1998-99 Bowman’s Best
24 packs, 6 cards per pack
Base set contains 100 base cards, 25 rookies (1 in 4 packs)
Refractors 1 in 25 packs
Atomic Refractors 1 in 100 packs
Veteran Autograph Atomic Refractors 1 in 10,073 packs
Rookie Autograph Atomic Refractors 1 in 12,515 packs
Veteran Autograph Refractors 1 in 3,358 packs
Rookie Autograph Refractors 1 in 4,172 packs
Franchise Best 1 in 23 packs
Mirror Image 1 in 12 packs
Mirror Image Refractors 1 in 628 packs
Mirror Image Atomic Refractors 1 in 2,504 packs
Best Performers 1 in 12 packs
Best Performers Refractors 1 in 628 packs
Best Performers Atomic Refractors 1 in 2,504 packs
Wouldn’t take much to complete the base set of 100 cards, as we were just a handful short from our one box. It’s always enjoyable to open 90’s products to see the league where the league was heading at that time. You’ve got Shaq and Kobe just before their Finals runs. The overlap of the end of Robinson’s career and the beginning of Duncan’s. Pippen, Barkley along with Hakeem on the Rockets. All of the base cards have golden strips at the top and bottom. Imagine how nice these would have looked if these sections were colored to correspond with a player’s team colors.
1998-99 Bowman’s Best was one of the first products to have short printed rookie cards in the base set. While we would have loved to have seen a Dirk rookie, Paul Pierce was a fine second choice. The rookies, inserted at 1 in 4 packs, have the same glossy and metallic look as the rest of the base set, but have silver top and bottom sections, with a darkened background of an arena crowd.
The number of inserts in this product is certainly on the low side, particularly since only one refractor is usually included in each box. This was also one of the first products to include serial numbered cards. The refractor we did pull (Chauncey Billups) is really a beautiful card. Could have done worse there for sure.
The chase inserts are the Kobe Mirror Image card and the Jordan Franchise Best card, and of course the refractor and atomic refractor versions of any of the inserts, which all have extremely tough odds. The odds on the autographs are pretty mind-blowing as well.
Base Set: 3/5 Stars
Inserts: 3/5 Stars
Value: 3/5 Stars
Overall: 3/5 Stars
A fun break, but half of the packs held nothing but base cards, and the inserts we did pull weren’t necessarily worth the wait. Best card was probably the Pierce rookie. One insert refractor, a Dirk rookie, or even a star refractor would have pushed this break another direction though.