1990 Bowman Errors & Variations: Ongoing Checklist

30 Jan

Here is a rundown of every variation I have found to date for 1990 Bowman Baseball. A great set, as outlined in a previous blog, is loaded with Hall-Of-Famers, key rookie cards and for many, it started off their prospecting days. For the variation collector, this set is loaded!

#29 Mark Grace with black line on hand and line airbrushed

#34 Earl Cunningham with * next to text on back and with * airbrushed away

#66 Danny Darwin night background and day background

#78 Craig Biggio with night background and day background

#100 Hubie Brooks with natural jersey and airbrushed white jersey

#115 Marquis Grisson with natural blue sky and neon sky

#123 Julio Valera with lightpost markings fully visible and with markings airbrushed

#124 Alejandro Pena with lightpost markings fully visible and with markings airbrushed

#125 David Cone (3) with yellow break in right border, with break poorly airbrushed green,

and with solid right border

#128 John Franco with pink blotch on belt and corrected

#134 Jamie Roseboro with lightpost markings fully visible and with markings airbrushed

#142 Todd Hundley with purple clouds at top and with clouds airbrushed blue

#149 Jeff Parrett with full light post in background and with lightpost airbrushed away

#155 Dickie Thon with night background and day background

#166 Bill Landrum with natural blue sky and neon sky

#167 Scott Ruskin with natural blue sky and neon sky

#180 Gary Redus with most of PITTSBURGH PIRATES blacked-out on back and corrected

#226 Steve Bedrosian with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#234 Bill Bathe with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#235 Tony Perezchica with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#238 Matt Williams (3) with natural jersey, with airbrushed jersey and parts of stats missing on back, with airbrushed jersey and fully-printed stats

#251 David Segui with bio info missing on back and corrected

#255 Cal Ripken Jr. with “BAI TiMOP” on back and corrected

#264 Mike Rochford with natural blue sky and neon sky

#286 Mike Fetters with night background and day background

#293 Bobby Rose with night background and day background

#294 Brian Downing with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#308 Scott Radinsky with night background and day background

#311 Robin Ventura with night background and day background

#312 Sammy Sosa (3) with night background and red ‘diamond’ next to ear, with night background

and ‘diamond’ airbrushed away, with day background

#318 Craig Grebek with night background and day background

#325 Greg Swindell with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#330 Kevin Bearse with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#335 Candy Maldonado with natural blue sky in background and neon sky background

#337 Sandy Alomar Jr. with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#338 Mark Lewis with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#340 Chris James with night background and day background

#342 Keith Hernandez with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#344 Scott Aldred with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#345 Mike Henneman with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#346 Steve Wapnick with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#348 Eric Stone with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#349 Brian Dubois with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#350 Kevin Ritz with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#354 Chet Lemon with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#356 Lou Whitaker with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#357 Cecil Fielder with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#358 Milt Cuyler with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#361 Ed Romero with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#362 Lloyd Moseby with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#363 Mark Gubicza with natural jersey (red stadium stands) and airbrushed jersey (green stadium stands)

#369 Mark Davis with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#376 Kurt Stillwell with red stadium stands and green stadium stands

#379 Bob Hamelin with full light post and airbrushed light post

#384 Ted Higuera with night background and day background

#388 Jamie Navarro with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#389 Chris Bosio with copyright in top and bottom border and corrected (bottom only)

#395 Greg Brock with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#397 Darryl Hamilton with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#398 Dave Parker (3) with natural jersey-copyright printed on edge on card, with natural jersey-copyright printed by stat box and airbrushed jersey-copyright by stat box

#401 Rob Deer with natural jersey (night background) and airbrushed jersey (day background)

#402 Bill Spiers with natural jersey (night background) and airbrushed jersey (day background)

#403 Glenn Braggs with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#405 Rick Aguilera with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#408 Park Pittman with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#411 Willie Banks with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#413 Dave West with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#416 Randy Bush with “TWI S” on front and corrected

#417 Gary Gaetti with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#419 Al Newman with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#421 Paul Sorrento with natural jersey (gray undershirt ) and airbrushed jersey (white undershirt)

#424 Kirby Puckett with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#425 Willie Smith with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#427 Jeff Robinson with blue ‘check-mark’ on jersey and corrected

#428 Dave Winfield with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#442 Steve Sax with green ‘wedge’ on front and with red ‘wedge’ on front

#443 Don Mattingly with purple clouds in background and with clouds airbrushed away

#454 Mark McGwire with white mark (reflection) in background and with mark airbrushed green

#457 Rickey Henderson with natural pants and airbrushed pants

#474 Omar Vizquel with natural uniform and airbrushed uniform

#475 Pete O’Brien with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#481 Ken Griffey Jr. with red dot on helmet and with dot airbrushed

#486 Nolan Ryan with night background and with day background

#487 Robb Nen with night background and with day background

#494 Scott Coolbaugh with night background and day background

#503 Jack Daugherty with natural jersey and airbrushed jersey

#504 Willie Blair with night background and day background

#506 Tom Henke with full light post and with partially airbrushed light post

#NNO Doc Gooden ART (4) with $100,000 missing and ** on back, with $100,000 included

and ** on back, with $100,000 missing and * on back and with $100,000 included and * on back

#NNO Will Clark ART (3) with ** on back, with ** but broken asterisk, with * on back

#NNO Nolan Ryan ART with ** on back and with * on back

#NNO Bo Jackson ART with ** on back and with * on back

#NNO Bret Saberhagen ART with ** on back and with * on back

#NNO Greg Olson ART with ** on back and with * on back

#NNO Don Mattingly ART with ** on back and with * on back

#NNO Mark Davis ART with ** on back and with * on back

#NNO Kevin Mitchell ART with ** on back and with * on back

#NNO Robin Yount ART with ** on back and with * on back

#NNO Jerome Walton ART with ** on back and with * on back

5 Responses to “1990 Bowman Errors & Variations: Ongoing Checklist”

  1. Jason P January 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Why is it not just assumed that the ink levels were just different on the brighter cards, rather than go with the idea that the images have been airbrushed? The “airbrushing” would make no sense on these cards since nothing was being changed, everything was just brighter or washed out, like the contrast was turned up too high or something.

    • junkwaxgems January 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

      The cards described as ‘airbrushed’ have areas of change that are very specific. The entire card does not get a brighter contrast, just the specific section, pinstripes, for example, will disappear but the player’s face stays the same. I do believe it’s possible that the cards with washed-out sections to them may have been the first printings and Topps decided they looked too unnatural and fixed the plates to correct this. The reason for why folds in jerseys, light posts and other miscellany were changed remains unreasonable, but there is a notable difference between a card with too much of one type of ink and the varieties found in this set.

  2. Aaron February 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    I have an error card from this set. Apparently, it must be extremely rare, as even this site does not have it listed. It is a #363 Mark Gubicza – with Roberto Alomar on the front. Anyone else seen this?

  3. cl_kyle October 25, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    It appears the #255 Ripken E/V comes in various stages, some affecting the ‘S’ in Orioles as well and others only Baltimore

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