History of Bowman Baseball Card Prices

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Please Note:
  • Prices are from 2014. Will update when next Bowman set releases. Or just look them up on eBay.
  • Card prices are for ungraded base autographs.
  • Many Bowman cards end up graded. High grades sell for more. No kidding.
  • Parallel autographs are worth more. Duh.
  • 99% of Bowman Autographs made over the years are essentially worthless.
  • Some players sign upwards of 10,000 autographs for one Bowman set.
  • Bowman Busts = a player who was worth good money and then price tanked.

It seems clear that the allure of the unknown aides the prices of prospect baseball cards. Even as players go onto have success (and actually reach the big leagues) their cards can actually go down in value. Most people, even Bowman collectors, don't go to minor league games. Fans typically read about prospects through media sources and look at stats.

I asked a New York Mets scout at the 2013 Arizona Fall League what are some of the things I should look for when watching young players. His first comment was "Don't believe everything you read in Baseball America's Prospect Handbook."

The first time I saw Byron Buxton play he struck out four times. That's actually hard to do.

Brandon Wood hit 14 HR's in 29 games at the Arizona Fall League in 2005. That's hard to do.

Wood has a .186 career batting average in 700 MLB at bats. 18 total HR's.

The first time I saw Mark Appel pitch he walked 4 in 2 Innings on July 25, 2013.

The first time I saw Carlos Correa it seemed like he could be over matched by hard throwers.

The first time I saw Kris Bryant play he hit a HR.

Bryant will need to hit a ton of HR's to justify card prices. He strikes out a lot because he is tall.

Billy Hamilton is as fast as everyone says he is.

Trevor Bauer's pre-game long toss is the most impressive thing I've ever seen on a baseball diamond.

Quick bats/wrists = Addison Russell & Javier Baez.

Tanner Peters pitched the best minor league game I've ever seen. 2 outs from a perfect game.

Peters will probably never play in the major leagues.

I've been to many minor league games where I didn't see a pitch reach 90 MPH.

At least 50% of the HR's I've seen hit at Banner Island Ballpark would be outs in Major League stadiums.

Very, very few players turn into Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Derek Jeter.

The best player I've ever seen, Barry Bonds, is generally shunned by collectors & the baseball community.

I'm fully aware Bonds used steroids for part of his career.

 
 
 

 

2000 Bowman Baseball 
2000 Bowman Baseball Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran - Royals - $17.00
1st Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 1995
8 TIME ALL-STAR

Alfonso Soriano - Yankees - $15.00
1st Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 1999
7 TIME ALL-STAR

Lance Berkman - Astros - $7.25
1st Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 1997
6 TIME ALL-STAR


2000 Bowman Baseball Checklist

2000 Bowman Busts: Corey Patterson, Kerry Wood, Rick Ankiel, Sean Burroughs.


2000 Bowman Draft Baseball

2000 Bowman Draft Adrian Gonzalez Adrian Gonzalez - Marlins - $50.11
1st Bowman Year
3 TIME ALL-STAR

2001 Bowman Baseball
2001 Bowman Albert Pujols Autograph Albert Pujols - Cardinals - $350-500+
1st Bowman Year
9 TIME ALL-STAR - 3 TIME MVP

2001 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols Autograph Albert Pujols - Cardinals - $2,000-$3,500+
1st Bowman Year - LIMITED TO 500 COPIES
9 TIME ALL-STAR - 3 MVP AWARDS
2001 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist

2001 Bowman Draft Baseball
2001 Bowman Draft Brandon Phillips Auto Brandon Phillips - Expos - $13.00
1st Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 2000
3 TIME ALL-STAR
  
2002 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2002 Bowman Chrome Joe Mauer Auto

Joe Mauer - Twins - $90.00
1st Bowman Year
6 TIME ALL-STAR - 1 MVP AWARD

David Wright - Mets - $65.00
1st Bowman Year
7 TIME ALL-STAR

2002 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist
2002 Bowman Busts: Mark Prior.

