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Lot # 669 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1949 Bowman Uncut Sheet Collection (4) Including Four Stan Musials

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,659

Collection of four complete 36-card uncut sheets of 1949 Bowman baseball cards, including Stan Musial. These four identical sheets (each featuring the same cards) are final production sheets with double-printed, out-of-registry backs. The cards appearing on each sheet are #1-36, including Lou Boudreau (HOF), Bobby Thomson, Bobby Brown, Stan Musial (HOF), George Kell (HOF), Bob Feller (HOF), Ralph Kiner (HOF), Warren Spahn (HOF), Vic Raschi, and Pee Wee Reese (HOF). We have seen other examples of this sheet with the exact same printing imperfection on the reverse. We believe that when a small quantity of these sheets were printed, Bowman quality control immediately noticed the error and destroyed the small print run of sheets with out-of-registry backs, but not before giving away a bunch of sheets to neighborhood kids. Few have survived and they are rarely seen today (always originating from very old-time collections, as is the case with these), but many years ago examples turned up every once in a while, especially in the Philadelphia area (where Bowman was located). The sheets are in technically VG condition due to minor creases and wear along the edges. One sheet has been slightly trimmed along the bottom border. Despite imperfections, these sheets have a tremendous display value and an overall Excellent appearance. The Musial cards on each sheet are virtually flawless on front and back (one shows a tiny area of surface wear on front). This is a magnificent group of early original Bowman baseball uncut sheets highlighted by several of the key Hall of Famers in the set. These sheets also represent rarely offered, relatively affordable, yet still ideal for display, alternatives to problem-free sheets with perfectly printed reverses. Total: 4 sheets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,659

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