2003 Bowman Heritage

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2003 Bowman Heritage is a 300-card set released by Topps in December, 2003, although it is only sequentially numbered to 280 due to multiple prints of the retired greats. This set was designed in the style of what the 1956 Bowman set might have looked like had it been issued. Bowman stopped making and distributing baseball cards in 1955 after Topps purchased Bowman Gum Co. However, the company had a set planned for release in 1956. There were three design types: Single Image, Double Image, and Knothole. These designs were found in a dark blue presentation folder labeled "1956 Baseball Card Preference Study" and was purchased by avid baseball card collector and news commentator Keith Olbermann. The booklet details an early market research project in which hundreds of children (mostly boys) in five cities were shown seven different designs and asked which they liked best. The top three designs had small quantities printed and were then shown to exactly 324 boys from Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago. Three of these test cards were glued to pages within the Preference Study booklet. While the children ultimately selected the double image design, they decided to utilize all three designes for the Bowman Heritage set. The first 160 cards all feature veteran players on the Single Image design. Cards numbered 161 through 170 feature players who debuted in the 2003 season and each of those players have the Double Image. Cards numbered 171-180 featured retired greats and were issued in all three styles. Cards number 180 through 300 are all Rookie Cards and all those cards are issued in the Knothole design.

Distribution

Hobby: 24 packs per box, 10 cards per pack (MSRP: $2.99)

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 300 - ? ?
Black-Bordered Facsimile Signature 300 - 1:1 1:1
Rainbow 100 - 1:1 N/A
Gold Rainbow 100 one-of-one ? N/A
Delmon Young Autograph 1 ? 1:1014 ?
Keith Olbermann Autograph 1 - 1:1421 ?
Diamond Cut Relics ? - ?
Diamond Cut Relics Red ? 56 1:143 ?
Diamond Cut Relics Gold ? one-of-one 1:8193 ?
Signs of Greatness ? - 1:30 ?
Signs of Greatness Red Ink ? one-of-one 1:32,141 ?
Team Topps Blue Chips 5 - ? ?

Checklist

Promos

This three-card set, one from each design, was issued to promote the 2003 Bowman Heritage set.

