5. TMDSIK: 1989 BOWMAN
I have a box of 1989 Bowman. In the original box issued that year. I bought it at a department store for super cheap.
The return of Bowman was a big deal in 1989, which is probably why it was such a disappointment. We expected so much more.
But the look is only part of the problem. The problem is THAT look on THAT card size.
1989 Bowman is too ugly to be featured that large.
I was so frustrated when I found out that '89 Bowman wasn't 2 1/2-by-3 1/2 that I have left most of the cards from that set in the very box that I purchased. The vast majority of my completed sets are in binders. But I didn't bother with '89 Bowman. In fact, I cared so little for it, that I broke up the set. I have only about half of it now and I'd have even less of it if I could find people who wanted the cards.
Bowman realized what it had done, and in 1990 it came out with a smaller set, although no less boring.
The size of '89 Bowman cards isn't so huge that you can't find pages for storage. The size is the same as the 1950s Bowman cards. But living in a 2 1/2-by-3 1/2 world for so long, it's too difficult to adjust. I have pages for the '89 Bowman Dodgers and that's it.
The rest are banished to the box, waiting for a release date that may never come.