1998 Bowman

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1998 Bowman Series 1 hobby box

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Description

1998 Bowman once again touted itself as "Home Of The Rookie Card". Indeed it was, out of the 441 cards in the set 115 are rookie cards. Unfortunately, quantity did not necessarily equal quality. The "best" rookie cards, if you call them that, include Magglio Ordonez, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Lee, Troy Glaus, & Ramon Ortiz.

For the first time, players making their Bowman Debut are marked with a gold Bowman Rookie Card stamp above their name. However, in hindsight most of the players featured as a rookie card went on to have undistinguished careers or never even appeared in a major league game. (Those never to appear are noted in checklist. 35 total)

It is believed that Topps cut production of Series Two by as much as 20% over Series One. Additionally, it appears that 1998 Bowman hasn't aged well, due to the large print run and lack of big-name rookie cards. Hobby boxes of either series can be found for as little as $15.

$125 Guarantee

For the third consecutive year, Topps offered collectors the right to purchase an "option" to sell a complete set of 1998 Bowman Baseball during a five-month window in late 2001.

To receive the $125, collectors had to send a completed certificate request card (randomly inserted into packs) and a $5 check or money order to:

Bowman Guaranteed Value Certificate P.O. Box 661 Ardsley, NY 10502

Then Topps would send back a Guaranteed Value Certificate which could be sent back in, along with a completed set, for a $125 check.

The window to submit request cards and to receive a check was from August 1, 2001 to December 31, 2001.

Distribution

Hobby: 24 packs in a box, 10 cards per pack. $2.50 (MSRP)

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 441 - ? ?
Bowman International 441 - 1:1 ?
Golden Anniversary (S1) 221 50 1:237 ?
Golden Anniversary (S2) 220 50 1:194 ?
1991 Japanese BBM (S1) 3 - ? ?
Scout's Choice (S1) 21 - 1:12 ?
1999 ROY Favorites (S2) 10 - 1:12 ?
Minor League MVPs (S2) 11 - 1:12 ?
Certified Autographs Blue Foil (S1) 35 - 1:149 ?
Certified Autographs Blue Foil (S2) 35 - 1:122 ?
Certified Autographs Silver Foil (S1) 35 - 1:992 ?
Certified Autographs Silver Foil (S2) 35 - 1:815 ?
Certified Autographs Gold Foil (S1) 35 - 1:2976 ?
Certified Autographs Gold Foil (S2) 35 - 1:2445 ?

Checklist

Promos

A 20-card promo set was randomly inserted into pack of 1998 Stadium Club. The first 10 cards -- all of established Major Leaguers -- were inserted into Series One, or "Odd Series" packs. The final ten are all of Prospects and seeded into Even Series packs.

Odd Series

BP1 Nomar Garciaparra

BP2 Scott Rolen

BP3 Ken Griffey, Jr.

BP4 Frank Thomas

BP5 Larry Walker

BP6 Mike Piazza

BP7 Chipper Jones

BP8 Tino Martinez

BP9 Mark McGwire

BP10 Barry Bonds


Even Series

BP1 Ben Grieve

BP2 Brad Fullmer

BP3 Ryan Anderson

BP4 Mark Kotsay

BP5 Bobby Estalella

BP6 Juan Encarnacion

BP7 Todd Helton

BP8 Mike Lowell

BP9 A.J. Hinch

BP10 Richard Hidalgo


Base Set

NOTE: RC* = A true rookie card of a player who never played in the Major Leagues.

