Even if it is an expensive set. A blaster box costs $29.99, and collectors will receive six packs that contain 12 cards per pack. Topps is promising exclusive retail Green parallels in select boxes.
As far as the set configuration, collectors will not notice anything different. The set is divided into three distinct categories. Veterans and rookies comprise 100 base paper cards. There are also 150 Paper Prospects, with the designation of “1st Bowman” cards. There are also 150 Chrome versions of the 1st Bowman cards, designated as “BCP” in the overall checklist.
The blaster I bought had 34 base cards, plus 11 rookies and 10 Paper Prospect cards. On the chrome side there were 11 BCP cards.
I also pulled a Fuchsia Lava parallel of Cardinals outfield prospect Joshua Baez, a 1st Bowman card numbered to 199.
For rookie cards and 1st Bowman cards — including the Chrome cards — the company logo is flipped to the top right-hand corner and the “RC” designation is at the top left-hand corner.
The card backs for all three versions are horizontal, with the team logos in the upper right-hand corner of the card and the player’s name directly to the left of the logo. The type for the card backs are divided into three categories: Résumé, which gives highlights the player’s 2021 season and draft information, where applicable; Skills, which pays attention to the player’s ability; and Up Close, which provides personal information and personal details.
There are also statistics, with 2021 figures and career totals underneath.
Overall, a very crisp layout and design.
Hi-Fi Futures, which falls every six packs, contains 25 cards. It draws its inspiration from album cover art. The card I pulled was of Yankees outfielder Jasson Dominguez.
I pulled two Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 inserts. There are 100 cards in the set and they fall about every four packs. The cards I pulled were of Henry Davis and Hunter Greene.
Rookie of the Year Favorites is a 15-card insert that falls once every eight packs. I found a card of Rays rookie Vidal Brujan.
Virtuosic Vibrations is a 20-card insert that also can be once in every eight packs. The card I pulled was of Cubs outfielder Kevin Alcantara.
Bowman consistently whets the appetite of collectors who have an eye toward the future. The idea that one of these prospects or rookies could become a big star is a powerful lure. Despite the sticker shock on the blaster box, the 2022 Bowman set is clean, sharp and interesting.