Buzz Break: 2016 Bowman baseball cards (hobby box)

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Kenta-MaedaThe box: 2016 Bowman baseball cards (hobby box)
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Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 240
Base set completion: 
101 of 150 (67 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Prospect set completion: 
72 of 150 (48 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome prospect set completion: 
48 of 150 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Josh Donaldson, Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, David Ortiz, Ichiro Suzuki, Albert Pujols, Zack Greinke, David Price, Kris Bryant

Rookie Cards (22) – Corey Seager, Michael Conforto, Luis Severino, Jose Peraza, Zach Lee, Hector Olivera, Matt Reynolds, Carl Ewdards Jr., Frankie Montas, Trea Turner, Henry Owens, Miguel Sano, Trayce Thompson, Max Kepler, Kyle Waldrop, Jorge Lopez, Tom Murphy, Jon Gray, Gary Sanchez, Richie Shaffer, Aaron Nola, Miguel Almonte

Notable Prospects (both sets) – Yoan Moncada, Kenta Maeda, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Daz Cameron, Brendan Rodgers, Carson Fulmer

2016-Bowman-BueInsert cards: 136

Prospects (72) – Notables noted above.
Chrome Prospects (48) – Notables noted above.
Rookie Recollections (1) – Luis Gonzalez
Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 (3) – Edwin Diaz, Hunter Renfroe, Rob Kaminsky
2016-Bowman-Dahl-GoldBowman Scouts’ Top 100 Gold (1) – David Dahl (/50)
Sophomore Standouts (3) – Carlos Correa, Joc Pederson, Yasmany Tomas
Silver parallel (1) – Jon Lester
Purple parallel (1) – Beau Burrows (/250)
Chrome Prospect Refractors (1) – Nick Plummer (/499)
Chrome Prospect Blue Refractors (1) – Tyler Wade (/150)
Turn Two (1) – Brett Phillips & Trent Clark
International Ink (2) – Leody Taveras, Fernando Tatis Jr.
Family Tree (1) – Tate & Mike Matheny

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1

Chrome Rookie Autographs (1) – Carl Edwards Jr.

What’s Buzz-worthy: These days, a Bowman hobby box is something often shredded en masse as Chromies seek color, ink and Supers. Why? Well, here’s one example. This box didn’t include anything that outrageous, but it did include a healthy amount of inserts and parallels to show how Bowman is a brand that’s about more than just ink and rainbows. … There are some strong prospects and notable rookies in this one — along with last year’s big rookies now found on the Sophomore Standouts cards. … The International Ink set shows promise of more to come like that, while the Chromed inserts like Turn Two offer some added touches that make for an interesting rip. … This box over-delivered with a Silver parallel, Purple parallel and two Refractor parallels that are tougher than one-per-box finds, according to the odds. … The Gold Refractor of the Top 100 card is a 1:494-pack find. … When you rip into a box of Bowman, there’s plenty of potential — both in the now and in the future. … Chromies seem to be shredding this one well this year and some have said it’s improved over recent years, so boxes may not be as easy to find for a reasonable price sometime soon. That’s something easy to see when you check the prices on autographs from players like Yoan Moncada and Kenta Maeda.

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Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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