2008 Bowman Chrome

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2008 Bowman hobby box

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Description

2008 Bowman Chrome is a 220-card set supplemented by a 155-card Prospects set, released by Topps on August 14th, 2008. The last 45 cards in the Prospects set are autographed.

Each 18-pack Hobby box will yield one autograph.

Distribution

Hobby: 18 packs per box, four cards per pack (MSRP: $3)

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 220 - 2:1 2:1
Gimmicks 2 - ? ?
Refractors 221 - ? ?
X-Fractors 221 250 1:40 ?
Blue Refractors 221 150 1:66 ?
Gold Refractors 221 50 1:197 ?
Orange Refractors 221 25 1:393 ?
Red Refractors 221 5 1:1972 ?
SuperFractors 221 one-of-one 1:8308 N/A
Printing Plates 221 four for each 1:1382 N/A
Prospects 110 - 2:1 2:1
Prospects Refractors 110 500 1:40 ?
Prospects X-Fractors 110 275 1:79 ?
Prospects Blue Refractors 110 150 1:131 ?
Prospects Gold Refractors 110 50 1:393 ?
Prospects Orange Refractors 110 25 1:785 ?
Prospects Red Refractors 110 5 1:3924 ?
Prospects SuperFractors 110 one-of-one 1:16,694 N/A
Prospects Printing Plates 110 four for each 1:1132 N/A
Autographed Prospects 45 - 1:31 ?
Autographed Prospects Refractors 45 500 1:88 ?
Autographed Prospects X-Fractors 45 250 1:175 ?
Autographed Prospects Blue Refractors 45 150 1:295 ?
Autographed Prospects Gold Refractors 45 50 1:953 ?
Autographed Prospects Orange Refractors 45 25 1:1784 ?
Autographed Prospects Red Refractors 45 5 1:8549 ?
Autographed Prospects SuperFractors 45 one-of-one 1:40,216 N/A
Autographed Prospects Printing Plates 45 four for each 1:10,471 N/A
Head of the Class Dual Autograph 3 350 1:1773 ?
Head of the Class Dual Autograph Refractor 3 99 1:6298 ?
Head of the Class Dual Autograph Gold Fractor 3 50 1:12,823 ?
Head of the Class Dual Autograph SuperFractor 3 one-of-one 1:589,824 N/A

