This year’s configuration for a hobby box: Two mini boxes, with six packs per mini-box and five cards per pack. Topps is promising a chrome autograph in each Bowman Chrome mini-box.
The base set contains 100 cards, and so does the prospects base set. In the hobby box I opened I received an even split, with 24 base and 24 prospect. There was even a split on parallels, as I pulled a pair of cards numbered to 499 of Eric Hosmer (base) and Helmis Rodriguez (prospect). There also was one purple refractor of Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, numbered to 250.
As promised, there were two autograph cards. The first one was an on-card signature of Dodgers minor-league second baseman Willie Calhoun, who played Double-A ball for Tulsa in 2016. Second auto was an on-card signature and refractor White Sox pitcher Jordan Stephens, numbered to 499. Fun fact about Stephens — he went to high school in Alvin, Texas, which is the hometown of Nolan Ryan.
Out of the Gate is a 10-card set that features rookies who made a big splash when they made it to the major leagues. The card I pulled was of Rays rookie pitcher Blake Snell.
The format may have changed a bit, but Bowman Chrome continues to deliver what prospect collectors and lovers of shiny cards want to see.