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1953 Bowman B&W Complete Set (64)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $830
Complete 1953 Bowman B&W 64-card set. The unusual Bowman B&W set is by far the scarcer of the two 1953 Bowman baseball issues. 50% of the cards range from Vg-Ex to Ex (includes a few Ex-Mt), and 50% are Vg (with a few slightly lesser). Keys: #1 Bell (possible slight trim along top border, otherwise Vg), 15 Mize (Vg-Ex), 25 Sain (Vg-Ex/Ex), 26 Roe (Vg-Ex/Ex), 27 Lemon (Vg-Ex), 28 Wilhelm (Ex-Mt), 31 Woodling (Vg-Ex/Ex), 36 Piersall (slight trim along top border, otherwise Vg), 39 Stengel (Vg), 46 Harris (Vg/Vg-Ex), 51 Burdette (Vg/Vg-Ex), 52 Branca (Vg), 60 Cox (Vg), and 64 Hansen (Fr). The 1953 Bowman B&W set gets less attention than the 1953 Bowman Color set because it is a smaller set and has fewer stars (and there is no Mantle) but in the "old days" of collecting, the 1953 Bowman B&W cards were far more desirable to many collectors, and were appreciated for their greater rarity, more so than in modern collecting times. A very clean and attractive set that looks much better than its technical grades suggest. Total: 64 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600+. SOLD FOR $830
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