Series One

1 Nomar Garciaparra

2 Scott Rolen

3 Andy Pettitte

4 Ivan Rodriguez

5 Mark McGwire

6 Jason Dickson

7 Jose Cruz, Jr.

8 Jeff Kent

9 Mike Mussina

10 Jason Kendall

11 Brett Tomko

12 Jeff King

13 Brad Radke

14 Robin Ventura

15 Jeff Bagwell

16 Greg Maddux

17 John Jaha

18 Mike Piazza

19 Edgar Martinez

20 Dave Justice

21 Todd Hundley

22 Tony Gwynn

23 Larry Walker

24 Bernie Williams

25 Edgar Renteria

26 Rafael Palmeiro

27 Tim Salmon

28 Matt Morris

29 Shawn Estes

30 Vladimir Guerrero

31 Fernando Tatis

32 Justin Thompson

33 Ken Griffey, Jr.

34 Edgardo Alfonzo

35 Mo Vaughn

36 Marty Cordova

37 Craig Biggio

38 Roger Clemens

39 Mark Grace

40 Ken Caminiti

41 Tony Womack

42 Albert Belle

43 Tino Martinez

44 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

45 Jeff Cirillo

46 Jason Giambi

47 Darin Erstad

48 Livan Hernandez

49 Mark Grudzielanek

50 Sammy Sosa

51 Curt Schilling

52 Brian Hunter

53 Neifi Perez

54 Todd Walker

55 Jose Guillen

56 Jim Thome

57 Tom Glavine

58 Todd Greene

59 Rondell White

60 Roberto Alomar

61 Tony Clark

62 Vinny Castilla

63 Barry Larkin

64 Hideki Irabu

65 Johnny Damon

66 Juan Gonzalez

67 John Olerud

68 Gary Sheffield

69 Raul Mondesi

70 Chipper Jones

71 David Ortiz

72 Warren Morris RC

73 Alex Gonzalez

74 Nick Bierbrodt

75 Roy Halladay

76 Danny Buxbaum

77 Adam Kennedy RC

78 Jared Sandberg RC

79 Michael Barrett RC

80 Gil Meche RC

81 Jayson Werth

82 Abraham Nunez

83 Ben Petrick

84 Brett Caradonna

85 Mike Lowell RC

86 Clayton Bruner

87 John Curtice RC*

88 Bobby Estalella

89 Juan Melo RC

90 Arnold Gooch

91 Kevin Millwood RC

92 Richie Sexson

93 Orlando Cabrera RC

94 Pat Cline

95 Anthony Sanders

96 Russ Johnson RC

97 Ben Grieve

98 Kevin McGlinchy

99 Paul Wilder

100 Russ Ortiz

101 Ryan Jackson RC

102 Heath Murray

103 Brian Rose RC

104 Ryan Radmanovich RC

105 Ricky Ledee

106 Jeff Wallace RC

107 Ryan Minor RC

108 Dennis Reyes

109 James Manias

110 Chris Carpenter

111 Daryle Ward

112 Vernon Wells

113 Chad Green

114 Mike Stoner RC*

115 Brad Fullmer

116 Adam Eaton

117 Jeff Liefer

118 Corey Koskie RC

119 Todd Helton

120 Jaime Jones RC*

121 Mel Rosario

122 Geoff Goetz

123 Adrian Beltre

124 Jason Dellaero

125 Gabe Kapler RC

126 Scott Schoeneweis

127 Ryan Brannan

128 Aaron Akin

129 Ryan Anderson RC*

130 Brad Penny

131 Bruce Chen

132 Eli Marrero

133 Eric Chavez

134 Troy Glaus RC

135 Troy Cameron

136 Brian Sikorski RC

137 Mike Kinkade RC

138 Braden Looper

139 Mark Mangum

140 Danny Peoples

141 J.J. Davis

142 Ben Davis

143 Jacque Jones

144 Derrick Gibson

145 Bronson Arroyo

146 Luis de los Santos RC

147 Jeff Abbott

148 Michael Cuddyer RC

149 Jason Romano

150 Shane Monahan

151 Ntema Ndungidi RC*

152 Alex Sanchez

153 Jack Cust RC

154 Brent Butler

155 Ramon Hernandez

156 Norm Hutchins

157 Jason Marquis

158 Jacob Cruz

159 Rob Burger RC*

160 Dave Coggin

161 Preston Wilson

162 Jason Fitzgerald RC*

163 Dan Serafini

164 Peter Munro

165 Trot Nixon

166 Homer Bush

167 Dermal Brown

168 Chad Hermansen

169 Julio Moreno RC*

