2002 Bowman's Best

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Description

2002 Bowman's Best is a 181-card set released in August, 2002. In a radical departure for the brand, each of the 91 rookies and prospects (cards #91-#181) would come either autographed or have a piece of a game-used bat on it. Each pack will yield one such card.

Distribution

Ten packs per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $15). Ten boxes per case. Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 181 - ?
short set 90 - 4:1
Autographed/Game-Used First-Year 91 - one-per-pack
Blue short set 90 300 1:6
Blue Autographed First-Year 65 - 1:6
Blue Game-Used First-Year 26 - 1:14
Red short set 90 200 1:8
Red Autographed First-Year 65 - 1:17
Red Game-Used First-Year 26 - 1:39
Gold short set 90 50 1:31
Red Autographed First-Year 65 - 1:51
Red Game-Used First-Year 26 - 1:115
Uncirculated Autograph Redemption 65 20 1:129
Uncirculated Game-Used First Year Redemption 26 20 1:322

Checklist

Base Set

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1 Josh Beckett

2 Derek Jeter

3 Alex Rodriguez

4 Miguel Tejada

5 Nomar Garciaparra

6 Aramis Ramirez

7 Jeremy Giambi

8 Bernie Williams

9 Juan Pierre

10 Chipper Jones

11 Jimmy Rollins

12 Alfonso Soriano

13 Mark Prior

14 Paul Konerko

15 Tim Hudson

16 Doug Mientkiewicz

17 Todd Helton

18 Moises Alou

19 Juan Gonzalez

20 Jorge Posada

21 Jeff Kent

22 Roger Clemens

23 Phil Nevin

24 Brian Giles

25 Carlos Delgado

26 Jason Giambi

27 Vladimir Guerrero

28 Cliff Floyd

29 Shea Hillenbrand

30 Ken Griffey, Jr.

31 Mike Piazza

32 Carlos Pena

33 Larry Walker

34 Magglio Ordonez

35 Mike Mussina

36 Andruw Jones

37 Nick Johnson

38 Curt Schilling

39 Eric Chavez

40 Bartolo Colon

41 Eric Hinske

42 Sean Burroughs

43 Randy Johnson

44 Adam Dunn

45 Pedro Martinez

46 Garret Anderson

47 Jim Thome

48 Gary Sheffield

49 Tsuyoshi Shinjo

50 Albert Pujols

51 Ichiro

52 C.C. Sabathia

53 Bob Abreu

54 Ivan Rodriguez

55 J.D. Drew

56 Jacque Jones

57 Jason Kendall

58 Javier Vazquez

59 Jeff Bagwell

60 Greg Maddux

61 Jim Edmonds

62 Hank Blalock

63 Jose Vidro

64 Kevin Brown

65 Mark Teixeira

66 Sammy Sosa

67 Lance Berkman

68 Mark Mulder

69 Marty Cordova

70 Frank Thomas

71 Mike Cameron

72 Mike Sweeney

73 Barry Bonds

74 Troy Glaus

75 Barry Zito

76 Pat Burrell

77 Paul LoDuca

78 Rafael Palmeiro

79 Austin Kearns

80 Darin Erstad

81 Richie Sexson

82 Roberto Alomar

83 Roy Oswalt

84 Ryan Klesko

85 Luis Gonzalez

86 Scott Rolen

87 Shannon Stewart

88 Shawn Green

89 Toby Hall

90 Bret Boone


Autographed/Game-Used First Year

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NOTES

  • 26 of the 91 First Year cards feature a piece of a game-used bat (BAT). All other cards in this subset are autographed by the player (AU).
  • Some players have BOTH a BAT and an AU card. Both cards are, where applicable, considered "true" rookie cards.
  • Card #181 packed out as a redemption card which expired December 31, 2002.

The specific odds of finding a First Year card are as follows.

