As Major League teams look for players to fill in for injuries, a number of prospects are getting the call.
In the past week, two of MLB’s biggest prospects made their MLB debut in Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ and Cleveland’s Bradley Zimmer, both of whom are in Baseball America’s top 100 list.
Of course, their call-up meant collectors were scrambling to find their Bowman cards.
Ian Happ has Bowman cards dating back to 2015. His cards appeared in 2015 Bowman Draft as one of the top cards in the set. Later that year, Happ’s cards, including autographed versions, showed up 2015 Bowman’s Best.
When it comes to collecting, his first Chrome and autographed cards, which appeared in 2015 Bowman Draft, are must-haves for any Happ collector. However, his Bowman’s Best cards can be bought for slightly less on the secondary market.
Happ’s cards also appeared in 2016 Bowman, 2016 Bowman Draft, 2016 Bowman Platinum and 2017 Bowman.
When it comes to Happ’s rookie cards, there are just two cards available that don the RC logo. Happ has two Topps NOW cards, including a card from May 13, his MLB debut (print run: 2,241), and May 16 (print run 1,447). Look for MLB products later this year to include his first pack-pulled Rookie Cards.
The Indians top prospect made his debut on May 16. On May 17, he got his first two MLB hits including a home run.
But the Indians first-round draft pick’s first Bowman cards appeared three years ago in 2014 Bowman Draft. There was no shortage of Zimmer cards in 2014 as they appeared in 2014 Bowman Sterling and Bowman Chrome Mini that were sold in a factory set form.
Collectors have been awaiting his arrival hoarding his Bowman Chrome cards – and now the time has arrived. Sort through your 2014, 2015 and 2016 Bowman cards, you might be hiding a Zimmer gem in there.
He does have one RC, which came in the form of his Topps NOW card commemorating his rookie debut (print run: 1,204).