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1948 Bowman Football Complete Set (108)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,058
Offered is a complete set of 108 cards from the 1948 Bowman series, the first football-card set issued by Bowman Gum, highlighted by key rookie cards of many stars and Hall of Famers. Most of the cards in this set appear to be Vg-Ex or Ex but with slightly irregular cuts suggesting the possibility of a slight trim; however, upon closer inspection, it is clear these cards have been long ago handcut from a sheet, a quality that we have seen many times in the past with early Bowmans. In the Philadelphia area, where Bowman was located, quite a few 1948 and 1949 Bowman sheets were somehow distributed (probably given away as favors to local children) and many of these sheets were neatly cut up at that time. Keys: #1 Tereshinski RC (sheet-cut, otherwise Vg), 3 Lujack RC (sheet-cut, 90/10 T/B, otherwise Vg), 7 Van Buren RC (sheet-cut, 1/99 T/B, otherwise Vg-Ex), 12 Conerly RC (Vg), 17 Trippi RC (sheet-cut, 80/20 T/B, otherwise Ex), 22 Baugh RC (sheet-cut, otherwise Vg-Ex), 26 Waterfield RC (sheet-cut, otherwise Gd), 36 Turner RC (sheet-cut, otherwise Ex), 61 Wojciechowicz RC (sheet-cut, 10/90 T/B, otherwise Ex), 63 Pihos RC (slight trim, otherwise Vg-Ex), 80 Dudley RC (sheet-cut, otherwise Gd), 99 Gilmer RC (sheet-cut, otherwise Vg), 107 Luckman RC (sheet-cut, 20/80 L/R, otherwise Vg), and 108 Ray RC (sheet-cut, otherwise Vg). The 1948 Bowman baseball set was so popular that Bowman decided to try its hand at football cards later in the year, producing this ambitious 108-card football set designed very similarly to its inaugural baseball issue. Football cards never caught on quite like the baseball cards, but Bowman's commitment to the line was unwavering. Bowman continued to issue ever more elaborately designed football sets until its doors closed in 1955. This set will always be the first, and while the 1952 Bowman Large issue has always received the most attention from collectors, many feel that the 1948 Bowman set is actually the rarer of the two. Total 108 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,058
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