Toronto Blue Jays: A personal guide to collecting players in Bowman 2020

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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 18: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays signs an autograph for a fan prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 18, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

One of the most popular baseball trading card releases all year is Bowman Baseball, which features top prospects from across the league, and features some of the young stars of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Every year, baseball sports cards and memorabilia fans wait patiently for the release of Bowman Baseball, a product that specializes in getting the biggest prospects from across the MLB for their first autograph cards. For example, in 2016 Bowman is where you will be able to find Bo Bichette’s first autographed card, the same year he was drafted by the Blue Jays organization.

This year, the hottest cards to pull feature Yankees international prospect Jasson Dominguez and Kansas City Royals 2nd overall pick in 2019 in Bobby Witt Jr. Cards featuring these players autographs have been fetching some serious coin on sites like eBay and COMC, with even the regular base cards or special inserts fetching around $40 CDN and up. You can find the official checklist for the product here.

Now let’s say you don’t care about the hottest prospects and just want to collect your favorite Blue Jays players. Have no fear, as I am going to go through the checklist for you!

All about the base

If you’re looking to find all the active roster Blue Jays base paper cards (no autographs, just a normal baseball card) in the set, there are only four players: #8 Cavan Biggio, #17 Anthony Kay (his rookie card), #50 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and #52 Bo Bichette (rookie card).

Not a ton of players so it will be easier for you to collect.

Now to the paper base prospect checklist.

These are the players who have yet to play in the MLB and some of who will have a “1st Bowman” in the corner of their card, as this will be the first card of theirs that Topps has ever printed. These cards are genuinely more sought after because it is the player’s first-ever printed card from a reputable company like Topps.

The Toronto Blue Jays have four cards in this particular set: #BP-104 Jordan Groshans, #BP-124 Nate Pearson, #BP-135 Eric Pardinho, and #BP-149 Alek Manoah. All of these players have had cards in the previous year’s products, so none of them will have the “1st Bowman” stamp in the corner.

These four players will also have the same card but in chrome set as well, which is on different card stock and has some shine to the actual card.

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