  • AU Group A: 1:3/packs
  • AU Group B: 1:19/packs
  • BAT: 1:5/packs
  • Kaz Ishii BAT EXCH: 1:13/packs

91 Casey Kotchman BAT RC

92 Jose Valverde AU A RC

93 Cole Barthel BAT RC*

94 Brad Nelson AU A RC

95 Mauricio Lara AU A RC

96 Ryan Gripp BAT RC

97 Brian West AU A RC*

98 Chris Piersoll AU B RC

99 Ryan Church AU B RC

100 Javier Colina AU A

101 Juan M. Gonzalez AU A RC*

102 Benito Baez AU A

103 Mike Hill BAT RC

104 Jason Grove AU B RC*

105 Koyie Hill AU B

106 Mark Outlaw AU A RC*

107 Jason Bay BAT RC

108 Jorge Padilla AU A RC

109 Pete Zamora AU A RC*

110 Joe Mauer AU A RC

111 Franklyn German AU A RC

112 Chris Flinn AU A RC*

113 David Wright BAT RC

114 Anastacio Martinez AU A RC

115 Nic Jackson BAT RC*

116 Rene Reyes AU A RC

117 Colin Young AU A RC*

118 Joe Orloski AU A RC*

119 Mike Wilson AU A RC

120 Rich Thompson AU A RC

121 Jake Mauer AU B RC*

122 Mario Ramos AU A RC

123 Doug Sessions AU B RC*

124 Doug Devore BAT RC

125 Travis Foley AU A RC*

126 Chris Baker AU A RC*

127 Michael Floyd AU A RC*

128 Josh Barfield BAT RC

129 Jose Bautista BAT RC

130 Gavin Floyd AU A RC

131 Jason Botts BAT RC

132 Clint Nageotte AU A RC

133 Jesus Cota AU B RC*

134 Ron Calloway BAT RC

135 Kevin Cash BAT RC

136 Jonny Gomes AU B RC

137 Dennis Ulacia AU A RC*

138 Ryan Snare AU A RC

139 Kevin Deaton AU A RC*

140 Bobby Jenks AU B RC

141 Casey Kotchman AU A RC

142 Adam Walker AU A RC*

143 Mike Gonzalez AU A RC

144 Ruben Gotay BAT RC

145 Jason Grove BAT RC

146 Freddy Sanchez AU B RC

147 Jason Arnold AU B RC*

148 Scott Hairston AU A RC

149 Jason St. Clair AU B RC*

150 Chris Tritle BAT RC*

151 Edwin Yan BAT RC*

152 Freddy Sanchez BAT RC

153 Greg Sain BAT RC*

154 Yurendell De Caster BAT RC

155 Noochie Varner BAT RC*

156 Nelson Castro AU B RC*

157 Randall Shelley BAT RC*

158 Reed Johnson BAT RC

159 Ryan Raburn AU A RC

160 Jose Morban BAT RC

161 Justin Schuda AU A RC*

162 Henry Pichardo AU A RC*

163 Josh Bard AU A RC

164 Josh Bonifay AU A RC*

165 Brandon League AU B RC

166 Jorge-Julio DePaula AU A RC

167 Todd Linden AU B RC

168 Francisco Liriano AU A RC

169 Chris Snelling AU A RC

170 Blake McGinley AU A RC*

171 Cody McKay AU A RC

172 Jason Stanford AU A RC

173 Lenny DiNardo AU A RC

174 Greg Montalbano AU A RC*

175 Earl Snyder AU A RC

176 Justin Huber AU A RC

177 Chris Narveson AU A RC

178 Jon Switzer AU A RC

179 Ronald Acuna, Sr. AU A RC*

180 Chris Duffy BAT RC

181 Kazuhisa Ishii BAT RC EXCH


Parallels

All 191 base cards are available in the following parallels. The 90 veteran players are serial-numbered to the production figures listed below; while the 91 Autographed/Game-Used First Year cards are NOT serial-numbered.

  • Red (serial-numbered to 300 copies)
  • Blue (serial-numbered to 200 copies)
  • Gold (serial-numbered to 50 copies)

Uncirculated First Year

Randomly inserted into packs were redemption cards good for an "Uncirculated" parallel for the 91 Autographed/Game-Used First Year cards. When redeemed, the collector would receive a the player's Bowman's Best card encased in a plastic case. Only 20 redemption cards for each player were inserted, and all cards expired December 31, 2002.