Card Manufacturer: Topps
Card Set: Bowman Lithographs
Card Type: Lithograph
Serial numbered: 222/500
Ah the good old 1990 Bowman Art sweepstakes insert. Back in 1990 when you bought a pack of the second year of the new Bowman you got one of these art card inserts, that were really just an entry form into a sweepstakes for a set of art lithographs of all 11 of the players featured on the lithographs. I was able to pick up this signed and numbered example a few years back. I have no idea what I paid for it, but I know it wasn't too expensive. Craig Pursley was the artist that did the paintings. Here is an interview with the artist as he tells the story of the paintings and the giveaway.
Supposedly there were 500 sets produced for the contest and another 500 produced for distribution to hobby shops. There seems to be some confusion to whether or not the hobby shop sets were signed or numbered at all. Craig seems to remember that all the lithos were signed, but only the contest sets were numbered. So it appears I have a contest litho. And if I remember correctly the seller of this litho stated he had won the set back in 1990.
Craig Pursley is still cranking out art although it doesn't look like he specializes in sports over any other subject and looks like he does a lot of portraits. You can visit his website HERE.
Below we have one of the original art contest cards. There are two versions of this card too, with a tiffany version inserted with the Bowman Tiffany sets.