2004 Bowman Heritage

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Description

2004 Bowman Heritage is a baseball card set produced by Topps. It takes its base design from the 1955 Bowman set. It was the first Bowman Heritage Baseball Card set to incorporate printing plates as inserts into packs. The 2004 Bowman Heritage may have been the most popular with collectors of any of the Bowman Heritage sets.

Roop Binder

In addition to the other sets listed below an exchange card for an M.J. Roop Archivers binder was also inserted at a rate of 1:240 hobby packs (approx 1 per case). The exchange deadline was 12/31/06.

Distribution

The cards were relased in Hobby and Retail packs. Both came 24 packs to a box with 8 cards per pack. The main difference between the two is that Hobby packs had a much high hit rate for autographed and game used inserts. The set was originally released on Dec 22, 2004.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 351 - ? ?
short set 300 - ? ?
Short Prints 51 - 1:3 1:3
Black & White 351 - one-per-pack one-per-pack
Mahogany 351 25 1:39 N/A
Printing Plates 351 four-for-each 1:240 N/A
M.J. Roop Binder 1 - 1:240 N/A
Signs of Authority 20 - 1:49 1:107
Signs of Authority Red Ink 20 55 1:499 1:1017
Signs of Glory 5 - 1:246 1:530
Signs of Glory Red Ink 5 55 1:2019 1:3961
Signs of Greatness 10 - 1:57 1:122
Signs of Greatness Red Ink 10 55 1:999 1:2038
Team Topps Blue Chips 2 - ? ?
Threads of Greatness 80 - 1:12 1:24
Threads of Greatness Gold 80 55 ? ?
Commissioner Cut 1 one-of-one 1:320,720 N/A

Checklist

Base Set

A 351 card master set with 300 base cards and 51 short prints. These cards are based on the 1955 Bowman set (the last of the released for the public Bowman designs) with the TV border. The cards are all set up as landscaped photographs rather than portrait in reference to the original set. Cards 40 and 48 feature Victor Martinez and Pedro Martinez, each card had a short printed variation with the wrong Martinez's stats on the back. The original 1955 set made the same mistake (albeit unintentionally) with card #48 Milt Bolling. Additionally the Giles brothers are featured on one card #139 as homage to the original set that featured the Shantz brothers on the same numerical card. There are two cards numbered 138, one for Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez and the other for Padres shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Umpires are also included in the set as a reference to the original 1955 set.

