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1948 Bowman Basketball Complete Set (72)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,994

15% Nr/Mt, 70% range from Vg-Ex/Ex to Ex-Mt, 15% Vg. Complete set of 1948 Bowman Basketball includes #69 George Mikan, the king of all basketball cards. The 1948 Bowman Basketball series is particularly significant as this was the first set ever issued devoted exclusively to basketball. The George Mikan card in this set is widely recognized as the most sought-after and valuable of all basketball cards. This 1948 issue was the only basketball set Bowman ever produced. Cards from this set are extremely hard to find in high grade in part because these cards (like 1949 Bowman baseball) often naturally have soft corners due to the quality of the paper stock on which they are printed. We have selected three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Keys: #1 Calverley RC (Vg-Ex), 9 Phillip RC (HOF, Nr/Mt), 10 Davies RC (HOF, Vg), 32 Holzman RC (HOF, Ex), 34 Fulks RC (HOF, Gd), 37 Carlson (SGC NM 84), 38 Jeanette RC (HOF, Ex), 43 Halbert RC (SGC NM 84), 46 McKinney RC (Ex), 48 Sadowski RC (Ex-Mt), 52 Simmons RC (Ex), 54 Palmer RC (Ex), 55 Zaslofsky RC (Ex), 58 Risen RC (HOF, Ex-Mt), 66 Pollard RC (HOF, Ex-Mt), 69 Mikan RC (HOF, SGC VG 40 due to a heavy horizontal across through the center, and a little corner wear, still a nice-looking card with an Excellent appearance at a glance), and 72 Braun RC (Vg-Ex). This is the first and only basketball set Bowman ever issued. It apparently did not sell well, as Bowman never followed up with another basketball set. The set includes the rookie cards of all of the major stars of the era. The 1948 Bowman Basketball is well known for production-quality issues, making the assembling of high-quality sets particularly challenging. This is a particularly attractive, clean, and overall mostly high-grade complete set of this significant basketball issue. Total 72 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,994


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