Sunday, July 29, 2018

Highlights of a Box of 1989 Bowman

It was pretty miserable outside when I decided to open this. It was raining buckets and the wind was blowing hard. A pretty awful way for a Saturday to be in my opinion. I needed something to keep me busy and remembered I had this box of 1989 Bowman. My five year old son was going a little stir crazy too so I sat him down in the living room floor with me, split the box evenly and took turns ripping. While the contents were pretty much what I expected them to be, that being unimpressive, I did find a few keepers in the bunch.

As I'm sure everyone had seen 1989 Bowman before, there's nothing new here to be discussed. Besides the size issue, the biggest problem I have with this set is the signatures on the front are terribly hard to read at times, especially if the player is wearing a dark uniform (see the John Smiley card above). Nine times out of ten I had to flip the card over to see who it was on the front.

My favorites here are the Gary Carter card (in between Brett and Clemens), Fred McGriff in a Blue Jays uniform (bottom left), and Bert Blyleven (next to McGriff). 

A couple more keepers including Jose Canseco, Eddie Murray, Joe Carter, some guy named Ripken, and Wade Boggs. 

The big prize of 1989 Bowman is the Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card. I was lucky enough to pull two out of the box. While 1989 Bowman is lower on the list of desirable Griffey rookies, it's still neat to have two pack pulled Griffey rookie cards. One of these will most likely be offered up for trade soon.

Would I buy a box of 1989 Bowman again? Not really but it was fun enough to kill about 20 minutes on a rainy Saturday afternoon and provided some good father/son time. Can't ask for much more than that.


  1. I feel like this set would be a lot more enjoyed if it was a normal size.

  2. I actually really enjoy the look of these cards. Back in 1989, I opened a bunch of this stuff... but eventually threw it out (or gave them away) b/c they were a pain in the butt to store. I did end up buying a factory set a few years ago, because I found it cheap at the flea market. The plan is to one day buy some sheets and display it in a binder.