1 Tom Glavine

2 Mike Piazza SP

3 Sidney Ponson

4 Jerry Hairston, Jr.

5 Jermaine Dye

6 Bobby Crosby

7 Carlos Zambrano

8 Moises Alou

9 Alex Rodriguez SP

10 Derek Jeter

11 Rafael Furcal

12 J.D. Drew

13 Joe Mauer SP

14 Brad Radke

15 Johnny Damon

16 Derek Lowe

17 Pat Burrell

18 Mike Lieberthal

19 Cliff Lee

20 Ronnie Belliard

21 Eric Gagne SP

22 Brad Penny

23 Al Kaline RET

24 Mike Maroth

25 Magglio Ordonez SP

26 Mark Buehrle

27 Jack Wilson

28 Oliver Perez

29 Red Schoendienst RET

30 Yadier Molina RC

31 Ryan Freel

32 Adam Dunn

33 Paul Konerko

34 Esteban Loaiza

35 Ivan Rodriguez

36 Carlos Guillen

37 Adrian Beltre

38 C.C. Sabathia

39 Hideo Nomo

40 Victor Martinez COR

40 Victor Martinez SP ERR (Pedro Martinez' Stats)

41 Bobby Abreu

42 Randy Wolf

43 Johnny Estrada

44 Russ Ortiz

45 Kenny Rogers

46 Hank Blalock SP

47 David Ortiz

48 Pedro Martinez COR

48 Pedro Martinez SP ERR (Victor Matinez' Stats)

49 Austin Kearns

50 Ken Griffey, Jr. SP

51 Mark Prior

52 Kerry Wood

53 Eric Chavez

54 Tim Hudson

55 Rafael Palmeiro SP

56 Javy Lopez

57 Jason Bay

58 Craig Wilson

59 Whitey Ford RET

60 Jason Giambi

61 Scott Rolen SP

62 Matt Morris

63 Javier Vazquez

64 Jim Thome

65 Don Zimmer RET

66 Shawn Green

67 Don Larsen RET

68 Gary Sheffield

69 Jorge Posada

70 Bernie Williams

71 Chipper Jones

72 Andruw Jones

73 John Thomson

74 Jim Edmonds

75 Albert Pujols

76 Chris Carpenter

77 Aubrey Huff SP

78 Carl Crawford

79 Victor Zambrano

80 Alfonso Soriano SP

81 Lance Berkman

82 Mike Sweeney

83 Ken Harvey

84 Angel Berroa

85 A.J. Burnett

86 Mike Lowell

87 Miguel Cabrera SP

88 Preston Wilson

89 Todd Helton SP

90 Larry Walker

91 Vladimir Guerrero

92 Garret Anderson

93 Bartolo Colon

94 Scott Hairston

95 Richie Sexson SP

96 Sean Casey

97 John Podres RET

98 Andy Pettitte

99 Roy Oswalt

100 Roger Clemens SP

101 Scott Podsednik

102 Ben Sheets

103 Lyle Overbay

104 Nick Johnson SP

105 Zach Day

106 Jose Reyes

107 Khalil Greene

108 Sean Burroughs

109 David Wells SP

110 Jason Schmidt

111 Neifi Perez

112 Edgar Renteria

113 Rich Aurilia

114 Edgar Martinez

115 Joel Pineiro

116 Mark Teixeira

117 Michael Young

118 Ricardo Rodriguez

119 Carlos Delgado

120 Roy Halladay

121 Jose Guillen

122 Troy Glaus

123 Shea Hillenbrand

124 Luis Gonzalez

125 Horacio Ramirez

126 Melvin Mora

127 Miguel Tejada SP

128 Manny Ramirez

129 Tim Wakefield

130 Curt Schilling SP

131 Aramis Ramirez

132 Sammy Sosa SP

133 Matt Clement

134 Juan Uribe

135 Dontrelle Willis

136 Paul Lo Duca

137 Juan Pierre

138 Kevin Brown

139 Brian Giles / Marcus Giles

140 Brian Giles

141 Nomar Garciaparra SP

142 Cesar Izturis

143 Don Newcombe RET

144 Craig Biggio

145 Carlos Beltran

146 Torii Hunter

147 Livan Hernandez

148 Cliff Floyd

149 Barry Zito

150 Mark Mulder

151 Rocco Baldelli

152 Bret Boone

153 Jamie Moyer

154 Ichiro Suzuki

155 Brett Myers

156 Carl Pavano

157 Josh Beckett

158 Randy Johnson

159 Trot Nixon

160 Dmitri Young

161 Jacque Jones

162 Lew Ford

163 Jose Vidro

164 Mark Kotsay

165 A.J. Pierzynski

166 Dewon Brazelton

167 Jeromy Burnitz

168 Johan Santana

169 Greg Maddux

170 Carl Erskine RET

171 Robin Roberts RET

172 Freddy Garcia

173 Carlos Lee

174 Jeff Bagwell

175 Jeff Kent

176 Kazuhisa Ishii

177 Orlando Cabrera

178 Shannon Stewart

179 Mike Cameron

180 Mike Mussina

181 Frank Thomas

182 Jaret Wright

183 Alex Gonzalez SP FLA

183 Alex S. Gonzalez SDG

184 Matt Lawton

185 Derrek Lee

186 Omar Vizquel

187 Jeremy Bonderman

188 Jake Westbrook

189 Zack Greinke SP

