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1948 to 1955 Bowman Baseball Collection (1,039 cards)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,463

Very substantial collection of 1,039 assorted low- to mid-grade 1948 to 1955 Bowman gum cards, with representation from every year, highlighted by many key cards and Hall of Famers (including four 1951 Bowman #1 Whitey Ford rookies, two 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays rookies, two 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle, two 1953 Bowman Color #59 Mickey Mantle, 1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle, two 1954 Bowman #66 Ted Williams, and three 1955 Bowman #202 Mickey Mantle), ranging in grade from Pr to Very Good overall (including some trimmed), but also includes some higher grades as well. The collection consists of the following: 1) 1948 (11 cards): #1 Elliot RC (Gd-Vg), 3 Kiner RC (Pr), 4 Mize (Pr), 5 Feller (Fr), 8 Rizzuto RC (Vg), 10, 11, 23, 35, 36 Musial RC (Gd-Vg), and 44. 2) 1949 (16 cards): #28, 74, 79, 103, 107, 109, 112, 113, 136, 138, 139, 141, 143 (2), 151, and 153. 3) 1950 (7 cards): #6 Feller (Pr), 19 Spahn (Fr), two 21 Reese (Pr and trimmed), two 46 Berra (Fr and Pr), and 98 Williams (Pr). 4) 1951 (281 of 324 in the set, plus 164 duplicates for a total 445 cards): 20% Vg, and 80% range from Pr to Gd (including some trimmed). Missing the following forty-three cards for completion: #75, 82, 110, 120, 121, 129, 131, 134 Spahn, 157, 158, 181 Stengel, 186 Ashburn, 187, 190, 192, 194, 195, 196, 199, 208, 225, 229, 232 Fox, 233 Durocher, 234, 239, 253 Mantle, 254 Jensen, 260 Erskine, 264, 265, 268, 269, 270, 272, 274, 294, 297, 300, 304, 308, 311, and 314. Keys: four #1 Ford RC (one Vg and three Pr), 2 Berra (Vg), two 3 Roberts (Gd and Pr), four 7 Hodges (Gd, two Fr, Pr), 10 Schoendienst (Pr), 26 Rizzuto (Pr), two 30 Feller (Pr and trimmed), two 31 Campanella (Gd and Pr), two 32 Snider (both Pr), 46 Kell (Fr), two 50 Mize (Fr and Pr), 53 Lemon (Vg-Ex), three 58 Slaughter (Gd and two Pr), four 62 Boudreau (three Vg and Pr), two 78 Wynn (Vg and Pr), two 80 Reese (Fr and Pr), 143 Kluszewski (Pr), 151 Doby (Pr), two 165 Williams (both Pr), 198 Irvin RC (Pr), 218 Lopat (Vg), 219 Woodling RC (Vg), 290 Dickey (Pr), and two 305 Mays RC (both Pr). 5) 1952 (120 different plus 44 duplicates, for a total of 164 cards): #4 Roberts (Pr), 8 Reese (Pr), 11 Kiner (Fr), 21 Fox (Pr), two 23 Lemon (Gd and Pr), two 24 Furillo (Vg and Pr), 30 Schoendienst (Vg), two 44 Campanella (Gd and Pr), two 53 Ashburn (both Gd-Vg), 80 Hodges (Pr), two 101 Mantle (both Pr), two 156 Spahn (Fr and Pr), 162 Irvin (Pr), 196 Musial (Fr), 232 Slaughter (Fr), and 252 Crosetti (Gd-Vg). 6) 1953 Color (81 different plus 2 duplicates, for a total of 83 cards): two #1 Williams (both Vg), 10 Ashburn (Pr), 40 Doby (Vg), three 44 Bauer/Berra/Mantle (all Pr), 51 Irvin (Gd), two 59 Mantle (both Pr), 65 Roberts (Fr-Gd), 80 Kiner (Pr), 92 Hodges (Pr), 93 Rizzuto/Martin (Fr), 97 Mathews (Fr), 99 Spahn (Pr), 146 Wynn (Vg), and 160 Abrams (Pr). 7) 1953 B&W (22 cards): #1 Bell (Fr), 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25 Sain (Fr), 29, 30, 33, 41, 42, 49, 56, 61, and 62. The balance all grade Poor. 8) 1954 (49 different plus 3 duplicates, for a total of 52 cards): two #1 Rizzuto (Gd and trimmed), 6 Fox (Pr), 45 Kiner (Fr), 57 Wilhelm (Fr-Gd), 58 Reese (Fr), 64 Mathews (Fr), 65 Mantle (Pr), two 66 Williams (both Vg-Ex), 95 Roberts (Vg), 110 Schoendienst (Pr), 161 Berra (Vg), 170 Snider (Vg), and two 177 Ford (both Pr). 9) 1955 (158 different plus 81 duplicates, for a total of 239 cards): three #1 Wilhelm (Vg and two Gd), 10 Rizzuto (Vg), two 22 Campanella (Vg and Pr), two 23 Kaline (Pr and trimmed), 29 Schoendienst (Vg-Ex), two 33 Fox (Vg-Ex and trimmed), two 37 Reese (Vg-Ex and Vg), 38 Wynn (Vg), 59 Ford (Gd), two 60 Slaughter (Gd and Pr), 134 Feller (Vg-Ex), 158 Hodges (Vg), 171 Roberts (Vg), 179 Aaron (Vg), two 184 Mays (Vg-Ex and Pr), two 191 Lemon (Vg and trimmed), 197 Kiner (Vg-Ex), three 202 Mantle (Gd, Fr, Pr), 213 Kell (Vg), and 242 Banks (Ex). We always enjoy offering collections of this type. They are always well received and naturally have an impressive break value (especially in this case, with so many substantial highlights). Many advanced collectors started collecting by patiently waiting for exciting large groups of cards like this to be offered. The low- to mid-grades make this collection ideal for anyone who is excited about vintage cards, wants only authentic examples, including originals of many of the most important classics of the era, but does not want to spend a fortune. (And the collection really would cost a fortune in higher grade!) This is truly a collection unto itself. Total: 1,039 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open) . SOLD FOR $6,463


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