While we’ve discussed this set before, this conversation is positioned as an educational piece on the six different versions of these cards. 1997 was a great year for the hobby. There were lots of products and tons of active future Hall of Fame superstars. It was a good time to be a baseball fan. 1997 was also the year that the fourth installment of Bowman’s Best was released. This set featured an interesting and somewhat peculiar Mirror Image insert set. What makes this set to intriguing is that each card in the set comes in two different forms, each with three different parallels for a total of six unique cards per player featured. Let’s have a look at what we’ve got here.
The Mirror Image insert features two sides, each featuring two players for a total of four players depicted on each card. This version showcases the veteran as the main photo and the rookie as the corner photo. There are three parallels:
The Mirror Image Inverted insert is the same card but depicts the rookie as the main photo and the veteran as the corner photo. These are much harder to find and most people often times don’t even realize they have them. Each of the three parallels has an unstated insertion ratio.
It took me a really long time to track down the three inverted parallels. I can remember being surprised at how difficult these were to find, especially the atomic refractor.
Pronounced Green-o. Patrick has a BA in Psychology, a BA in Sociology, and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. He also has a Project Management Certificate from UCLA Extension. He has lectured in Internet Marketing at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge. He is the author of, Student to Founder: Secrets to creating a student organization in college and starting a business after graduation. He has been interviewed on Good Day New Mexico and in Albuquerque The Magazine. Patrick is a frequent speaker and panelist at universities and events where he shares his insights on leadership, technology, and marketing. He's been a baseball card collector since 1988, and he owns Radicards™ | Visit the store