Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman baseball cards (hobby box)

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

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 240
Base set completion: 
100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 5
Prospect set completion: 
71 of 150 (47 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome prospect set completion: 
46 of 150 (31 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper, Carlos Correa, Josh Donaldson, Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Mike Trout

Rookie Cards – Carson Fulmer, Tyler Austin, Hunter Dozier, Jake Thompson, Gavin Cecchini, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Jorge Alfaro, Teoscar Hernandez, Jharel Cotton, Jeff Hoffman, Manny Margot, Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Reynaldo Lopez, Yulieski Gurriel, Aaron Judge, Robert Gsellman, Ryon Healy, David Dahl, Rob Segedin, Tyler Glasnow, Dansby Swanson, Hunter Dozier, Matt Strahm, Alex Bregman, Raimel Tapia, Braden Shipley, Joe Musgrove, Alex Reyes, Hunter Renfroe

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, Dylan Cozens, Kevin Maitan, Gleyber Torres, Ronald Acuna, Mickey Moniak, Amed Rosario, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Patrick Weigel, Lazarito Armenteros, Blake Rutherford

Insert cards: 134 
(all non-prospect inserts in gallery below)
Orange Prospects parallel (1) – Jahmai Jones (/25)
Blue Chrome Prospects parallel (1) – Fernando Romero (/150)
Purple Chrome Prospects parallel (1) – Francisco Mejia (/250)
Prospects (71) Notables listed above
Chrome Prospects (46) – Notables listed above
70th Anniversary buybacks (2) – Eric Young 1993, Matt Morris 1997
Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 (3) – Franklin Barreto, Josh Bell, Cody Reed
Rookie of the Year Favorites (3) – Andrew Benintendi, Jharel Cotton, Josh Bell
1992 Bowman (2) – Jorge Mateo, Noah Syndergaard
1948 Bowman (1) – Phil Rizzuto
1951 Bowman (1) – Corey Seager
Talent Pipeline (2) – Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Chrome Prospect Autos (1) – 
Jason Groome 

What’s Buzz-worthy: A strong crop of Rookie Cards, new prospects and, of course, Chrome autographs lead the way here with some crisply produced insert cards. The basic design feels a bit dark with its close-to-full-bleed look but the parallels really pop out of the pack — and this box delivered pretty well on that front. The design is a strong, new look and there are a good number of stars in the basic set. All in all, this feels like a strong Bowman release and a good way to get the prospecting season going for MLB cards.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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