2005 Bowman

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2005 Bowman was a baseball card set released by Topps. It would be the last of the traditional Bowman releases before the new rookie cards rules went into effect. Alex Rodriguez had just signed a Topps exclusive deal and was featured prominently in this set.

Contents

Distribution

The product was released in retail, hobby and HTA jumbo boxes. The standard hobby boxes (as shown below) have two AU/GU hits per box. The HTA jumbo boxes had 4 GU or AU per box including an autographed box topper. These boxes are still relatively easy to find (and afford) in both card shops and online.

Base Set

The 2005 Bowman set had three different types of cards included in their base set. Numbers 1-140 featured veteran players and were trimmed in red. Numbers 141-165 featured prospects who already had a card in Bowman and were trimmed in green. Numbers 166-330 were all First Year players (trimmed in blue) and rookies except for 242 Pat Osborn, 244 Shaun Marcum and 321 Ben Harrison, who were on their first Bowman card but already had another rookie card.

There are a number of cards in the set that share photographs with other Bowman releases.

Other Inserts

Besides the two insert sets veteran and Futures Game relics and the Alex Rodriguez Throwbacks, there were two other special game used relics cards that were inserted into packs. The first was a Base of the Future relic featuring a piece of game used base from the Futures Game and an autograph of Aaron Hill, who was the MVP of the game in 2004. This card was inserted 1:106 HTA exclusively with a Red ink parallel version (serial numbered to 25) inserted at 1:4708 HTA packs.

The other card was a dual bat card of Jason Bay and Bobby Crosby, the two Rookies of the Year in 2004. This card was inserted at a rate of 1:668 hobby, 1:248 HTA, and 1:1535 retail. These Rookie of the Year game used cards were an annual insert card in Bowman.

