A recent search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office shows that The Topps Company, Inc. has just filed a trademark application for “Bowman Black" for use with, obviously, trading cards.
The details of this filing are provided below:
|Word Mark||BOWMAN BLACK|
|Goods and Services||IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Trading cards|
|Standard Characters Claimed|
|Mark Drawing Code||(4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK|
|Filing Date||October 11, 2011|
|Current Filing Basis||1B|
|Original Filing Basis||1B|
|Owner||(APPLICANT) The Topps Company, Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE One Whitehall Street New York NEW YORK 10004|
|Attorney of Record||Andrew Baum|
|Type of Mark||TRADEMARK|
Topps' filing is under section 1B, which means it is an “intent to use" application.
Legal translation: Bowman Black will be a future product.
It's unclear from the bare-bones filing about what Bowman Black will be, but my best guess is it may be yet another product offering in the Bowman line to go alongside Bowman, Bowman Chrome, Bowman Platinum, Bowman Sterling and Bowman Draft Picks.
How many more of these do they need?
As to how the cards will look or what their focus will be, only time will tell.
Let the speculation begin. Feel free to look into your crystal ball and take your guesses in the comments below.