Checklist

Base Set

1 Ryan Braun

2 David DeJesus

3 Brandon Phillips

4 Mark Teixeira

5 Daisuke Matsuzaka

6 Justin Upton

7 Jered Weaver

8 Todd Helton

9 Adam Jones

10 Erik Bedard

11 Jason Bay

12 Cole Hamels

13 Bobby Abreu

14 Carlos Zambrano

15 Vladimir Guerrero

16 Joe Blanton

17 Paul Malholm

18 Adrian Gonzalez

19 Brandon Webb

20 Carl Crawford

21 A.J. Burnett

22 Dmitri Young

23 Jeremy Hermida

24 C.C. Sabathia

25 Adam Dunn

26 Matt Garza

27 Adrian Beltre

28 Kevin Milwood

29 Manny Ramirez

30 Javier Vazquez

31 Carlos Delgado

32 Torii Hunter

33 Ivan Rodriguez

34 Nick Markakis

35 Gil Meche

36 Garrett Atkins

37 Fausto Carmona

38 Joe Mauer

39 Tom Glavine

40 Hideki Matsui

41 Scott Rolen

42 Tim Linecum

43 Prince Fielder

44 Kazuo Matsui

45 Tom Gorzelanny

46 Lance Berkman

47 David Ortiz

48 Dontrelle Willis

49 Travis Hafner

50 Aaron Harang

51 Chris Young

52 Vernon Wells

53 Francisco Liriano

54 Eric Chavez

55 Phil Hughes

56 Melvin Mora

57 Johan Santana

58 Brian McCann

59 Pat Burrell

60 Chris Carpenter

61 Brian Giles

62 Jose Reyes

63 Hanley Ramirez

64 Ubaldo Jimenez

65 Felix Pie

66 Jeremy Bonderman

67 Jimmy Rollins

68 Miguel Tejada

69 Derek Lowe

70 Alex Gordon

71 John Maine

72 Alfonso Soriano

73 Ben Sheets

74 Hunter Pence

75 Magglio Ordonez

76 Josh Beckett

77 Victor Martinez

78 Mark Buehrle

79 Jason Varitek

80 Chien-Ming Wang

81 Ken Griffey, Jr.

82 Billy Butler

83 Brad Penny

84 Carlos Beltran

85 Curt Schilling

86 Jorge Posada

87 Andruw Jones

88 Bobby Crosby

89 Freddy Sanchez

90 Barry Zito

91 Miguel Cabrera

92 B.J. Upton

93 Matt Cain

94 Lyle Overbay

95 Austin Kearns

96 Alex Rodriguez

97 Rich Harden

98 Justin Morneau

99 Oliver Perez

100 Gary Matthews, Jr.

101 Matt Holliday

102 Justin Verlander

103 Orlando Cabrera

104 Rich Hill

105 Tim Hudson

106 Ryan Zimmerman

107 Roy Oswalt

108 Nick Swisher

109 Raul Ibanez

110 Kelly Johnson

111 Alex Rios

112 John Lackey

113 Robinson Cano

114 Michael Young

115 Jeff Francis

116 Grady Sizemore

117 Mike Lowell

118 Aramis Ramirez

119 Stephen Drew

120 Yovani Gallardo

121 Chase Utley

122 Dan Haren

123 Yunel Escobar

124 Greg Maddux

125 Garrett Anderson

126 Aubrey Huff

127 Paul Konerko

128 Dan Uggla

129 Roy Halladay

130 Andre Ethier

131 Orlando Hernandez

132 Troy Tulowitzki

133 Carlos Guillen

134 Scott Kazmir

135 Aaron Rowand

136 Jim Edmonds

137 Jermaine Dye

138 Orlando Hudson

139 Derrek Lee

140 Travis Buck

141 Zack Greinke

142 Jeff Kent

143 John Smoltz

144 David Wright

145 Joba Chamberlain

146 Adam LaRoche

147 Kevin Youkilis

148 Troy Glaus

149 Nick Johnson

150 J.J. Hardy

151 Felix Hernandez

152 Gary Sheffield

153 Albert Pujols

154 Chuck James

155 Kosuke Fukudome RC

156 Eric Byrnes

157 Brad Hawpe

158 Delmon Young

159 Brian Roberts

160 Russell Martin

161 Hank Blalock

162 Yadier Molina

163 Jeremy Guthrie

164 Chipper Jones

165 Johnny Damon

166 Ryan Garko

167 Jake Peavy

168 Chone Figgins

169 Edgar Renteria

170 Jim Thome

171 Carlos Pena

172 Dustin Pedroia

173 Brett Meyers

174 Josh Hamilton

175 Randy Johnson

176 Ichiro

177 Aaron Hill

178 Corey Hart

179 Jarrod Saltalamacchia

180 Jeff Francoeur

181 Derek Jeter

182 Curtis Granderson

183 James Loney

184 Brian Bannister

185 Carlos Lee

186 Pedro Martinez

187 Asdrubal Cabrera

188 Kenji Johjima

189 Jacoby Ellsbury

190 Ryan Howard

191 Sean Rodriguez (RC)

192 Justin Ruggiano RC

193 Jed Lowrie (RC)

194 Joey Votto (RC)

195 Denard Span (RC)

196 Brad Harman RC

197 Jeff Niemann (RC)

198 Chin-Lung Hu (RC)

199 Luke Hochevar RC

200 German Duran (RC)

201 Troy Patton (RC)

202 Hiroki Kuroda RC

203 David Purcey (RC)

204 Armando Galarraga RC

205 John Bowker (RC)

206 Nick Blackburn RC

207 Hernan Iribarren (RC)

208 Greg Smith RC

209 Alberto Gonzalez RC

210 Justin Masterson RC

211 Brian Barton RC

212 Robinzon Diaz (RC)

213 Clete Thomas RC

214 Kazuo Fukumori RC

215 Jayson Nix (RC)

216 Evan Longoria (RC)

217 Johnny Cueto RC

218 Matt Tolbert RC

219 Masahide Kobayashi RC

220 Callix Crabbe (RC)


Gimmicks

In an early instance of the kind of gimmickry Topps would, sadly, be known for in the late-00s/early-10s, Topps inserted two previously unannounced cards of flavor-of-the-moment rookie Kosuke Fukudome into packs of Bowman Chrome.