PP1 Alex Rodriguez

PP2 Bo Hart

PP3 Miguel Cabrera

Base Set

Single Image

1 Jorge Posada

2 Todd Helton

3 Marcus Giles

4 Eric Chavez

5 Edgar Martinez

6 Luis Gonzalez

7 Corey Patterson

8 Preston Wilson

9 Ryan Klesko

10 Randy Johnson

11 Jose Guillen

12 Carlos Lee

13 Steve Finley

14 A.J. Pierzynski

15 Troy Glaus

16 Darin Erstad

17 Moises Alou

18 Torii Hunter

19 Marlon Byrd

20 Mark Prior

21 Shannon Stewart

22 Craig Biggio

23 Johnny Damon

24 Robert Fick

25 Jason Giambi

26 Fernando Vina

27 Aubrey Huff

28 Benito Santiago

29 Jay Gibbons

30 Ken Griffey, Jr.

31 Rocco Baldelli

32 Pat Burrell

33 A.J. Burnett

34 Omar Vizquel

35 Greg Maddux

36 Cliff Floyd

37 C.C. Sabathia

38 Geoff Jenkins

39 Ty Wigginton

40 Jeff Kent

41 Orlando Hudson

42 Edgardo Alfonzo

43 Greg Myers

44 Melvin Mora

45 Sammy Sosa

46 Russ Ortiz

47 Josh Beckett

48 David Wells

49 Woody Williams

50 Alex Rodriguez

51 Randy Wolf

52 Carlos Beltran

53 Austin Kearns

54 Trot Nixon

55 Ivan Rodriguez

56 Shea Hillenbrand

57 Roberto Alomar

58 John Olerud

59 Michael Young

60 Garret Anderson

61 Mike Lieberthal

62 Adam Dunn

63 Raul Ibanez

64 Kenny Lofton

65 Ichiro Suzuki

66 Jarrod Washburn

67 Shawn Chacon

68 Alex Gonzalez

69 Roy Halladay

70 Vladimir Guerrero

71 Hee Seop Choi

72 Jody Gerut

73 Ray Durham

74 Mark Teixeira

75 Hank Blalock

76 Jerry Hairston

77 Erubiel Durazo

78 Frank Catalanotto

79 Jacque Jones

80 Bob Abreu

81 Mike Hampton

82 Zach Day

83 Jimmy Rollins

84 Joel Pineiro

85 Brett Myers

86 Frank Thomas

87 Aramis Ramirez

88 Paul Lo Duca

89 Dmitri Young

90 Brian Giles

91 Jose Cruz

92 Derek Lowe

93 Mark Buehrle

94 Wade Miller

95 Derek Jeter

96 Bret Boone

97 Tony Batista

98 Sean Casey

99 Eric Hinske

100 Albert Pujols

101 Runelvys Hernandez

102 Vernon Wells

103 Kerry Wood

104 Lance Berkman

105 Alfonso Soriano

106 Bill Mueller

107 Bartolo Colon

108 Andy Pettitte

109 Rafael Furcal

110 Dontrelle Willis

111 Carl Crawford

112 Scott Rolen

113 Chipper Jones

114 Magglio Ordonez

115 Bernie Williams

116 Roy Oswalt

117 Kevin Brown

118 Cristian Guzman

119 Kazuhisa Ishii

120 Larry Walker

121 Miguel Tejada

122 Manny Ramirez

123 Mike Mussina

124 Mike Lowell

125 Scott Podsednik

126 Aaron Boone

127 Carlos Delgado

128 Jose Vidro

129 Brad Radke

130 Rafael Palmeiro

131 Mark Mulder

132 Jason Schmidt

133 Gary Sheffield

134 Richie Sexson

135 Barry Zito

136 Tom Glavine

137 Jim Edmonds

138 Andruw Jones

139 Pedro Martinez

140 Curt Schilling

141 Phil Nevin

142 Nomar Garciaparra

143 Vicente Padilla

144 Kevin Millwood

145 Shawn Green

146 Jeff Bagwell

147 Hideo Nomo

148 Fred McGriff

149 Matt Morris

150 Roger Clemens

151 Jerome Williams

152 Orlando Cabrera

153 Tim Hudson

154 Mike Sweeney

155 Jim Thome

156 Rich Aurilia

157 Mike Piazza

158 Edgar Renteria

159 Javy Lopez

160 Jamie Moyer



Double Image

161 Miguel Cabrera

162 Adam Loewen RC

163 Jose Reyes

164 Zack Greinke

165 Gavin Floyd

166 Jeremy Guthrie

167 Victor Martinez

168 Rich Harden

169 Joe Mauer

170 Khalil Greene


Note: Adam Lowen card is NOT a double image card, but is a Knothole FY RC



Knothole

181 David Martinez

182 Felix Pie

183 Kevin Correia

184 Brandon Webb RC

185 Matt Diaz

186 Lew Ford RC

187 Jeremy Griffiths

188 Matt Hensley

189 Danny Garcia

190 Elizardo Ramirez

191 Greg Aquino

192 Felix Sanchez

193 Kelly Shoppach

194 Bubba Nelson

195 Mike OKeefe

196 Hanley Ramirez RC

197 Todd Wellemeyer

198 Dustin Moseley

199 Eric Crozier

200 Ryan Shealy

201 Jeremy Bonderman RC

202 Bo Hart

203 Dusty Brown

204 Rob Hammock

205 Jorge Piedra

206 Jason Kubel

207 Stephen Randolph

208 Andy Sisco

209 Matt Kata

210 Robinson Cano

211 Ben Francisco

212 Arnie Munoz

213 Ozzie Chavez

