1955 Bowman Complete Set (320)

Sold For: $3,300

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1175

Item Year: 1955

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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32% range from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, 56% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 12% Gd to Vg (including some that measure small). Complete set of 320 cards highlighted by many Hall of Famers, including Mantle, Aaron, Mays, Kaline, and Banks. Twelve cards are graded by PSA. Keys: #1 Wilhelm (Vg-Ex+), 10 Rizzuto (Ex), 22 Campanella (Vg-Ex), 23 Kaline (Vg-Ex), 33 Fox (Gd), 37 Reese (Ex), 38 Wynn (Vg), 59 Ford (Ex), 60 Slaughter (Vg-Ex), 65 Zimmer RC (Vg), 68 Howard RC (Ex), 103 Mathews (Vg), 130 Ashburn (EX-MT+ 6.5), 134 Feller (Vg+), 158 Hodges (Ex), 168 Berra (VG-EX 4), 169 Furillo (Ex-Mt+), 171 Roberts (Ex+), 179 Aaron (Vg-Ex+), 184 Mays (EX 5), 191 Lemon (Vg-Ex), 197 Kiner (Ex-Mt), 202 Mantle (trimmed right edge, otherwise Ex+), 242 Banks (EX+ 5.5), 265 Barlick (Ex-Mt), 303 Conlan (Ex+), and 315 Hubbard (Ex-Mt). Additional graded cards: NM 7 (3 cards): #21, 269, and 309. EX-MT 6 (3 cards): #13, 107, and 270. EX 5 (2 cards): #108 and 156. 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+.

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