2003 Bowman Chrome

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2003 Bowman Chrome is a 352-card set released by Topps in July, 2003. The first 330 cards parallel the 2003 Bowman base set. The next 21 cards (#331-#350) make up a Chrome-exclusive Autographed First Year Player subset. The final card in the set (#351) is a card of Willie Mays -- whom Topps signed to exclusive autograph contract earlier in the year -- that was distributed in a Hobby-exclusive box-topper pack.

Also included in each Hobby only box topper pack was one Gold Refractor serial-numbered to 170 copies, and a redemption card good for an Uncirculated Blue Refractor. The Blue Refractors were part of a tie-in with thepit.com, which was owned by Topps at the time. The Blue Refractor card expired on November 30, 2005.

Distribution

Hobby: 18 packs plus one box topper featuring 1) a Gold Refractor, 2) a Willie Mays card, and 3) an Uncirculated Blue Refractor redemption card per box, 4 cards per pack (MSRP: $4). 12 boxes per case.

Retail: 24 packs per box, 3 cards per pack

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 330 - 4:1 ?
First Year Autograph 19 1700 1:26 ?
Jose Contreras First Year Autograph 1 340 1:3351 ?
Willie Mays 1 - one-per-box* ?
Refractors 330 500 1:4 ?
X-Fractor 330 250 1:9 ?
Gold Refractor 330 170 one-per-box ?
First Year Uncirculated Blue Refractor 165 - one-per-box ?
First Year Autograph Refractor 19 500 1:92 ?
Jose Contreras First Year Autograph Refractor 1 100 1:11,479 ?
First Year Autograph X-Fractor 19 250 1:199 ?
Jose Contreras First Year Autograph X-Fractor 1 50 1:22,959 ?
First Year Autograph Gold Refractor 19 50 1:1202 ?
Jose Contreras First Year Autograph Gold Refractor 1 10 1:177,606 ?
Willie Mays Refractor 1 500 1:12/boxes ?
Willie Mays X-Fractor 1 250 1:58/boxes* ?
Willie Mays Gold Refractor 1 50 1:116/boxes* ?
Gold Refractor Set Exchange Card 1 10 1:78,936 ?
Willie Mays Autograph 1 150 1:384/boxes* ?

* Odds of finding any Willie Mays card: One in each Hobby box packed as a box topper.

