1997 Bowman's Best

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Description

1997 Bowman's Best is a 200-card, rookie and prospect-themed set printed on chromium card stock. The set is divided into 100 current stars and 100 top prospects.

Rookie Cards include Adrian Beltre, Roy Halladay, Miguel Tejada and Kerry Wood.

Distribution

Hobby: Six cards per pack, 24 packs per box (MSRP $4.99/pack)

Retail: Three cards per pack, 24 packs per box (MSRP $3.00/pack)

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Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 200 - 6:1 3:1
Refractors 200 - 1:12 1:20
Atomic Refractors 200 - 1:24 1:40
Best Cuts 20 - 1:24 1:40
Mirror Image 10 - 1:24 1:80
Best Cuts Refractors 20 - 1:48 1:80
Mirror Image Refractors 10 - 1:48 1:160
Best Cuts Atomic Refractors 20 - 1:96 1:160
Mirror Image Atomic Refractors 10 - 1:96 1:320
Mirror Image Inverted 10 - ? NA
Mirror Image Inverted Refractors 10 - ? NA
Mirror Image Inverted Atomic Refractors 10 - ? NA
Autographs 10 - 1:170 NA
Autographs Refractors 10 - 1:2,036 NA
Autographs Atomic Refractors 10 - 1:6,107 NA

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Promos

1997 Bowman's Best Preview

This 20-card, chromium-stock, set was inserted into Series One 1997 Bowman packs. All cards are available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor
  • Atomic Refractor

BBP10 Jeff Bagwell

BBP1 Frank Thomas

BBP2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

BBP3 Barry Bonds

BBP4 Derek Jeter

BBP5 Chipper Jones

BBP6 Mark McGwire

BBP7 Cal Ripken, Jr.