190 Chad Tracy

191 Rondell White

192 Alex Gonzalez

193 Geoff Jenkins

194 Ralph Kiner RET

195 Al Leiter

196 Kevin Millwood

197 Jason Kendall

198 Kris Benson

199 Ryan Klesko

200 Mark Loretta

201 Richard Hidalgo

202 Reed Johnson

203 Luis Castillo

204 Jon Zeringue SP RC*

205 Matt Bush RC

206 Kurt Suzuki SP RC

207 Mark Rogers RC

208 Jason Vargas SP RC

209 Homer Bailey RC

210 Ray Liotta SP RC

211 Eric Campbell RC

212 Thomas Diamond RC

213 Gaby Hernandez SP RC*

214 Neil Walker RC

215 Bill Bray RC

216 Wade Davis SP RC

217 David Purcey RC

218 Scott Elbert RC

219 Josh Fields RC

220 Josh Johnson SP RC

221 Chris Lambert RC

222 Trevor Plouffe RC

223 Bruce Froemming UMP

224 Matt Macri SP RC

225 Greg Golson RC

226 Philip Hughes RC

227 Kyle Waldrop RC

228 Matt Tuiasosopo SP RC

229 Richie Robnett RC

230 Taylor Tankersley RC

231 Blake DeWitt RC

232 Charlie Reliford UMP

233 Eric Hurley RC

234 Jordan Parraz SP RC

235 J.P. Howell RC

236 Dana DeMuth UMP

237 Zach Jackson RC

238 Justin Orenduff RC*

239 Brad Thompson RC

240 J.C. Holt SP RC

241 Matt Fox RC

242 Danny Putnam RC

243 Daryl Jones SP RC

244 Jon Poterson RC

245 Gio Gonzalez RC

246 Lucas Harrell SP RC

247 Jerry Crawford UMP

248 Jay Rainville RC*

249 Donnie Smith SP RC

250 Huston Street RC

251 Jeff Marquez RC

252 Reid Brignac RC

253 Yusmeiro Petit RC

254 K.C. Herren RC*

255 Dale Scott UMP

256 Erick San Pedro RC*

257 Ed Montague UMP

258 Billy Buckner RC

259 Mitch Einertson SP RC*

260 Aarom Baldiris RC*

261 Conor Jackson RC

262 Rick Reed UMP

263 Ervin Santana RC

264 Gerry Davis UMP

265 Merkin Valdez RC

266 Joey Gathright RC

267 Alberto Callaspo RC

268 Carlos Quentin SP RC

269 Gary Darling UMP

270 Jeff Salazar SP RC

271 Akinori Otsuka SP RC

272 Joe Brinkman UMP

273 Omar Quintanilla RC

274 Brian Runge UMP

275 Tom Mastny RC

276 John Hirschbeck UMP

277 Warner Madrigal RC

278 Joe West UMP

279 Paul Maholm RC

280 Larry Young UMP

281 Mike Reilly UMP

282 Kazuo Matsui SP RC

283 Randy Marsh UMP

284 Frank Francisco RC

285 Zach Duke RC

286 Tim McClelland UMP

287 Jesse Crain RC

288 Hector Gimenez RC

289 Marland Williams RC*

290 Brian Gorman UMP

291 Jose Capellan SP RC

292 Tim Welke UMP

293 Javier Guzman RC

294 Paul McAnulty RC

295 Hector Made RC*

296 Jon Connolly RC

297 Don Sutton RC

298 Fausto Carmona RC

299 Ramon Ramirez RC

300 Brad Snyder RC

301 Chin-Lung Hu RC

302 Rudy Guillen RC

303 Matt Moses RC*

304 Brad Halsey SP RC

305 Erick Aybar RC

306 Brad Sullivan RC

307 Nick Gorneault RC

308 Craig Ansman RC*

309 Ricky Nolasco RC

310 Luke Hughes RC

311 Danny Gonzalez RC

312 Josh Labandeira RC

313 Donald Levinski RC

314 Vince Perkins RC*

315 Tommy Murphy RC

316 Chad Bentz RC

317 Chris Shelton RC

318 Nyjer Morgan SP RC

319 Kody Kirkland RC

320 Blake Hawksworth RC

321 Alex Romero RC

322 Mike Gosling RC

323 Ryan Budde RC

324 Kevin Howard RC

325 Wanell Macia RC

326 Travis Blackley RC

327 Kazuhito Tadano SP RC

328 Shingo Takatsu RC

329 Joaquin Arias RC

330 Juan Cedeno RC

331 Bobby Brownlie RC

332 Lastings Milledge RC

333 Estee Harris RC*

334 Tim Stauffer SP RC

335 Jon Knott RC

336 David Aardsma RC

337 Wardell Starling RC

338 Dioner Navarro RC

339 Logan Kensing RC

340 Jason Hirsh RC

341 Matt Creighton RC

342 Felix Hernandez SP RC

343 Kyle Sleeth RC

344 Dustin Nippert RC

345 Anthony Lerew RC

346 Chris Saenz RC

347 Steve Palermo UMP

348 Barry Bonds SP

MJ Roop Binder EXCH


Key Cards

