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1951 Bowman Complete Set (324)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,555
68% range in grade from Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex) and 27% grade Gd, 5% lesser. Mid-grade complete set of 1951 Bowman baseball cards originating from an old-time collection consigned to this auction. This classic 324-card set includes many Hall of Famers and stars, highlighted by the rookie cards of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. Almost all of the cards in this set present at a level superior to their technically accurate but modest assigned grades and have been downgraded due to minor flaws, which most commonly affect the reverse. We have selected three cards to be graded by SGC. Keys: #1 Ford RC (Gd), 2 Berra (Vg), 3 Roberts (Vg+), 7 Hodges (Gd/Vg), 26 Rizzuto (Vg-Ex), 30 Feller (Gd), 31 Campanella (Gd/Vg), 32 Snider (Gd), 46 Kell (Gd/Vg), 50 Mize (Vg), 53 Lemon (Vg-Ex), 58 Slaughter (Ex), 78 Wynn (Pr), 80 Reese (Pr/Fr), 134 Spahn (VG 40), 151 Doby (Vg-Ex), 165 Williams (VG+ 45), 181 Stengel (Vg), 186 Ashburn (Vg), 198 Irvin RC (Vg-Ex), 232 Fox RC (Vg-Ex), 233 Durocher (Vg-Ex), 253 Mantle RC (POOR 10, Vg appearance on front, downgraded due to scattered small areas of paper loss on reverse), 260 Erskine RC (Ex), 290 Dickey (Gd), 295 Lopez (Gd), 305 Mays RC (Pr/Fr), and 306 Piersall RC (Fr). One of the great things about card collecting is that the most classic card sets can be collected in any condition, on any budget. This is a very attractive set which offers an outstanding value, and a rarely offered, relatively affordable alternative to a higher-grade set of this classic early 1950s Bowman issue. Total: 324 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,555
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