1997 Bowman

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1997 Bowman Series 2 hobby box

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Description

1997 Bowman is a 441-card set. For the first time, Bowman Baseball was released in two series (series one numbers 1-221, series two numbers 222-441). This was also the first year of the, now familiar, "Red/Blue" design convention. The 301 top prospects have blue borders while the 140 veteran stars are designated by red borders.

An unannounced Hideki Irabu card (number 221) was added late to the Series One set, but was produced at the same rate as any other Series One base card. Players that were featured for the first time on a Bowman card also carried a blue foil "1st Bowman Card" logo on the card front.

Rookie Cards in this set include Adrian Beltre, Kerry Wood, Brad Penny, and Eric Chavez in the first series; and Roy Halladay, Aramis Ramirez, Miguel Tejada, Vernon Wells, Jayson Werth, and Lance Berkman in Series Two.

Please note that cards 155 and 158 don't exist. Calvin "Pokey" Reese and George Arias are both numbered 156 (Reese is an uncorrected error - should be numbered 155). Chris Carpenter and Eric Milton are both numbered 159 (Carpenter is an uncorrected error - should be numbered 158).

$125 Guarantee

For the second year, Topps offered collectors to purchase an option to buyback their complete sets. To get the guarantee, collectors had to mail in the Guaranteed Certificate Request Form which was found in every three packs of either series along with a $5 registration and processing fee. To redeem the guarantee, collectors had to send a complete set of Bowman regular cards (441 cards in both series) along with the certificate to Topps between August 31st and December 31st, 2000. Topps would then send the collector a check for $125.

Distribution

24 packs per box, ten cards per pack.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 441 - ?
Internationals 441 - one-per-pack
Bowman's Best Preview (S1) 20 - 1:12
Bowman's Best Preview Refractor (S1) 20 - 1:48
Bowman's Best Preview Atomic Refractor (S1) 20 - 1:96
Scout's Honor Roll (S1) 15 - 1:12
1998 ROY Favorites (S2) 15 - 1:12
International Best (S2) 20 - 1:12
International Best Refractor (S2) 20 - 1:48
International Best Atomic Refractor (S2) 20 - 1:96
Blue Ink Autograph (S1, S2) 89 - 1:96
Black Ink Autograph (S1, S2) 89 - 1:503
Gold Ink Autograph (S1, S2) 89 - 1:1509
Derek Jeter Blue (S1) / Green Ink (S2) Autograph 1 - 1:1928

Checklist

Base Set

Series One

Veterans (Reds)

1 Derek Jeter

2 Edgar Renteria

3 Chipper Jones

4 Hideo Nomo

5 Tim Salmon

6 Jason Giambi

7 Robin Ventura

8 Tony Clark

9 Barry Larkin

10 Paul Molitor

11 Bernard Gilkey

12 Jack McDowell

13 Andy Benes

14 Ryan Klesko

15 Mark McGwire

16 Ken Griffey, Jr.

17 Robb Nen

18 Cal Ripken, Jr.

19 John Valentin

20 Ricky Bottalico

21 Mike Lansing

22 Ryne Sandberg

23 Carlos Delgado

24 Craig Biggio

25 Eric Karros

26 Kevin Appier

27 Mariano Rivera

28 Vinny Castilla

29 Juan Gonzalez

30 Al Martin

31 Jeff Cirillo

32 Eddie Murray

33 Ray Lankford

34 Manny Ramirez

35 Roberto Alomar

36 Will Clark

37 Chuck Knoblauch

38 Harold Baines

39 Trevor Hoffman

40 Edgar Martinez

41 Geronimo Berroa

42 Rey Ordonez

43 Mike Stanley

44 Mike Mussina

45 Kevin Brown

46 Dennis Eckersley

47 Henry Rodriguez

48 Tino Martinez

49 Eric Young

50 Bret Boone

51 Raul Mondesi

52 Sammy Sosa

53 John Smoltz

54 Billy Wagner

55 Jeff D'Amico

56 Ken Caminiti

57 Jason Kendall

58 Wade Boggs

59 Andres Galarraga

60 Jeff Brantley

61 Mel Rojas

62 Brian L. Hunter

63 Bobby Bonilla

64 Roger Clemens

65 Jeff Kent

66 Matt Williams

67 Albert Belle

68 Jeff King

69 John Wetteland

70 Deion Sanders


Prospects (Blues)

