2007 Bowman Heritage
What I pulled--
Inserts and Parallels:
No Autograph Parallels - Ryan Braun, Tom Gorzelanny, Philip Hughes, Akinori Iwamura, Scott Kazmir, Hideki Okajima, Ryan
Sweeney, Troy Tulowitzki
A-Rod Road to 500 - 361, 365
Oversized Boxtopper - Hunter Pence
Relics and Autographs:
Pieces of Greatness - Luis Gonzalez bat, Trot Nixon bat
Signs of Greatness - Jorge Cantu
Topps has decided to honor two legendary sets at once in 2007 Bowman Heritage.
With a base set modeled after the classic 1952 Bowman set and an insert set in the style of the
1954 Red Heart cards, Bowman Heritage combines both into a product that is a blast to open. As
is the tradition with Bowman, this set is chock full of rookies, and the Red Heart set, which falls
two cards per pack, piles on more, as these are the designated "prospect" cards. All of this
season's big rookies are represented, with names like Matsuzaka, Braun and Chamberlain
popping up in boxes.
Of course, there is more to this than just the base set. Each pack that does not have a relic card has a
gorgeous Rainbow parallel, with a color scheme that jumps off of the cardboard. There are also parallels
for some cards that do not carry the customary facsimile autograph that is on all of the cards. And we can't
forget about the relics and on-card autos, which come two relics and one auto per box (with a rather
ecclectic collection of names on both of those checklists).
As usual, and as is the case with most throwback sets, Bowman Heritage is all about the design. And
Topps does sets like this better than anyone, and seems to nail every possible nuance. The company
makes reviews like this simple, since they knock these sets out of the park every time...................