flip what you own. It’s an easy stay-away for long-term holds.

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Investing in rookies

There’s a 0.1% chance that when Fanatics becomes the NBA-licensed cards and takes over from Panini, somehow these Bowman 1st cards become very collectible, like Bowman baseball, and prospect cards are suddenly worth vast sums of money.

Don’t count on it. My gut (and the dismal performance from autos in the previous year of this product) tells me that Bowman University Chrome basketball is a stay-away for long-term rookie investing, too. 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t make money off this product…

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Bottom line: The best thing to do might be… rip

If you’re looking to make money off this product, your best bet would be to open the box and be one of the first to market with the rookie autographs therein.

If you’re lucky enough to hit a nice Wemby, it could be life-changing. If not, you’re probably going to recoup half your investment.  But if you can live with that and want a little rush, ripping a box might actually be the best move.

Of course, a financial advisor (even one that’s pro-sports cards) would say this box should be a stay-away, and it really should be, but if you want to roll the dice and rip this affordable box while chasing the first chrome auto of generational talent, then go right ahead. Just don’t spend anything you can’t afford to lose. 

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2022-23 Bowman Chrome University Basketball checklist

A full searchable checklist of the 2022-23 Bowman Chrome University Basketball product:

2022-23 Bowman Chrome U Basketball

wdt_ID Set Card Number Player School 1st Bowman?
1 Bowman Chrome Prospects 1 Nick Smith Jr. Arkansas® 1st Bowman
2 Bowman Chrome Prospects 2 Collin Chandler High School 1st Bowman
3 Bowman Chrome Prospects 3 Mikey Williams High School
4 Bowman Chrome Prospects 4 Ayanna Patterson Uconn® 1st Bowman
5 Bowman Chrome Prospects 5 Aliyah Boston University of South Carolina® 1st Bowman
6 Bowman Chrome Prospects 6 Devin Carter Providence™ 1st Bowman
7 Bowman Chrome Prospects 7 Caroline Ducharme Uconn® 1st Bowman
8 Bowman Chrome Prospects 8 Roddy Gayle Jr. Ohio State® 1st Bowman
9 Bowman Chrome Prospects 9 Tyger Campbell UCLA® 1st Bowman
10 Bowman Chrome Prospects 10 RJ Davis UNC®
11 Bowman Chrome Prospects 11 Brice Sensabaugh Ohio State® 1st Bowman
12 Bowman Chrome Prospects 12 Rasir Bolton Gonzaga™ 1st Bowman
13 Bowman Chrome Prospects 13 Chris Livingston Kentucky® 1st Bowman
14 Bowman Chrome Prospects 14 Jarace Walker Houston 1st Bowman
15 Bowman Chrome Prospects 15 Tyrese Hunter Texas 1st Bowman
16 Bowman Chrome Prospects 16 Adam Flagler Baylor® 1st Bowman
17 Bowman Chrome Prospects 17 Keeshawn Barthelemy Oregon™ 1st Bowman
18 Bowman Chrome Prospects 18 Kyle Lofton Florida™ 1st Bowman
19 Bowman Chrome Prospects 19 PJ Hall Clemson® 1st Bowman
20 Bowman Chrome Prospects 20 Femi Odukale Seton Hall™ 1st Bowman
21 Bowman Chrome Prospects 21 Makai Ashton-Langford Boston College® 1st Bowman
22 Bowman Chrome Prospects 22 Cam Whitmore Villanova® 1st Bowman
23 Bowman Chrome Prospects 23 Jared Bynum Providence™ 1st Bowman
24 Bowman Chrome Prospects 24 Kiki Rice UCLA® 1st Bowman
25 Bowman Chrome Prospects 25 Jalen Cook Tulane® 1st Bowman
26 Bowman Chrome Prospects 26 Timmy Allen Texas 1st Bowman
27 Bowman Chrome Prospects 27 Jared McCain High School
28 Bowman Chrome Prospects 28 Tyrese Proctor Duke® 1st Bowman
29 Bowman Chrome Prospects 29 KD Johnson Auburn® 1st Bowman
30 Bowman Chrome Prospects 30 Brandon Slater Villanova® 1st Bowman
31 Bowman Chrome Prospects 31 Will Richardson Oregon™ 1st Bowman
32 Bowman Chrome Prospects 32 Tre White USC 1st Bowman
33 Bowman Chrome Prospects 33 Judah Mintz Syracuse® 1st Bowman
34 Bowman Chrome Prospects 34 G.G. Jackson University of South Carolina® 1st Bowman
35 Bowman Chrome Prospects 35 Jaeden Zackery Boston College® 1st Bowman
36 Bowman Chrome Prospects 36 Hunter Dickinson Michigan®
37 Bowman Chrome Prospects 37 JJ Starling Notre Dame® 1st Bowman