Checklist

BC Jason Bay / Bobby Crosby

1 Gavin Floyd

2 Eric Chavez

3 Miguel Tejada

4 Dmitri Young

5 Hank Blalock

6 Kerry Wood

7 Andy Pettitte

8 Pat Burrell

9 Johnny Estrada

10 Frank Thomas

11 Juan Pierre

12 Tom Glavine

13 Lyle Overbay

14 Jim Edmonds

15 Steve Finley

16 Jermaine Dye

17 Omar Vizquel

18 Nick Johnson

19 Brian Giles

20 Justin Morneau

21 Preston Wilson

22 Wily Mo Pena

23 Rafael Palmeiro

24 Scott Kazmir

25 Derek Jeter

26 Barry Zito

27 Mike Lowell

28 Jason Bay

29 Ken Harvey

30 Nomar Garciaparra

31 Roy Halladay

32 Todd Helton

33 Mark Kotsay

34 Jake Peavy

35 David Wright

36 Dontrelle Willis

37 Marcus Giles

38 Chone Figgins

39 Sidney Ponson

40 Randy Johnson

41 John Smoltz

42 Kevin Millar

43 Mark Teixeira

44 Alex Rios

45 Mike Piazza

46 Victor Martinez

47 Jeff Bagwell

48 Shawn Green

49 Ivan Rodriguez

50 Alex Rodriguez

51 Kazuo Matsui

52 Mark Mulder

53 Michael Young

54 Javy Lopez

55 Johnny Damon

56 Jeff Francis

57 Rich Harden

58 Bobby Abreu

59 Mark Loretta

60 Gary Sheffield

61 Jamie Moyer

62 Garret Anderson

63 Vernon Wells

64 Orlando Cabrera

65 Magglio Ordonez

66 Ronnie Belliard

67 Carlos Lee

68 Carl Pavano

69 Jon Lieber

70 Aubrey Huff

71 Rocco Baldelli

72 Jason Schmidt

73 Bernie Williams

74 Hideki Matsui

75 Ken Griffey, Jr.

76 Josh Beckett

77 Mark Buehrle

78 David Ortiz

79 Luis Gonzalez

80 Scott Rolen

81 Joe Mauer

82 Jose Reyes

83 Adam Dunn

84 Greg Maddux

85 Bartolo Colon

86 Bret Boone

87 Mike Mussina

88 Ben Sheets

89 Lance Berkman

90 Miguel Cabrera

91 C.C. Sabathia

92 Mike Maroth

93 Andruw Jones

94 Jack Wilson

95 Ichiro Suzuki

96 Geoff Jenkins

97 Zack Greinke

98 Jorge Posada

99 Travis Hafner

100 Barry Bonds

101 Aaron Rowand

102 Aramis Ramirez

103 Curt Schilling

104 Melvin Mora

105 Albert Pujols

106 Austin Kearns

107 Shannon Stewart

108 Carl Crawford

109 Carlos Zambrano

110 Roger Clemens

111 Javier Vazquez

112 Randy Wolf

113 Chipper Jones

114 Larry Walker

115 Alfonso Soriano

116 Brad Wilkerson

117 Bobby Crosby

118 Jim Thome

119 Oliver Perez

120 Vladimir Guerrero

121 Roy Oswalt

122 Torii Hunter

123 Rafael Furcal

124 Luis Castillo

125 Carlos Beltran

126 Mike Sweeney

127 Johan Santana

128 Tim Hudson

129 Troy Glaus

130 Manny Ramirez

131 Jeff Kent

132 Jose Vidro

133 Edgar Renteria

134 Russ Ortiz

135 Sammy Sosa

136 Carlos Delgado

137 Richie Sexson

138 Pedro Martinez

139 Adrian Beltre

140 Mark Prior

141 Omar Quintanilla

142 Carlos Quentin

143 Dan Johnson

144 Jake Stevens

145 Nate Schierholtz

146 Neil Walker

147 Bill Bray

148 Taylor Tankersley

149 Trevor Plouffe

150 Felix Hernandez

151 Philip Hughes

152 James Houser

153 David Murphy

154 Ervin Santana

155 Anthony Whittington

156 Chris Lambert

157 Jeremy Sowers

158 Giovanny Gonzalez

159 Blake DeWitt

160 Thomas Diamond

161 Greg Golson

162 David Aardsma

163 Paul Maholm

164 Mark Rogers

165 Homer Bailey

166 Chip Cannon RC*

167 Tony Giarratano

168 Darren Fenster

169 Elvys Quezada

170 Glen Perkins

171 Ian Kinsler

172 Mike Bourn

173 Jeremy West

174 Justin Verlander

175 Kevin West

176 Luis Hernandez

177 Matt Campbell RC*

178 Nate McLouth

179 Ryan Goleski

180 Matthew Lindstrom

181 Matt DeSalvo

182 Kole Strayhorn

183 Jose Vaquedano

184 James Jurries

185 Ian Bladergroen

186 Eric Nielsen RC*

187 Chris Vines

188 Chris Denorfia

189 Kevin Melillo RC

190 Melky Cabrera

191 Ryan Sweeney

192 Sean Marshall

193 Andy LaRoche