71 Bubba Trammell RC

72 Felix Heredia RC

73 Billy Koch

74 Sidney Ponson RC

75 Ricky Ledee RC

76 Brett Tomko

77 Braden Looper RC

78 Damian Jackson

79 Jason Dickson

80 Chad Green RC

81 R.A. Dickey RC

82 Jeff Liefer

83 Matt Wagner

84 Richard Hidalgo

85 Adam Riggs

86 Robert Smith

87 Chad Hermansen RC

88 Felix Martinez

89 J.J. Johnson

90 Todd Dunwoody

91 Katsuhiro Maeda

92 Darin Erstad

93 Eli Marrero

94 Bartolo Colon

95 Chris Fussell

96 Ugueth Urbina

97 Josh Paul RC

98 Jaime Bluma

99 Seth Greisinger RC

100 Jose Cruz, Jr. RC

101 Todd Dunn

102 Joe Young

103 Jonathan Johnson

104 Justin Towle RC

105 Brian Rose

106 Jose Guillen

107 Andruw Jones

108 Mark Kotsay RC

109 Wilton Guerrero

110 Jacob Cruz

111 Mike Sweeney

112 Julio Mosquera

113 Matt Morris

114 Wendell Magee

115 John Thomson

116 Javier Valentin

117 Tom Fordham

118 Ruben Rivera

119 Mike Drumright RC

120 Chris Holt

121 Sean Maloney

122 Michael Barrett

123 Tony Saunders RC

124 Kevin Brown

125 Richard Almanzar

126 Mark Redman

127 Anthony Sanders RC

128 Jeff Abbott

129 Eugene Kingsale

130 Paul Konerko

131 Randall Simon RC

132 Andy Larkin

133 Rafael Medina

134 Mendy Lopez

135 Freddy Adrian Garcia

136 Karim Garcia

137 Larry Rodriguez RC

138 Carlos Guillen

139 Aaron Boone

140 Donnie Sadler

141 Brooks Kieschnick

142 Scott Spiezio

143 Everett Stull

144 Enrique Wilson

145 Milton Bradley RC

146 Kevin Orie

147 Derek Wallace

148 Russ Johnson

149 Joe Lagarde RC

150 Luis Castillo

151 Jay Payton

152 Joe Long

153 Livan Hernandez

154 Vladimir Nunez RC

156 Pokey Reese UER (should be numbered 155

156 George Arias

157 Homer Bush

159 Chris Carpenter UER (should be numbered 158

159 Eric Milton RC

160 Richie Sexson

161 Carl Pavano

162 Chris Gissell RC

163 Mac Suzuki

164 Pat Cline

165 Ron Wright

166 Dante Powell

167 Mark Bellhorn

168 George Lombard

169 Pee Wee Lopez RC

170 Paul Wilder RC

171 Brad Fullmer

172 Willie Martinez RC

173 Dario Veras RC

174 Dave Coggin

175 Kris Benson RC

176 Torii Hunter

177 D.T. Cromer

178 Nelson Figueroa RC

179 Hiram Bocachica RC

180 Shane Monahan

181 Jimmy Anderson RC

182 Juan Melo

183 Pablo Ortega RC

184 Calvin Pickering RC

185 Reggie Taylor

186 Jeff Farnsworth RC

187 Terrence Long

188 Geoff Jenkins

189 Steve Rain RC

190 Nerio Rodriguez

191 Derrick Gibson RC

192 Darin Blood

193 Ben Davis

194 Adrian Beltre RC

195 Damian Sapp RC

196 Kerry Wood RC

197 Nate Rolison RC

198 Fernando Tatis RC

199 Brad Penny RC

200 Jake Westbrook RC

201 Edwin Diaz

202 Joe Fontenot RC

203 Matt Halloran RC

204 Blake Stein RC

205 Onan Masaoka

206 Ben Petrick

207 Matt Clement RC

208 Todd Greene

209 Ray Ricken

210 Eric Chavez RC

211 Edgard Velazquez

212 Bruce Chen RC

213 Danny Patterson

214 Jeff Yoder

215 Luis Ordaz RC

216 Chris Widger

217 Jason Brester

218 Carlton Loewer

219 Chris Reitsma RC

220 Neifi Perez

221 Hideki Irabu RC


Series Two

Veterans (Reds)

