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2003 Bowman Heritage

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2003 Bowman Heritage is a 300-card set released by Topps in December, 2003, although it is only sequentially numbered to 280 due to multiple prints of the retired greats.

This set was designed in the style of what the 1956 Bowman set might have looked like had it been issued. Bowman stopped making and distributing baseball cards in 1955 after Topps purchased Bowman Gum Co. However, the company had a set planned for release in 1956. There were three design types: Single Image, Double Image, and Knothole.

These designs were found in a dark blue presentation folder labeled "1956 Baseball Card Preference Study" and was purchased by famed broadcaster avid baseball card collector Keith Olbermann -- whom Topps commissioned to write an essay that was included on a poster which was packed inside each sealed 2003 Bowman Heritage Hobby box. The folder details an early market research project in which hundreds of children (mostly boys) in five cities were shown seven different designs and asked which they liked best. The top three designs had small quantities printed and were then shown to exactly 324 boys from Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago. Three of these test cards were glued to pages within the Preference Study booklet. While the children ultimately selected the double image design, they decided to utilize all three designs for the Bowman Heritage set.

The first 160 cards all feature veteran players on the Single Image design. Cards numbered 161 through 170 feature players who debuted in the 2003 season and each of those players have the Double Image. Cards numbered 171-180 featured retired greats and were issued in all three styles. Cards number 180 through 300 are all Rookie Cards and all those cards are issued in the Knothole design.


Hobby: 24 packs per box, 10 cards per pack (MSRP: $2.99)


Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 300 - ? ?
Black-Bordered Facsimile Signature 300 - one-per-pack one-per-pack
Rainbow 100 - one-per-pack N/A
Gold Rainbow 100 one-of-one 1:4178 N/A
Diamond Cut Relics 55 - varies varies
Diamond Cut Relics Red 55 56 1:143 1:143
Diamond Cut Relics Gold 55 one-of-one 1:8193 1:8193
Signs of Greatness 12 - 1:30 1:30
Signs of Greatness Red Ink 12 one-of-one 1:32,141 1:32,141
Delmon Young Autograph 1 - 1:1014 1:1014
Keith Olbermann Autograph 1 - 1:1421 1:1421
Team Topps Blue Chips 5 - ? ?



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This three-card set, one from each design, was issued to promote the 2003 Bowman Heritage set.

