2016 Bowman Chrome Puts Focus on Arizona Fall League2016 Bowman Chrome Puts Focus on Arizona Fall League –  Wikipedia defines the Arizona Fall League as “An off-season league owned and operated by Major League Baseball, which operates during the autumn in Arizona, United States, at six different baseball complexes. The Arizona Fall League attracts many of the top prospects in minor league baseball.”

However, it is really much, much more important than that. The AFL is the place where many top prospects, on the verge of making the roster of their big league clubs, get additional opportunities to hone their skills. This includes much needed at-bats.

2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball acknowledges the importance of the AFL as a key part of the MLB prospect pipeline with numerous thematic insert sets throughout the product. The aforementioned quote “attracts many of the top prospects in minor league baseball.” is an understatement to say the least.

Players included on the checklist of this year’s AFL content in 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball include: 2015 AFL MVP Adam Engle, Austin Meadows, Clint Frazier, Jurickson Profar, Wilson Contreras and Gary Sanchez just to name a few.

2016 Bowman Chrome Puts Focus on Arizona Fall League –  Insert Sets

Arizona Fall League Fall Stars

The base insert set commemorating AFL players is the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars set. It consists of 20 total players. The color schematic used in the design takes advantage of fall colors like orange and red to produce a striking image on the Chrome technology. An additional card of Gary Sanchez is short-printed, making 21 cards in total.

Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Autograph Parallel

A parallel to the AFL Fall Stars set, nine players signed for this prestigious checklist including: 2016-bowman-chrome-baseball-arizona-fall-league-autograph-willson-contreras

  • Alex Blandino – Cincinnati Reds
  • Adam Brett Walker – Minnesota Twins
  • Chad Pinder – Oakland Athletics
  • D.J. Peterson – Seattle Mariners
  • Jake Bauers – Tampa Bay Rays
  • Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers
  • Lucas Sims – Atlanta Braves
  • Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs
  • Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees (SP)

Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Relics

A total of eighteen players are featured in this relic set. The cards utilize a horizontal design with an over-sized jersey swatch. The cards include the highly desired MLB Authentication sticker. Look for game-used hats, bases and bat pieces worn and used in the 2015 AFL Fall Stars Game that took place at Salt River Fields. Orange Refractor versions are numbered to just 25 and each card also has a SuperFractor 1-of-1.

Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Autographed Relic Parallel

This set features the league’s best including:2016-bowman-chrome-baseball-arizona-fall-league-relic-autograph-gary-sanchez

  • Alex Blandino – Cincinnati Reds
  • Adam Engel – Chicago White Sox
  • Derek Fisher – Houston Astros
  • Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
  • Jeimer Candelario – Chicago Cubs
  • Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers
  • Reese McGuire – Pittsburgh Pirates

Arizona Fall League “Be A Scout” Promotion

In addition to the great content already mentioned, the Arizona Fall League and Bowman Baseball have teamed up to give one lucky collector the chance to shadow a MLB scout. Content entries are due by October 2nd, 2016. Please see the Official Rules & Entry Form for complete details.

2016 Bowman Chrome Puts Focus on Arizona Fall League

2016 Bowman Chrome Puts Focus on Arizona Fall League –  Collector Reaction

Secondary market pricing for the AFL themed content in 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball has been solid, as evidenced by recent sales on eBay. With former game and league MVP’s like Adam Engle and Gary Sanchez highlighting the list of top AFL players, it’s really no surprise how these cards are being received in the market. After all, leading MLB MVP candidate, Kris Bryant, won the prestigious award in 2013. His teammate, Willson Contreras, is also heavily featured in the AFL insert content.

Visit the Arizona Fall League’s official website to learn more about the league, it’s players and the current schedule.

For more information about 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball Cards, please visit the product page.

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