In late-April Topps offered customers a chance at ordering a special product tied in to the forthcoming 2020 Bowman release: 2020 Bowman 1st Edition. Topps sold these in packs of 10 cards exclusively on their website: topps.com. Each pack retailed for $14.99 which averages out the $1.50/card. Not bad in my opinion for an online exclusive. I decided to order 10 packs of this product. Anyone who knows me knows that Bowman is one of my favorite releases of the year, along with Topps Pro Debut and Bowman Draft. So I had to go for this product.
The ordering process was excruciatingly difficult, it took me close to 90 minutes of refreshing and waiting to actually get my order processed. I didn’t just sit around hitting refresh wasting my time, I wasn’t about to do that. During my attempts, I was busy sorting cards and reorganizing my office, so it was actually a productive time. Finally, I received the order success screen and I was done.
This was when the real waiting game began. I paid to have my 10 packs shipped FedEx Ground instead of SmartPost which would have been free shipping. My thought was that I would have gotten the cards faster. Maybe I did get them faster, but I’m not sure. The FedEx center in my area has been backed up for weeks so it took an extra 3 or 4 days to get the package form Topps. No matter, the packs finally arrived on Friday, May 15th.
I was really excited to open this product. The 2020 Bowman 1st Edition features the 150 card prospect set from 2020 Bowman with a special 1st Edition logo on the front of the card. The numbering on the back is also different. Instead of being numbered BP1-BP150, they are numbered BFE1-BFE150. This product features some of the most sought after prospects Jasson Dominguez (Yankees), Bobby Witt, Jr. (Royals) and Robert Puason (Athletics).
Randomly inserted into packs are colored foil parallel cards. Here is a breakdown of these chase cards:
Sky Blue Foil – 1:2 packs
Blue Foil #/150 – 1:10 packs
Yellow Foil #/75 – 1:19 packs
Gold Foil #/50 – 1:28 packs
Orange Foil #/25 – 1:56 packs
Red Foil #/5 – 1:279 packs
Platinum Pattern Foil #/1 – 1:1,375 packs
Based on pack odds alone it appears as if Topps printed 206,250 packs or approximately 8,600 boxes of this product. This estimate puts the print run for each base card somewhere between 1,300 and 1,500.
As I mentioned I only picked up 10 packs of this product. In this recap I am going to go through each pack showing what I pulled. Pack #1: Top Prospects CJ Abrams (Padres) and Kristian Robinson (Diamondbacks) and a Sky Blue Foil of Aaron Ashby.
Pack #2: Cristian Javier (Astros) and Jhon Diaz (Rays) highlight this pack in which I also pulled a Jorge Mateo (Athletics) Sky Blue Foil.
Pack #3: This is where I pulled this biggest base card of the set: Jasson Dominguez (Yankees). I also got Julio Rodriguez (Mariners) and Luis Garcia (Nationals) out of the pack.
Pack #4: Andrew Vaughn (White Sox) and Hunter Greene (Reds) led off this pack. However, the best card was a Jorge Mateo (Athletics) Gold Foil Parallel #10/75.
Pack #5: This pack brought top prospects Tarik Skubal (Tigers), Dylan Carlson (Cardinals) and Ronny Mauricio (Mets).
Pack #6: Matt Manning (Tigers) and Drew Waters (Braves) were among the better prospects in the pack until I hit a Robert Puason (Athletics) and a Blue Foil Isaac Paredes (Tigers) 036/150.
Pack #7: Not a lot of fireworks in this pack, but Josh Jung (Rangers) and Miguel Amaya (Cubs) are the highlights.
Pack #8: Two of the San Francisco Giants Top Prospects were in this pack, Marco Luciano and Joey Bart. However, the highlight was Andrew Vaughn (White Sox) Sky Blue Foil.
Pack #9: Jarred Kelenic (Mariners) and Jo Adell (Angels) were the top picks in this pack. Gus Varland (Athletics) is an interesting prospect that could develop into a quality starter.
Pack #10: The final pack netted me Luis Robert (White Sox) and J.J. Bleday (Marlins). Also pulled a Cal Mitchell (Pirates) Sky Blue Foil.
This was a fun set of packs to open. I knew going into it that the chance of an autographed card was small, so I wasn’t disappointed when I didn’t pull one. As a collector I have been focusing more and more on building sets lately. I am still debating on whether or not I want to try to build this set. Right now I have about 94 of 150 cards. There are a couple more expensive cards I’ll need to get to complete the set.
With that said, I was very happy with my results from the 10 packs of 2020 Bowman 1st Edition. I pulled 2 of the big 3 1st Bowman cards from this set in Robert Puason and Jasson Dominguez. As for parallels, I seemingly beat the odds with 4 Sky Blue Foil parallels, 1 Blue Foil Parallel #/150 and a Yellow Foil #/75.
I really like the design of Bowman this year. It’s a clean look with a full white border around the picture. The mix of prospects that Topps included in this set is exciting. There are quite a few 1st Bowman Card logos scattered throughout the 150 cards highlighting the potential next generation of baseball players.