Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Blast From The Past:1998 Bowman Chrome Baseball Pack Break

In 1999, a flick with Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone called Blast From The Past came out. It was about a scientist named Calvin Webber who was played by Christopher Walken, that took his pregnant wife in a deep underground fallout shelter in 1962 when he thought a nuclear war was imminent. During that time, their son Adam played by Fraser (who seemed to had been in every late 90's movie) was born and was exposed to only the culture of 1962 in the shelter such as the music and TV shows of the time. Life was accustomed to not being at the surface. 

Fast forward 35 years later, their supplies and food was running low so someone would have to come above ground and take a risk to get new products. That was supposed to be Calvin, up until he was ill from stress from his one visit to the surface. So his son Adam would have to venture out in a world he had never met.....

This segment takes a look at products that may have been hidden in a underground fallout shelter for over 20 years and now just coming back out to be rediscovered....by me. Guess you can call me Adam even though my name is Matt. These are products I opened when I was first collecting and is a Part Of My Past, but may not have a memory or a Origins story to attach to them. Most products I post on here will, but some won't and those will be covered in this new segment.These products will be between the years of 1995-1999 only.

Let's just hope my experience with these breaks is better than Adams first visit to the surface.

So let's take a Blast From The Past with a one pack break of 1998 Bowman Chrome baseball!

In 1997 there was a new chrome breed that Bowman born into the world. That product immediately caught my eye being a fan of Topps Chrome already. It was the year of trying to hunt down rookie cards like Magglio Ordonez, Jimmy Rollins and a guy I was trying to land in El Duque, Orlando Hernandez.

Each pack of Bowman Chrome matched Topps Chrome with only four cards. I think packs were $2.99 at the time but I was able to snag this one for $1.99 on eBay. Figured it was worth the gamble and the memories.
Here is a look at the pack back and odds.

Let's rip 'er open.

THIS IS NOT A DAVID ORTIZ ROOKIE CARD eBay sellers!! Ortiz rookies were in 1997, this is a second year card. So many false listings. Still a decent card to find though.

Arnold Gooch didn't appear to get too far in his career. So not much of a prospect find here.

Gil was a first round pick who made his debut with the Mariners in 1999.  Was one game above .500 in his career with a 4.49 ERA. He did make an All Star appearance in 2007 but had to retire early at age 32 because of injuries.

Niiiiiiiiiicce. Was super excited to land a 1:12 refractor in a one pack break and I know of Preston. He made his MLB debut in 1998 with the Mets, his only season there, and played for 10 seasons with 6 different teams. Clubbed 189 home runs and a .264 batting average.

$1.99 well spent and I think you will agree.

Hope this Blast From The Past brought you back as well. There are many more to uncover in this series.


  1. if I could break a box from the 90s without finding cards ruined from the "brick effect", It would probably be 94 Pinnacle. Those Museums are still sweet to pull!

    1. Totally agree. I want to break more of the 1995 Pinnacle football but fear the brick effect

  2. Ah yes...1998 Bowman Chrome...I still haven't finished my Chris Enochs rainbow...


    1. Maybe this post will be the motivation you need to continue it!

  3. This set has always lived in the shadows of the 1997 Bowman Chrome set. That being said, it features a solid design. Congratulations on pulling a refractor! As for Ortiz, sometimes I think people think any card featuring him in a Twins uniform is his rookie card.

    1. I think they do to. It drives me crazy lol. His rookie is 1997 people! And yes, 1997 Bowman Chrome was the bomb!

  4. Cool idea for a series! Looking forward to more.