214 Beau Kemp

215 Travis Wong

216 Brian McCann

217 Aquilino Lopez

218 Bobby Basham

219 Tim Olson RC

220 Nathan Panther

221 Wil Ledezma

222 Josh Willingham RC

223 David Cash

224 Oscar Villarreal

225 Jeff Duncan

226 Dan Haren RC

227 Michel Hernandez

228 Matt Murton

229 Clay Hensley

230 Tyler Johnson

231 Tyler Martin

232 J.D. Durbin

233 Shane Victorino RC

234 Rajai Davis

235 Chien-Ming Wang RC

236 Travis Ishikawa

237 Eric Eckenstahler

238 Dustin McGowan

239 Prentice Redman RC

240 Haj Turay

241 Matt DeMarco

242 Lou Palmisano

243 Eric Reed

244 Willie Eyre

245 Ferdin Tejeda

246 Michael Garciaparra

247 Michael Hinckley

248 Branden Florence

249 Trent Oeltjen

250 Mike Neu

251 Chris Lubanski

252 Brandon Wood

253 Delmon Young RC

254 Matt Harrison

255 Chad Billingsley

256 Josh Anderson

257 Brian McFall

258 Ryan Wagner RC

259 Billy Hogan

260 Nate Spears

261 Ryan Harvey

262 Wes Littleton

263 Xavier Paul

264 Sean Rodriguez

265 Brian Finch

266 Josh Rainwater

267 Brian Snyder

268 Eric Duncan

269 Rickie Weeks RC

270 Tim Battle

271 Scott Beerer

272 Aaron Hill

273 Casey Abrams

274 Jonathan Fulton

275 Todd Jennings

276 Jordan Pratt

277 Tom Gorzelanny

278 Matt Lorenzo

279 Jarrod Saltalamacchia

280 Mike Wagner


Parallels

  • Black-Bordered Facsimile Signature (one-per-pack)

Rainbow

This Hobby-exclusive partially-parallel the 100 Knothole "Rookie" cards (181-280)

  • Rainbow (one-per-pack)
  • Gold Rainbow (one-of-one)

Inserts

Box Toppers

1 Delmon Young

2 Rickie Weeks

3 Brandon Webb

4 Bo Hart

5 Felix Pie

6 Ryan Harvey

7 Eric Duncan

8 Aaron Hill


Autographs & Game-Used

Delmon Young Autograph

Topps had Delmon Young, the first pick overall in the 2003 MLB Draft, autograph a limited number of his Bowman Heritage base card. This card was available via an exchange card that was randomly inserted into packs at the rate of 1:1014. The exchange card has long expired.

253 Delmon Young


Keith Olbermann Autograph

Topps had broadcaster and noted card collector Keith Olbermann autograph some cards for 2003 Bowman Heritage. Olbermann provided Topps with his own personal copies of the 1956 Bowman prototypes on which the designs of the base set are based.

KOA Keith Olbermann


Diamond Cuts Relics

Each Diamond Cut Relic is also available in a Red and Gold parallel version. The Reds are serial-numbered to 56 copies, and the Gold are ones-of-one.

VW Vernon Wells

PM Pedro Martinez

PL Paul Lo Duca

MT Miguel Tejada

MS Mike Sweeney

MM Mark Mulder

ML Mike Lowell

MG Mark Grace

MA Moises Alou

KW Kerry Wood

KM Kevin Millwood

KI Kazuhiro Sasaki

RC Roberto Clemente

RH Rickey Henderson

RP1 Rafael Palmeiro

VG Vladimir Guererro

TW Ty Wigginton

THA Tim Hudson

TH Todd Helton

TG Troy Glaus

TA Tony Armas

SS2 Sammy Sosa

SS1 Sammy Sosa

SR2 Scott Rolen

SR1 Scott Rolen

RP2 Rafael Palmeiro

JW Jarrod Washburn

JV Javier Vazquez

JR Jose Reyes

CF Cliff Floyd

CB Craig Biggio

BZ Barry Zito

BW Bernie Williams

BM Brett Myers

BB Bret Boone

AS Alfonso Soriano

AR2 Alex Rodriguez

AR1 Alex Rodriguez

AP Albert Pujols

AK Austin Kearns

CG Cristian Guzman

CJ1 Chipper Jones

CJ2 Chipper Jones

JLP Josh Phelps

JL Javy Lopez

JJ Jason Jennings

JG Jason Giambi

JE Jim Edmonds

JB Jeff Bagwell

JA Jeremy Affeldt

HN Hideo Nomo

HB Hank Blalock

GS Gary Sheffield

EC Eric Chavez

AJ Andruw Jones


Signs of Greatness

Topps had each player sign one, and only one, copy in red ink.

BF Brian Finch

RW Rickie Weeks

RH Rich Harden

RC Robinson Cano

MM Matt Murton

KY Kevin Youkilis

JD Jeff Duncan

FP Felix Pie

DW Dontrelle Willis

CB Chad Billingsley

BS Brian Snyder

TG Tom Gorzelanny


Team Topps Blue Chips Autographs

See 2003 Topps Blue Chips

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