Ripping Retail Retro: 1998 Bowman football cards + win our box

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange ( as they tear into a box of 1998 Bowman in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How can the box be yours? Tell us what you think of the break in the comments below. We’ll pick one of the most creative answers left before May 24.

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  1. Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Always neat to see blasts from the past. It would be a good way to start a where are they now feature. Pick a random older pack of cards, open it and profile the guys that are pulled and see what they are up to these days.

  2. paul
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see if any Ryan Leaf cards in that box.

  3. Mike
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Because I am the only one to post so far…

  4. Mike
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I am an idiot.

  5. Andy York
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Love the break as always guys. Got to love all the unintentionally funny names like Wadsworth and Curtis Enis in the set too…

  6. Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    My life had become a terrible wasteland of pain and misery. Sadness and darkness followed me around, forming a tightly constricted noose of pain around the neck of my soul. All seemed lost in my eternal struggle, when one day a blinding light struck me from the heavens. As I shielded my eyes, a powerful warrior descended from up high. It was Thor!

    “FEAR NOT!” he spoke, as he wielded the powerful hammer Mjolnir. “I COME BEFORE YOU WITH HOPE.”

    “But what hope is that?” I asked timidly.

    “1998 BOWMAN FOOTBALL!” he replied and with a loud thundercrack, a factory sealed box appeared in my hands. “GO FORTH AND BUST, MY CHILD! SEEK THE ROOKIES OF MANNING AND MOSS! SECURE THEM SO OTHERS MAY SEE!”

    I fell to my knees, weeping tears of joy.

    “I am unworthy of this!” I cried.

    “NO, YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY MY FATHER, ODIN!” he said. And as the clouds parted so Thor could ascend back to Asgard, I saw his father Odin, or as we may call him, Don West.

    “10 GEM MINT!” he yelled, and the portal was closed with a thunderous boom. From that day on, I knew I had been blessed.

    FROM MOD: Winner … just because.

  7. Samuel Breniman
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the break! Very fun stuff to watch. I’ve always enjoyed breaking older products like that (2002 Playoff Honors and 1997 Leaf most recently) and it’s like breaking open a time capsule. Seeing the guys that were considered important enough to get a base card is sometimes a bit of a head-scratcher, or even a little painful (as a Redskins fan, seeing what overpriced free agent just got his new base card, for example).

    Regardless, very fun to see. Thanks again!

  8. Posted May 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    great break and reed does a great job pronouncing the names. I love the jokes about Leaf I am from Montana and that was where Leaf played High school football, when he got to the pros he kind of disowned Montana which was okay because Montanans disowned him

  9. CL
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Nice break. The good thing about late 90’s football breaks is that if you recognize the players name now and he’s still playing or recently retired, then it’s probably a solid card to have.

  10. harynjk
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Well, it most likely won’t be the most creative comment, but since you asked what we think about the break, i will tell my opinion.
    First of all sorry, no offense intended, but when i watch a break i would like to see more of the cards than the guys who are making the breaks. I am not a football fan, and the names means nothing, but i still can enjoy even a football box break if the cards looks attractive. And when i see all the cards than i will have a more correct impression about a product then when i see only a few of the cards.

  11. kris
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    wow, nice rip. hard to see those though. how much was that box?

  12. David Johnson
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I have been waiting to see you do this break. I bought so much product in 1998 as I was in school at UF and had started working as well (so I actually had some extra money to buy cards). At the time Jacquez Green and Fred Taylor were hugely popular so I remember getting tons of their cards back then. By the way, while you pulled a Jacquez I didn’t notice a Fred Taylor get pulled or even a mention of him as one of the top rookies that year. It’s a shame that he is often overlooked as being one of the top RBs of his generation and #15 all time in terms of career rushing yards.
    As for the break it looks like you did pretty good in terms of Peyton Manning cards and even managed a nice Moss RC and Ahman Green Interstate. I really appreciate that you took the time to read off the odds for the inserts, as that really shows just how rare some of the cards are to get.

  13. dean martin
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Manning is my wifes favorite player. nice break. very creative if not over the top post by stephen h.

  14. KC
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Love the old school breaks. They always bring back the days of going from store to store looking for packs when i was stationed in different bases and there was no hobby shops around. It was hard to find any of those 1998 bowman products especially when RC’s were the big thing back than especially bowman and bowman chrome during that time frame…

  15. Giantsfan
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Incredible break. BOOM! BAM! I once owned some if these rookies but sadly my father sold em on me. But this break brought back some great memories of my favorite time of busting in the late 90s and it brought back memories of when i got to bust a couple of packs of Bowman ftball. Not to mention the memory of how great Bowman football was compared to what Topps tries to put out now. Such a shame compared to this great product.

