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1952 Bowman Large Football Complete Set (144)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $7,050
Exceptionally attractive complete set of 1952 Bowman Large, one of the most popular and classic of all football card sets. This mid- to high-grade set is highlighted by very attractive examples of key cards #142 Tom Landry graded NM 84 by SGC and #144 Jim Lansford graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. This is a gorgeous set that was assembled many years ago. While the condition of cards from this set spans many grades, it includes many significant condition highlights (including many key cards) and even the lesser-graded cards (which include some very sharp-looking cards that we believe have a slight trim) are very pleasing and exhibit bright colors and crisp focus. We have selected twenty-three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The twenty-three SGC-graded cards are among the fifty-eight key cards individually graded in the list that follows. Keys: #1 Brocklin SP (SGC VG 40), 2 Graham (SGC VG/EX 50), 3 Walker (75/25 T/B, otherwise Ex), 4 Owen RC (Vg-Ex), 9 Spencer SP (Vg), 10 Bednarik SP (SGC NM+ 86), 12 Trippi (possible slight trim, otherwise Nr/Mt), 13 Fears (possible slight trim, otherwise Nr/Mt), 14 Brown RC (SGC NM 84), 16 Gifford RC (SGC EX 60), 17 Tittle (SGC EX 60), 18 Justice SP (70/30 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 19 Connor SP (Vg), 23 Marchetti RC (SGC EX 60), 27 Miller SP (SGC EX 60), 28 Rote SP (90/10 L/R, otherwise Vg), 29 McElhenny RC (SGC EX 60), 30 Baugh (SGC EX+ 70), 36 Hancock SP (SGC VG/EX 50), 37 Hirsch SP (trimmed, otherwise Ex), 39 Tunnell (Vg-Ex), 45 Van Buren SP (SGC EX/NM 80), 46 Donovan RC (SGC NM 84), 48 Halas RC (SGC EX+ 70), 54 Christian SP (Vg), 55 Davis SP (slight trim, otherwise Ex), 57 Milner RC (1/99 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 63 Conerly SP (1/99 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 64 Hartley SP (20/80 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 72 Schweder SP (SGC EX 60), 73 Smith SP (Ex), 78 Layne (SGC NM 84), 81 Kastan SP (Vg-Ex), 82 Minarik SP (Vg-Ex), 83 Perry (Ex), 85 Robustelli RC (Ex-Mt), 90 Johnson SP (slight trim, otherwise Ex), 91 Heath SP (Ex-Mt), 92 Pihos (Nr/Mt), 99 Stydahar SP (SGC NM 84), 100 Alban SP (Vg-Ex), 101 Weinmeister (Nr/Mt), 105 Groza (30/70 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 108 Johnson SP (SGC NM 84), 109 Quinlan SP (possible slight trim, otherwise Ex), 117 O’Donahue SP (Ex), 118 Hogan (20/80 T/B, otherwise Ex), 125 Nomellini (Ex-Mt), 126 Romanik SP (SGC VG 40), 127 Matson SP (SGC EX+ 70), 128 Lavelli (slight trim, otherwise Nr/Mt), 129 Christiansen RC (Nr/Mt), 135 Ronzani SP (SGC EX/NM 80), 136 Rechichar SP (Ex/Ex-Mt), 137 Waterfield (Ex-Mt), 140 Lary RC (Ex/Ex-Mt), 142 Landry (SGC NM 84), and 144 Lansford SP (SGC VG/EX 50). The balance grade as follows (86 cards): 20% Nr/Mt or better, 50% range from Ex to Ex-Mt (includes a few Vg-Ex), and 30% with an Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt appearance but slightly trimmed. This is a rarely offered, very pleasing mixed-grade complete set of one of football card collecting's premier issues, loaded with all of the great stars and Hall of Famers of the era. The equivalent total SMR for 18 of the 23 graded cards (not including the three VG/EX 50s, two VG 40s, and the 121 ungraded cards) is $4,610. Total 144 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $7,050
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