BBP8 Kenny Lofton

BBP20 Katsuhiro Maeda

BBP19 Bartolo Colon

BBP11 Wilton Guerrero

BBP12 Scott Rolen

BBP13 Todd Walker

BBP14 Ruben Rivera

BBP15 Andruw Jones

BBP16 Nomar Garciaparra

BBP17 Vladimir Guerrero

BBP18 Miguel Tejada

BBP9 Gary Sheffield


Base Set

Veterans

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Cecil Fielder

3 Albert Belle

4 Todd Hundley

5 Mike Piazza

6 Matt Williams

7 Mo Vaughn

8 Ryne Sandberg

9 Chipper Jones

10 Edgar Martinez

11 Kenny Lofton

12 Ron Gant

13 Moises Alou

14 Pat Hentgen

15 Steve Finley

16 Mark Grace

17 Jay Buhner

18 Jeff Conine

19 Jim Edmonds

20 Todd Hollandsworth

21 Andy Pettitte

22 Jim Thome

23 Eric Young

24 Ray Lankford

25 Marquis Grissom

26 Tony Clark

27 Jermaine Allensworth

28 Ellis Burks

29 Tony Gwynn

30 Barry Larkin

31 John Olerud

32 Mariano Rivera

33 Paul Molitor

34 Ken Caminiti

35 Gary Sheffield

36 Al Martin

37 John Valentin

38 Frank Thomas

39 John Jaha

40 Greg Maddux

41 Alex Fernandez

42 Dean Palmer

43 Bernie Williams

44 Deion Sanders

45 Mark McGwire

46 Brian Jordan

47 Bernard Gilkey

48 Will Clark

49 Kevin Appier

50 Tom Glavine

51 Chuck Knoblauch

52 Rondell White

53 Greg Vaughn

54 Mike Mussina

55 Brian McRae

56 Chili Davis

57 Wade Boggs

58 Jeff Bagwell

59 Roberto Alomar

60 Dennis Eckersley

61 Ryan Klesko

62 Manny Ramirez

63 John Wetteland

64 Cal Ripken, Jr.

65 Edgar Renteria

66 Tino Martinez

67 Larry Walker

68 Gregg Jefferies

69 Lance Johnson

70 Carlos Delgado

71 Craig Biggio

72 Jose Canseco

73 Barry Bonds

74 Juan Gonzalez

75 Eric Karros

76 Reggie Sanders

77 Robin Ventura

78 Hideo Nomo

79 Dave Justice

80 Vinny Castilla UER (blue back)

81 Travis Fryman

82 Derek Jeter

83 Sammy Sosa

84 Ivan Rodriguez

85 Rafael Palmeiro

86 Roger Clemens

87 Jason Giambi

88 Andres Galarraga

89 Jermaine Dye

90 Joe Carter

91 Brady Anderson

92 Derek Bell

93 Randy Johnson

94 Fred McGriff

95 John Smoltz

96 Harold Baines

97 Raul Mondesi

98 Tim Salmon

99 Carlos Baerga

100 Dante Bichette


Rookies & Prospects

101 Vladimir Guerrero

102 Richard Hidalgo

103 Paul Konerko

104 Alex Gonzalez RC

105 Jason Dickson

106 Jose Rosado

107 Todd Walker

108 Seth Greisinger RC

109 Todd Helton

110 Ben Davis

111 Bartolo Colon

112 Eli Marrero

113 Jeff D'Amico

114 Miguel Tejada RC

115 Darin Erstad

116 Kris Benson RC

117 Adrian Beltre RC

118 Neifi Perez

119 Pokey Reese

120 Carl Pavano

121 Juan Melo

122 Kevin McGlinchy RC

123 Pat Cline

124 Felix Heredia RC

125 Aaron Boone

126 Glendon Rusch

127 Mike Cameron

128 Justin Thompson

129 Chad Hermansen RC

130 Sidney Ponson RC

131 Willie Martinez RC

132 Paul Wilder RC

133 Geoff Jenkins

134 Roy Halladay RC

135 Carlos Guillen

136 Tony Batista

137 Todd Greene

138 Luis Castillo

139 Jimmy Anderson RC

140 Edgard Velazquez

141 Chris Snopek

142 Ruben Rivera

143 Javier Valentin

144 Brian Rose

145 Fernando Tatis RC

146 Dean Crow

147 Karim Garcia

148 Dante Powell

149 Hideki Irabu RC

150 Matt Morris

151 Wes Helms

152 Russ Johnson

153 Jarrod Washburn

154 Kerry Wood RC

155 Joe Fontenot RC

156 Eugene Kingsale

157 Terrence Long

158 Calvin Maduro

159 Jeff Suppan

160 Darond Stovall

161 Mark Redman

162 Ken Cloude RC

163 Bobby Estalella

164 Abraham Nunez RC

165 Derrick Gibson

166 Mike Drumright RC

167 Katsuhiro Maeda

168 Jeff Liefer

169 Ben Grieve

170 Bob Abreu

171 Shannon Stewart

172 Braden Looper RC

173 Brant Brown

174 Marlon Anderson

175 Brad Fullmer

176 Carlos Beltran

177 Nomar Garciaparra

178 Derrek Lee

179 Valerio De Los Santos RC

180 Dmitri Young

181 Jamey Wright

182 Hiram Bocachica RC

183 Wilton Guerrero

184 Chris Carpenter

185 Scott Spiezio

186 Andruw Jones

187 Travis Lee RC

188 Jose Cruz, Jr. RC

189 Jose Guillen

190 Jeff Abbott

191 Ricky Ledee RC

192 Mike Sweeney

193 Donnie Sadler

194 Scott Rolen

195 Kevin Orie

196 Jason Conti RC

197 Mark Kotsay RC

198 Eric Milton RC

199 Russell Branyan

200 Alex Sanchez RC


Parallels

Refractors

All 200 base cards are available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor (1:12 packs)
  • Atomic Refractor (1:24 packs)

Jumbos

This partial-parallel features 16 cards in a 4" by 6" jumbo format. These cards were available exclusively as a set to members of Topps' Stadium Club. Only 675 sets were printed and each set included three random Jumbo Refractor and one Jumbo Atomic Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor (Three-per-set, limited to 169 copies)
  • Atomic Refractor (One-per-set, limited to 56 copies)

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

5 Mike Piazza

9 Chipper Jones

11 Kenny Lofton

29 Tony Gwynn

33 Paul Molitor

38 Frank Thomas

45 Mark McGwire

64 Cal Ripken, Jr.

73 Barry Bonds

74 Juan Gonzalez

82 Derek Jeter

101 Vladimir Guerrero

177 Nomar Garciaparra

186 Andruw Jones

188 Jose Cruz, Jr.


Inserts

Best Cuts

This 20-card set has holes burnt into the card with a laser. Each card is available in the following Refractor parallels. These are called Laser Cuts on retail packaging.

  • Refractor (1:48)
  • Atomic Refractor (1:96)

BC1 Derek Jeter

BC2 Chipper Jones

BC3 Frank Thomas

BC4 Cal Ripken, Jr.

BC5 Mark McGwire

BC6 Ken Griffey, Jr.

BC7 Jeff Bagwell

BC8 Mike Piazza

BC9 Ken Caminiti

BC10 Albert Belle

BC11 Jose Cruz, Jr.

BC12 Wilton Guerrero

BC13 Darin Erstad

BC14 Andruw Jones

BC15 Scott Rolen

BC16 Jose Guillen

BC17 Bob Abreu

BC18 Vladimir Guerrero

BC19 Todd Walker

BC20 Nomar Garciaparra


Mirror Image

This 10-card set features four players (two veterans and two rookie/prospects; one on each side) who all play the same position. The veteran players are displayed in the larger photos with the rookies appearing in smaller corner photos. Each card is available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor (1:96/packs)

Some refractors are missing the "Refractor" notation below the card number.

  • Atomic Refractor (1:192/packs)

MI1 Nomar Garciaparra / Derek Jeter / Hiram Bocachia /

MI2 Travis Lee / Frank Thomas / Derrek Lee / Jeff Bagw

MI3 Kerry Wood / Greg Maddux / Kris Benson / John Smol

MI4 Kevin Brown / Mike Piazza / Ivan Rodriguez / Eli M

MI5 Jose Cruz, Jr. / Ken Griffey, Jr. / Andruw Jones /

MI6 Juan Gonzalez / Jose Guillen / Richard Hidalgo / G

MI7 Paul Konerko / Mark McGwire / Todd Helton / Rafael

MI8 Wilton Guerrero / Craig Biggion / Donnie Sadler /

MI9 Adrian Beltre / Chipper Jones / Russell Branyan

MI10 Vladimir Guerrero / Bobby Abreu / Kenny Lofton / Albert Belle


Mirror Image Inverted

This variation parallels the regular Mirror Image set, except that the photographs on each side are swapped -- i.e. younger players have the bigger photos and the veterans are relegated to the inset. Each is available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor
  • Atomic Refractor

Autographs & Game-Used

Bowman's Best Autographs

This 10-card set is a skip-numbered, de facto, partial-parallel of the base set. The odds of finding an autograph are 1:170/packs. All autographs are on-card and available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor (1:2036/packs)
  • Atomic Refractor (1:6107/packs)

29 Tony Gwynn

33 Paul Molitor

82 Derek Jeter

91 Brady Anderson

98 Tim Salmon

107 Todd Walker

183 Wilton Guerrero

185 Scott Spiezio

188 Jose Cruz

194 Scott Rolen


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