170 John Roskos RC

171 Grant Roberts

172 Ken Cloude

173 Jason Brester

174 Jason Conti

175 Jon Garland

176 Robbie Bell

177 Nathan Haynes

178 Ramon Ortiz RC

179 Shannon Stewart

180 Pablo Ortega

181 Jimmy Rollins RC

182 Sean Casey

183 Ted Lilly RC

184 Chris Enochs RC*

185 Magglio Ordonez RC UER (photo in front is Mario Valdez)

186 Mike Drumright

187 Aaron Boone

188 Matt Clement

189 Todd Dunwoody

190 Larry Rodriguez

191 Todd Noel

192 Geoff Jenkins

193 George Lombard

194 Lance Berkman

195 Marcus McCain

196 Ryan McGuire

197 Jhensy Sandoval

198 Corey Lee

199 Mario Valdez

200 Robert Fick RC

201 Donnie Sadler

202 Marc Kroon

203 David Miller

204 Jarrod Washburn

205 Miguel Tejada

206 Raul Ibanez

207 John Patterson

208 Calvin Pickering

209 Felix Martinez

210 Mark Redman

211 Scott Elarton

212 Jose Amado RC*

213 Kerry Wood

214 Dante Powell

215 Aramis Ramirez

216 A.J. Hinch

217 Dustin Carr RC*

218 Mark Kotsay

219 Jason Standridge

220 Luis Ordaz

221 Orlando Hernandez RC


Series Two

222 Cal Ripken, Jr.

223 Paul Molitor

224 Derek Jeter

225 Barry Bonds

226 Jim Edmonds

227 John Smoltz

228 Eric Karros

229 Ray Lankford

230 Rey Ordonez

231 Kenny Lofton

232 Alex Rodriguez

233 Dante Bichette

234 Pedro Martinez

235 Carlos Delgado

236 Rod Beck

237 Matt Williams

238 Charles Johnson

239 Rico Brogna

240 Frank Thomas

241 Paul O'Neill

242 Jaret Wright

243 Brant Brown

244 Ryan Klesko

245 Chuck Finley

246 Derek Bell

247 Delino DeShields

248 Chan Ho Park

249 Wade Boggs

250 Jay Buhner

251 Butch Huskey

252 Steve Finley

253 Will Clark

254 John Valentin

255 Bob Higginson

256 Darryl Strawberry

257 Randy Johnson

258 Al Martin

259 Travis Fryman

260 Fred McGriff

261 Jose Valentin

262 Andruw Jones

263 Kenny Rogers

264 Moises Alou

265 Denny Neagle

266 Ugueth Urbina

267 Derrek Lee

268 Ellis Burks

269 Mariano Rivera

270 Dean Palmer

271 Eddie Taubensee

272 Brady Anderson

273 Brian Giles

274 Quinton McCracken

275 Henry Rodriguez

276 Andres Galarraga

277 Jose Canseco

278 David Segui

279 Bret Saberhagen

280 Kevin Brown

281 Chuck Knoblauch

282 Jeromy Burnitz

283 Jay Bell

284 Manny Ramirez

285 Rick Helling

286 Francisco Cordova

287 Bob Abreu

288 J.T. Snow

289 Hideo Nomo

290 Brian Jordan

291 Javy Lopez

292 Travis Lee

293 Russell Branyan

294 Paul Konerko

295 Masato Yoshii RC

296 Kris Benson

297 Juan Encarnacion

298 Eric Milton

299 Mike Caruso

300 Ricardo Aramboles RC*

301 Bobby Smith

302 Billy Koch

303 Richard Hidalgo

304 Justin Baughman RC

305 Chris Gissell

306 Donnie Bridges RC*

307 Nelson Lara RC*

308 Randy Wolf RC

309 Jason LaRue RC

310 Jason Gooding RC*

311 Edgard Clemente

312 Andrew Vessel

313 Chris Reitsma

314 Jesus Sanchez RC

315 Buddy Carlyle RC

316 Randy Winn RC

317 Luis Rivera RC

318 Marcus Thames RC

319 A.J. Pierzynski

320 Scott Randall

321 Damian Sapp

322 Ed Yarnall RC

323 Luke Allen RC

324 J.D. Smart

325 Willie Martinez

326 Alex Ramirez

327 Eric DuBose RC

328 Kevin Witt

329 Dan McKinley RC*

330 Cliff Politte RC

331 Vladimir Nunez

332 John Halama RC

