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1948 Bowman Basketball Near-Complete Set (63/72) Including 30 PSA-Graded Cards
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,680
33% Ex to Ex-Mt, 25% Vg-Ex, 30% Gd to Vg (mostly Gd), and 12% lesser (including some trimmed). Near-complete set of 1948 Bowman Basketball consisting of 63 of 72 cards in the set, missing just nine cards (#8, 38, 47, 54, 55, 57, 59, 66, and 69) for completion. The 1948 Bowman Basketball series is particularly significant as it is the first and only basketball set Bowman ever issued. The George Mikan card from the set (not included in this collection) is widely recognized as the most sought-after and valuable of all basketball cards. Cards from this set are extremely hard to find in high grade in part because these cards (like 1949 Bowman baseball) often naturally have soft corners due to the quality of the paper stock on which they are printed. Thirty cards are graded by PSA. Keys: #1 Calverley RC (GOOD+ 2.5), 9 Phillip RC (HOF, Vg+), 10 Davies RC (HOF, Ex), 32 Holzman RC (HOF, pencil on back, otherwise Vg), 34 Fulks RC (HOF, Gd), 43 Halbert RC (EX 5), 46 McKinney RC (Vg-Ex+), 48 Sadowski RC (EX-MT 6), 52 Simmons RC (Pr), 58 Risen RC (HOF, pencil writing on front, otherwise Vg+), and 72 Braun RC (GOOD 2). Other Graded Cards: Nine EX-MT 6: #7, 19, 30, 39, 41, 42, 45, 51, and 61. One EX+ 5.5: #60. Four EX 5: #17, 22, 24, and 44. Two VG-EX+ 4.5: #49 and 62. Six VG-EX 4: #5, 14, 28, 37, 40, and 70. Two VG+ 3.5: #3 and 15. Two GOOD 2: #26 and 68. 1948 Bowman Basketball is well known for production-quality issues, making the assembling of high-quality sets particularly challenging. This is a very attractive and clean near-complete set of this significant basketball issue. The total SMR value for just sixteen of the graded cards (not including the fourteen cards graded less than EX or the thirty-three ungraded cards!) is $874. Total: 63 cards. SOLD FOR $1,680
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