Bowman AFLAC

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Description

Bowman AFLAC is a series of card sets released in conjunction with the All-American Classic, an annual all-star game featuring some of the best high school players. The first game was played in 2003 and has been played every summer ever since. The American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC) was the game's presenting sponsor from 2003-2010. Perfect Game, which organizes the All-American Classic, picked up the sponsorship in 2011.

From 2004 to 2013 Topps was a sponsor of the AFLAC/Perfect Game All-American Classic and produced a card set for each game -- including on-card autographs. Since all players in the game were entering their senior year of high school, Topps could not release the autographs until after they had signed a professional contract (and not all players did).

For the 2004 and 2005 games, Topps seeded into packs of that year's Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects redemption cards good for an AFLAC set. Fulfillment of these sets could not begin until after the players had graduated, been drafted, and signed with an MLB team. As a result, the 2004 set was not fulfilled until January 2006 and the 2005 set until January 2007.

Beginning with the 2006 game, the unsigned version of the AFLAC/Perfect Game set has only been available to attendees of the All-American Classic game. Since the actual game is sparsely attended, the print runs on these cards are extremely scarce (Topps also gives each player an allotment of his own card). As part of Topps's sponsorship of the game, each player was required to autograph a number of cards (usually no more than 250) which would then be saved and used as inserts in various Bowman products, as soon as the player signed a professional contract.

A number of AFLAC autographs were used as cut signature inserts in 2010 and 2011 Topps Pro Debut.

2013 was the final year Topps produced this set as Leaf Trading Cards picked up the license.

Checklist

2004

See 2004 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects.

2005

See 2005 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects.

2006

Production of the 2006 Topps AFLAC set has been estimated at 250 copies, with each player receiving 100 of his own card. This was the only year in which the design of the Topps flagship baseball set was used for the AFLAC set.

NOTE: A "Promo" version of the 2006 set exists. Each Promo has the phrase "FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY" printed on the front and has a game-action photo of the player.

BB Blake Beavan

BK Brett Krill

CC Christian Colon

CR Cameron Rupp

DB Drake Britton

DD Derek Dietrich

DM D.J. LeMahieu

DR Danny Rams

ED Evan Danieli

EG Erik Goeddel

FF Freddie Freeman

GP Greg Peavey

HM Hunter Morris

JG Jon Gilmore

JH Jason Heyward

JJ Justin Jackson

JL Joe Leftridge

JS Josh Smoker

JT John Tolisano

JV Josh Vitters

KB Kyle Blair

KD Kentrail Davis

KK Kevin Keyes

MB Madison Bumgarner

MB2 Michael Burgess

MH Matt Harvey

MM Michael Main

NN Nick Noonan

NR Neil Ramirez

PD Paul Demny

RP Rick Porcello

RS Robert Stock

SB Steven Brooks

SR Sam Runion

SS Sequoyah Stonecipher

TA Tim Alderson

TR Tanner Robles

YG Yasmani Grandal


Autographs

Autographs from the 2006 Topps AFLAC set were held by Topps and used as inserts in 2008, 2009, and 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects.

NOTE: Collectors should be advised when purchasing 2006 Topps AFLAC cards that are autographed but not serial-numbered.

Beginning with cards inserted into 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects (with the exception of 2011), Topps began to serial-number all pack-inserted AFLAC autographs as a security measure. Because the autographs inserted into 2008 Bowman Draft were not serial-numbered, there is no way to distinguish between the pack-inserted cards (which have genuine autographs) and autographs that did not pass through Topps' hands (which may or not be genuine). Theoretically, a collector could have attended the 2006 AFLAC game and had the card(s) he/she received at the door autographed by the player right then and there. Then again, it is also possible that someone could have bought an unautographed AFLAC card off eBay and forged a signature.

It is advised that collectors buy from a reputable source or a professionally graded card.

BB Blake Beavan 08BDPP

CC Christian Colon 10BDPP 49

CR Cameron Rupp 10BDPP 43

DB Drake Britton 08BDPP

DM D.J. LeMahieu 09BDPP 142

DR Danny Rams 08BDPP

FF Freddie Freeman 08BDPP

JG Jon Gilmore 08BDPP

JH Jason Heyward 08BDPP

JS Josh Smoker 08BDPP

JT John Tolisano 08BDPP

JV Josh Vitters 08BDPP

MB Madison Bumgarner 08BDPP

MH Matt Harvey 10BDPP 230

MM Michael Main 08BDPP

NN Nick Noonan 08BDPP

NR Neil Ramirez 09BDPP 240

PD Paul Demny 08BDPP

RP Rick Porcello 08BDPP

RS Robert Stock 09BDPP 236

SS Sequoyah Stonecipher 09BDPP 248

TA Tim Alderson 08BDPP

YG Yasmani Grandal 10BDPP 230


2007

Once again a Promo set exists featuring game-action photography. Also, cards of coaches were made.