333 Nerio Rodriguez

334 Desi Relaford

335 Robinson Checo RC

336 John Nicholson

337 Tom LaRosa RC*

338 Kevin Nicholson RC

339 Javier Vazquez

340 A.J. Zapp

341 Tom Evans

342 Kerry Robinson

343 Gabe Gonzalez

344 Ralph Milliard

345 Enrique Wilson

346 Elvin Hernandez

347 Mike Lincoln RC*

348 Cesar King RC*

349 Cristian Guzman RC

350 Donzell McDonald

351 Jim Parque

352 Mike Saipe RC

353 Carlos Febles RC

354 Dernell Stenson RC

355 Mark Osborne RC*

356 Odalis Perez RC

357 Jason Dewey RC*

358 Joe Fontenot RC

359 Jason Grilli RC

360 Kevin Haverbusch RC*

361 Jay Yennaco RC*

362 Brian Buchanan

363 John Barnes

364 Chris Fussell

365 Kevin Gibbs RC*

366 Joe Lawrence

367 Darond Stovall

368 Brian Fuentes RC

369 Jimmy Anderson

370 Lariel Gonzalez RC

371 Scott Williamson RC

372 Milton Bradley RC

373 Jason Halper RC*

374 Brent Billingsley RC

375 Joe DePastino RC

376 Jake Westbrook RC

377 Octavio Dotel

378 Jason Williams RC*

379 Julio Ramirez RC

380 Seth Greisinger

381 Mike Judd RC

382 Ben Ford RC

383 Tom Bennett RC*

384 Adam Butler RC

385 Wade Miller RC

386 Kyle Peterson RC

387 Tommy Peterman RC*

388 Onan Masaoka

389 Jason Rakers RC

390 Rafael Medina

391 Luis Lopez

392 Jeff Yoder

393 Vance Wilson RC

394 Fernando Seguignol RC

395 Ron Wright

396 Ruben Mateo RC

397 Steve Lomasney RC

398 Damian Jackson

399 Mike Jerzembeck RC

400 Luis Rivas RC

401 Kevin Burford RC*

402 Glenn Davis

403 Robert Luce RC*

404 Cole Liniak

405 Matt LeCroy RC

406 Jeremy Giambi RC

407 Shawn Chacon

408 Dewayne Wise RC

409 Steve Woodard

410 Francisco Cordero RC

411 Damon Minor

412 Lou Collier

413 Justin Towle

414 Juan LeBron

415 Michael Coleman RC

416 Felix Rodriguez

417 Paul Ah Yat RC*

418 Kevin Barker

419 Brian Meadows

420 Darnell McDonald RC

421 Matt Kinney RC

422 Mike Vavrek RC

423 Courtney Duncan RC

424 Kevin Millar RC

425 Ruben Rivera

426 Steve Shoemaker RC*

427 Dan Reichert RC

428 Carlos Lee RC

429 Rod Barajas RC

430 Pablo Ozuna RC

431 Todd Belitz RC

432 Sidney Ponson

433 Steve Carver RC*

434 Esteban Yan RC

435 Cedrick Bowers

436 Marlon Anderson

437 Carl Pavano

438 Jae Weong Seo

439 Jose Taveras RC*

440 Matt Anderson

441 Darron Ingram


Parallels

Golden Anniversary

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bowman's debut set. Each card sports a gold-stamped facsimile autograph instead of the silver foil on the base and each card is numbered to 50.

Bowman International

Background image was replaced with a map of the area of where player was born. If the player came from a non english speaking territory the bio would be translated into that language instead.

Both sets parallel all 441 cards of the base set.

Inserts

1991 Japanese BBM

Topps went and bought back the Japanese "rookie" cards of three prominent Japanese Major Leaguers and randomly inserted them into Series One packs. All three cards are from the 1991 BBM set, and are slightly narrower and shorter (2 3/8" X 3 5/16") than a standard American baseball card. It should also be noted that Topps did not specially mark these cards.

