1954 Bowman PSA-Graded Complete Master Set: #3 PSA Set Registry (GPA 8.03)

Sold For: $29,375

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 644

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The 1954 Bowman set has always been one of the most popular sets of the 1950s. Presented is one of the finest and most stunning ultra high-grade master sets (224 cards plus 41 variations) of this classic issue ever assembled. This is literally one of the finest 1954 Bowman sets in the world! 257 of the 265 cards in this complete master set (including #66 Ted Williams) have been graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Seven cards are graded MINT 9, and only one card, #140, is graded NM 7. This set is listed on the PSA Set Registry. It is the third-highest graded set, with an average grade of 8.03. The grades for the entire set can easily be accessed online on the PSA Set Registry under "REA Spring 2010." As any collector of high-grade early 1950s cards knows, finding 1954 Bowmans graded PSA 8 or better is a tremendous challenge. To assemble an entire set in this incredible high grade is simply extraordinary. PSA grading composite: Seven cards are MINT 9: #3, 25b, 105a, 113 Reynolds, 145b Martin, 208, and 216a. 257 cards are graded NM-MT 8: including #1 Rizzuto, 6 Fox, 15 Ashburn, 23 Kuenn (RC), 38 Minoso (both variations), 45 Kiner, 50 Kell, 57 Wilhelm, 58 Reese, 62 Slaughter, 64 Mathews, 65 Mantle, 66a Williams, 66b Piersall, 74 Gilliam, 84 Doby, 89 Mays, 90 Campanella, 95 Roberts, 101 Larsen (RC), 110 Schoendienst, 122 Furillo, 129 Bauer, 132 Feller, 138 Hodges (both variations), 145a Martin, 154 Newcombe, 161 Berra, 164 Wynn, 170 Snider, 177 Ford, and 196 Lemon. One card is graded NM 7: #140. This set was assembled one card at a time by a very dedicated collector over a period of many years. Also please note that none of these cards has been submitted for review for the recently introduced PSA half-grades. There is no question that a great number of these cards would be awarded higher half-grades if submitted for review. This is an extraordinary entirely graded high-grade complete set of this classic and often overlooked early Bowman issue, and without question one of the finest 1954 Bowman sets ever assembled in the history of collecting. The classic #66 Ted Williams, which has always been recognized as one of the most valuable cards of the era, all alone lists for $6,750 in NM-MT 8. The total SMR value for the individual cards is $19,935, and this does not begin to take into account the time and effort required to assemble a set in this grade. Total 265 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $15,000+. SOLD FOR $29,375

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