If you follow prospects at all and are a baseball card collector in #thehobby, then today, December 9, 2020, is sort of like a national holiday. Topps releases it’s new 2020 Bowman Draft product and this is one prospect enthusiasts usually have keen interest in.
Aside from the Bowman Draft 1st Edition that was an online exclusive release 3 weeks ago (same look cards but they have a 1st edition logo on them), this annual Bowman Draft release is the major product that features recently drafted college/high school players on their first Bowman card, many of whom have chrome autographs as well.
The talk of the baseball hobby world right now is the chase for Spencer Torkelson‘s first officially MLB licensed cards which are in Bowman Draft. You want to know crazy? After 37 bids, one of Torkelson’s Bowman 1st Edition gold foil numbered to 50 cards sold on ebay just sold for $1,220.00. This was not even for an autographed card, yet the seller had expedited grading services and it was labeled BGS (Beckett Grading Services) 10 Pristine. You can scoop up one of Torkelson’s base 1st Edition cards for anywhere from $65-$85 as of press time. It will be interesting to see what his first Bowman Draft cards (not 1st Edition) from today’s new product start out at value-wise based on initial sales.
*UPDATE 12/11 – Check out the featured image of this article to see what the new Bowman Draft Torkelson looks like, which was pulled during Scott Greene’s half case draft break December 10th. Same card (different serial number /499) sold on ebay for $1,000 on 12/10.
Many of the big names in 2020’s MLB Draft have their 1st Bowman cards, including 18 of the top 20 picks. Of those 20, only Austin Martin and Mick Abel are not in this product. Hopefully their 1st Bowman cards will be in the 2021 Bowman release in April. Those who are in 2020 Bowman Draft:
Spencer Torkelson, 3B, Tigers – 1st overall pick
Heston Kjerstad, OF, Orioles – 2nd overall pick
Max Meyer, RHP, Marlins – 3rd overall pick
Asa Lacy, LHP, Royals – 4th overall pick
Emerson Hancock, RHP, Mariners – 6th overall pick
Nick Gonzales, SS, Pirates – 7th overall pick
Robert Hassell III, OF, Padres – 8th overall pick
Zac Veen, OF, Rockies – 9th overall pick
Reid Detmers, LHP, Angels – 10th overall pick
Garrett Crochet, LHP, White Sox – 11th overall pick
Austin Hendrick, OF, Reds – 12th overall pick
Patrick Bailey, C, Giants – 13th overall pick
Justin Foscue, 2B, Rangers – 14th overall pick
Ed Howard, SS, Cubs – 16th overall pick
Nick Yorke, 2B, Red Sox – 17th overall pick
Bryce Jarvis, RHP, Diamondbacks – 18th overall pick
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, NYM – 19th overall pick
Garrett Mitchell, OF, Brewers – 20th overall pick
Other first rounders who have their 1st Bowman cards: Jordan Walker, Cade Cavalli, Carson Tucker, Nick Bitsko, Jared Shuster, Tyler Soderstrom, Austin Wells, and Bobby Miller.
If you’re looking for some more detailed information about 2020 Bowman Draft, check out 1st Bowman Project. It’s a good resource to help people find players’ 1st Bowman cards going back to last year’s 2019 Bowman Draft release. You can find them on Twitter @BowmanFirst.
The entire 2020 Bowman Draft checklist including all base cards, autographs and inserts, can be found here.
2020 Bowman Draft boxes are hobby exclusive. That means this is not a product you can find on the shelves (or behind service counters these days) in your local Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Meijer, etc. You need to check with your local card store (LCS) or find some online. Shop around. You’ll probably find prices for jumbo hobby boxes (3 guaranteed chrome autos) anywhere from $300-$360, and then there are also super jumbo hobby boxes (5 guaranteed chrome autos) that are likely in the $475-$550 range.
To get into some affordable, at-cost, 2020 Bowman Draft card breaks, where you can pick the teams you want, follow me on Twitter @Scotty_Ballgame and my #ScottyBallgameBreaks website, and check out our Astros correspondent Kurt Moody’s @NonProfitBreaks account. We’ll both be ripping some new Bowman Draft over the next week or so.
Happy Draft hunting!