AB Andy Burns

AF Anthony Ferrara

AH Aaron Hicks

AM Alex Meyer

AN Adrian Nieto

AW Austin Wright

BD Brett DeVall

BH B.J. Hermsen

BN Billy Nicholson CO

BW Brett Warren

CA Chris Amezquita

CE Cecil Espy CO

CM Clark Murphy

DH Destin Hood

DM Daniel Marrs

EM Ethan Martin

GC Gerrit Cole

GL Garrison Lassiter

HM Harold Martinez

IG Isaac Galloway

JA Jack Armstrong

JC Jarred Cosart

JS Jordan Swagerty

KM Kevin Maris CO

KS Kyle Skipworth

MH Manny Hermosillo CO

MP Michael Palazzone

MS Mike Sheppard, Jr. CO

QM Quinton Miller

RO Ricky Oropesa

ROS Ryan O'Sullivan

SG Sonny Gray

SS Scott Silverstein

TB Tim Beckham

TH Taylor Hightower

TM Tim Melville

WF Wesley Freeman

WK Walker Kelly

XA Xavier Avery


Autographs

Autographs were inserted into packs of 2008, 2009, and 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, and 2012 Bowman. As with the 2006 set, cards held over for 2008BDP&P were not serial-numbered.

AF Anthony Ferrara 08BDPP

AN Adrian Nieto 08BDPP

BH B.J. Hermsen 10BDPP 127

GC Gerrit Cole 12BOW 225

IG Isaac Galloway 08BDPP

JS Jordan Swagerty 12BOW 210

QM Quinton Miller 08BDPP

SG Sonny Gray 12BOW 200

TB Tim Beckham 10BOW 127

WF Wesley Freeman 09BDPP 231

XA Xavier Avery 08BDPP


2008

LB Luke Bailey

KS Keyvius Sampson

KH Kyrell Hudson

DT Donovan Tate

EC Ethan Carter

EW Everett Williams

IK Ian Krol

JM Jiovanni Mier

JS Jonathan Singleton

JT Jacob Thompson

JW Jonathan Walsh

DS Drew Steckenrider

DN David Nick

BL Braxton Lane

BP Brooks Pounders

BW Beau Wright

CJ Christopher Jenkins

CT Chad Thompson

AS Andrew Susac

BG Brian Goodwin

AM Austin Maddox

LW LeVon Washington

MD Matt Davidson

MG Mychal Givens

MH Michael Heller

MP Matthew Purke

MS Max Stassi

MZ Michael Zunino

RS Richie Shaffer

SG Scooter Gennett

SH Slade Heathcott

TM Tyler Matzek

ZQ Zack Wheeler

DTU Daniel Tuttle

JMO Jacob Morris

JTU Jacob Turner

MGR Matt Graham

SGR Scott Griggs


Autographs

Autographs from the 2008 set were inserted into packs of 2009 and 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects and 2012 Bowman. All pack-inserted autographs were serial-numbered.

AS Andrew Susac 12BOW 210

BP Brooks Pounders 09BDPP 240

DN David Nick 09BDPP 243

DT Donovan Tate 10BDPP 244

EW Everett Williams 10BDPP 127

IK Ian Krol 10BDPP 127

JM Jiovanni Mier 09BDPP 245

JS Jonathan Singleton 10BDPP 127

KS Keyvius Sampson 10BDPP 127

LB Luke Bailey 10BDPP 230

MD Matt Davidson 09BDPP 206

MG Mychal Givens 10BDPP 230

MP Matthew Purke 12BOW 230

MS Max Stassi 09BDPP 174

MZ Michael Zunino 12BDPP 225

SG Scooter Gennett 10BDPP 230

SH Slade Heathcott 10BDPP 81

TM Tyler Matzek 09BDPP 244

ZW Zack Wheeler 09BDPP 244

DTU Daniel Tuttle 10BDPP 102

JTU Jacob Turner 10BDPP 22


2009

Autographs

Autographs from the 2009 Bowman AFLAC set were inserted into packs of 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, 2014 Bowman and 2014 Bowman Chrome.

2010

This was the last year the All-American Classic game was sponsored by AFLAC.

Autographs

Autographs from the 2010 Bowman AFLAC set were inserted into packs of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, 2012 and 2014 Bowman and 2014 Bowman Chrome.

NOTE: Autographs inserted into packs of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects were NOT serial-numbered. To placate collectors who pulled such cards, Topps offered to have them professionally graded by PSA at no charge provided they were sent back to Topps by July 1, 2012. Cards sent back to Topps as part of this program would be notated as having been pack-pulled on the label by PSA.

2011

NOTE: 2011 was the first year Perfect Game sponsored the All-American Classic game.

Autographs

Autographs from the 2011 Perfect Game set were inserted into packs of 2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, 2013 and 2014 Bowman and 2014 and 2015 Bowman Chrome.

2012

Autographs

Autographs from the 2012 Bowman Perfect Game set were inserted into packs of 2012 and 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, 2014 and 2015 Bowman, and 2014 Bowman Chrome.

2013

2013 was the final year Topps sponsored the AFLAC/Perfect Game All-American Classic game.

Autographs

The first batch of autographs were inserted into packs of 2014 Bowman Draft.