Showcasing a new design, 2024 Bowman Baseball covers top prospects and more with paper and Chrome cards.
Topps acquisition of the Bowman Gum Company in the early 1950’s consolidated the bubblegum baseball card market under a single entity that would last for almost thirty years. However, it wasn’t until 1989 that Topps resurrected the Bowman brand as a standalone product. The cards were slightly larger than the traditional 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” sized cards collectors had become accustomed to and proved frustrating from a storage and archival standpoint. Despite a strong rookie checklist that included Ken Griffey Jr. the new Bowman brand was met with a lukewarm reception.
Home of the Rookie Card
The following year, the brand was reconfigured and included an aggressive marketing campaign with a new tagline, “Home of the Rookie Card”. This statement was manifested in the product itself in the form of the 120 rookies that were included in the checklist. In subsequent years, the Bowman brand continued to evolve. One of the most notable changes being in the card stock used from that of the traditional clay stock to a premium stock that included a high gloss finish. The checklist and size of the set itself continued to grow in quantity, which saw the 1992 version of the brand containing a total of 183 rookie cards, most notable of which were; Manny Ramirez, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Delgado
Since its early years under Topps control, the Bowman brand has spawned several sister products. Capitalizing on the popularity of rookie card collecting, enhancements in printing technologies and Topps exclusive licensing agreement with Major League Baseball, the Bowman name has given rise to some of the most desirable brands in the baseball card market. Some of these correlating branded products include names like, Bowman Chrome, Bowman’s Best, Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects, and Bowman Sterling. Regardless of the name, product configuration, or technologies employed, one constant has remained, in that the Bowman brand has become the most recognizable rookie card brand in the baseball card landscape.
The early success of the revitalized brand coupled with the boom era of sports cards in the early ‘90’s afforded Topps the opportunity to role out the Bowman brand across the other major sports. The first of these came in the much smaller hockey card market for the 1990-91 season, in the form of both a hobby pack product and a 264-card factory set. Later that decade, in the mid ‘90’s, both Bowman and it’s premium version, Bowman’s Best would be released to the football card market. The resulting success caused the company to open the brand to basketball in 1996-97, which just so happened to coincide with the return to prominence of the Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan. As with baseball before them, the popularity of the Bowman brands has been utilized in multiple formats across all sports through the years and will continue to be a dominate force in the hobby for years to come.
Bowman Card Sets
Browse our database of Bowman card sets, which feature product reviews, set checklists, expert analysis, price comparisons, and more.
2023 Bowman University Alabama Football offers collectors of the Crimson Tide a full trading card set. Hobby boxes contain one hit that can be an autograph or relic.
Delivering another installment of MLB Chrome prospects, 2023 Bowman Sapphire Edition Baseball works in base blue versions along with limited parallels and autographs.
2023 Bowman Mega Box Baseball makes some changes to the Chromium MLB series. Look for multiple Mojo-styled parallels and limited autographs.
Giving collectors the first batch of MLB prospects for the year, 2023 Bowman Baseball mixes Chrome and paper cards in one product.
The Bowman MLB prospect season starts with 2023 Bowman 1st Edition Baseball. Look for limited Chrome autographs.
Find top MLB prospects with the popular Sapphire chromium finish in 2022 Bowman Sapphire Edition Baseball.
A brand debut for Nippon Professional Baseball, 2022 Bowman NPB Baseball highlights some of the rising stars.
A yearly favorite, 2022 Bowman Mega Box Chrome Baseball offers Retail-exclusive cards for some of the top MLB prospects.
Uncover the latest crop of 1st Bowman cards and autographs in 2022 Bowman Baseball. Formats include Hobby and Jumbo HTA boxes.
Featuring foil parallels and Chrome autographs, 2022 Bowman 1st Edition Baseball continues to provide MLB collectors with an early look at the Bowman prospect lineup.
Bowman heads back to the gridiron in 2021-22 Bowman University Football. The prospect-fueled set has two Chrome autographs per Hobby box.
Collect the stars of Bowman U with 2021-22 Bowman University Basketball. Each Hobby box has two Chrome autographs.
Make sure to visit the Topps booth to grab some 2021 Topps NSCC Bowman National Convention wrapper redemption packs.
