Bowman was Topps' biggest (and really, only) competitor in the 1950s baseball card market. That ended when Topps bought Bowman, and stopped producing Bowman cards.
Fast forward more than 40 years. It's 1989, and there now five major card manufacturers. Topps has seen its market share drop for nearly a decade, and they figure its time to add another set to the mix. What better way to increase sales than to reintroduce a set so steeped in history, so in tune with the fifty-something year-old baby boomer men collecting cards that remind them of their childhood? It was time to bring Bowman back!
someone else's tribute card, but it was too good to ignore.) This set also holds the distinction of being the last set issued to not contain inserts until 1999.
After a decade of red and black, would 2011 be any different? You bet your ass it isn't.
My favorite design is the 1994 issue, with 1992 and 1993 close behind. They all feature simple but attractive designs. The past 11 years have been about the rookies, and it's obvious in the design. But that's another post - tomorrow's post.