38 Bowman Chrome Prospects 38 Seth Trimble UNC® 1st Bowman
39 Bowman Chrome Prospects 39 Jett Howard Michigan® 1st Bowman
40 Bowman Chrome Prospects 40 Brandon Murray Georgetown 1st Bowman
41 Bowman Chrome Prospects 41 Gradey Dick Kansas® 1st Bowman
42 Bowman Chrome Prospects 42 Trayce Jackson-Davis Indiana®
43 Bowman Chrome Prospects 43 JuJu Watkins High School 1st Bowman
44 Bowman Chrome Prospects 44 Armando Bacot UNC®
45 Bowman Chrome Prospects 45 Arterio Morris Texas 1st Bowman
46 Bowman Chrome Prospects 46 Julian Phillips Tennessee® 1st Bowman
47 Bowman Chrome Prospects 47 Kyle Filipowski Duke® 1st Bowman
48 Bowman Chrome Prospects 48 Mark Mitchell Duke® 1st Bowman
49 Bowman Chrome Prospects 49 Lauren Betts Stanford® 1st Bowman
50 Bowman Chrome Prospects 50 Caitlin Clark Iowa 1st Bowman
51 Bowman Chrome Prospects 51 Kijani Wright USC 1st Bowman
52 Bowman Chrome Prospects 52 Hansel Enmanuel High School 1st Bowman
53 Bowman Chrome Prospects 53 Demarr Langford Boston College® 1st Bowman
54 Bowman Chrome Prospects 54 DJ Horne Arizona State® 1st Bowman
55 Bowman Chrome Prospects 55 Skyy Clark Illinois™ 1st Bowman
56 Bowman Chrome Prospects 56 MJ Rice Kansas® 1st Bowman
57 Bowman Chrome Prospects 57 Jalen Hood-Schifino Indiana® 1st Bowman
58 Bowman Chrome Prospects 58 Anthony Black Arkansas® 1st Bowman
59 Bowman Chrome Prospects 59 Kendric Davis Memphis™ 1st Bowman
60 Bowman Chrome Prospects 60 Avery Anderson Oklahoma State® 1st Bowman
61 Bowman Chrome Prospects 61 Drew Timme Gonzaga™
62 Bowman Chrome Prospects 62 Ernest Udeh, Jr. Kansas® 1st Bowman
63 Bowman Chrome Prospects 63 Al-Amir Dawes Seton Hall™ 1st Bowman
64 Bowman Chrome Prospects 64 Posh Alexander St. John's™ 1st Bowman
65 Bowman Chrome Prospects 65 Race Thompson Indiana® 1st Bowman
66 Bowman Chrome Prospects 66 Khalif Battle Temple 1st Bowman
67 Bowman Chrome Prospects 67 Jalen Wilson Kansas® 1st Bowman
68 Bowman Chrome Prospects 68 Kel'el Ware Oregon™ 1st Bowman
69 Bowman Chrome Prospects 69 Amari Bailey UCLA® 1st Bowman
70 Bowman Chrome Prospects 70 Bruce Thornton Ohio State® 1st Bowman
71 Bowman Chrome Prospects 71 Kris Murray Iowa 1st Bowman
72 Bowman Chrome Prospects 72 Kamari Lands Louisville™ 1st Bowman
73 Bowman Chrome Prospects 73 Ashlyn Watkins University of South Carolina® 1st Bowman
74 Bowman Chrome Prospects 74 Oscar Tshiebwe Kentucky® 1st Bowman
75 Bowman Chrome Prospects 75 Jaden Schutt Duke® 1st Bowman
76 Bowman Chrome Prospects 76 Jeremy Roach Duke®
77 Bowman Chrome Prospects 77 Otega Oweh The University of Oklahoma® 1st Bowman
78 Bowman Chrome Prospects 78 Jalen Washington UNC® 1st Bowman
79 Bowman Chrome Prospects 79 Zach Edey Purdue™ 1st Bowman
80 Bowman Chrome Prospects 80 Brandon Miller Alabama® 1st Bowman
81 Bowman Chrome Prospects 81 Jordan Walsh Arkansas® 1st Bowman
82 Bowman Chrome Prospects 82 Malik Reneau Indiana® 1st Bowman
83 Bowman Chrome Prospects 83 Daron Holmes Dayton 1st Bowman
84 Bowman Chrome Prospects 84 Matas Buzelis High School 1st Bowman
85 Bowman Chrome Prospects 85 Jordan Hawkins Uconn® 1st Bowman
86 Bowman Chrome Prospects 86 Chance Westry Auburn® 1st Bowman
87 Bowman Chrome Prospects 87 LJ Cryer Baylor® 1st Bowman
88 Bowman Chrome Prospects 88 Mike Miles TCU® 1st Bowman
89 Bowman Chrome Prospects 89 Caleb Love UNC®
90 Bowman Chrome Prospects 90 Dajuan Harris Jr. Kansas® 1st Bowman
91 Bowman Chrome Prospects 91 Zion Cruz Depaul® 1st Bowman
92 Bowman Chrome Prospects 92 Vincent Iwuchukwu USC 1st Bowman
93 Bowman Chrome Prospects 93 Marcus Sasser Houston 1st Bowman
94 Bowman Chrome Prospects 94 Felix Okpara Ohio State® 1st Bowman
95 Bowman Chrome Prospects 95 Mark Armstrong Villanova® 1st Bowman
96 Bowman Chrome Prospects 96 Ryan Nembhard Creighton™ 1st Bowman
97 Bowman Chrome Prospects 97 Frankie Collins Arizona State® 1st Bowman
98 Bowman Chrome Prospects 98 Jaxon Kohler Michigan State® 1st Bowman
99 Bowman Chrome Prospects 99 Jalen Bridges Baylor® 1st Bowman
100 Bowman Chrome Prospects 100 Dereck Lively, II Duke® 1st Bowman
Set Card Number Player School 1st Bowman?
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