I started collecting cards in 1985. From that vantage point it seemed that baseball cards had been pretty static for years. Sure, Donruss and Fleer came on the scene in 1981, but by 1985, they were pretty set in their ways. By 1990, we had three more major card brands, Bowman, Score and Upper Deck. The stage was set for some changes. In this series I'm going to focus on the brands that were available in 1990: Bowman, Donruss, Fleer, Score, Topps and Upper Deck. Most of these brands lasted the whole decade. Lots of other brands came (and some went) but these other brands were a reaction to the increased competition that was driving innovative design changes so they don't add anything to the story I'm trying to tell.
I'm going to do these in alphabetical order, so Bowman is first.
1990 Bowman #486 Nolan Ryan
1991 Bowman #569 Chipper Jones
1992 Bowman #127 Carlos Delgado
1993 Bowman #511 Derek Jeter
1994 Bowman #75 Cal Ripken
1995 Bowman #293 Roger Clemens
1995 Bowman #246 Aaron Boone
1996 Bowman #35 Mark Grace
1996 Bowman #346 Matt Beech
1997 Bowman #232 Curt Schilling
1997 Bowman #411 Miguel Tejada
1998 Bowman #1 Nomar Garciaparra
1999 Bowman #262 Dante Bichette
That's it for 1990s Bowman. Quite a lot of changes throughout the 1990s but by the end of the decade, the Bowman design will be pretty much set, with the exception of green and black cards for prospects in a few years, through 2011.