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1952 Bowman Proof Card #13 Cliff Mapes
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,304
1952 Bowman production proof card of #13 Cliff Mapes (Detroit Tigers). This is an extraordinary rarity of enormous significance to Bowman's baseball-card issues. This production proof card is a full-color giant version of Cliff Mapes' 1952 Bowman card. It is the same size as the larger-format 1953 Bowmans (2.5 x 3.75 inches), and features the same image which appears on the 1952 Bowman. This proof card (and the few others known) originated many years ago directly from the files of Bowman's George Moll. It is a certainty that these were early production design samples for either 1952 or 1953 Bowman baseball. We believe they were actually produced late in 1952 (or early in 1953) not as an alternate 1952 Bowman design, but as a prototype for the 1953 set in response to the great success of the larger 1952 Topps cards. In 1953, of course, Bowman did, indeed, go with a larger format for the very first time, as the larger-format Topps were so well received by youngsters. The offered example presents extremely well with bright colors, outstanding centering, and even wear to the corners, but it is technically in Good condition due to a crease in the lower right corner. Blank reverse. This is a fascinating example of this unusual and extremely significant Bowman production design proof card, which is certainly rare and may very well be unique. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,304
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