1948 Bowman Complete Set (48)

Sold For: $1,185

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 499

Item Year: 1948

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Offered is a complete set of forty-eight cards from the 1948 Bowman series, the first baseball-card set issued by Bowman Gum, highlighted by key rookie cards of many stars and Hall of Famers. Most of the cards in this set appear to be Vg-Ex or Ex but with slightly irregular cuts suggesting the possibility of a slight trim; however, upon closer inspection, it is clear these cards are not trimmed at all but have been long ago handcut from a sheet, a quality that we have seen many times in the past with early Bowmans. In the Philadelphia area, where Bowman was located, quite a few 1948 and 1949 Bowman sheets were somehow distributed (probably given away as favors to local children) and many of these sheets were neatly cut up at that time. Keys: #1 Elliot RC (Vg), 2 Blackwell (Vg-Ex), 3 Kiner RC (Ex), 4 Mize (Ex), 5 Feller (Vg-Ex/Ex), 6 Berra RC (Ex), 7 Reiser SP (Ex), 8 Rizzuto RC (Vg-Ex), 12 Sain RC (Vg-Ex), 14 Reynolds RC (Vg-Ex), 17 Slaughter (Ex/Ex-Mt), 18 Spahn RC (Ex), 19 Henrich (Vg-Ex), 29 Page RC (Ex), 30 Lockman SP (Vg), 36 Musial RC (Ex/Ex-Mt), 38 Schoendienst (Ex), 40 Marion RC (Ex), 45 Sauer RC (Ex), and 47 Thomson RC (Ex). The grades listed on the key cards are without reference to being sheet-cut. Total: 48 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,185

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