1950 Bowman Complete Set (252)

Sold For: $2,160

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 889

Item Year: 1950

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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26% Ex (including a couple Ex-Mt), 62% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 12% lesser. The 1950 Bowman set is often overlooked by collectors simply because it does not include a Mantle or Mays rookie, but this was a landmark set in its day, being the first postwar baseball issue to feature full-color artwork instead of photographs. We rarely have the opportunity to offer a complete set of 1950 Bowman and over the years have consistently found it to be among the most elusive sets of the era. Keys: #1 Parnell RC (Ex), 6 Feller (VG 3), 8 Kell (90/10 T/B, otherwise Ex), 11 Rizzuto (VG-EX 4), 19 Spahn (Vg-Ex), 21 Reese (Vg-Ex), 22 Robinson (pen writing on back, otherwise Vg), 23 Newcombe RC (85/15 T/B, otherwise Ex), 32 Roberts (Gd), 33 Kiner (Vg-Ex), 35 Slaughter (Vg+), 37 Appling (Pr-Fr), 39 Doby (Vg), 40 Lemon (85/15 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 43 Doerr (Gd), 46 Berra (Vg), 58 Furillo (Vg-Ex), 59 Branca (tape on back, otherwise Vg-Ex), 62 Kluszewski (Gd), 71 Schoendienst (Gd+), 75 Campanella (EX-MT 6), 77 Snider (0/100 T/B, otherwise Vg), 84 Ashburn (Ex+), 94 Boudreau (Vg+), 98 Williams (slight trim, otherwise Vg), 112 Hodges (Ex), 139 Mize (Vg-Ex), 148 Wynn (Ex), 217 Stengel (Ex), 219 Bauer (Vg), 220 Durocher (EX-MT 6), and 229 Frisch (Gd). Relatively affordable midgrade sets of classic issues from the 1950s such as this (let alone a hard-to-find 1950 Bowman set) always generate tremendous collector interest. This is the type of vintage set that to many collectors represents the very best value. This is a very attractive complete set of one of the most important and classic of all early Bowman issues. Total: 252 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+.

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