PP1 Alex Rodriguez

PP2 Bo Hart

PP3 Miguel Cabrera

Base Set

Single Image

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1 Jorge Posada

2 Todd Helton

3 Marcus Giles

4 Eric Chavez

5 Edgar Martinez

6 Luis Gonzalez

7 Corey Patterson

8 Preston Wilson

9 Ryan Klesko

10 Randy Johnson

11 Jose Guillen

12 Carlos Lee

13 Steve Finley

14 A.J. Pierzynski

15 Troy Glaus

16 Darin Erstad

17 Moises Alou

18 Torii Hunter

19 Marlon Byrd

20 Mark Prior

21 Shannon Stewart

22 Craig Biggio

23 Johnny Damon

24 Robert Fick

25 Jason Giambi

26 Fernando Vina

27 Aubrey Huff

28 Benito Santiago

29 Jay Gibbons

30 Ken Griffey, Jr.

31 Rocco Baldelli

32 Pat Burrell

33 A.J. Burnett

34 Omar Vizquel

35 Greg Maddux

36 Cliff Floyd

37 C.C. Sabathia

38 Geoff Jenkins

39 Ty Wigginton

40 Jeff Kent

41 Orlando Hudson

42 Edgardo Alfonzo

43 Greg Myers

44 Melvin Mora

45 Sammy Sosa

46 Russ Ortiz

47 Josh Beckett

48 David Wells

49 Woody Williams

50 Alex Rodriguez

51 Randy Wolf

52 Carlos Beltran

53 Austin Kearns

54 Trot Nixon

55 Ivan Rodriguez

56 Shea Hillenbrand

57 Roberto Alomar

58 John Olerud

59 Michael Young

60 Garret Anderson

61 Mike Lieberthal

62 Adam Dunn

63 Raul Ibanez

64 Kenny Lofton

65 Ichiro Suzuki

66 Jarrod Washburn

67 Shawn Chacon

68 Alex Gonzalez

69 Roy Halladay

70 Vladimir Guerrero

71 Hee Seop Choi

72 Jody Gerut

73 Ray Durham

74 Mark Teixeira

75 Hank Blalock

76 Jerry Hairston

77 Erubiel Durazo

78 Frank Catalanotto

79 Jacque Jones

80 Bob Abreu

81 Mike Hampton

82 Zach Day

83 Jimmy Rollins

84 Joel Pineiro

85 Brett Myers

86 Frank Thomas

87 Aramis Ramirez

88 Paul Lo Duca

89 Dmitri Young

90 Brian Giles

91 Jose Cruz

92 Derek Lowe

93 Mark Buehrle

94 Wade Miller

95 Derek Jeter

96 Bret Boone

97 Tony Batista

98 Sean Casey

99 Eric Hinske

100 Albert Pujols

101 Runelvys Hernandez

102 Vernon Wells

103 Kerry Wood

104 Lance Berkman

105 Alfonso Soriano

106 Bill Mueller

107 Bartolo Colon

108 Andy Pettitte

109 Rafael Furcal

110 Dontrelle Willis

111 Carl Crawford

112 Scott Rolen

113 Chipper Jones

114 Magglio Ordonez

115 Bernie Williams

116 Roy Oswalt

117 Kevin Brown

118 Cristian Guzman

119 Kazuhisa Ishii

120 Larry Walker

121 Miguel Tejada

122 Manny Ramirez

123 Mike Mussina

124 Mike Lowell

125 Scott Podsednik

126 Aaron Boone

127 Carlos Delgado

128 Jose Vidro

129 Brad Radke

130 Rafael Palmeiro

131 Mark Mulder

132 Jason Schmidt

133 Gary Sheffield

134 Richie Sexson

135 Barry Zito

136 Tom Glavine

137 Jim Edmonds

138 Andruw Jones

139 Pedro Martinez

140 Curt Schilling

141 Phil Nevin

142 Nomar Garciaparra

143 Vicente Padilla

144 Kevin Millwood

145 Shawn Green

146 Jeff Bagwell

147 Hideo Nomo

148 Fred McGriff

149 Matt Morris

150 Roger Clemens

151 Jerome Williams

152 Orlando Cabrera

153 Tim Hudson

154 Mike Sweeney

155 Jim Thome

156 Rich Aurilia

157 Mike Piazza

158 Edgar Renteria

159 Javy Lopez

160 Jamie Moyer

171 Willie Mays

172 Phil Rizzuto

173 Al Kaline

174 Warren Spahn

175 Jimmy Piersall

176 Luis Aparicio

177 Whitey Ford

178 Harmon Killebrew

179 Duke Snider

180 Roberto Clemente

Double Image

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NOTE: Card #162 is done in the "Knothole" style.