The distinct blue set is back for MLB prospect collectors in 2021 Bowman Sapphire Edition. Each box contains one autograph.
Offering another year of the Retail-exclusive set, 2021 Bowman Mega Box Chrome Baseball features exclusive cards with parallels and variations.
Dig for cardboard gold in 2021 Bowman Baseball. The popular brand starts off the season of MLB prospect collecting with Hobby and Jumbo formats.
Get an early look at the popular MLB prospect brand with 2021 Bowman 1st Edition Baseball. The set includes limited parallels and autographs.
2020 Bowman Sapphire Edition Baseball brings fans even more collecting choices for notable prospects. Every online-only box includes one autograph.
Major League Soccer is back and the 2020 Bowman MLS Soccer set features some of the top up-and-coming talent. The exclusive release includes autographs, as well.
2020 Bowman Mega Box Chrome Baseball continues the tradition of the Target-only release. The retail format offers exclusive prospect cards and autographs.
A little old and a lot of new awaits in 2020 Bowman Baseball. The MLB prospect-filled release again offers the first batch of Chrome Prospect Autographs.
2020 Bowman 1st Edition Baseball is a limited preview product coming to Topps’ online store. All prospect cards carry the 1st Edition stamp, including the Chrome autographs.
There’s no room for Ebenezer Scrooge in 2019 Bowman Topps Holiday Baseball. The annual promo celebrates the Christmas season with exclusive cards.
Track down exclusive prospect and rookie cards in 2019 Bowman Mega Box Chrome Baseball. The highly-anticipated MLB release offers some of the game’s best up-and-coming names in a Mojo Refractor.
Gear up for prospect season with 2019 Bowman Baseball. The popular brand celebrates 30 years highlighting up-and-coming MLB talent. Hobby boxes contain one autograph while Hobby Jumbo has three.
Get free cards just in time for the Christmas season thanks to 2018 Topps Holiday Bowman Baseball. Exclusive to Hobby shops, collectors receive a pack by making a Topps purchase.
2018 Bowman Mega Box sends collectors on a retail prospect hunt. The Target release includes exclusive Chrome Refractor parallels not found anywhere else.
Thanks to 2018 Bowman Big League Breakthrough, when top prospects make their MLB debut, you win! Find out full details for the retail-only promo set.
Chase some of the top prospects of the year with 2018 Bowman Baseball! Offering on-card autographs, Hobby boxes have one signed card and Jumbo has three.
Ho, Ho, Hobby promo! 2017 Topps Holiday Bowman Baseball packs come free with a Topps purchase at select shops.
Featuring exclusive options, 2017 Bowman Mega Box Baseball is the place to find patterned Chrome editions for top prospects and even surprise Shohei Otani cards.
Exclusive Topps cards await at the 2017 NSCC thanks to the 2017 Bowman Chrome National Convention wrapper redemption packs!
Celebrating 70 years of cards, 2017 Bowman Baseball provides ample coverage for top prospects as well as throwbacks from the history of the brand. Hobby boxes deliver one autograph while Jumbo promises three signed cards per box.
The Topps National Sports Collectors Convention wrapper redemption features exclusive 2016 Bowman National Refractors Baseball cards. The limited set includes parallels and autograph versions.
A key release for prospecting, 2016 Bowman Baseball returns with all the bells and whistles collectors have come to expect, including Chrome Prospect Autographs and many Refractor parallels. Hobby boxes promise one autograph.
2015 Bowman Football jumps out early with four on-card rookie autographs and a veteran relic card per hobby box.
2015 Bowman Baseball features a bigger prospect checklist to go alongside its many other familiar elements. Chrome Prospect Autographs and Refractors once again highlight the set.
2014 Bowman Football is highlighted by some of the first rookie cards of the season. Hobby boxes have five total hits including four autographs.
2014 Bowman Baseball marks the 25th anniversary of Topps reviving the classic brand and giving it a heavy rookie and prospect focus. Hobby boxes once again promise one autograph.
Focusing on the latest rookies, 2013 Bowman Football takes a more traditional brand approach. The set arrives with some of the first autographs from the 2013 rookie crop and plenty of parallels.
2013 Bowman Baseball marks the 65th anniversary of the brand. Traditionally one of the top sets for prospectors, hobby boxes deliver one autograph and lots of the game’s future stars.
