1955 Bowman Complete Set (320)

Sold For: $1,659

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 633

Item Year: 1955

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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70% range from Ex to Ex-Mt, 30% Vg to Vg-Ex (with a few slightly lesser). Complete set of 320 cards highlighted by many Hall of Famers, including Mantle, Aaron, Mays, Kaline, and Banks. Nineteen cards are graded by PSA. Keys: #1 Wilhelm (Vg), 10 Rizzuto (Ex), 22 Campanella (EX 5), 23 Kaline (EX 5), 33 Fox (Ex-Mt), 37 Reese (Ex-Mt), 38 Wynn (Ex-Mt), 59 Ford (EX 5), 60 Slaughter (Fr), 65 Zimmer RC (Vg-Ex), 68 Howard RC (Ex), 103 Mathews (EX 5), 130 Ashburn (EX-MT 6), 134 Feller (VG-EX 4), 158 Hodges (Vg), 168 Berra (Vg-Ex), 169 Furillo (Vg-Ex), 171 Roberts (Vg), 179 Aaron (VG-EX 4), 184 Mays (EX-MT 6), 191 Lemon (Ex), 197 Kiner (Vg-Ex), 202 Mantle (VG 3), 242 Banks (GOOD 2 mk), 265 Barlick (EX-MT+ 6.5), 283 Chylak (rejected by PSA for evidence of trimming), 303 Conlan (EX 5), and 315 Hubbard (EX 5). Six additional PSA-graded cards: #173 (EX 5), 234 (EX-MT 6), 239 (EX+ 5.5), 276 (EX-MT 6), 280 (EX-MT 6), and 281 (EX-MT 6). The 1955 Bowman cards (Bowman's final baseball-card issue) have always been very popular due to their classic "television" style and inclusion of so many stars. The flush-to-the-border wood-grain design of this issue makes them very susceptible to corner and edge wear, and very difficult to assemble as a complete set in high grade. Overall a very sharp looking complete set, with only a few problem cards. This is the type of vintage set that to so many collectors represents the very best value. Total: 320 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,659


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