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1953 Bowman Color Complete Set - Completely Graded PSA 8 (160)

Starting Bid - $25,000.00, Sold For - $94,000.00

The 1953 Bowman Color set has always been one of the most popular sets in the world of card collecting. Presented is one of the finest and most stunning high-grade sets of this classic issue ever assembled. This ultra high-grade set has been assembled one card at a time by an extremely dedicated collector with an uncompromising commitment to condition and eye-appeal over a period of many years, with a goal of completing the entire set in a grade of PSA 8 NM-MT across-the-board, and with all cards being carefully screened for only top-quality examples in all respects. There are no "weak links" in this set! This is a world-class investment-grade set of one of the most important baseball card issues in the entire world of postwar card collecting. It is also by far the finest set of 1953 Bowman we have sever seen or offered. 159 of the 160 cards in this complete set have been graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Only one card, #153 Ford, is graded NM 7. We have registered this set on the PSA Registry under "Robert Edward Auctions." It is the seventh-highest graded set out of thirty-seven registered sets. As any collector of high-grade early 1950s cards knows, finding 1953 Bowmans graded PSA 8 is a tremendous challenge. To assemble an entire set in this incredible high grade is simply extraordinary. PSA grading composite: 159 cards are graded NM-MT 8: including #1 Williams, 9 Rizzuto, 10 Ashburn, 18 Fox, 32 Musial, 33 Reese, 40 Doby, 44 Bauer/Berra/Mantle, 46 Campanella, 55 Durocher, 59 Mantle, 62 Kluszewski, 65 Roberts, 80 Kiner, 81 Slaughter, 92 Hodges, 93 Rizzuto/Martin, 97 Mathews, 99 Spahn, 114 Feller, 117 Snider, 118 Martin, 121 Berra, 143 Lopez, 146 Wynn, and 160 Abrams. 1 card is graded NM 7: #153 Ford. This set was assembled with a concern for all factors, including special consideration to centering. The concern for centering makes this set even more spectacular than suggested by its extraordinary high grade, and is evident throughout. This is simply an amazing high-grade complete set of this classic early Bowman issue, and is easily one of the finest in the world. The total SMR value of $65,000 for the set cannot begin to account for the time, energy, and effort that has been invested in its assembly. The fact that the consignor has elected to keep this set together and offer it as a single unit makes this a particularly extraordinary offering. It is a given that potentially few collectors can seriously consider buying a complete set of this caliber, but for those who can consider such a commitment, this set represents a remarkable and unique opportunity. Total 160 cards. Reserve $25,000. Estimate $50,000+. SOLD FOR $94,000.00

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