The cards were distributed at Hobby shops in ten card packs, 24 packs per box, and 24 boxes per case. The cards were also availble in ten card retail packs in a variety of Blister and Wax Box types.
The base set of 2001 Bowman Heritage consists of 330 cards of 330 individual players. There are no special subsets or card variations in the base set. The card design is based on the 1948 Bowman set. A black and white photograph is surrounded by a white border is displayed on the front of the card with no other information, not even the player’s name. The back of the card features player biographical information but little to no statistics. The main change from the original 1948 Bowman design was a resizing from the original card dimensions (2-1/16” x 2-1/2”) to the standard card dimensions (2-1/2” x 3-1/2”) as well increasing the number of cards in the set from 48 to 440. Additionally the Bowman Heritage logo printed on the card front and a slightly modified Bowman Heritage logo was printed on the card front for rookie cards. A full master set of 2001 Bowman includes base cards and short prints, a grand total of 440 cards.
The autographed inserts of the contemporary stars are also in demand.
A Chrome partial parallel set of the first 110 cards in the set was also inserted into packs at a rate of 1 per 12 packs.
13 cards from the original 1948 set were reprinted in their original size (2-1/16” x 2-1/2”) and inserted at a rate of 1 per 2 packs; effectively 1 reprint or short print card per pack. The cards selected were the rookie cards from the 1948 set.
1948 Reprint AutographsEdit
1948 Reprint RelicsEdit
11 of the 13 players featured in the reprint set also were depicted on cards with game used relics. Johnny Sain and Allie Reynolds were not included. Yogi Berra had two different relic cards. 10 of the 12 cards were game used seat relics, one of the Berra cards featured a swatch of jersey and the Red Schoendienst card featured a bat piece. The seat cards were inserted at an overall rate of 1 per 53 packs while the bat and jersey card were inserted at 1:2,113 and 1:2,905 respectively.
Three contemporary players were also included at autographed cards. Alex Rodriguez (1:775), Barry Bonds (1:1,328) and Roger Clemens (1:1,328) cards were inserted at different rates. Overall, the cards were inserted at about 1 per case. The autographed cards also feature different photographs than the base set counterparts.
As with most other Topps releases in 2001, The Team Topps Legends Autographs were also randomly inserted into packs.
A promotional set was released to the public prior to the distribution of the set.
|Bowman Heritage Sets|
|2001 – 2002 – 2003 – 2004 – 2005 – 2006 - 2007|
|Other Bowman Brands|
|Bowman Baseball - Bowman’s Best – Bowman Chrome – Draft Picks and Prospects – Bowman Sterling – Bowman Platinum|