161 Miguel Cabrera

162 Adam Loewen RC

163 Jose Reyes

164 Zack Greinke

165 Gavin Floyd

166 Jeremy Guthrie

167 Victor Martinez

168 Rich Harden

169 Joe Mauer

170 Khalil Greene

171 Willie Mays

172 Phil Rizzuto

173 Al Kaline

174 Warren Spahn

175 Jimmy Piersall

176 Luis Aparicio

177 Whitey Ford

178 Harmon Killebrew

179 Duke Snider

180 Roberto Clemente


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171 Willie Mays

172 Phil Rizzuto

173 Al Kaline

174 Warren Spahn

175 Jimmy Piersall

176 Luis Aparicio

177 Whitey Ford

178 Harmon Killebrew

179 Duke Snider

180 Roberto Clemente

181 David Martinez RC*

182 Felix Pie RC

183 Kevin Correia RC

184 Brandon Webb RC

185 Matt Diaz RC

186 Lew Ford RC

187 Jeremy Griffiths RC

188 Matt Hensley RC

189 Danny Garcia RC

190 Elizardo Ramirez RC

191 Greg Aquino RC

192 Felix Sanchez RC

193 Kelly Shoppach RC

194 Bubba Nelson RC*

195 Mike O'Keefe RC*

196 Hanley Ramirez RC

197 Todd Wellemeyer RC

198 Dustin Moseley RC

199 Eric Crozier RC

200 Ryan Shealy RC

201 Jeremy Bonderman RC

202 Bo Hart RC

203 Dusty Brown RC

204 Robby Hammock RC

205 Jorge Piedra RC

206 Jason Kubel RC

207 Stephen Randolph RC

208 Andy Sisco RC

209 Matt Kata RC

210 Robinson Cano RC

211 Ben Francisco RC

212 Arnie Munoz RC

213 Ozzie Chavez RC*

214 Beau Kemp RC*

215 Travis Wong RC*

216 Brian McCann RC

217 Aquilino Lopez RC

218 Bobby Basham RC*

219 Tim Olson RC

220 Nathan Panther RC*

221 Wil Ledezma RC

222 Josh Willingham RC

223 David Cash RC*

224 Oscar Villarreal RC

225 Jeff Duncan RC

226 Dan Haren RC

227 Michel Hernandez RC

228 Matt Murton RC

229 Clay Hensley RC

230 Tyler Johnson RC

231 Tyler Martin RC*

232 J.D. Durbin RC

233 Shane Victorino RC

234 Rajai Davis RC

235 Chien-Ming Wang RC

236 Travis Ishikawa RC

237 Eric Eckenstahler

238 Dustin McGowan RC

239 Prentice Redman RC

240 Haj Turay RC*

241 Matt DeMarco RC*

242 Lou Palmisano RC*

243 Eric Reed RC

244 Willie Eyre RC

245 Ferdin Tejeda RC*

246 Michael Garciaparra RC*

247 Michael Hinckley RC

248 Branden Florence RC*

249 Trent Oeltjen RC

250 Mike Neu RC

251 Chris Lubanski RC*

252 Brandon Wood RC

253 Delmon Young RC

254 Matt Harrison RC

255 Chad Billingsley RC

256 Josh Anderson RC

257 Brian McFall RC*

258 Ryan Wagner RC

259 Billy Hogan RC*

260 Nate Spears RC

261 Ryan Harvey RC*

262 Wes Littleton RC

263 Xavier Paul RC

264 Sean Rodriguez RC

265 Brian Finch RC*

266 Josh Rainwater RC*

267 Brian Snyder RC*

268 Eric Duncan RC*

269 Rickie Weeks RC

270 Tim Battle RC*

271 Scott Beerer RC*

272 Aaron Hill RC

273 Casey Abrams RC*

274 Jonathan Fulton RC*

275 Todd Jennings RC*

276 Jordan Pratt RC*

277 Tom Gorzelanny RC

278 Matt Lorenzo RC*

279 Jarrod Saltalamacchia RC

280 Mike Wagner RC*


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All 300 base cards are available in a one-per-pack Black-Bordered Facsimile Signature parallel.


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This Hobby-exclusive partially-parallel the 100 Knothole "Rookie" cards (181-280). A one-of-one Gold Rainbow is also available.


Box Toppers

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Each sealed Hobby box contains one of eight Box Toppers. Each Box Topper is done in the style of the Knothole base cards, and are often confused as base cards. Each card is sequentially-numbered "X of 8" on the reverse.

1 Delmon Young

2 Rickie Weeks

3 Brandon Webb

4 Bo Hart

5 Felix Pie

6 Ryan Harvey

7 Eric Duncan

8 Aaron Hill

Autographs & Game-Used

Diamond Cuts Relics

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Each Diamond Cut Relic is also available in a Red and Gold parallel version. The Reds are serial-numbered to 56 copies, and the Gold are ones-of-one.

