1950 Bowman Complete Set (252)

Sold For: $1,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1138

Item Year: 1950

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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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. The first 215 cards in this set (with three exceptions) have the initials "JB" written on the reverse, resulting in technical grades no higher than Fair. These cards otherwise range in condition from Pr to Vg-Ex, averaging Gd. Additionally, the first twelve cards in the set are in extremely Poor condition due to a storage-related mishap. The condition of card numbers 216-252 is Vg to Vg-Ex, with four Ex and four Gd. Keys (graded independently of initials written on the reverses): #1 Parnell RC (Pr), 3 DiMaggio (Pr), 6 Feller (Pr), 8 Kell (Pr), 11 Rizzuto (Pr), 19 Spahn (Gd), 21 Reese (Gd), 22 Robinson (Gd), 23 Newcombe RC (Vg), 32 Roberts (Gd), 33 Kiner (Gd+), 35 Slaughter (Gd+), 37 Appling (Gd), 39 Doby (Pr-Fr), 40 Lemon (Pr), 43 Doerr (Gd), 46 Berra (Gd), 58 Furillo (Vg+), 59 Branca (Gd), 62 Kluszewski (Gd), 71 Schoendienst (Vg), 75 Campanella (Vg-Ex), 77 Snider (Vg+), 84 Ashburn (Vg), 94 Boudreau (Vg-Ex), 98 Williams (Vg+), 112 Hodges (Vg-Ex), 139 Mize (Vg-Ex), and 148 Wynn (Ex). Additional keys: #217 Stengel (Vg-Ex), 219 Bauer (Vg+), 220 Durocher (Vg+), and 229 Frisch (Vg-Ex). Relatively affordable lower grade 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 lower grade complete set of one of the most important and classic of all early Bowman issues. Total: 252 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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