Friday, January 31, 2020

2006 Bowman Heritage Cubs

Bowman Heritage 2001 - Bowman 1948
Bowman Heritage 2002 - Bowman 1954
Bowman Heritage 2003 - Bowman 1956 prototypes
Bowman Heritage 2004 - Bowman 1955
Bowman Heritage 2005 - Bowman 1951
Bowman Heritage 2006 - Bowman 1949

The 2006 Bowman Heritage set is based on the 1949 Bowman cards, as Topps continued to jump around,  The design was as simple as you can get... a player against a colored background and a white border around the card.

But Topps wasn't totally faithful to that design because the originals...

.... were almost square in shape, measuring 2 1/16" by 2 1/2".  The Heritage cards are the standard 2½" x 3½".  None of the Bowman designs were today's dimensions, but they were fairly close and you can't really tell the difference between them and the Heritage.

It's pretty obvious with 1949 / 2006

The base set consists of 300 cards, of which 50 were short prints.  There was also another 100 insert-type cards that were prospects, which mimics what Topps does with the regular Bowman set.

Below are the eleven Cubs in the base set.  Good luck again identifying many of them...






Did you notice a very young looking Rich Hill?  He's the only player in the group that is still active.  

The Cubs had a very poor showing among the 100 prospects, with just one prospect.  You are a super fan if you can name him.

Any guesses?  I'll bet you are wrong!

He was drafted by the Cubs in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft.  He ended up with three different organizations and peaked with eight games in AAA ball.

It is...
Mark Holliman!


  1. Nope, didn't get Holliman.
    Pretty good on the rest except for the player under Angel Guzman. Can you help a Cub fan out?

    1. I do believe that is Cesar Izturis. Hard to believe that guy was once traded for Greg Maddux... straight up.

  2. There are also minis of each player in the size of the '49 Bowman cards.