Checklist

Base Set

Veterans and Prospects

1 Garret Anderson

2 Derek Jeter

3 Gary Sheffield

4 Matt Morris

5 Derek Lowe

6 Andy Van Hekken

7 Sammy Sosa

8 Ken Griffey, Jr.

9 Omar Vizquel

10 Jorge Posada

11 Lance Berkman

12 Mike Sweeney

13 Adrian Beltre

14 Richie Sexson

15 A.J. Pierzynski

16 Bartolo Colon

17 Mike Mussina

18 Paul Byrd

19 Bob Abreu

20 Miguel Tejada

21 Aramis Ramirez

22 Edgardo Alfonzo

23 Edgar Martinez

24 Albert Pujols

25 Carl Crawford

26 Eric Hinske

27 Tim Salmon

28 Luis Gonzalez

29 Jay Gibbons

30 John Smoltz

31 Tim Wakefield

32 Mark Prior

33 Magglio Ordonez

34 Adam Dunn

35 Larry Walker

36 Luis Castillo

37 Wade Miller

38 Carlos Beltran

39 Odalis Perez

40 Alex Sanchez

41 Torii Hunter

42 Cliff Floyd

43 Andy Pettitte

44 Francisco Rodriguez

45 Eric Chavez

46 Kevin Millwood

47 Dennis Tankersley

48 Hideo Nomo

49 Freddy Garcia

50 Randy Johnson

51 Aubrey Huff

52 Carlos Delgado

53 Troy Glaus

54 Junior Spivey

55 Mike Hampton

56 Sidney Ponson

57 Aaron Boone

58 Kerry Wood

59 Willie Harris

60 Nomar Garciaparra

61 Todd Helton

62 Mike Lowell

63 Roy Oswalt

64 Raul Ibanez

65 Brian Jordan

66 Geoff Jenkins

67 Jermaine Dye

68 Tom Glavine

69 Bernie Williams

70 Vladimir Guerrero

71 Mark Mulder

72 Jimmy Rollins

73 Oliver Perez

74 Rich Aurilia

75 Joel Pineiro

76 J.D. Drew

77 Ivan Rodriguez

78 Josh Phelps

79 Darin Erstad

80 Curt Schilling

81 Paul Lo Duca

82 Marty Cordova

83 Manny Ramirez

84 Bobby Hill

85 Paul Konerko

86 Austin Kearns

87 Jason Jennings

88 Brad Penny

89 Jeff Bagwell

90 Shawn Green

91 Jason Schmidt

92 Doug Mientkiewicz

93 Jose Vidro

94 Bret Boone

95 Jason Giambi

96 Barry Zito

97 Roy Halladay

98 Pat Burrell

99 Sean Burroughs

100 Barry Bonds

101 Kazuhiro Sasaki

102 Fernando Vina

103 Chan Ho Park

104 Andruw Jones

105 Adam Kennedy

106 Shea Hillenbrand

107 Greg Maddux

108 Jim Edmonds

109 Pedro Martinez

110 Moises Alou

111 Jeff Weaver

112 C.C. Sabathia

113 Robert Fick

114 A.J. Burnett

115 Jeff Kent

116 Kevin Brown

117 Rafael Furcal

118 Cristian Guzman

119 Brad Wilkerson

120 Mike Piazza

121 Alfonso Soriano

122 Mark Ellis

123 Vicente Padilla

124 Eric Gagne

125 Ryan Klesko

126 Ichiro Suzuki

127 Tony Batista

128 Roberto Alomar

129 Alex Rodriguez

130 Jim Thome

131 Jarrod Washburn

132 Orlando Hudson

133 Chipper Jones

134 Rodrigo Lopez

135 Johnny Damon

136 Matt Clement

137 Frank Thomas

138 Ellis Burks

139 Carlos Pena

140 Josh Beckett

141 Joe Randa

142 Brian Giles

143 Kazuhisa Ishii

144 Corey Koskie

145 Orlando Cabrera

146 Mark Buehrle

147 Roger Clemens

148 Tim Hudson

149 Randy Wolf

150 Josh Fogg

151 Phil Nevin

152 John Olerud

153 Scott Rolen

154 Joe Kennedy

155 Rafael Palmeiro

156 Chad Hutchinson

157 Quincy Carter

158 Hee Seop Choi

159 Joe Borchard

160 Brandon Phillips

161 Wily Mo Pena

162 Victor Martinez

163 Jason Stokes

164 Ken Harvey

165 Juan Rivera


First Year

166 Joe Valentine RC

167 Dan Haren RC

168 Michel Hernandez RC

169 Eider Torres RC

170 Chris De La Cruz RC

171 Ramon Nivar-Martinez RC

172 Mike Adams RC

173 Justin Arneson RC

174 Jamie Athas RC

175 Dwaine Bacon RC

176 Clint Barmes RC

177 B.J. Barns RC

178 Tyler Johnson RC

179 Brandon Webb RC

180 T.J. Bohn RC

181 Ozzie Chavez RC

182 Brandon Bowe RC

183 Craig Brazell RC

184 Dusty Brown RC

185 Brian Bruney RC

186 Greg Bruso RC

187 Jaime Bubela RC

188 Matt Diaz RC

189 Brian Burgamy RC

190 Eny Cabreja RC

191 Daniel Cabrera RC

192 Ryan Cameron RC*

193 Lance Caraccioli RC

194 David Cash RC

195 Bernie Castro RC

196 Ismael Castro RC

197 Cory Doyne RC

198 Jeff Clark RC

199 Chris Colton RC

200 Dexter Cooper RC

201 Callix Crabbe RC

202 Chien-Ming Wang RC

203 Eric Crozier RC

204 Nook Logan RC

205 David DeJesus RC

206 Matt DeMarco RC

207 Chris Duncan RC

208 Eric Eckenstahler RC

209 Willie Eyre RC

210 Evel Bastida-Martinez RC

211 Chris Fallon RC

212 Mike Flannery RC

213 Mike OKeefe RC

214 Lew Ford RC

215 Kason Gabbard RC

216 Mike Gallo RC

217 Jairo Garcia RC

218 Angel Garcia RC

219 Michael Garciaparra RC

220 Jeremy Griffiths RC

221 Dusty Gomon RC

222 Bryan Grace RC

223 Tyson Graham RC

224 Henry Guerrero RC

225 Franklin Gutierrez RC

226 Carlos Guzman RC

227 Matthew Hagen RC

228 Josh Hall RC

229 Rob Hammock RC

230 Brendan Harris RC

231 Gary Harris RC

232 Clay Hensley RC

233 Michael Hinckley RC

234 Luis Hodge RC

235 Donnie Hood RC

236 Matt Hensley RC

237 Edwin Jackson RC

238 Ardley Jansen RC

239 Ferenc Jongejan RC

240 Matt Kata RC

241 Kazuhiro Takeoka RC

242 Charlie Manning RC

243 Il Kim RC

244 Brennan King RC

245 Chris Kroski RC

246 David Martinez RC

247 Pete LaForest RC

248 Wil Ledezma RC

249 Jeremy Bonderman RC

250 Gonzalo Lopez RC

251 Brian Luderer RC

252 Ruddy Lugo RC

253 Wayne Lydon RC

254 Mark Malaska RC

255 Andy Marte RC

256 Tyler Martin RC

257 Branden Florence RC

258 Aneudis Mateo RC

259 Derell McCall RC

