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1951 Bowman Complete Set (324)

Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $15,275

90% range from Ex to Nr/Mt (includes some Nr/Mt-Mt) averaging Ex-Mt, 10% Vg-Ex (includes a few lesser). This is an extremely impressive, attractive, and very consistent complete set of this classic early 1950s Bowman issue, highlighted by the rookie cards of Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle (PSA EX 5 [MC]) and Willie Mays (PSA EX 5). This is a beautiful set that has been safely stored away in a closet, protected from all elements, for decades by an old-time collector since long before the days of professional grading. These cards haven't seen the light of day in over twenty-five years! In the "old days" collectors would have referred to a set of this quality as "Mint." Modern grading standards are certainly much different and harsher than in the 1970s and earlier, but whatever the technical grades, even at a glance it is obvious this is a special set. We have selected twenty-five cards to be graded by PSA. Keys: #1 Ford RC (VG-EX 4), 2 Berra (EX 5), 3 Roberts (Ex), 7 Hodges (Ex), 10 Schoendienst (Ex), 26 Rizzuto (EX+ 5.5), 30 Feller (EX 5), 31 Campanella (EX-MT 6), 32 Snider (Vg-Ex), 46 Kell (Ex), 50 Mize (Ex-Mt), 53 Lemon (EX-MT 6), 58 Slaughter (EX-MT+ 6.5), 62 Boudreau (Ex), 78 Wynn (Ex), 80 Reese (EX 5), 134 Spahn (Ex-Mt), 143 Kluszewski (EX 5), 151 Doby (NM+ 7.5), 165 Williams (VG-EX 4), 181 Stengel (Vg-Ex), 186 Ashburn (Ex), 198 Irvin RC (Ex), 218 Lopat (Ex), 219 Woodling RC (EX 5), 232 Fox RC (Gd-Vg), 233 Durocher (Ex-Mt), 253 Mantle RC (EX 5 [MC], sharp-looking card, centered 1/99 T/B), 254 Jensen RC (NM-MT 8), 260 Erskine RC (Vg-Ex), 275 Harris (Ex), 282 Frisch (Nr/Mt), 290 Dickey (Ex), 291 Henrich (Ex), 295 Lopez (Ex), 305 Mays RC (EX 5), 306 Piersall RC (Ex), 323 Adcock RC (Ex), 324 Pramesa RC (Ex). Ten additional cards are graded by PSA: #45 (NM-MT 8), 75 (EX-MT 6), 146 (NM+ 7.5), 148 (EX 5), 194 (NM-MT 8), 205 (NM 7), 240 (NM 7), 241 (NM 7), 274 (EX-MT 6), 312 (NM 7). Extremely attractive and consistent, and overall very high grade, complete set of this classic early 1950s Bowman issue. Total: 324 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000+. SOLD FOR $15,275


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