The specific odds of finding a Diamond Cuts Relic are as follows.

  • BAT: 1:133/packs
  • JSY Group A: 1:28/packs
  • JSY Group B: 1:936/packs
  • JSY Group C: 1:626/packs
  • UNI: 1:35/packs

DC-AJ Andruw Jones JSY A

DC-AK Austin Kearns JSY A

DC-AP Albert Pujols BAT

DC-AR1 Alex Rodriguez JSY A

DC-AR2 Alex Rodriguez BAT

DC-AS Alfonso Soriano BAT

DC-BB Bret Boone JSY A

DC-BM Brett Myers JSY A

DC-BW Bernie Williams UNI

DC-BZ Barry Zito UNI

DC-CB Craig Biggio UNI

DC-CF Cliff Floyd UNI

DC-CG Cristian Guzman JSY A

DC-CJ1 Chipper Jones BAT

DC-CJ2 Chipper Jones JSY A

DC-EC Eric Chavez UNI

DC-GS Gary Sheffield UNI

DC-HB Hank Blalock BAT

DC-HN Hideo Nomo JSY A

DC-JA Jeremy Affeldt UNI

DC-JB Jeff Bagwell JSY A

DC-JE Jim Edmonds UNI

DC-JG Jason Giambi UNI

DC-JJ Jason Jennings JSY A

DC-JL Javy Lopez JSY A

DC-JLP Josh Phelps JSY C

DC-JR Jose Reyes JSY A

DC-JV Javier Vazquez JSY A

DC-JW Jarrod Washburn UNI

DC-KI Kazuhiro Sasaki JSY A

DC-KM Kevin Millwood JSY A

DC-KW Kerry Wood UNI

DC-MA Moises Alou JSY C

DC-MG Mark Grace JSY B

DC-ML Mike Lowell JSY A

DC-MM Mark Mulder UNI

DC-MS Mike Sweeney JSY A

DC-MT Miguel Tejada UNI

DC-PL Paul Lo Duca JSY A

DC-PM Pedro Martinez JSY A

DC-RC Roberto Clemente BAT

DC-RH Rickey Henderson BAT

DC-RP1 Rafael Palmeiro BAT

DC-RP2 Rafael Palmeiro JSY

DC-SR1 Scott Rolen BAT

DC-SR2 Scott Rolen JSY

DC-SS1 Sammy Sosa BAT

DC-SS2 Sammy Sosa JSY A

DC-TA Tony Armas, Jr. JSY A

DC-TG Troy Glaus UNI

DC-TH Todd Helton JSY A

DC-THA Tim Hudson UNI

DC-TW Ty Wigginton UNI

DC-VG Vladimir Guererro BAT

DC-VW Vernon Wells JSY A

Signs of Greatness

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Topps had each player sign one, and only one, copy in red ink.

SG-BF Brian Finch

SG-BS Brian Snyder

SG-CB Chad Billingsley

SG-DW Dontrelle Willis

SG-FP Felix Pie

SG-JD Jeff Duncan

SG-KY Kevin Youkilis

SG-MM Matt Murton

SG-RC Robinson Cano

SG-RH Rich Harden

SG-RW Rickie Weeks

SG-TG Tom Gorzelanny

Team Topps Blue Chips Autographs

See 2003 Topps Blue Chips

Delmon Young Autograph

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Topps had Delmon Young, the first pick overall in the 2003 MLB Draft, autograph a limited number of his Bowman Heritage base card. This card was available via an exchange card which expired December 31st, 2005.

253 Delmon Young

Keith Olbermann Autograph

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Topps had broadcaster, and noted card collector, Keith Olbermann autograph some cards for 2003 Bowman Heritage. Olbermann provided Topps with his own personal copies of the 1956 Bowman prototypes on which the designs of the base set are based.

KOA Keith Olbermann