194 Tyler Pelland

195 Mike Morse

196 Wes Swackhamer RC*

197 Wade Robinson

198 Dan Santin

199 Steve Doetsch

200 Shane Costa

201 Scott Mathieson

202 Ben Jones

203 Michael Rogers

204 Matt Rogelstad

205 Luis Ramirez

206 Landon Powell

207 Erik Cordier

208 Chris Seddon

209 Chris Roberson

210 Thomas Oldham

211 Dana Eveland

212 Cody Haerther

213 Danny Core

214 Craig Tatum

215 Elliot Johnson

216 Ender Chavez

217 Errol Simonitsch

218 Matt Van Der Bosch

219 Eulogio De La Cruz

220 C.J. Smith

221 Adam Boeve

222 Adam Harben

223 Baltazar Lopez

224 Russ Martin

225 Brian Bannister

226 Brian Miller

227 Casey McGehee

228 Humberto Sanchez

229 Javon Moran

230 Brandon McCarthy

231 Danny Zell

232 Jake Postlewait

233 Juan Tejeda

234 Keith Ramsey

235 Lorenzo Scott

236 Wladimir Balentien

237 Martin Prado

238 Matt Albers

239 Brian Schweiger

240 Brian Stavisky RC*

241 Pat Misch

242 Pat Osborn

243 Ryan Feierabend

244 Shaun Marcum

245 Kevin Collins

246 Stuart Pomeranz

247 Tetsu Yofu

248 Hernan Iribarren

249 Mike Spidale

250 Tony Arnerich

251 Manny Parra

252 Drew Anderson

253 T.J. Beam

254 Pedro Lopez

255 Andy Sides

256 Bear Bay

257 Bill McCarthy

258 Daniel Haigwood

259 Brian Sprout

260 Bryan Triplett

261 Steven Bondurant

262 Darwinson Salazar

263 David Shepard

264 Johan Silva

265 J.B. Thurmond

266 Brandon Moorhead

267 Kyle Nichols

268 Jonathan Sanchez

269 Mike Esposito

270 Erik Schindewolf

271 Peeter Ramos

272 Juan Senreiso

273 Matthew Kemp

274 Vinny Rottino

275 Micah Furtado

276 George Kottaras

277 Billy Butler

278 Buck Coats

279 Kenny Durost

280 Nick Touchstone

281 Jerry Owens

282 Stefan Bailie

283 Jesse Gutierrez

284 Chuck Tiffany

285 Brendan Ryan

286 Hayden Penn

287 Shawn Bowman

288 Alexander Smit

289 Micah Schnurstein

290 Jared Gothreaux

291 Jair Jurrjens

292 Bobby Livingston

293 Ryan Speier

294 Zach Parker

295 Christian Colonel

296 Scott Mitchinson

297 Neil Wilson

298 Chuck James

299 Heath Totten

300 Sean Tracey

301 Ismael Ramirez

302 Matt Brown

303 Franklin Morales

304 Brandon Sing

305 D.J. Houlton

306 Jayce Tingler

307 Mitchell Arnold

308 Jim Burt

309 Jason Motte

310 David Gassner

311 Andy Santana

312 Kelvin Pichardo

313 Carlos Carrasco

314 Willy Mota

315 Frank Mata

316 Carlos Gonzalez

317 Jeff Niemann

318 Chris B. Young

319 Billy Sadler

320 Ricky Barrett

321 Ben Harrison

322 Steve Nelson

323 Daryl Thompson

324 Philip Humber

325 Jeremy Harts

326 Nick Masset

327 Mike Rodriguez

328 Mike Garber

329 Kennard Bibbs

330 Ryan Garko



Key Cards

The rookie class in the 2005 set is highlighted Ian Kinsler, Justin Verlander, Melky Cabrera, Andy LaRoche, Russ Martin, Matt Kemp, Billy Butler, Chuck James, Carlos Gonzalez, and Chris B Young

The players who were originally the top prospects in the set were Justin Verlander, Andy LaRoche, Brandon McCarthy, Matt Kemp, Billy Butler, Buck Coats, Chuck James, Carlos Gonzalez, Chris B. Young, and Ryan Garko

Errors

Base Parallel Sets

Four different full parallel sets of 2005 Bowman were produced. The 1st Edition set was actually released in seperate packs than the standard Bowman cards. However, no inserts were included in those packs and the boxes were distributed to hobby dealers only.

Overall parallel insert rate into hobby, HTA and retail packs was 1:1. The Gold paralllels were distributed into all packs and were not serial numbered. The Red and White parallels were available in hobby and HTA packs only.