2003 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2003 Bowman Chrome Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez - Red Sox - $40.00
1st Bowman Year
3 TIME ALL-STAR

Brian McCann - Braves - $31.00
1st Bowman Year
7 TIME ALL-STAR

Kevin Youkilis - Red Sox - $15.00
1st Bowman Year
3 TIME ALL-STAR

2003 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist

2003 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2003 Bowman Draft Nick Markakis Nick Markakis - Orioles - $10.50
1st Bowman Year
2003 Bowman Busts: Brandon Wood, Eric Duncan, Delmon Young.

2004 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2004 Bowman Chrome Felix Hernandez Felix Hernandez - Mariners - $75.00
1st Bowman Year
4 TIME ALL-STAR - 1 CY YOUNG AWARD
2004 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist
2004 Bowman Busts: Lastings Milledge.

2004 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2004 Bowman Draft Gio Gonzalez Autograph Gio Gonzalez - White Sox- $10.50
1st Bowman Year
2 TIME ALL-STAR
2004 Bowman Busts: Philip Hughes, Matt Bush.

2005 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2005 Bowman Chrome Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander - Tigers - $80.00
1st Bowman Year
6 TIME ALL-STAR - 1 CY YOUNG AWARD - 1 MVP AWARD

Matt Kemp - Dodgers - $75.00
1st Bowman Year
2 TIME ALL-STAR

2005 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist
  
2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2005 Bowman Draft Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury - Red Sox - $76.00
1st Bowman Year
1 TIME ALL-STAR

Ryan Braun - Brewers - $65.00
1st Bowman Year
5 TIME ALL-STAR - 1 MVP AWARD

Ryan Zimmerman - Nationals - $27.00
1st Bowman Year
1 TIME ALL-STAR

2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball Checklist
2005 Bowman Busts: Colby Rasmus

2006 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2006 Bowman Justin Upton Autograph

Justin Upton - Dbacks - $47.00
Had AFLAC Autograph in 2004
2 TIME ALL-STAR

Prince Fielder - Brewers - $35.00
1st Bowman Year
5 TIME ALL-STAR

2006 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist
  
2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2006 Bowman Clayton Kershaw Auto

Clayton Kershaw - Dodgers - $145.00
1st Bowman Year
3 TIME ALL-STAR - 2 CY YOUNG AWARDS

Evan Longoria - Rays - $71.00
1st Bowman Year
3 TIME ALL-STAR

2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball Checklist

2007 Bowman Baseball
2007 Bowman Troy Tulowitzki Autograph Troy Tulowitzki - Rockies - $20.00
2nd Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 2005
3 TIME ALL-STAR
  
2007 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2007 Bowman Tim Lincecum Autograph Tim Lincecum - Giants - $62.00
1st Bowman Year
4 TIME ALL-STAR - 2 CY YOUNG AWARDS
2007 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist
2007 Bowman Busts: Fernando Martinez, Joba Chamberlain.

2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2007 Bowman Draft Travis d'Arnaud Travis d'Arnaud - Phillies - $19.50
1st Bowman Year
2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball Checklist

2008 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2008 Bowman Chrome Mat Latos Mat Latos - Padres - $12.99
1st Bowman Year

2008 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist

2008 Bowman Busts: Lars Anderson.


2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2008 Bowman Draft Buster Posey Autograph

Giancarlo (Michael) Stanton - Marlins - $150.00
1st Bowman Year
1 TIME ALL-STAR

Buster Posey - Giants - $135.00
1st Bowman Year
2 TIME ALL-STAR - 1 MVP AWARD

2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball Checklist

2009 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2009 Bowman Freddie Freeman Autograph Freddie Freeman - Braves - $49.99
2nd Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 2007
1 TIME ALL-STAR
2009 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist

2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2009 Bowman Draft Mike Trout Auto

Mike Trout - Angels - $1,000+
1st Bowman Year
2 TIME ALL-STAR

Zack Wheeler - Giants - $59.00
1st Bowman Year

  
2010 Bowman Baseball
2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburn Auto

Stephen Strasburg - Nationals - $155.00
1st Bowman Year
1 TIME ALL-STAR

Wil Myers - Royals - $75.00
1st Bowman Year

2010 Bowman Baseball Checklist
2010 Bowman Busts: Donovan Tate, Dustin Ackley.
  
2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2010 Bowman Chrome Arolidis Chapman