The first features Fukudome playing for the Japan national team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. This card doubled as Topps' announcement that they had acquired the 2009 WBC license from Upper Deck.

The other gimmick is an "unautographed/autograph" card. The front of the card is without the facsimile autograph that is (except for cards meant to be autographed) part of the design of the BowChro base set, and sports the "CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPHED ISSUE" logo that has been on just about every Topps autographed card for at least a decade. The reverse side has a white box with the words "NOT VALID WITHOUT STICKER." The "Not Valid" box is where the now-familiar black hologram sticker Topps uses for authentication purposes on autographed cards is meant to be affixed.

A few days after the release of BowChro, Topps released the following statement to the Hobby media.

“Topps inadvertently inserted a Bowman Chrome Kosuke Fukudome Autographed Rookie Card (which is not autographed) into packs of the recently-released 2008 Bowman Chrome Baseball. A total of 1900 copies were issued. Fukudome is not a subject on the Autographed Rookie Card checklist nor was he ever solicited as one.”

All of which begs the question: If Topps never intended to include an autographed KosFu in BowChro, why did they print a KosFu card with the Certified Autograph label on the front, and the Not Valid text on the back?

155 Kosuke Fukudome Japan

155 Kosuke Fukudome NoSig 1900


Parallels

All 220 base cards and the Kosuke Fukudome Japan Gimmick card are available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor
  • X-Fractor (serial-numbered to 275 copies)
  • Blue Refractor (serial-numbered to 150 copies)
  • Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 50 copies)
  • Orange Refractor (serial-numbered to 25 copies)
  • Red Refractor (serial-numbered to five)
  • SuperFractor (one-of-one; Hobby only)
  • Printing Plates (set of four for each; Hobby only)

Inserts

Prospects

Prospect cards fall 2 per hobby pack and are numbered BC131-BC285. Cards 1-130 can be in 2008 Bowman. Cards 241-285 are autographed.

All Prospects are available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor (serial-numbered to 500 copies)
  • X-Fractor (serial-numbered to 250 copies)
  • Blue Refractor (serial-numbered to 150 copies)
  • Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 50 copies)
  • Orange Refractor (serial-numbered to 25 copies)
  • Red Refractor (serial-numbered to five)
  • SuperFractor (one-of-one; Hobby only)
  • Printing Plates (set of four for each; Hobby only)

