Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman baseball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2017 Bowman baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 
34 of 100 (34 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Prospect set completion: 
23 of 150 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome prospect set completion: 
16 of 150 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts

Rookie Cards (10) – Carson Fulmer, Tyler Austin, Hunter Dozier, Jake Thompson, Gavin Cecchini, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Jorge Alfaro, Teoscar Hernandez, Jharel Cotton

Notable Prospects (both sets) – Yu-Cheng Chang, Tetsuo Yamada, Luiz Gohara, Anderson Espinoza, Christin Stewart, Amed Rosario, Takahiro Norimoto, Luis Garcia, Stephen Gonsalves, Rafael Devers, Tyler O’Neill

Insert cards: 46
(in gallery below along with some base)
Silver Prospects parallel (1) – Luis Urias (/499)
Prospects (23) Notables listed above
Chrome Prospects (16) – Notables listed above
70th Anniversary buybacks (1) – Pablo Ortega 1997 Bowman
Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 (1) – Willy Adames
Rookie of the Year Favorites (1) – Alex Bregman
1992 Bowman (1) – Alex Bregman
1948 Bowman (1) – Yoan Moncada
Talent Pipeline (1) – Arizona Diamondbacks — Alex Young, Taylor Clarke, Anthony Banda

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: Statistically, this box over-delivered in spots with the Silver parallel and with the inserts but this particular box’s selection of basic cards, Rookie Cards and prospects was relatively rough. Helping it out were a couple of Bregman inserts and a Moncada appearance but both Bregman cards have vertical centering issues and that 1948 set is definitely not among this collector’s favorites for the Bowman 70th anniversary throwback inserts. There are some big, big highlights and potential in this brand this year and it’s got another fresh design approach that helps it feel more modern (though the Silver parallels aren’t easily spotted). All in all, if you’re a Bowman regular this one is right there for you — Buzz will have more to say after busting a hobby box here soon. The brand is definitely hot with all of its inclusions on the rookie and prospect ink and parallel front, so if you can’t swing a hobby box right now, blasters are worth the try.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
 C (this box)
Fun Grade: B

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