2012 Bowman Football is highlighted by the first Topps autographs from the 2012 NFL draft picks. Every pack of the hobby version, dubbed Bowman Signatures, is guaranteed to have either an autograph or a signed relic card. The 200-card base set has 100 rookie cards.
Other than a few cosmetic changes, 2012 Bowman Baseball sticks with what’s made it one of the most popular brands in the hobby. Once again collectors can expect rookies and prospects galore and a ton of parallels and refractors to chase. Bowman Black autographs debut.
An annual favorite for prospectors, 2011 Bowman is a prime option for Bryce Harper collectors. Hobby boxes offer one autograph per box.
Product Details Product Details 2008 Bowman Baseball now features even more must-have, Bowman Exclusive cards than ever before! NEW this year, 2008 Bowman Baseball presents Hobby Exclusive AUTOGRAPHED Bowman Chrome Prospect Cards, at an insertion rate of 1 per Hobby and HTA Box and introduces Bowman Scouts Autographed Cards, highlighting baseball scouts who have signed […]
Basically two sets in one, 2003-04 Bowman Basketball is a rather odd NBA release that offers a double dose of LeBron James rookie cards with both regular Bowman and Bowman Chrome options.
The 2001 Bowman Baseball card set is arguably the best modern Bowman set ever produced thanks to rookie cards of Albert Pujols, Justin Morneau and Jose Reyes.
As far as rookies go, 1996 Bowman Baseball may be the weakest the brand has ever seen. However, the release does boast a larger number of inserts and an important tweak that is still used today.
Jorge Posada and Torii Hunter highlight the 1994 Bowman Baseball checklist. While it may not rank among the strongest modern Bowman sets, it’s still respectable.
1993 Bowman Baseball doesn’t have quite the same prestige as the previous year’s set. However, it does include rookie cards of both Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte.
One of the greatest sets of the decade, 1992 Bowman Baseball is highlighted by a massive rookie card checklist. Key cards include Mariano Rivera, Mike Piazza, Manny Ramirez, Chipper Jones and Pedro Martinez.
Led by Jim Thome and Chipper Jones, 1991 Bowman Baseball has a loaded checklist as far as rookies go. However a plain design and massive print run keep it from reaching the heights it did a year later.
1990 Bowman Baseball might be wildly over-printed, but it has a clean look and a strong rookie card checklist. Frank Thomas, Juan Gonzalez, Larry Walker and Sammy Sosa are among the first-year standouts.
1989 Bowman Baseball marked the return of the iconic brand after a more than 40-year absence. The cards themselves are notable for their over-sized dimensions and the inclusion of a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card on the checklist.
Closing out this hobby chapter for vintage collectors, 1955 Bowman Baseball provides the last release for the iconic baseball brand. The vintage set is headlined by Mickey Mantle.
1954 Bowman Baseball is highlighted by a classy, colorful design and the presence of many Hall of Fame cards. However, errors and variations are plentiful and the set does not have many notable rookie cards.
Regarded by many as one of the most attractive sets of all-time, 1953 Bowman Baseball includes a strong checklist of all-time greats in color. There is also a black-and-white release.
It may not carry the popularity of the other 1952 release, but collectors should not sleep on 1952 Bowman Baseball. The colorful set is led by second-year cards for Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.
Led by rookie cards for Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, 1951 Bowman Baseball is a set for the ages. The attractive release is considered by many to be one of the most important post-war sets of all-time.
1950 Bowman Baseball might not have the major rookie cards, but it’s certainly a thing of beauty to behold. And considering its age, one of the more affordable major sets of the era.
Collectors have lots of options when it comes to the American West on trading cards. However, few are as popular or colorful as 1949 Bowman Wild West.
1949 Bowman Baseball isn’t regarded as the most attractive set ever, but it does have a potent checklist. Highlights include rookie cards of Roy Campanella and Duke Snider as well as early cards of Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige.
1948 Bowman Football marked the start of modern football collecting. The vintage set includes rookies of Sammy Baugh, Pete Pihos and Steve Van Buren.
1948 Bowman Baseball marks the first time the card maker made a set of baseball cards. The landmark issue includes rookie cards of Stan Musial, Yogi Berra and Warren Spahn.