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Bowman is a baseball card set that was produced at least annually from 1948 to 1955 by Bowman Gum. Then Topps reintroduced the brand in 1989 and has released the set annually (at least) since then.

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Bowman Gum Era

1948 Bowman

This is the first main issue of Bowman cards. It was also the first major sports cards release after World War II. Highlights of the set include rookie cards of Stan Musial, Yogi Berra and Warren Spahn.

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1950 Bowman

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1951 Bowman

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1952 Bowman

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1953 Bowman Black and White

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1953 Bowman Color

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1954 Bowman

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1955 Bowman

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1956 Bowman

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Topps Era

In 1994, Topps created the Bowman's Best brand, followed by Bowman Chrome Baseball in 1997. In 2000, Topps added Bowman Draft to the roster and then Bowman Heritage Baseball the next year as part of their retro line. By 2016, Bowman offshoots included Bowman Sterling Baseball, Bowman Platinum Baseball, Bowman Inception, and Bowman Originals.

1989 Bowman

Topps decided to re-introduce the Bowman brand of cards to the market. This over sized card set was the first Bowman set in 34 years. Base Set:

1990 Bowman

The 1990 set was re-sized to be standard sized and was the first of the Bowman sets to focus on prospects and rookies that were not included in other manufacturers sets. Base Set: 528 cards

1991 Bowman

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1992 Bowman

Bowman became more a premium brand in 1992. It was the inclusion of several key rookies that led to Bowman’s rapid popularity growth.

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1993 Bowman

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1994 Bowman

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1995 Bowman

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1996 Bowman

The first year that Bowman had a complete parallel set with the Foil parallels.

1997 Bowman

The first year that Bowman was released as two different series rather than one. Also the first year that autographed cards were included. This would become a standard for Bowman (and most other Topps brands) for decades to come. Base Set: 441 cards

1998 Bowman

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1999 Bowman

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2000 Bowman

The first year of Draft Picks and Prospects rather than two different series releases.

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2001 Bowman

The first year that game used relics appeared as inserts in the flagship Bowman set. Rookie cards of Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols really highlight the set.

Base Set: 440 cards

2002 Bowman

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2003 Bowman

First year of the Signs of the Future inserts in the main Bowman set.

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2004 Bowman

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2005 Bowman

The last set of an era for Bowman. 2005 represented the last year that players who had not made a major league roster would be allowed in base sets. Base Set:330 cards

2006 Bowman

With the creation of the RC logo by the MLPA, Bowman could no longer include players who had not played in the major leagues into their base set. Thus the Prospect insert set was created along with its multiple levels of parallels and chrome parallels. Most collectors feel that these cards are rookie cards, even more so than the RC logo cards from a couple years later.

Base Set:231 cards

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