1948 Bowman Football Complete Set (108)

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1837

Item Year: 1948

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

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Offered is a complete set of 108 cards from the 1948 Bowman series, the first football-card set issued by Bowman Gum. This significant set is highlighted by key rookie cards of many stars and Hall of Famers. Condition is 32% Ex to Ex-Mt (including a couple Nr/Mt), 28% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 40% lower (including 28% trimmed or sheet cut; mostly Vg-Ex to Ex in appearance). Keys: #1 Tereshinski RC (possible slight trim, 0/100 T/B, otherwise Vg-Ex), 3 Lujack RC (Vg-Ex), 7 Van Buren RC (Vg-Ex), 12 Conerly RC (Gd+), 17 Trippi RC (Ex), 22 Baugh RC (Vg-Ex), 26 Waterfield RC (sheet cut, otherwise Gd+), 36 Turner RC (Vg-Ex), 61 Wojciechowicz RC (Pr), 63 Pihos RC (slight miscut, otherwise Ex-Mt), 80 Dudley RC (Vg+), 99 Gilmer RC (Vg-Ex+), 107 Luckman RC (Fr), and 108 Ray RC (sheet cut, otherwise Pr-Fr). Its football cards never caught on quite like its baseball cards, but Bowman's commitment to the line was unwavering. Bowman continued to issue ever more elaborately designed football sets until its doors closed in 1955. This set will always be the first football venture, and while the 1952 Bowman Large issue has always received the most attention from collectors, many feel that the 1948 Bowman set is actually the rarer of the two. Total: 108 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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