277 Hideki Irabu

348 Shitegoshi Hasegawa

379 Hideo Nomo

1999 ROY Favorites

ROY1 Adrian Beltre

ROY2 Troy Glaus

ROY3 Chad Hermansen

ROY4 Matt Clement

ROY5 Eric Chavez

ROY6 Kris Benson

ROY7 Richie Sexson

ROY8 Randy Wolf

ROY9 Ryan Minor

ROY10 Alex Gonzalez


Minor League MVPs

MVP1 Jeff Bagwell

MVP2 Andres Galarraga

MVP3 Juan Gonzalez

MVP4 Tony Gwynn

MVP5 Vladimir Guerrero

MVP6 Derek Jeter

MVP7 Andruw Jones

MVP8 Tino Martinez

MVP9 Manny Ramirez

MVP10 Gary Sheffield

MVP11 Jim Thome


Scout's Choice

SC1 Paul Konerko

SC2 Richard Hidalgo

SC3 Mark Kotsay

SC4 Ben Grieve

SC5 Chad Hermansen

SC6 Matt Clement

SC7 Brad Fullmer

SC8 Eli Marrero

SC9 Kerry Wood

SC10 Adrian Beltre

SC11 Ricky Ledee

SC12 Travis Lee

SC13 Abraham Nunez

SC14 Brian Rose

SC15 Dermal Brown

SC16 Juan Encarnacion

SC17 Aramis Ramirez

SC18 Todd Helton

SC19 Kris Benson

SC20 Russell Branyan

SC21 Mike Stoner


Autographs & Game-Used

Certified Autographs

Each Certified Autograph is signed blue ink and available in the following parallels.

  • Blue
  • Silver
  • Gold

In each instance, the "Certified Autograph Issue" is stamped in blue, silver, or gold foil.

1 Adrian Beltre S2

2 Brad Fullmer S2

3 Ricky Ledee S1

4 David Ortiz S1

5 Fernando Tatis S2

6 Kerry Wood S2

7 Mel Rosario S2

8 Cole Liniak S2

9 A.J. Hinch S1

10 Jhensy Sandoval S1

11 Jose Cruz, Jr. S2

12 Richard Hidalgo S1

13 Geoff Jenkins S2

14 Carl Pavano S1

15 Richie Sexson S2

16 Tony Womack S1

17 Scott Rolen S1

18 Ryan Minor S1

19 Eli Marrero S2

20 Jason Marquis S1

21 Mike Lowell S1

22 Todd Helton S1

23 Chad Green S2

24 Scott Elarton S2

25 Russell Branyan S1

26 Mike Drumright S1

27 Ben Grieve S1

28 Jacque Jones S2

29 Jared Sandberg S2

30 Grant Roberts S2

31 Mike Stoner S1

32 Brian Rose S2

33 Randy Winn S1

34 Justin Towle S1

35 Anthony Sanders S1

36 Rafael Medina S2

37 Corey Lee S1

38 Mike Kinkade S1

39 Norm Hutchins S2

40 Jason Brester S2

41 Ben Davis S2

42 Nomar Garciaparra S1

43 Jeff Liefer S2

44 Eric Milton S2

45 Preston Wilson S1

46 Miguel Tejada S1

47 Luis Ordaz S1

48 Travis Lee S2

49 Kris Benson S2

50 Jacob Cruz S1

51 Dermal Brown S2

52 Marc Kroon S1

53 Chad Hermansen S2

54 Roy Halladay S1

55 Eric Chavez S2

56 Jason Conti S1

57 Juan Encarnacion S2

58 Paul Wilder S1

59 Aramis Ramirez S1

60 Cliff Politte S1

61 Todd Dunwoody S2

62 Paul Konerko S2

63 Shane Monahan S2

64 Alex Sanchez S2

65 Jeff Abbott S1

66 John Patterson S2

67 Peter Munro S1

68 Jarrod Washburn S1

69 Derrek Lee S2

70 Ramon Hernandez S2


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