1948 to 1962 Bowman, Fleer, and Topps Football Shoebox Collection (1,479 Cards) Including Complete and Near-Complete Sets

October 5, 2013

Presented is an extremely substantial collection of 1,479 football cards from seventeen different Bowman, Fleer, and Topps sets; dating from 1948 to 1962; highlighted by an impressive two hundred thirty-five Hall of Famers. Included are complete and near-complete sets, as well as eleven cards from the 1948 Bowman basketball series.

This collection consists of the following:

1) 1948 Bowman (14 different cards): five Vg-Ex to Ex, four Vg, and five lesser.

2) 1948 Bowman Basketball (11 different cards): one Ex, three Vg-Ex, three Vg, and four lesser. Key: #38 Jeanette RC (Fr).

3) 1950 Bowman Partial Set (79/144): 40% Ex (including a couple slightly better), 47% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 13% lesser. Keys: #17 Waterfield (Gd), 23 Van Buren (Ex), 28 Turner (Ex+), 29 Dudley (Ex), 38 Hart (Ex+), 78 Lavelli RC (PSA VG 3), 107 Nomellini (Pr), and 134 Pihos (Gd).

4) 1951 Bowman (7 different cards): Fr to Vg+, averaging Gd. Key: #105 Perry (Vg).

5) 1951 Topps Magic (10 different cards): Pr to Gd, averaging Fr.

6) 1953 Bowman Near-Complete Set (94/96): 12% Ex, 78% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 10% lesser. Keys: #1 LeBaron (Vg), 6 Walker (Vg), 9 Motley (Vg-Ex), 11 Van Brocklin (Vg), 15 Lavelli (Vg), 17 Trippi (Vg-Ex), 20 Conerly (Ex), 21 Layne (Gd), 22 Hirsch (Vg), 23 Finks (Vg-Ex), 24 Bednarik (Vg-Ex), 26 Graham (Vg-Ex+), 32 McElhenny (Vg-Ex), 34 Creekmur (Vg-Ex), 36 Fears (Vg+), 37 Connor (Vg-Ex), 43 Gifford SP (Vg+), 53 Tunnell SP (Vg-Ex+), 56 Tittle (Vg+), 73 Pihos (Vg-Ex), 88 Nomellini (Vg+), 95 Groza (Vg-Ex+), and 96 Cross SP (Vg). Missing only #45 and 70 for completion.

7) 1954 Bowman Near-Complete Set (111/128): 27% Vg-Ex to Ex (including a couple better), 54% Vg, and 19% lesser. Keys: #6 Perry (Vg), 8 Van Brocklin (Vg), 23 Blanda RC (Vg-Ex), 32 Hirsch (Vg), 40 Graham (Vg+), 41 Walker (Vg), 42 Tittle (Ex), 52 Groza (Gd+), 53 Layne (Gd), 54 McElhenny (Vg-Ex),  55 Gifford (Vg-Ex), 57 Bednarik (Vg), 76 Nomellini (Ex+), 125 White (Gd), and 128 Lattner (pen marks on front, otherwise Pr).

8) 1955 Bowman Complete Set (160): 29% Ex or slightly better, 59% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 12% lesser. Keys: #1 Walker (Vg), 2 McCormack RC (Vg+), 7 Gifford (Vg-Ex), 8 Ameche RC (Vg), 14 Ford RC (Pr), 32 Van Brocklin (Ex), 37 Groza (Vg), 42 Johnson RC (Gd), 44 Perry (Vg), 52 Summerall RC (Gd), 62 Blanda (Fr), 70 Ringo RC (Fr due to pen on reverse), 71 Layne (Vg), 72 Tittle (Vg-Ex), 75 McElhenny (Vg-Ex), 101 St. Clair RC (Ex), 104 Nomellini (Gd), 119 Gatski RC (Vg-Ex), 121 Robustelli (Vg), 152 Landry (Vg), 158 Bednarik (Vg-Ex), and 160 Dupre (Gd).

9) 1955 Topps All-American Partial Set (64/100): 39% Ex to Ex-Mt (mostly Ex), 41% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 20% lesser. Keys: #6 Kinnick RC (Vg-Ex), 20 Baugh (Vg+), 27 Grange (0/100 T/B, otherwise Gd), 34 O’Brien (Vg-Ex+), 35 Harmon SP RC (Gd-Vg), 38 Stagg (Gd), 52 Lujack (Ex), 62 (VG-EX 4), 89 (EX+ 5.5), and 98 Feathers (Gd+).

10) 1956 Topps Near-Complete Set (117/120): 39% Ex to Ex-Mt (mostly Ex), 50% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 11% lesser. Keys: #1 Carson SP (Ex), 6 Van Brocklin (Gd), 11 Blanda (Ex), 13 Janowicz SP (Vg-Ex), 22 Cardinals SP (Gd+), 41 R. Brown RC (Ex+), 44 Schmidt RC (Ex), 47 George RC (Ex-Mt), 49 LeBaron SP (Vg-Ex+), 53 Gifford (Ex), 58 Matson SP (Vg-Ex), 60 Moore RC (Ex), 61 Redskins SP (95/5 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex), 86 Tittle (Ex), 101 Grier RC (2/98 T/B, otherwise Ex), and 116 Layne (5/95 T/B, otherwise Vg-Ex+).. Missing only #10 SP, 33, and 94 SP for completion.