260 Elizardo Ramirez RC

261 Mike McNutt RC

262 Jacobo Meque RC

263 Derek Michaelis RC

264 Aaron Miles RC

265 Jose Morales RC

266 Dustin Moseley RC

267 Adrian Myers RC

268 Dan Neil RC

269 Jon Nelson RC

270 Mike Neu RC

271 Leigh Neuage RC

272 Wes O'Brien RC

273 Trent Oeltjen RC

274 Tim Olson RC

275 David Pahucki RC

276 Nathan Panther RC

277 Arnie Munoz RC

278 Dave Pember RC

279 Jason Perry RC

280 Matthew Peterson RC

281 Greg Aquino RC

282 Jorge Piedra RC

283 Simon Pond RC

284 Aaron Rakers RC

285 Felix Sanchez RC

286 Manuel Ramirez RC

287 Kevin Randel RC

288 Kelly Shoppach RC

289 Prentice Redman RC

290 Eric Reed RC

291 Wilton Reynolds RC

292 Eric Riggs RC

293 Carlos Rijo RC

294 Tyler Adamczyk RC

295 Jon-Mark Sprowl RC

296 Arturo Rivas RC

297 Kyle Roat RC

298 Bubba Nelson RC

299 Levi Robinson RC

300 Ray Sadler RC

301 Rylan Reed RC

302 Jon Schuerholz RC

303 Nobuaki Yoshida RC

304 Brian Shackelford RC

305 Bill Simon RC

306 Haj Turay RC

307 Sean Smith RC

308 Ryan Spataro RC

309 Jemel Spearman RC

310 Keith Stamler RC

311 Luke Steidlmayer RC

312 Adam Stern RC

313 Jay Sitzman RC

314 Mike Wodnicki RC

315 Terry Tiffee RC

316 Nick Trzesniak RC

317 Denny Tussen RC

318 Scott Tyler RC

319 Shane Victorino RC

320 Doug Waechter RC

321 Brandon Watson RC

322 Todd Wellemeyer RC

323 Eli Whiteside RC

324 Josh Willingham RC

325 Travis Wong RC

326 Brian Wright RC

327 Felix Pie RC

328 Andy Sisco RC

329 Dustin Yount RC

330 Andrew Dominique RC


First Year Autographs

Each First Year Autograph is limited, but NOT serial-numbered to 1700 copies EXCEPT card #332 which is limited to 340 copies.

NOTES:

  • Some of Rajai Davis' (card #349 in the set) cards were sequentially-numbered as #338.
  • Bryan Bullington (card #348) packed out as an redemption which expired July 31, 2005.

331 Brian McCann AU RC

332 Jose Contreras AU RC

333 Corey Shafer AU RC

334 Hanley Ramirez AU RC

335 Ryan Shealy AU RC

336 Kevin Youkilis AU RC

337 Jason Kubel AU RC

338A Rajai Davis AU RC ERR

338B Aron Weston AU RC

339 J.D. Durbin AU RC

340 Gary Schneidmiller AU RC

341 Travis Ishikawa AU RC

342 Ben Francisco AU RC

343 Bobby Basham AU RC

344 Joey Gomes AU RC*

345 Beau Kemp AU RC

346 Thomari Story-Harden AU RC

347 Daryl Clark AU RC*

348 Bryan Bullington AU RC

349 Rajai Davis AU RC

350 Darrell Rasner AU RC


Willie Mays

Topps had signed Willie Mays to an exclusive autograph and marketing contract in 2003, and decided to include him in the 2003 Bowman Chrome base set. Each sealed Hobby box contained one Willie Mays card, either a base card, Refractor parallel, or autograph (see below).

351 Willie Mays


Parallels

Refractor

All 330 base cards are available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor
  • X-Fractor
  • Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 170 copies; one per Hobby box as a box topper)

In addition, ten redemption cards good for the entire set of Gold Refractors were randomly seeded into Hobby packs.

Autographed First Year Refractor

All 20 cards from the Autographed First Year Players subset are available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor (serial-numbered to 500 copies; Contreras numbered to 100)
  • X-Fractor (serial-numbered to 250 copies; Contreras numbered to 50)
  • Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 50 copies; Contreras numbered to ten)

NOTE: The Autographed First Year Gold Refractors are inserted into packs.

Willie Mays Refractor

Randomly inserted into each Hobby only box topper pack are the following Refractor parallels of the Willie Mays base card.

  • Refractor (serial-numbered to 500 copies)
  • X-Fractor (serial-numbered to 250 copies)
  • Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 50 copies)

Uncirculated Blue Refractors

Inserted into each Hobby only box topper pack was one redemption card good for an Uncirculated Blue Refractor. Each redemption card had a code that, when entered on thepit.com, would add a randomly selected Blue Refractor to the collector's account (At the time, Topps owned thepit.com). Only the 165 unautographed First Year Players (cards #166-#330) had a Blue Refractor. Collectors had until July 31st, 2005 to claim their Blue Refractor.

The claimed Blue Refractors would remain in the collector's thepit.com account until he/she requested delivery "in-hand." When the collector requested delivery (for a nominal shipping & handling fee), the card they received would be encased in a plastic "slab" similar to an eTopps card -- hence the "Uncirculated" part.

Since so few Blue Refractors were claimed, and what few claimed were never delivered, in-hand Blue Refractors are not frequently seen.

Autographs

Willie Mays Autograph

Willie Mays signed 150 copies of his Bowman Chrome base card for random insertion into Hobby only box topper packs. Each autograph is serial-numbed to 150 copies.

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