The key rookie cards in the set include Felix Hernandez, Phil Hughes, Ervin Santana, Carlos Quentin, Homer Bailey, Yadier Molina, Dioner Navarro, Kurt Suzuki, Lastings Milledge, Fausto Carmona, Wade Davis, Conor Jackson, and Huston Street.

Parallel Sets

Black and White

Inserted a rate of one per pack the the Black and White Parallel cards are the primary parallel set for 2004 Bowman Heritage. The cards were printed on thicker card stock as a decoy for the game used cards. If a pack contained a game used card then the Black and White was not included. Note all 351 cards and variations are paralleled but none are short printed. The cards resemble their base set counterpart in all aspects but one; the black and whites contain a facsimile signature on the front of the card that the base set card does not.

Mahogany

One of the most popular parallel sets ever included in Bowman Heritage, these cards are heavily collected by a number of set builders. The cards were printed on a "mahogany" stock with a different texture than the other cards in the set and serial numbered on the back of the card to 25 copies each. The cards were inserted at a rate of 1:39 hobby only (approximately 1 per two boxes). All 351 of the cards in the base master set are paralleled.

The set builders working on the this set do not follow book values. If there is a card they need for their set they will pay upwards of $300 for a single semi-star card (For example:In January 2007, a Mike Sweeney sold for $310 on eBay).

Printing Plates

As with many of the other Bowman and Topps products of the mid 2000's, Topps released the printing plates for the set into packs. 4 colored plates were used to manufacture the cards (Cyan, Yellow, Black, Magenta) and all of them were inserted into packs at an overall rate of 1:240 hobby packs only.

Card sales for these printing plates have been relatively light since 2006 due to lack of supply. A Jack Wilson plate sold in Feb 2007 for $32 on eBay.

Autographs and Game Used

Commissioner's Cut

One extreme chase card was also inserted into packs. A single (1/1), unique cut signature card of Ford Frick, who was the commissioner of baseball in 1955 was inserted at a rate of 1:320,720 hobby packs. This card is known as the Commissioner's Cut card, numbered FF on the back.

Signs of Authority

These cards are autographed inserts of major league umpires. As important as umpires are to the game of baseball, there is simply not a high demand for cards of umpires. This was the first inclusion of autographed cards of umpires in a set. The 20 umpires selected were the most recognized umpires in the game, however the set still did not sit well with collectors.

The base level cards were signed in Blue ink and were inserted 1:49 hobby packs and 1:107 retail packs. The print run of the Blue ink versions is approximately 550 cards.

The Red ink versions were printed to 55 serial numbered copies and inserted at a rate of 1:499 hobby and 1:1019 retail.

BF Bruce Froemming

BG Brian Gorman

BR Brian Runge

CM Charlie Reliford

DD Dana DeMuth

DS Dale Scott

EM Ed Montague

ER Rick Reed

GD Gerry Davis

GDA Gary Darling

JB Joe Brinkman

JC Jerry Crawford

JH John Hirschbeck

JW Joe West

LY Larry Young

MR Mike Reilly

RM Randy Marsh

SP Steve Palermo

TM Tim McClelland

TW Tim Welke


Signs of Glory

One of several autographed inserts in the 2004 Bowman Heritage set. These cards feature players in their original pictures from the 1955 Bowman set. The blue ink version was inserted at a rate of 1:246 hobby and 1:530 retail. A more rare red ink version was also printed, hand serial numbered to 55 sets and inserted at a rate of 1:2019 hobby and 1:3961 retail packs.