11) 1957 Topps Near-Complete Set (145/154): 50% Ex to Ex-Mt (including a couple Nr/Mt), 33% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 17% lesser. Keys: #3 McCormack (Ex), 5 Marchetti (Ex), 6 Nomellini (Vg-Ex+), 10 Richter (Ex), 11 R. Brown (Vg+), 15 Butler RC (Ex), 16 Johnson (Vg), 18 St. Clair (Ex), 22 Van Brocklin (Gd), 26 Matson (Vg-Ex), 28 Groza (Fr due to edge tears), 30 Tittle (Vg-Ex+), 31 Blanda (Fr due to edge tears), 32 Layne (Gd+), 35 Tunnel (10/90 L/R and T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 46 Hirsch (Ex), 49 Bednarik (Ex), 65 Donovan (Ex+), 68 Lary RC (Ex+), 71 Robustelli (Vg-Ex), 88 Gifford (30/70 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt+), 92 Stautner (Ex), 96 Jones (Ex), 106 Christiansen (Ex), 128 Moore (Ex), and 129 Perry (15/85 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex+). Missing only #20 Creekmur, 85 Lane RC, 94 Berry RC, 95 McElhenny, 119 Starr RC, 121 Webster, 124 McDonald RC, 138 Unitas RC, and 151 Hornung RC.

12) 1958 Topps Near-Complete Set (128/132): 50% Ex to Ex-Mt (including a couple Nr/Mt), 33% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 17% lesser. Keys: #2 Layne (Fr), 10 Moore (Vg), 35 Bednarik (5/95 L/R, otherwise Ex), 52 Groza (pencil on reverse, otherwise Vg-Ex), 73 Gifford (Ex), 75 Johnson (Vg), 86 Tittle (Ex), 93 Perry (Vg+), 106 Donovan (Gd), 120 Berry (0/100 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex), 127 Matson (Ex), and 129 Blanda (Ex). Missing only #22 Unitas, 62 Brown RC, 66 Starr, and 90 Jurgensen RC for completion.

13) 1959 Topps Near-Complete Set (158/176): 12% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, 57% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 31% lesser. Keys: #20 Gifford (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 23 Starr (Vg-Ex), 40 Layne (Ex-Mt), 51 Huff RC (98/2 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex), 82 Hornung (Gd), 103 Karras RC (Ex), 116 Kramer RC (Vg-Ex), 130 Tittle (Ex), 132 Parker RC (Gd-Vg), 140 Mitchell RC (Ex-Mt), and 176 Tracy RC (Ex).

14) 1960 Fleer (63 different cards): 49% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt (including a few better), 40% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 11% lesser. Keys: #7 Gillman (Ex+), 20 Baugh (100/0 L/R and T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), and 116 Stram (100/0 L/R and T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt).

15) 1960 Topps Near-Complete Set (128/130): 35% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, 54% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 11% lesser. Keys: #25 Mitchell (Ex), 51 Starr (Vg-Ex), 52 Taylor (85/15 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 54 Hornung (Nr/Mt), 56 Gregg RC (Ex-Mt), 74 Gifford (Ex), 87 Bednarik (Ex), 93 Layne (Ex-Mt), and 113 Tittle (Ex-Mt). Missing only #1 Unitas and 23 Brown for completion.

16) 1961 Fleer (46 different cards): 32% Nr/Mt, 40% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 28% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a couple lesser). Keys: #147 Taylor RC (Vg-Ex+) and 166 Blanda (EX-MT 6.5+).

17) 1961 Topps (67 different cards): 27% Ex-Mt (including a few Nr/Mt), 58% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 15% lesser. Keys: #2 Moore (Vg-Ex), 4 Berry (EX 5), 19 (NM 7 [OC]), 35 Karras (NM 7 [MK), 36 Schmidt (Vg-Ex), 50 Matson (Vg+), 64 Nomellini (Ex), 77 Brown HL (100/0 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt+), 85 Conerly (EX 5), 90 Robustelli (Vg-Ex), 91 Huff (NM 7), 102 Brookshier (EX-MT 6), 101 Bednarik (NM 7), and 104 Layne (EX-MT 6).

18) 1962 Fleer (54 different cards): 24% Nr/Mt, 66% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 10% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #68 Flores (Ex-Mt) and 82 Mix (80/20 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt).

19) 1962 Topps (23 different cards): Vg-Ex to Ex, with six lesser due to miscut centering.. Keys: #9 (EX 5), 32 Groza (Vg-Ex), 59 Schmidt (EX 5), 88 Gabriel RC (next card showing, otherwise Vg-Ex), 110 Huff (EX 5), 143 (EX 5), 151 Kilmer RC (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex), 163 49ers (EX 5), and 164 Snead RC (Ex). This is an outstanding collection of mostly near-complete and complete sets of Bowman, Fleer and Topps football cards that would provide an excellent foundation for the pursuit of completion or potentially provide upgrades or additions to an existing football-card collection. Total: 1,479 cards.