222 Ellis Burks

223 Pedro Martinez

224 Kenny Lofton

225 Randy Johnson

226 Terry Steinbach

227 Bernie Williams

228 Dean Palmer

229 Alan Benes

230 Marquis Grissom

231 Gary Sheffield

232 Curt Schilling

233 Reggie Sanders

234 Bob Higginson

235 Moises Alou

236 Tom Glavine

237 Mark Grace

238 Ramon Martinez

239 Rafael Palmeiro

240 John Olerud

241 Dante Bichette

242 Greg Vaughn

243 Jeff Bagwell

244 Barry Bonds

245 Pat Hentgen

246 Jim Thome

247 Jermaine Allensworth

248 Andy Pettitte

249 Jay Bell

250 John Jaha

251 Jim Edmonds

252 Ron Gant

253 David Cone

254 Jose Canseco

255 Jay Buhner

256 Greg Maddux

257 Brian McRae

258 Lance Johnson

259 Travis Fryman

260 Paul O'Neill

261 Ivan Rodriguez

262 Gregg Jefferies

263 Fred McGriff

264 Derek Bell

265 Jeff Conine

266 Mike Piazza

267 Mark Grudzielanek

268 Brady Anderson

269 Marty Cordova

270 Ray Durham

271 Joe Carter

272 Brian Jordan

273 Dave Justice

274 Tony Gwynn

275 Larry Walker

276 Cecil Fielder

277 Mo Vaughn

278 Alex Fernandez

279 Michael Tucker

280 Jose Valentin

281 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

282 Todd Hollandsworth

283 Rico Brogna

284 Rusty Greer

285 Roberto Hernandez

286 Hal Morris

287 Johnny Damon

288 Todd Hundley

289 Rondell White

290 Frank Thomas


Prospects (Blues)

