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1953 and 1954 Bowman Football Original-Owner Collection (197 cards)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,700
Original-owner collection of 197 early football cards, consisting of seventy-four 1953 Bowman and 123 1954 Bowman cards. Among this totally unpicked collection are twenty-eight Hall of Famers, including several key rookie cards, highlighted by Otto Graham. We have selected three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. 1) 1953 Bowman (74 cards): Condition is 22% Ex-Mt or better, 46% Ex, 18% Vg-Ex, and 14% factory miscut and missing an entire border (presenting as Ex or better otherwise). Keys: #1 LeBaron (Vg-Ex), 6 Walker (miscut, missing one border), 9 Motley (Ex+), 11 Van Brocklin (1/99 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 15 Lavelli (Ex), 17 Trippi (miscut, missing one border), 20 Conerly (Ex+), 21 Layne (Ex+), 22 Hirsch (Ex+), 23 Finks (Ex), 24 Bednarik (99/1 L/R, otherwise Ex), 26 Graham (NM+ 86), 32 McElhenny (Ex), 43 Gifford SP (NM 84), 53 Tunnell SP (Ex+), 56 Tittle (Ex+), 73 Pihos (miscut, missing one border), 95 Groza (1/99 T/B, otherwise Ex), and 96 Cross SP (Vg-Ex+). 2) 1954 Bowman (123 cards): Condition is 12% Nr/Mt, 41% Ex-Mt, 35% Ex, and 12% Vg-Ex (including a few Vg). Keys: #4 Atkins RC (Ex+), 8 Van Brocklin (Ex-Mt), 23 Blanda RC (NM 84), 40 Graham (Nr/Mt), 42 Tittle (Ex-Mt), 53 Layne (Nr/Mt), 55 Gifford (Ex), 76 Nomellini (Vg-Ex), and 128 Lattner (Vg). An attractive and very substantial group of classic early 1950s football cards, with many highlights, representing an original childhood collection. The equivalent SMR value for just the three graded cards is $740. Total: 197 cards. SOLD FOR $2,700
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