The Red parallels are all serial numbered 1/1 and were inserted at 1:2768 Hobby and 1:708 HTA and are by far the most rare cards in this set. As you can see in the picture, the border of these cards is not the same red as used in the Chrome Refractor sets. It is much more muted, but is still easy to distinguish from the other parallels.

The White parallels were distributed very differently from the Red and Gold. Each card was serial numbered to 240, but only half of the print run was inserted into packs at a rate of 1:23 Hobby and 1:6 HTA. The rest were packed out as exchange cards to the pit.com at a rate of 1:94 hobby and 1:23 Retail. 4 random cards were assigned to be redeemed with each exchange card and the deadline was 12/31/2005 to exchange these cards.

Alex Rodriguez Cards

Base Inserts

As Alex Rodriguez had just signed an exclusive deal with Topps, he was put front and center in many products in 2005. The first group of cards was a series of "Cards That Never Were", Bowman cards of his that would have been produced if he had not been signed exclusively with Upper Deck. These cards were inserted at a rate of 1:12 hobby packs.

A-Rod Jersey Cards

  • 1994 - 1
  • 1995 - 25
  • 1996 - 90
  • 1997 - 800

A-Rod Autographs

Extremely rare and carry high value.

Insert Sets

2005 Bowman continued the tradition of autographed insert cards and the other inserts that had become standard issues for the last few years.

Veteran Game Used Relics

A partial parallel set of 2005 Bowman featuring swatches of game used jerseys and bats. Inserted at the following rates 1:50 Hobby, 1:19 HTA Jumbo, and 1:114 Retail. None of the cards are short printed.

Some of the card fronts feature different pictures than the base set while others the identical one as the base set. The cards are printed on the thicker stock used for the GU and parallel cards. Topps has never stated if any of the jersey pieces are prime, thus any prime jersey cards found on the secondary market should be met with skepticism.

Autographs

These autographs cards are a partial parallel set of 2005 Bowman of numbers 141-165. The group of prospects (who were not rookies in this set) all signed a number of cards for insertion into packs and as box toppers in the HTA jumbo boxes. The autographs are actually signed on the card, unlike the Signs of the Future set from the same year. The card fronts and backs are identical to the base card, except the additional of a COA hologram on the back and a signature on the front in blue or red ink. The red inked autographs are not serial numbered but Topps has stated the print run was 25 cards. Note that the Group A cards are slightly easier to pull than the Group B cards.

David Aardsma did return his cards before the cards were shipped, thus his card was inserted as an exchange card that could be redeemed unitl 05/31/2007.

The players from this set that are currently highest in demand are Phillip Hughes and Felix Hernandez.


Signs of the Future

Once again a Signs of the Future insert set made its way into 2005 Bowman. The cards feature a major prospect or rookie and their autograph on a sticker on the front of the card. These cards were inserted at 4 different rates depending on which group the autographs were in. Overall insertion odds were 1:62 hobby, 1:25 HTA Jumbo Packs and 1:142 retail packs.

The lone short print in the set is the David Wright card. According to Topps only 100 copies were produced but the cards were not serial numbered. Brad Snyder did not return his stickers in time and thus a redemption card was packed out instead. The exchange deadline was 05/31/07 (as with all other 2005 Bowman exchange cards).

Futures Game Used

These cards feature game used jersey swatches from the 2004 Futures Game, played during the All-Star break, prior to the major league All-Star Game. Thus, it should should be noted that these jerseys are unique from that particular event. The cards were inserted 1:36 Hobby, 1:19 HTA Jumbo and 1:114 Retail.

These cards are easily confused with the 2005 Bowman Draft Futures Game Relics without a picture. The key is that the 2005 Bowman Draft Picks Futures Game Relics are parallels of the main set, while the 2005 regular Bowman ones are a unique insert set featuring pictures on the players while wearing the jersey pieces. Also only a couple players are included in both sets.

None of the jersey relics are noted as primes. Caution is suggested if a "prime" jersey peice is spotted one of these cards.

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