Fresh off Memorial Day weekend, here comes another box break! This time, the product is 2000 Bowman Chrome. This set often gets overlooked, as it is sandwiched between the monster rookie classes of 1999 and 2001. Still, there are plenty of decent rookies to be found here including: Roy Oswalt, Carlos Zambrano, Ben Sheets, Francisco Rodriguez, Barry Zito, Aaron Harang, Aaron Rowand, and a lot more. Boxes contain 24 packs of 4 cards each and can be found for relatively cheap, especially for Bowman Chrome! I paid $33 plus shipping for this one (hoping for an Oswalt or Zambrano!) and here’s what I pulled…
Base cards: There are 440 cards to the single-series set, of which I pulled 85 without duplicates. There are 140 veterans and 300 rookies/prospects in this set. As always, the vets have the red theme while the youngsters have the blue. Some of my rookies included: Carlos Zambrano (yes!!), Kevin Mench, Brett Myers, Jody Gerut, and Bobby Bradley (a HS phenom who went busto with Pittsburgh). Also, each box contains 1 oversized box-topper, which feature 1 of 8 different players. I got Pat Burrell.
Retro/Future (1:6 packs): Retro/Future is the most easily attainable of 3 different parallel sets in this product. Seeded 4 per box, these cards are horizontal in design and feature the player inside a mock television set, similar to 1955 Bowman. The veterans are featured in an old-school 1950’s television, while the prospects get a much more modern version. My pulls here were Magglio Ordonez, Pablo Ozuna, Jason Romano, and Mike Venafro. These also come with a refractor version which fall 1 in 60 packs on average.
Refractors (1:12 packs): The other parallel I have to mention is the refractor set which fall at 2 per box. They look like your standard refractors, but there’s one key characteristic about them. The player’s facsimile signature is highlighted in gold. Why is this important? In 1999 Bowman Chrome, there was a Refractor parallel which fell 1 in 12 packs and a Gold Refractor (basically just the refractor but with a gold sig) which were limited to 25. Don’t confuse those 1999 parallels for what’s in the 2000 product. Aside from the retros, there’s only 1 type of refractor! My first refractor was Derrin Ebert, who only pitched in 5 career games, all with the Atlanta Braves. The second was……WAS a big hit at the time, Rick Asadoorian. Red Sox fans (the real ones, not the bandwagoning scum) probably remember how highly regarded this kid was. He was a first-round draft pick in 1999 when he was only 18! The card says he had been compared favorably to Dwight Evans and if I remember correctly, his Bowman’s Best RC out of 2999 booked at $100 at one time. For the record, the only card in that set currently worth that much is Johan Santana!
Bidding For the Call (1:16 packs): Here’s a standard prospect-filled insert set highlighting the best prospects in the game. It’s an attractive insert with a gold background. Once again, I pulled Pat Burrell. At least I didn’t get Scott Sobkowiak, whoever that is. There is a refractor version found 1 in 160 packs.
Teen Idols (1:16 packs): The 15 players in this set all had pro experience prior to their 20th birthday. I don’t know about the rest of you, but knowing the theme of the set makes one name in particular pop into my head: Joe Nuxhall……or Ken Griffey, Jr. Whatever. I did pull a Junior insert here and as an added bonus, also found a Brandon Phillips. I totally forgot Phillips was an Expo, along with Grady Sizemore. The refractor version of this set is found 1 in 160 packs.
Rookie Class 2000 (1:24 packs): Here’s another prospect set found approximately 1 per box. This time, I pulled A.J. Burnett. This card is pretty plain for a chromium insert, but the player’s name and team logo appear to be inside of a comic “speech bubble” on the front. The refractor version of this set is found 1 in 240 packs.
Meteoric Rise (1:24 packs): This is the lone veteran insert set of the bunch. Thanks to these cosmic inserts, we learn that the earth is really just one gigantic baseball. See for yourself above. My pull was Manny Ramirez, who often seems to be in his own world anyway so it fits perfectly. Like all the other insert sets, there’s a refractor version to be found, 1 in 240 packs to be exact.
What WASN’T pulled: I did not pull any Retro/Future refractors, nor did I pull any refractor parallels to the insert sets. A few more good rookies would’ve been nice as well. 🙂
Final Thoughts: Like I said earlier, this probably isn’t the first set you’d think about when it comes to the Bowman Chrome franchise. It doesn’t have the biggest marquee names or autographed cards, but it still delivers for the price you’d pay for a box (which should be under $40). It has some unique and attractive inserts and parallels, especially the Retro/Future cards. If you are looking to build a set, it would take several boxes (duplicates aside) to complete so keep that in mind before you buy one. Remember this is a single-series set, with 440 cards and 4 cards per pack. You do the math. If you decide to go for a box or two, I wish you the best of luck. Hopefully you’ll end up with a sick Oswalt or Zambrano refractor!
As always, thanks for the read and good luck with your own breaks!