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Lot # 624 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1949 Bowman PCL Complete PSA-Graded Set (36)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $7,637.50

Complete 1949 Bowman PCL set (thirty-six cards), entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA. This issue has always been one of the legendary rarities of PCL and postwar card collecting. This is a very clean and attractive set of these legendary rarities, with all but a few cards free of creases, and most downgraded from higher levels due to just a little corner wear and an occasional pencil mark on reverse. The PSA grading report is as follows: Sixteen VG-EX 4: #2 (MK), 6 (MK), 10, 12 (MK), 13, 16 (MK), 18, 19 (MK), 20, 22, 23 (MK), 27 (MK), 28, 30, 34 (MK), and 36 (last card in the set). Fifteen VG 3: #1, 4, 5, 7 (MK), 8 (slight crack on holder), 9 (MK), 15 (MK), 17 (MK), 21, 24 (MK), 25 (MK), 31 (MK), 32 (MK), 33, and 35. Two GOOD 2: #3 (MK) and 26. Three PR-FR 1: #11, 14, and 29. Seventeen of the cards have very light pencil writing on the back along the top border, which has been neatly erased, but is still detectable upon extremely close examination. These cards with small erasures have earned an "MK" qualifier when graded by PSA, but we cannot emphasize enough how minor these erasures are. 1949 Bowman PCL cards are particularly difficult to find in such strong condition due to the quality of the paper stock on which they are printed, which makes them so susceptible to soft corners. Even the few lowest-graded cards in the set are impressive looking, each with a far superior appearance than that suggested by its technically accurate assigned PSA grades. It remains a mystery as to exactly why Bowman issued cards featuring PCL players, or exactly how these cards were actually issued. Many believe that Bowman PCL cards were regionally issued in 1949 Bowman packs along with regular major-leaguer Bowman cards in some West Coast cities. The recollections of old-time collectors and the occasional small groups of cards found in original West Coast collections is supportive of this theory. Some 1949 Bowman PCL cards were apparently also originally issued in sheet form, as cards are often found with evidence of having been cut with scissors, possibly promotional sheets given to stores, though no uncut sheet has ever surfaced. The cards in this set are all of the more desirable factory-cut variety. Bowman obviously wanted to capitalize on the popularity of the PCL but never pursued this marketing concept further. Their extraordinary rarity, the fact that they are so similar to regular 1949 Major League cards, and the fact that they are issued by Bowman, all contribute to their great mystique and unique status among Pacific Coast League cards. In the old days even a single 1949 Bowman PCL card could start a riot at a convention. Fortunately, they have always been so rare that this was not really a big issue. To date, a total of only 365 cards from this set have ever been graded. This lot represents 10% of the entire PSA-graded population. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully assembled complete set of card collecting's premier postwar Pacific Coast League set. Total 36 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $7,637.50

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