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1948 Bowman Complete Set (48)

  • Sold For: $2,963
  • Year: 1948
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 502
  • Auction Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

The 1948 Bowman set is an extremely significant landmark issue of the postwar era, literally launching a new era of bubble-gum card collecting. Key rookie cards of many stars and Hall of Famers highlight Bowman's first baseball-card issue. This is an exceptionally attractive mid- to high-grade complete set. Condition: 52% range in grade from Ex to Nr/Mt, 48% Vg to Vg-Ex. Fifteen key cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA (except one SGC). Keys: #1 Elliot RC (EX-MT 6), 2 Blackwell (Ex), 3 Kiner RC (EX-MT 6), 4 Mize (EX 5), 5 Feller (VG-EX+ 4.5), 6 Berra RC (EX 5), 7 Reiser SP (EX-MT 6), 8 Rizzuto RC (EX 5), 12 Sain RC (Vg), 14 Reynolds RC (NM 7), 17 Slaughter (Vg-Ex), 18 Spahn RC (VG-EX 4), 19 Henrich (Ex), 21 Fain RC (EX 5), 22 Bevins SP (SGC NM+ 86), 29 Page RC (Vg), 35 Stirnweiss RC (VG-EX 4), 36 Musial RC (EX-MT 6), 38 Schoendienst (VG 3 mc), 40 Marion RC (Ex), 45 Sauer (sheet cut), and 47 Thomson RC (VG 3). Very attractive set of this significant postwar issue with many condition highlights. The SMR value for just eleven of the fifteen graded cards (not including the one qualified card, the three cards graded less than EX 5, including Spahn's rookie, and the thirty-three ungraded cards) is $1,460. Total: 48 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $2,963

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