"One Pack Wednesday" #1 - 2018 Bowman

$9.49 3-pack hanger from Target
by Corey Mansfield

The sports card industry has changed drastically since I was a kid in the 1980's. What was once a child's' hobby of 50 cent packs has been replaced by adults dropping hundreds of dollars on boxes of cards looking for game-used relics, autographed cards, and numbered parallels. Most collectors ignore a majority of the cards they get and put them a box never to see the light of day. It's sad really. 

Here's my newest blog segment called "One Pack Wednesday." Each Wednesday I'll open up a pack of sports cards and detail what I received in the pack as well as the value to me and my personal collection. I'll highlight the card to give them the respect they deserve.

Today, I headed out to my local Target to buy a pack of newly released 2018 Bowman Baseball. Since today was the official launch day of the product I wasn't sure if the Target I was going to would have it...and they didn't. As a matter of fact they didn't have much. I decided to head to Walmart a few miles away and see if they had it. Again, they didn't. This wasn't going well at all. I decided to give it once last shot and headed to a Target in the next town over. Finally the had some.

I purchased the three-pack hanger pack which cost $9.49 plus tax. I have the Target "Red Card," so I get an additional 5% off. I suggest getting the "Red Card" if you buy a lot of cards from Target.

2018 Bowman #BP150
Before I get into the cards I got I need preface the difference between "retail" and "hobby" boxes. Retail boxes are sold at locations such as Target and Walmart. Many believe they don't contain as many "hits" as hobby boxes. Hobby boxes on the other hand are sold a authorized resellers such as hobby shops. Those boxes guarantee a certain amount of hits per box. The pack I purchased from Target today is therefore a "retail" pack.  (I just wanted to clear that up).

The first packed I opened I was pleasantly surprised and pulled a #BP150 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. card. Vlad Jr. is one of the top prospects in baseball (#3 overall) and his cards are hot. This was definitely the best card of the 33 I received. He is also the son of Hall of Fame outfielder Vladimir Guerrero. Currently, Vlad Jr. is playing with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League and is hitting .328 with 2 home runs and 19 RBI. This is definitely a card I will be putting into my collection.

The next two cards I got will both be added to my Mets collection, #93 Michael Conforto and #55 Dominic Smith. Conforto is the starting center fielder for the Mets. He's struggled so far this season after starting the season on the DL. Smith was once considered a top prospect in the Mets organization but struggled in his debut last season. He's currently with their triple-A affiliate Las Vegas. Smith has seen the value of his cards decrease over the last six months because of his struggles. However, it's still worth holding on to if your a Mets fan like I am.

Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith will find a place in my Mets collection
I also received #44 Chris Archer and #27 Wil Myers in the pack. Archer is the ace for the Tampa Rays while Myers is one of the leaders on the San Diego Padres. While both cards are considered "commons," these players do have a collector following.

In the Bowman packs were Bowman Chrome cards. A few of these cards could have decent value down the road. #BCP49 Nick Gordan is the #4 (#81 overall in baseball) prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization and could see his cards increase in value. I also pulled another Twin prospect in #BCP101 Zack Littell, who is the Twins #15 prospect.  

Bowman Chrome 
#BCP97 Corey Ray was a pretty cool card to see since I saw him play a couple a years ago for the Brevard Country Manatees in the the Florida State League. Ray is currently the #7 prospect in the Brewers organization.

Also pictured, #BCP12 Thomas Hatch #7 prospect in Chicago Cubs organization, #BCP115 Cal Qauntrill #4 (40th in baseball) prospect in San Deigo Padres organization, and #BCP3 Daniel Johnson #10 prospect in Washington Nationals organization.

Some Bowman Chrome inserts 
Some inserts I pulled were Bowman Chrome TOP #100, #BTP-68 Jesus Luzardo, #BTP-100 Austin Riley, and #BTP-17 Kyle Tucker. Each card lists their rank of the player in the Bowman Top #100 prospects. Most notably is Kyle Tucker who is #17 on the list. Check out the list of Top #100 according MLB.com and see how it compares to the Bowman list. 

I also got a Bowman Trending Chance Adams Card, a Rookie of the Year Favorite Nick Williams, and Bowman Birthday Luke Weaver card. Adams is the #6 prospect in the New York Yankees organization, while Nick Williams is currently hitting .213 with the Phillies. Luke Weaver is currently in the starting rotation for the St. Louis Cardinals and has posted 2-1 record with a 4.85 ERA so far this season.

I also received a special pack of Bomwan camo cards. The most notable of these three cards is #BP69 Justus Sheffield who is the #3 (#48 in baseball) prospect in the New York Yankees organization. #BP62 Kyle Cody is the #9 prospect in the Texas Rangers organization, while #BP141 Blayne Enlow is the #9 prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization. 

2018 Camo parallels
Here the remaining base cards I pulled:

The best one out of all these is #BP50 Eloy Jimenez who is the top prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization and is the #4 prospect in baseball. He is currently playing Birmingham Barons of the Southern League (AA).

#BP86 Michael Kopech - #2 (10th in baseball) prospect in Chicago White Sox organization
#46 Austin Hays - #1 (23rd in baseball) prospect in Baltimore Orioles organization
#BP68 Brendan McKay - #3 (25th in baseball) prospect in Tampa Rays organization
#BP57 Luis Urias - #3 (36th in baseball) prospect in San Diego Padres organization
#71 J.P. Crawford - #3 (37th in baseball) prospect in Philadelphia Phillies organization
#BP145 Adbert Alzolay - #3 prospect in Chicago Cubs organization
#82 Lucas Sims - Atlanta Braves prospect, currently with the Gwinnett Stripers (AAA)
#BP64 M.J. Melendez - #3 prospect in Kansas City Royals organization
#70 Parker Bridwell - Los Angeles Angels prospect, currently with Salt Lake City Bees (AAA)
#35 Erick Fedde - #4 prospect in the Washington Nationals organization
#BP36 Dennis Santana - #10 prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization
#BP135 Bryse Wilson - #13 prospect in Atlanta Braves organization

2018 Bowman Base

While I didn't receive any autographs or game-used cards I did get some solid prospects who's cards could increase in value over the next couple years.

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