1952 Bowman Large Football Near-Complete PSA-Graded Set (127/144)

Sold For: $27,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1849

Item Year: 1952

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Presented is an exceptionally attractive near-complete set of 1952 Bowman Large, one of the most popular and classic of all football-card sets, missing only seventeen cards for completion. Each card is professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA, with an extremely impressive ninety-two cards grading NM-MT 8, including numerous Hall of Famers and short prints, which make this set such a challenge to complete and collect in high grade. The entire set was built with a great attention to eye-appeal, with almost all cards exhibiting bright colors and crisp focus. This near-complete set forms the foundation of the fifth ranked set on the PSA Set Registry, which boasts an outstanding 7.36 overall GPA. The seventeen missing cards are as follows (all appear individually in this auction; all but #144 Lansford originate from this set): #2 Graham, 3 Walker, 4 Owen, 10 Bednarik, 14 Brown, 16 Gifford, 17 Tittle, 30 Baugh, 46 Donovan, 48 Halas, 61 Richter, 105 Groza, 108 Johnston SP, 126 Romanick SP, 137 Waterfield, 142 Landry, and 144 Lansford SP.

PSA Grading Composite: NM-MT 8 (92 cards): #5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 Trippi (HOF), 13 Fears (HOF), 15, 21, 22, 24, 28 K. Rote RC SP, 31, 33, 37 Hirsch SP (HOF), 38, 39 Tunnell (HOF), 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55 SP, 56, 58, 59, 60, 62, 64 SP, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 73 SP, 74, 75, 76, 78 Layne (HOF), 79, 80, 81 SP, 82 SP, 83 Perry (HOF), 84, 87, 88, 89, 90 SP, 91 SP, 92 Pihos (HOF), 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 101 Weinmeister (HOF), 102, 103, 104, 106, 109 SP, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118 SP, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125 Nomellini (HOF), 128 Lavelli (HOF), 130, 132, 133, 134, 136 SP, 138, 139, and 141. NM 7 (25 cards): #1 Van Brocklin (HOF), 19 Connor SP (HOF), 23 Marchetti RC (HOF), 25, 26, 29 McElhenny RC (HOF), 32, 34, 35, 45 Van Buren SP (HOF), 57 Millner RC (HOF), 69, 71, 77, 85 Robustelli RC (HOF), 86, 98, 100 SP, 107, 117 SP, 127 Matson RC SP (HOF), 129 Christiansen RC (HOF), 131, 140 Lary RC (HOF), and 143. EX-MT 6 (7 cards): #18, 20, 27 SP, 36 SP, 54 SP, 63 Conerly SP, and 135 Ronzani RC SP. EX 5 (3 cards): #9 SP, 72 SP, and 99 Stydahar RC SP (HOF).

This near-complete set presents an incredible opportunity to acquire a tremendous foundation for one of the finest sets ever assembled of the classic 1952 Bowman Large series. This is a rarely offered, extremely pleasing, and overall high-grade near-complete set of one of football-card collecting's premier issues, loaded with many of the great stars and Hall of Famers of the era. The total SMR value in the assigned grades is $29,715. Total: 127 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000+.


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