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1948 Bowman Basketball SGC-Graded Color Variation Collection (13)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $2,115.00
Impressive collection of thirteen 1948 Bowman Basketball "Color Variation" cards, mostly very high grade, including seven ranging from Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, all graded and encapsulated by SGC (except one). The SGC grades are as follows: One NM/MT 88: #46 McKinney (Gray). Three NM+ 86: #57 Spector (Gray), 60 Maughan (Blue), and 61 O'Keefe (Gray). Three NM 84: #43 Halbert (Gray), 52 Simmons (Gray), and 67 Mogus (Gray). Three EX/NM 80: #48 Sadowski (Gray), 58 Risen (Gray), and 63 Mahnken (Gray). One EX+ 70: #68 Lee (Gray). One EX 60: #54 Palmer (Blue). Ungraded: #49 Kinney (Blue). (Please Note: In the early days of professional grading it was not uncommon for hand-cut cards to be encapsulated with a numerical grade. As the years have rolled by, grading standards have changed. If the cards in this lot that have received a numerical grade were to be submitted for grading today, it is possible that some or all would not be awarded a numerical grade, and would instead be encapsulated as "Authentic.") The 1948 Bowman Basketball series is particularly significant as this was the first set ever issued devoted exclusively to basketball. This 1948 issue was the only basketball set Bowman ever produced. As advanced collectors are well aware, 1948 Bowman basketball cards occasionally surface missing the red or blue coloring. It is believed that simple printing errors are responsible for these color variations, and that the "gray back" variations in 1948 Bowman basketball, as well as 1949 Bowman baseball (which have a very similar design), are the result of cards not going through an ink process, or the printing machines running out of ink. This collection would seem to confirm this theory, as the red is missing, and there is just a hint of weakening of color in a few areas of the blue backgrounds. All of these cards appear to have long ago been very carefully hand cut from sheets. While there is no way for us to be certain, we believe these were never actually issued in packs. A small quantity of these error sheets was probably given to neighborhood kids or saved from the trash at the Bowman factory in Philadelphia, and later hand cut and long ago dispersed throughout the collecting community. We would be surprised if all of these rare color variation cards did not long ago originate from Philadelphia area collectors who neatly cut them from sheets, but it is also very possible that some color variation cards were factory cut and issued in packs. This collection includes some of the finest examples of these rare error cards known to exist. The reverse of each card is fully printed. This is a very attractive and substantial collection of these extremely rare 1948 Bowman Basketball color variations. Total 13 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,115.00
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