    Thanks guys for a chance to win!

  16. Matt Traylor
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Unlike Chris, 1998 was the year that I started dabbling in football cards. It is no coincidence that my Atlanta Falcons were having a great year, as well, and ended up making it to Super Bowl XXXIII. Being from Georgia, I had gotten the chance to watch Peyton Manning with Tennessee and he was very impressive in college. Randy Moss had captivated the nation with his play at Marshall. So 1998 was a good year for football collecting, and ended in John Elway’s swan song Super Bowl win, albeit a heart breaker for me. Collecting is about memories to me. That’s why 1998 is such an easy year to remember that that’s when I started collecting football cards.

  17. Roger Doseck II
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Nice of their mom to leave them alone in their basement.

  18. Dave Trombley
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Great looking stuff. I myself like going back and finding “retro” boxes. These are the type of cards I grew up with. So now that I am approaching 30 years old, I try to find them to rip into. Brings back the memories of the purest moments of collecting in my life.

  19. afff
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    enjoyed that break but any break that involves Chris Olds is always a enjoyable break.

  20. Nick Mikulicich
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    Elvis’s foil has left the building.
    1998 really centers around 3 rookies: Manning, Moss, and Ward, with Woodson and Taylor being the only others to have value in the hobby.
    Hitting the big 3 plus a Peyton parallel and a Gold makes this box about as good as you could hope for.
    BTW, Pro Set is a slow rip if you are checking for scarce errors/variations.

  21. James W
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    It brings back memories when inserts and rookies was the craze. It was awesome to see you guys enjoy and had fun.

  22. Justin
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    I would love that box because this was the first year I started collecting football cards and I received a few packs of Bowman in my stocking for Christmas and didn’t get anything special, so just to get my hands on a few inserts would be amazing and I would definitely add them to my personal collection… Plus I enter every one of these contests and haven’t been close to winning, so it would be great to get a win under my belt lol. I also need that Moss RC considering I’m sure it will be sent right back to you to be graded for my PC. The Woodson was also a very nice pull. Thank you for these videos and I’m sure The baseball exchange is getting some very nice advertisement, so keep bringing on the nostalgic memories!

  23. jared
    Posted May 19, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Pretty solid break with the Mannings.I would love to win this box considering I was “That guy”.You know,the one who happily traded any Mannings he pulled for Ryan Leaf cards.At least the next year i made up for it and invested in Tim Couch.Yeah,good times.

  24. Sport Card Collectors
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    3 DIFFERENT PEYTON MANNING ROOKIES!! Holy moly this is a great contest! 1998 was a great rookie year with guys like Fred Taylor and Randy moss to go along with Manning. Also had fun names as well. I would say this rippin retail definitely brought some serious value

  25. Mark Loftus
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Had a great time watching the break.. Always nice to look at cards from decades past and see how we’ve changed the look, feel, design of cards today.. Also kind of a mind trip to open a box from that long ago and pull out rookie cards from some of today’s ” legends”, like Manning..I also enjoyed looking at all the insert cards and hearing the odds.. Nothing quite like the goosebumps you get when looking through a box, just hoping for that rare find..I remember it from being a kid and it hasn’t gotten any better..I still love opening a box of cards just as much.. Just want to take the time to thank you guys for the break and appreciate all the commentary on here, Twitter, Facebook.. Thanks fir the chance at some amazing cards.. Hope I can add those to my collection.

  26. Allison Mills
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    That was a fantastic box! I love Bowman though Topps is still my favorite. I think for your next break you should have the camera on the cards more, it was a little hard to see what you were showing when I’m viewing on a mobile device. You seemed a little disappointed to not have hit a Ryan Leaf, I have plenty that I would love to trade LOL! Good break all in all :D

  27. Kyle Edwards
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    How about the Chris Olds comments, “Rae Carruth – uh oh”. Lol I hope the just keep ripping comment doesn’t pay to Carruth.

  28. Harrison Epstein
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I bet if you Leaf through it one more time you might find some more good cards. You just need to Manning up and dive back into the box. If you leave the cards sitting too long they might get some Moss on them. I really hope for the winner though the Mannings aren’t stuck on the Woodson table.

  29. Roger Doseck II
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Love seeing old breaks, almost like a fantasy football draft. Would love to win.

  30. brian N
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Wait Peyton played for the Colts? Favre for the Packers? Must be 1998!

    1998 Bowman box worth its weight in Chrome!

    The Chris Fuamatu-Ma Ľafala card just woke up Reed.

    And gentlemen we have a winner i just spelled Fuamatu-Ma Ľafala correctly!

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