Monday, May 23, 2016

Bowman Black and Red

Consistency is King.

That was the Bowman motto from 1997 through 2011.

The design on Bowman cards was very consistent over that 15 year time span.  Two colors, black and red, dominated the design.  Bowman cards would typically have a black border and red trim, at least on the cards of the current major leaguers.

Take a look:

That made it pretty easy to spot a Bowman card.  Was it black and red?  If so, it was Bowman.  You'll also notice that an autograph was a design element for the first 13 years of the black and red run.

But all good things must come to an end.

The autographs disappeared first, in 2010.

Black and red went bye-bye in 2012.  Here's what we've had ever since:

The borders have been white and blue was the trim color until this year when the border completely disappeared.

The consistency king is dead.


  1. I came back to the hobby in 2013, so nearly all of my experience with Bowman is from the 2012 and newer sets. I just kind of assumed that they'd always had those angular white/blue/metallic borders.

  2. I tend to prefer the newer "Cub colored" borders but darn it if those classic Cubs pinstripes just don't look good with everything!

  3. There was a change in the card stock beginning in 2009 to a thinner more flexible verison