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1949 Bowman Complete Set (240)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,259
Offered is a complete set of 240 cards from the 1949 Bowman series, one of the most popular and classic of all baseball card sets. Many rookie cards of Hall of Famers are featured in this classic postwar issue, highlighted by Richie Ashburn, Duke Snider, Robin Roberts, Early Wynn, and Bob Lemon. The condition of the cards in this set spans several grades with even the lesser-graded cards remaining pleasing, with bright colors and crisp focus. Approximately 30% of the set (primarily cards in the range of #1-100) present as Ex to Nr/Mt but with slightly irregular cuts suggesting the possibility of a slight trim; however, upon closer inspection, it is very clear these cards are not trimmed at all but have been long ago hand-cut from a sheet, a quality that we have seen many times in the past with early Bowmans. In the Philadelphia area, where Bowman was located, quite a few 1948 and 1949 Bowman sheets were somehow distributed (probably given away as favors to local children) and many of these sheets were neatly cut up at that time. Consigned from an old-time collection. (Very interesting note: This same old-time collection also included a complete 1948 Bowman set with the same cutting issues as well as four uncut 1949 Bowman sheets with double-printed backs. Each group is presented as a separate lot elsewhere in this auction.) The balance of the set ranges in grade from Vg to Ex (including some lesser). We have selected three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The grades assigned in the following composite for cards numbered 1 to 100 are without respect to being sheet-cut. Keys: #1 Bickford (Fr), 11 Boudreau (Vg), 23 Doerr (Ex-Mt), 24 Musial (SGC "Authentic," otherwise Ex-Mt), 26 Kell (Nr/Mt), 27 Feller (Ex-Mt), 29 Kiner (Ex-Mt), 33 Spahn (Ex-Mt), 36 Reese (Vg), 46 Roberts RC (Ex+), 50 Robinson (SGC GOOD 30), 60 Berra (SGC "Authentic," otherwise Ex-Mt), 65 Slaughter (Gd), 70 Furillo RC (Ex-Mt), 84 Campanella RC (Fr), 85a Mize NNOF (Pr), 98a Rizzuto NNOF (Vg), 100 Hodges RC (Vg-Ex), 110 Wynn RC (Vg+), 111 Schoendienst (Vg-Ex), 162 Roe RC (Vg+), 175 Appling (Vg+), 194 Branca RC (Vg+), 210 Gordon (Fr), 214 Ashburn RC (Vg-Ex), 224 Paige (Gd), 226 Snider RC (Vg+), 233 Doby (Vg-Ex), and 238 Lemon RC (Vg+). 1949 Bowman is the most underrated set in terms of rarity among Topps and Bowman sets issued between 1948 and 1955. An outstanding opportunity to acquire a complete set of this extremely popular Bowman issue at a fraction of the cost of a problem-free complete set with comparable eye-appeal. Total: 240 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,259
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