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Bowman AFLAC

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Description

Bowman AFLAC is a series of card sets released in conjunction with the All-American Classic, an annual all-star game featuring some of the best high school players. The first game was played in 2003 and has been played every summer ever since. The American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC) was the game's presenting sponsor from 2003-2010. Perfect Game, which organizes the All-American Classic, picked up the sponsorship in 2011.

From 2004 to 2013 Topps was a sponsor of the AFLAC/Perfect Game All-American Classic and produced a card set for each game -- including on-card autographs. Since all players in the game were entering their senior year of high school, Topps could not release the autographs until after they had signed a professional contract (and not all players did).

For the 2004 and 2005 games, Topps seeded into packs of that year's Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects redemption cards good for an AFLAC set. Fulfillment of these sets could not begin until after the players had graduated, been drafted, and signed with an MLB team. As a result, the 2004 set was not fulfilled until January 2006 and the 2005 set until January 2007.

Beginning with the 2006 game, the unsigned version of the AFLAC/Perfect Game set has only been available to attendees of the All-American Classic game. Since the actual game is sparsely attended, the print runs on these cards are extremely scarce (Topps also gives each player an allotment of his own card). As part of Topps's sponsorship of the game, each player was required to autograph a number of cards (usually no more than 250) which would then be saved and used as inserts in various Bowman products, as soon as the player signed a professional contract.

A number of AFLAC autographs were used as cut signature inserts in 2010 and 2011 Topps Pro Debut.

2013 was the final year Topps produced this set as Leaf Trading Cards picked up the license.

Checklist

2004

See 2004 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects.

2005

See 2005 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects.

2006

Production of the 2006 Topps AFLAC set has been estimated at 250 copies, with each player receiving 100 of his own card. This was the only year in which the design of the Topps flagship baseball set was used for the AFLAC set.

NOTE: A "Promo" version of the 2006 set exists. Each Promo has the phrase "FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY" printed on the front and has a photo of the player.

Autographs

Autographs from the 2006 Topps AFLAC set were held by Topps and used as inserts in 2008, 2009, and 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects.

NOTE: Beginning in 2009, Topps began, as a security measure, serial-numbering all pack-inserted AFLAC autographs. Collectors should be advised if collecting autographs from this set that are NOT serial-numbered. It is possible for an unnumbered autograph to be genuine -- a collector could have attended the game, received a card, than had it autographed by the player without it passing through Topps' hands. Or, it could have been one of the cards that was inserted into packs of 2008 Bowman Draft. Then again, it is also possible that someone could have forged a signature onto a real 2006 AFLAC card.

2007

Once again a Promo set exists featuring game-action photography. Also, cards of coaches were made.

Autographs

Autographs were inserted into packs of 2008, 2009, and 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, and 2012 Bowman. As with the 2006 set, cards held over for 2008BDP&P were not serial-numbered.

2008

Autographs

Autographs from the 2008 set were inserted into packs of 2009 and 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects and 2012 Bowman. All pack-inserted autographs were serial-numbered.

2009

Autographs

Autographs from the 2009 Bowman AFLAC set were inserted into packs of 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, 2014 Bowman and 2014 Bowman Chrome.

2010

This was the last year the All-American Classic game was sponsored by AFLAC.

Autographs

Autographs from the 2010 Bowman AFLAC set were inserted into packs of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, 2012 and 2014 Bowman and 2014 Bowman Chrome.

NOTE: Autographs inserted into packs of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects were NOT serial-numbered. To placate collectors who pulled such cards, Topps offered to have them professionally graded by PSA at no charge provided they were sent back to Topps by July 1, 2012. Cards sent back to Topps as part of this program would be notated as having been pack-pulled on the label by PSA.

2011

NOTE: 2011 was the first year Perfect Game sponsored the All-American Classic game.

Autographs

Autographs from the 2011 Perfect Game set were inserted into packs of 2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, 2013 and 2014 Bowman and 2014 and 2015 Bowman Chrome.

2012

Autographs

Autographs from the 2012 Bowman Perfect Game set were inserted into packs of 2012 and 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, 2014 and 2015 Bowman, and 2014 Bowman Chrome.

2013

2013 was the final year Topps sponsored of the AFLAC/Perfect Game All-American Classic game.

Autographs

The first batch of autographs were inserted into packs of 2014 Bowman Draft.