BCP131 Zhenwang Zhang

BCP132 Chris Nash

BCP133 Sergio Morales

BCP134 Carlos Santana

BCP135 Carlos Monasterios

BCP136 Quincy Latimore

BCP137 Yamaico Navarro

BCP138 Ryan Mullins

BCP139 Collin DeLome

BCP140 Hector Correa

BCP141 Mitch Canham

BCP142 Robert Fish

BCP143 Ryan Royster

BCP144 Eric Barrett

BCP145 Deibinson Romero

BCP146 Jeff Gerbe

BCP147 Lucas Duda

BCP148 Bryan Morris

BCP149 Andrew Romine

BCP150 Glenn Gibson

BCP151 Danny Brezeale

BCP152 Shairon Martis

BCP153 Helder Velazquez

BCP154 Alan Farina

BCP155 Brandon Barnes

BCP156 Waldis Joaquin

BCP157 Luis De La Cruz

BCP158 Yunesky Sanchez

BCP159 Mitch Hilligross

BCP160 Vin Mazzaro

BCP161 Marcus Davis

BCP162 Tony Barnette

BCP163 Joe Benson

BCP164 Jake Arrieta

BCP165 Alfredo Silverio

BCP166 Duane Below

BCP167 Kai Liu

BCP168 Zach Britton

BCP169 Jamie Pedroza

BCP170 Frank Herrmann

BCP171 Justin Turner

BCP172 Jeff Manship

BCP173 Paul Winterling

BCP174 Nathan Vineyard

BCP175 Jason Delaney

BCP176 Ivan Nova

BCP177 Esmailyn Gonzalez

BCP178 Brett Cecil

BCP179 Jose Martinez

BCP180 Brad Peacock

BCP181 Justin Snyder

BCP182 Steve Garrison

BCP183 Joe Mahoney

BCP184 Graham Godfrey

BCP185 Larry Wiliams

BCP186 Jeremy Haynes

BCP187 Brent Brewer

BCP188 Jhoulys Chacin

BCP189 Nevin Ashley

BCP190 Justin Cassel

BCP191 Jon Jay

BCP192 Chris Huseby

BCP193 D.J. Jones

BCP194 David Bromberg

BCP195 Juan Francisco

BCP196 Zach Jevne

BCP197 Darwin Barney

BCP198 Jose Ortegano

BCP199 Dominic Brown

BCP200 Kyle Ginley

BCP201 David Wood

BCP202 Jhonny Nunez

BCP203 Carlos Rivero

BCP204 Anthony Varvaro

BCP205 Christian Lopez

BCP206 Travis Banwart

BCP207 Rhyne Hughes

BCP208 Heath Rollins

BCP209 Zack Cozart

BCP210 Mike Dunn

BCP211 Chris Pettit

BCP212 Dan Berlind

BCP213 Ernesto Mejia

BCP214 Hector Rondon

BCP215 Jose Vallejo

BCP216 Kyle Schmidt

BCP217 Bubba Bell

BCP218 Charlie Furbush

BCP219 Pedro Baez

BCP220 Brandon MaGee

BCP221 Clint Robinson

BCP222 Fabio Castillo

BCP223 Brad Emaus

BCP224 Mike DeJesus

BCP225 Brandon Laird

BCP226 R.J. Seidel

BCP227 Agustin Murillo

BCP228 Trevor Reckling

BCP229 Hector Gomez

BCP230 Jordan Norberto

BCP231 Steve Hill

BCP232 Hassan Pena

BCP233 Justin Henry

BCP234 Chase Lirette

BCP235 Christian Marrero

BCP236 Will Kline

BCP237 Johan Limonta

BCP238 Duke Welker

BCP239 Jeudy Valdez

BCP240 Elvin Ramirez


Autographed Prospects

Each Autographed Prospect is also available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor (serial-numbered to 500 copies)
  • X-Fractor (serial-numbered to 250 copies)
  • Blue Refractor (serial-numbered to 150 copies)
  • Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 50 copies)
  • Orange Refractor (serial-numbered to 25 copies)
  • Red Refractor (serial-numbered to five)
  • SuperFractor (one-of-one; Hobby only)
  • Printing Plates (set of four for each; Hobby only)

BCP241 Josh Kreuzer AU

BCP242 Ryan Zink AU

BCP243 Matt Harrison AU

BCP244 Dustin Richardson AU

BCP245 Fautino De Los Santos AU

BCP246 Austin Jackson AU

BCP247 Jordan Schafer AU

BCP248 Daryl Thompson AU

BCP249 Lars Anderson AU

BCP250 Tim Bascom AU

BCP251 Brandon Hicks AU

BCP252 David Kopp AU

BCP253 Danny Lehmann AU

BCP254 Jordan Zimmerman AU UER (last name misspelled "Zimmermann")

BCP255 Cale Iorg AU

BCP256 Austin Romine AU

BCP257 Chaz Roe AU

BCP258 Danny Rams AU

BCP259 Daniel Bard AU

BCP260 Engel Beltre AU

BCP261 Michael Watt AU

BCP262 Brennan Boesch AU

BCP263 Mat Latos AU UER (first name misspelled "Matt")

BCP264 John Jaso AU

BCP265 Adrian Alaniz AU

BCP266 Matt Green AU

BCP267 Andrew Lambo AU

BCP268 Michael McCardell AU

BCP269 Chris Valaika AU

BCP270 Cole Rohrbough AU

BCP271 Andrew Brackman AU

BCP272 Bud Norris AU

BCP273 Ryan Kalish AU

BCP274 Jake McGee AU

BCP275 Aaron Cunningham AU

BCP276 Mitch Boggs AU

BCP277 Bradley Suttle AU

BCP278 Henry Rodriguez AU

BCP279 Mario Lisson AU

BCP280 Ludovicus Van Mil AU

BCP281 Angel Villalona AU

BCP282 Mark Melancon AU

BCP283 Brian Dinkelman AU

BCP284 Daniel McCutchen AU

BCP285 Rene Tosoni AU


Autographs & Game-Used

Head of the Class Dual Autograph

Each Head of the Class Dual Autograph is serial-numbered to 350 copies and available in the following parallels.

  • Refractor (serial-numbered to 99 copies)
  • Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 50 copies)
  • SuperFractor (one-of-one)

CH Joba Chamberlain / Phil Hughes

FL Prince Fielder / Matt LaPorta

LP Evan Longoria / David Price


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