Not best in the sense of greatest or most awesome.
Instead, I'm referring to
This is a brand that came and went during the time I wasn't collecting, though it has recently been brought back from the dead. It was typically a smaller set, so when I came back and started grabbing different brands, Bowman's Best was left behind.
It is left behind no more.
Bowman's Best arrived on the scene in 1994, at the tail end of the junk wax era. It survived the downturn after the 1994 strike and was issued each year through 2005. Towards the end Topps added more gimmicks, things like short-prints and autographed rookie cards as part of the main set. None of that helped to save it.
In 2012 it came back as an insert set with regular Bowman. Three years later, a full blown set was released and has been each of the two following years.
There are a total of 94 Cubs cards over the fifteen different releases. Familiar names from the era are in abundance, guys like Grace, Sosa, Wood, and Prior. You'll also see unknown prospects like Bobby Brownlie, Kevin Collins, and Jason Szuminski.
I spent an evening a couple weeks ago tracking down all 94 of the cards on Sportlots. I try to minimize the number of sellers I use to save on shipping, so it took some time. In the end I found all but four, and those were just a couple clicks away on eBay.
My plan is to show a particular season once I have all of the cards from that year in hand. The mailman and my scanner have been busy and I'll have my first year up tomorrow.
For the curious, here is the entire Bowman's Best Cubs rundown:
|173||Hee Seop Choi|
|BH||Brendan Harris Autograph|
|FB||Felix Pie Autograph|
|FS||Felix Sanchez Autograph|
|AW||Aron Weston Autograph|
|2004||BB||Bobby Brownlie Autograph|
|MDC||Matt Creighton Autograph|
|AG||Adam Greenberg Autograph|
|RN||Ricky Nolasco Autograph|
|JSZ||Jason Szuminski Autograph|
|2005||136||Buck Coats Autograph|
|131||Brandon Sing Autograph|