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1953 Bowman B&W Complete Set (64)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $830
Complete 1953 Bowman B&W 64-card set. The unusual Bowman B&W set is by far the scarcer of the two 1953 Bowman baseball issues. 70% of the cards range from Vg-Ex to Ex, and 30% are Vg (with a few slightly lesser). Keys: #1 Bell (Vg), 15 Mize (Vg), 25 Sain (Pr), 26 Roe (Vg-Ex/Ex), 27 Lemon (Vg), 28 Wilhelm (Vg/Vg-Ex), 31 Woodling (Gd), 36 Piersall (Vg), 39 Stengel (Gd), 46 Harris (Vg), 51 Burdette (Vg/Vg-Ex), 52 Branca (Gd), 60 Cox (Vg), and 64 Hansen (Vg). The 1953 Bowman B&W set gets less attention than the 1953 Bowman Color set because it is a smaller set and has fewer stars (and there is no Mantle) but in the "old days" of collecting, the 1953 Bowman B&W cards were far more desirable to many collectors, and were appreciated for their greater rarity, more so than in modern collecting times. This is a very clean and attractive set, and looks much better than the technical grades suggest. Total: 64 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600+. SOLD FOR $830
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