291 Don Denbow RC

292 Derrek Lee

293 Todd Walker

294 Scott Rolen

295 Wes Helms

296 Bob Abreu

297 John Patterson RC

298 Alex Gonzalez RC

299 Grant Roberts RC

300 Jeff Suppan

301 Luke Wilcox

302 Marlon Anderson

303 Ray Brown

304 Mike Caruso RC

305 Sam Marsonek RC

306 Brady Raggio RC

307 Kevin McGlinchy RC

308 Roy Halladay RC

309 Jeremi Gonzalez RC

310 Aramis Ramirez RC

311 Dee Brown RC

312 Justin Thompson

313 Jay Tessmer RC

314 Mike Johnson RC

315 Danny Clyburn

316 Bruce Aven

317 Keith Foulke RC

318 Jimmy Osting RC

319 Valerio De Los Santos RC

320 Shannon Stewart

321 Willie Adams

322 Larry Barnes RC

323 Mark Johnson RC

324 Chris Stowers RC

325 Brandon Reed

326 Randy Winn

327 Steve Chavez RC

328 Nomar Garciaparra

329 Jacque Jones RC

330 Chris Clemons

331 Todd Helton

332 Ryan Brannan RC

333 Alex Sanchez RC

334 Arnold Gooch

335 Russell Branyan

336 Daryle Ward

337 John LeRoy RC

338 Steve Cox

339 Kevin Witt

340 Norm Hutchins

341 Gabby Martinez

342 Kris Detmers

343 Mike Villano RC

344 Preston Wilson

345 James Manias RC

346 Deivi Cruz RC

347 Donzell McDonald RC

348 Rod Myers RC

349 Shawn Chacon RC

350 Elvin Hernandez RC

351 Orlando Cabrera RC

352 Brian Banks

353 Robbie Bell

354 Brad Rigby

355 Scott Elarton

356 Kevin Sweeney RC

357 Steve Soderstrom

358 Ryan Nye

359 Marlon Allen RC

360 Donny Leon RC

361 Garrett Neubart RC

362 Abraham Nunez RC

363 Adam Eaton RC

364 Octavio Dotel RC

365 Dean Crow RC

366 Jason Baker RC

367 Sean Casey

368 Joe Lawrence RC

369 Adam Johnson RC

370 Scott Schoeneweis RC

372 Ronnie Belliard RC

373 Russ Ortiz

374 Robert Stratton RC

375 Bobby Estalella

376 Corey Lee RC

377 Carlos Beltran

378 Mike Cameron

379 Scott Randall RC

380 Corey Erickson RC

381 Jay Canizaro

382 Kerry Robinson RC

383 Todd Noel RC

384 A.J. Zapp RC

385 Jarrod Washburn

386 Ben Grieve

387 Javier Vazquez RC

388 Tony Graffanino

389 Travis Lee RC

390 DaRond Stovall

391 Dennis Reyes RC

392 Danny Buxbaum

393 Marc Lewis

394 Kelvim Escobar RC

395 Danny Klassen

396 Ken Cloude RC

397 Gabe Alvarez

398 Jaret Wright RC

399 Raul Casanova

400 Clayton Bruner RC

401 Jason Marquis RC

402 Marc Kroon

403 Jamey Wright

404 Matt Snyder RC

405 Josh Garrett RC

406 Juan Encarnacion

407 Heath Murray

408 Brett Herbison RC

409 Brent Butler RC

410 Danny Peoples RC

411 Miguel Tejada RC

412 Damian Moss

413 Jim Pittsley

414 Dmitri Young

415 Glendon Rusch

416 Vladimir Guerrero

417 Cole Liniak RC

418 Ramon Hernandez

419 Cliff Politte RC

420 Mel Rosario RC

421 Jorge Carrion RC

422 John Barnes RC

423 Chris Stowe RC

424 Vernon Wells RC

425 Brett Caradonna RC

426 Scott Hodges RC

427 Jon Garland RC

428 Nathan Haynes RC

429 Geoff Goetz RC

430 Adam Kennedy RC

431 T.J. Tucker RC

432 Aaron Akin RC

433 Jayson Werth RC

434 Glenn Davis RC

435 Mark Mangum RC

436 Troy Cameron RC

437 J.J. Davis RC

438 Lance Berkman RC

439 Jason Standridge RC

440 Jason Dellaero RC

441 Hideki Irabu

371 Gerald Witasick, Jr. RC


Parallels

All 441 cards are available in a one-per-pack "International" parallel. The Internationals are printing on foil-board and have the player's national flag in the background.

Inserts

Bowman's Best Preview

See 1997 Bowman's Best.

Scout's Honor Roll

SHR1 Dmitri Young

SHR2 Bob Abreu

SHR3 Vladimir Guerrero

SHR4 Paul Konerko

SHR5 Kevin Orie

SHR6 Todd Walker

SHR7 Ben Grieve

SHR8 Darin Erstad

SHR9 Derrek Lee

SHR10 Jose Cruz, Jr.

SHR11 Scott Rolen

SHR12 Travis Lee

SHR13 Andruw Jones

SHR14 Wilton Guerrero

SHR15 Nomar Garciaparra


1998 ROY Favorites

It should be noted that the actual 1998 Rookies of the Year (Ben Grieve and Kerry Wood) were not included in this set.

