1997 Bowman Chrome Baseball drew collectors’ attention right from the first inning, offering a higher end, premium look and upgraded chromium take on the standard 1997 Bowman Baseball set.
It wasn’t the first time Bowman offered a chrome style as the mid-1990s Bowman’s Best sets featured similar technology. It was also very similar to what the hobby had already seen from the Topps and Topps Chrome brands in baseball and football in 1996, followed the same year by basketball for the 1996-97 season.
With all that being said, all of those other offerings weren’t Bowman Chrome. This was different.
The Packaging and Contents
The significance of the 1997 Bowman Chrome baseball set can’t really be overstated as it was the inaugural year for the Bowman Chrome brand, a product and a name that has become synonymous with rookies and prospects than any brand in the sport of baseball. The influential brand is a go-to for so many of the greatest rookie cards of the last 25 plus years and that influence grows each and every year as the line is as meaningful and as popular as ever. .