Autographed 1954 Bowman Near-Complete Set (198/224) Including 18 Hall of Famers

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1585

Item Year: 1954

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Near-complete collection of autographed 1954 Bowman baseball cards, comprising 198 of the 224 cards, including 18 of the 21 Hall of Famers in the set (missing #89 May, #90 Campanella, and #66a Williams; the collection does include #66b Piersall). Fifty-four of the cards have been encapsulated by PSA (red label) or PSA/DNA (blue label), while an additional 10 cards have been encapsulated by either SGC/JSA or BVG/JSA (all the signatures have been certified as "Authentic" by the respective company). The signatures, penned in a variety of inks, appear on the front of each card and, with just a few exceptions, range from "5" to "10," averaging "8." Condition ranges from Poor to Ex-Mt, averaging Vg. The 26 cards missing for completion are #4, 11, 30, 54, 59, 68, 69, 89, 90, 98, 122, 129, 138, 140, 142, 143, 149, 150, 160, 176, 182, 191, 203, 217, 219, and 224. The collection is composed of the following: Encapsulated Keys (10 cards; all PSA encapsulated unless noted): #1 Rizzuto, 6 Fox, 15 Ashburn, 58 Reese (PSA EX 5), 62 Slaughter, 64 Mathews, 74 Gilliam (SGC/JSA), 110 Schoendienst, 145 B. Martin (PSA/DNA MINT 9 auto. grade), and 196 Lemon. Non-Encapsulated Keys (12 cards): #45 Kiner, 50 Kell, 57 Wilhelm, 65 Mantle (personalized "To Jack," signature grades "3"), 84 Doby, 95 Roberts, 101 Larsen RC, 132 Feller, 161 Berra (Steiner Hologram on reverse), 164 Wynn, 170 Snider, and 177 Ford. Remaining Encapsulated Cards (53 cards; all PSA encapsulated unless noted): #2 (SGC/JSA), 3, 7, 13 (SGC/JSA), 16, 17 (SGC/JSA), 21, 24, 26, 33, 41, 56 (SGC/JSA), 60, 67, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 97, 99, 103, 104, 105, 111, 114, 115 (SGC/JSA), 116, 119, 120, 121 (SGC/JSA), 124, 127 (SGC/JSA), 128, 136, 137, 148, 163, 171 (BVG/JSA), 173, 178, 180, 184, 188, 195, 197, 200, 205 (SGC/JSA), 206, 208, 212, 222, and 223 (SGC/JSA). Remaining Non-Encapsulated Cards (123): #5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 55, 61, 63, 66 Piersall, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 91, 92, 93, 94, 96, 100, 102, 106, 107, 108, 109, 112, 113, 117, 118, 123, 125, 126, 130, 131, 133, 134, 135, 139, 141, 144, 146, 147, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 162, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 172, 174, 175, 179, 181, 183, 185, 186, 187, 189, 190, 192, 193, 194, 198, 199, 201, 202, 204, 207, 209, 210, 211, 213, 214, 215, 216, 218, 220, and 221. Total: 198 signed cards. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).


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