BK Bob Kuzava

BS Bobby Shantz

GK George Kell

MS Bill Skowron

PR Preacher Roe


Signs of Greatness

Another series of autographed inserts in 2004 Bowman Heritage. These cards feature the signatures of some of the top prospects in 2004. Phillip Hughes is far and away the most popular card in this set.

The blue ink set was inserted at a rate of 1:57 hobby and 1:122 retail and was not serial numbered. The red ink version was inserted at a rate of 1:999 Hobby and 1:2038 retail and had a hand serial numbered print run of 55 copies.

BB Bill Bray

CL Chris Lambert

GG Greg Golson

JM Jeff Marquez

JR Jay Rainville

MB Matt Bush

MR Mark Rogers

NW Neil Walker

PH Philip Hughes

TD Thomas Diamond

TP Trevor Plouffe

TT Taylor Tankersley


Threads of Greatness

Overall there were approximately 2 game used by hobby box and 1 game used per retail box. The Bobby Cox, Mike McDougald and Ruben Sierra cards are notable due the small number of game used cards that are actually in circulation for each player.

AB Adrian Beltre BAT

AEP Andy Pettitte UNI

AGB Armando Benitez JSY

AJ Andruw Jones BAT

AMB Angel Berroa BAT

AP2 Albert Pujols BAT

AP Albert Pujols JSY

AR Alex Rodriguez BAT

AS Alfonso Soriano BAT

BB Bret Boone BAT

BB2 Bret Boone JSY

BC Bobby Cox UNI

BW Bernie Williams BAT

BZ Barry Zito UNI

CE Carl Everett UNI

CS C.C. Sabathia JSY

DJ Dave Justice UNI

DW Dontrelle Willis JSY

EC Eric Chavez BAT

EC2 Eric Chavez UNI

FT Frank Thomas JSY

GS Gary Sheffield BAT

HB Hank Blalock BAT

HB2 Hank Blalock JSY

HN Hideo Nomo JSY

JAG Juan Gonzalez JSY

JB Jeff Bagwell BAT

JB2 Jeff Bagwell JSY

JD Johnny Damon UNI

JDS Jason Schmidt JSY

JG Jason Giambi UNI

JG2 Jason Giambi JSY

JL Javy Lopez JSY

JM Joe Mauer BAT

JO John Olerud BAT

JO2 John Olerud JSY

JPB Josh Beckett JSY

JPB2 Josh Beckett BAT

JR Jose Reyes JSY

JS John Smoltz JSY

JS2 John Smoltz JSY

JT Jim Thome JSY

JT2 Jim Thome BAT

JW Jarrod Washburn UNI

KM Kevin Millwood JSY

KW Kerry Wood JSY

KW2 Kerry Wood BAT

LB Lance Berkman BAT

LB2 Lance Berkman JSY

MA Moises Alou JSY

MC Miguel Cabrera BAT

MCD Mike McDougal JSY

MCT Mark Teixeira JSY

ML Mike Lowell JSY

MM Mark Mulder UNI

MM2 Mark Mulder UNI

MP Mike Piazza BAT

MP2 Mike Piazza JSY

MR Manny Ramirez UNI

MR2 Manny Ramirez BAT

MS Mike Sweeney BAT

MT Miguel Tejada BAT

MT2 Miguel Tejada HOME UNI

MT3 Miguel Tejada AWAY UNI

MY Michael Young JSY

NG Nomar Garciaparra BAT

OV Omar Vizquel BAT

PB Pat Burrell BAT

PL Paul LoDuca BAT

RB Rocco Baldelli BAT

RC Roger Clemens UNI

RH Roy Halladay JSY

RS Ruben Sierra BAT

SS Sammy Sosa AWAY JSY

SS2 Sammy Sosa BAT

SS3 Sammy Sosa HOME JSY

TB Tony Batista JSY

TH Todd Helton JSY

VW Vernon Wells JSY

WB Wade Boggs JSY


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