ROY1 Jeff Abbott

ROY2 Karim Garcia

ROY3 Todd Helton

ROY4 Richard Hidalgo

ROY5 Geoff Jenkins

ROY6 Russ Johnson

ROY7 Paul Konerko

ROY8 Mark Kotsay

ROY9 Ricky Ledee

ROY10 Travis Lee

ROY11 Derrek Lee

ROY12 Eli Marrero

ROY13 Juan Melo

ROY14 Brian Rose

ROY15 Fernando Tatis


International Best

This 20-card chromium-stock set features a variety of players, mostly from overseas. The design in identical to the 1997 Bowman's Best set. Each card is available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor
  • Atomic Refractor

BBI1 Frank Thomas

BBI2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

BBI3 Juan Gonzalez

BBI4 Bernie Williams

BBI5 Hideo Nomo

BBI6 Sammy Sosa

BBI7 Larry Walker

BBI8 Vinny Castilla

BBI9 Mariano Rivera

BBI10 Rafael Palmeiro

BBI11 Nomar Garciaparra

BBI12 Todd Walker

BBI13 Andruw Jones

BBI14 Vladimir Guerrero

BBI15 Ruben Rivera

BBI16 Bob Abreu

BBI17 Karim Garcia

BBI18 Katsuhiro Maeda

BBI19 Jose Cruz

BBI20 Damian Moss


Autographs & Game-Used

Autographs

This 90-card set features top prospects with on-card autographs with the Topps Certified Autograph Issue Stamp. All cards EXCEPT the Derek Jeter are available in three different color parallels.

  • Blue Ink
  • Black Ink
  • Gold Ink

The Blue Ink cards are the easiest to find while the Golds are the scarcest.

The Jeter was only available in either blue (Series One) and green ink (Series Two).

CA1 Jeff Abbott

CA2 Bob Abreu

CA3 Willie Adams

CA4 Brian Banks

CA5 Kris Benson

CA6 Darin Blood

CA7 Jaime Bluma

CA8 Kevin L. Brown

CA9 Ray Brown

CA10 Homer Bush

CA11 Mike Cameron

CA12 Jay Canizaro

CA13 Luis Castillo

CA14 Dave Coggin

CA15 Bartolo Colon

CA16 Rocky Coppinger

CA17 Jacob Cruz

CA18 Jose Cruz

CA19 Jeff D'Amico

CA20 Ben Davis

CA21 Mike Drumright

CA22 Scott Elarton

CA23 Darin Erstad

CA24 Bobby Estalella

CA25 Joe Fontenot

CA26 Tom Fordham

CA27 Brad Fullmer

CA28 Chris Fussell

CA29 Karim Garcia

CA30 Kris Detmers

CA31 Todd Greene

CA32 Ben Grieve

CA33 Vladimir Guerrero

CA34 Jose Guillen

CA35 Roy Halladay

CA36 Wes Helms

CA37 Chad Hermansen

CA38 Richard Hidalgo

CA39 Todd Hollandsworth

CA40 Damian Jackson

CA41 Derek Jeter

CA42 Andruw Jones

CA43 Brooks Kieschnick

CA44 Eugene Kingsale

CA45 Paul Konerko

CA46 Marc Kroon

CA47 Derrek Lee

CA48 Travis Lee

CA49 Terrence Long

CA50 Curt Lyons

CA51 Eli Marrero

CA52 Rafael Medina

CA53 Juan Melo

CA54 Shane Monahan

CA55 Julio Mosquera

CA56 Heath Murray

CA57 Ryan Nye

CA58 Kevin Orie

CA59 Russ Ortiz

CA60 Carl Pavano

CA61 Jay Payton

CA62 Neifi Perez

CA63 Sidney Ponson

CA64 Pokey Reese

CA65 Ray Ricken

CA66 Brad Rigby

CA67 Adam Riggs

CA68 Ruben Rivera

CA69 J.J. Johnson

CA70 Scott Rolen

CA71 Tony Saunders

CA72 Donnie Sadler

CA73 Richie Sexson

CA74 Scott Spiezio

CA75 Everett Stull

CA76 Mike Sweeney

CA77 Fernando Tatis

CA78 Miguel Tejada

CA79 Justin Thompson

CA80 Justin Towle

CA81 Billy Wagner

CA82 Todd Walker

CA83 Luke Wilcox

CA84 Paul Wilder

CA85 Enrique Wilson

CA86 Kerry Wood

CA87 Jamey Wright

CA88 Ron Wright

CA89 Dmitri Young

CA90 Nelson Figueroa


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