Miguel Sano - Twins - $55.00
1st Bowman Year
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

Aroldis Chapman - Reds - $15.50
1st Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 2009
2 TIME ALL-STAR

2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2010 Bowman Manny Machado Autograph

Manny Machado - Orioles - $120.00
1st Bowman Year
1 TIME ALL-STAR

Matt Harvey - Mets - $90.00
1st Bowman Year
1 TIME ALL-STAR

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Checklist

2011 Bowman Baseball
2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Autograph

Bryce Harper - Nationals - $175.00
2nd Bowman Year - AFLAC Card in 2009
2 TIME ALL-STAR

Paul Goldschmidt - Dbacks - $60.00
1st Bowman Year
1 TIME ALL-STAR

Jurickson Profar - Rangers - $55.00
1st Bowman Year

2011 Bowman Baseball Checklist

2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2011 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper - Nationals - $260.00
2nd Bowman Year - AFLAC Card in 2009
2 TIME ALL-STAR

Matt Moore - Rays - $19.50
1st Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 2009
1 TIME ALL-STAR

2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist

2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2011 Bowman Draft Javier Baez

Javier Baez - Cubs - $115.00
2nd Bowman Year - AFLAC Card in 2010
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

George Springer - Astros - $90.00
2nd Bowman Year - Has Platinum/Sterling Autographs 2010

Archie Bradley - Dbacks - $55.00
2nd Bowman Year - AFLAC Card in 2010
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

Dylan Bundy - Orioles - $50.00
2nd Bowman Year - AFLAC Card in 2010

Sonny Gray - A's - $25.00
2nd Bowman Year - Has Platinum/Sterling Autographs 2010

2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Checklist

2012 Bowman Baseball
2012 Bowman Bryce Harper

Yu Darvish - Rangers - $200.00
Rookie Autograph
2 TIME ALL-STAR

Bryce Harper - Nationals - $150.00
Sticker Autographs
2 TIME ALL-STAR

Xander Bogaerts - Red Sox - $115.00
1st Bowman Year

Oscar Tavares - Cardinals - $100.00
1st Bowman Year
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

Gerrit Cole - Pirates - $50.00
2nd Bowman Year - Has Platinum/Sterling/USA Autographs 2010

2012 Bowman Baseball Checklist

2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball
2012 Bowman Chrome Billy Hamilton

Yu Darvish - Rangers - $175.00
Rookie Autograph
2 TIME ALL-STAR

Bryce Harper - Nationals - $145.00
Rookie Autograph
2 TIME ALL-STAR

Jorge Soler - Cubs - $45.00
1st Bowman Year
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

Nick Castellanos - Tigers - $40.00
1st Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 2010

Billy Hamilton - Reds - $35.00
1st Bowman Autograph - 1st Bowman Card was 2009

2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist

2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball
2013 Bowman Addison Russell Autograph

Yu Darvish - Rangers - $115.00
Rookie Autograph
2 TIME ALL-STAR

Albert Almora - Cubs - $75.00
3rd Bowman Year - Platinum/Sterling/USA Autographs 2010/11
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

Addison Russell - A's - $50.00
2nd Bowman Year - USA Autographs 2011
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball Checklist

2013 Bowman Baseball

2013 Bowman Byron Buxton Autograph

Byron Buxton - Twins - $180.00
2nd Bowman Year - Aflac Autograph 2012
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

Carlos Correa - Astros - $95.00
3rd Bowman Year - Aflac Autograph 2012/13
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

2013 Bowman Baseball Checklist

2013 Bowman Chrome Baseball

2013 Bowman Chrome Yasiel Puig Yasiel Puig - Dodgers - $395.00
1st Bowman Year
2013 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist

2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball

2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Yasiel Puig Yasiel Puig - Dodgers - $430.00
1st Bowman Year
2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball Checklist

2014 Bowman Baseball

2014 Bowman Jose Abreu Auto

Kris Bryant - Cubs - $260.00
1st Bowman Year
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

Jose Abreu - White Sox - $230.00
1st Bowman Year

Mark Appel - Astros - $60.00
Not 1st Bowman Year - USA/Sterling Autographs 2011
Has Not Played in Big Leagues

2014 Bowman Baseball Checklist