1950 to 1955 Bowman "Shoe Box" Collection (317) Including Stars
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,422
Addendum: The card counts listed in the title found in the printed catalog were in error. The online title and description accurately reflects the counts.
Original-owner collection of 317 different Bowman gum cards spanning the years 1950 to 1955 and highlighted by numerous Hall of Famers and stars, including Mickey Mantle. This is a collection with charm: These cards may have seen a little "action on the playground" in the 1950s, and were then put away and carefully stored as childhood keepsakes for the next 50+ years. We have selected three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. This collection consists of the following: 1) 1950 Bowman (4 cards): One Vg-Ex, one Vg, and two Gd. 2) 1951 Bowman (122 cards): 32% Vg-Ex (including a few Ex), 47% Vg, and 21% Gd (including a few lesser). Keys: #10 Schoendienst (Vg-Ex+), 46 Kell (Fr), 50 Mize (Vg), 58 Slaughter (Vg), 62 Boudreau (Pr), 78 Wynn (Vg-Ex), 151 Doby (Gd), and 233 Durocher (Vg-Ex). 3) 1952 Bowman (40 cards): Thirty-four cards range in grade from Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex) with six lesser. Keys: #145 Mize (Vg+), 162 Irvin (Vg-Ex), and 232 Slaughter (Ex). 4) 1953 Bowman Color (53 cards): Forty grade Ex or better with thirteen lesser (mostly Vg to Vg-Ex). Keys: #1 Williams (Ex-Mt), 10 Ashburn (Fr/Gd), 18 Fox (Ex), 36 Minoso (Ex-Mt), 40 Doby (Vg), 44 Bauer/Berra/Mantle (SGC EX 60), 51 Irvin (Ex), 55 Durocher (Ex), 57 Boudreau (Vg-Ex), 61 Kell (Ex+), and 62 Kluszewski (Ex). 5) 1954 Bowman (41 cards): Thirteen range in grade from Vg to Ex (mostly Vg) and twenty-eight grade lesser. Keys: #58 Reese (Ex), 62 Slaughter (Vg), 101 Larsen (Gd), and 138 Hodges (SGC EX 60). 6) 1955 Bowman (57 cards): Overall Vg with a few higher and sixteen lesser. Keys: #33 Fox (Vg-Ex+), 37 Reese (SGC VG/EX 50), 67 Larsen (Ex), and 197 Kiner (Pr). This is a very interesting original-owner "shoe box" collection of early 1950s bubble-gum cards from some of Bowman's most popular issues and including numerous notable highlights. Total: 317 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,422