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1952 Bowman Baseball Prototype Proof Cards (3)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,080
Collection of three 1952 Bowman production proof cards. Each of the production proof cards is approximately the same size as the larger-format 1953 Bowmans (2.5 x 3.75 inches). The three cards feature the same images which appear on 1952 Bowman cards, but are in black and white, with a slightly glossy surface sheen, and with no player facsimile signature (as appears on the issued 1952 cards). Little is known about these cards other than that they are prototypes somehow related to the production of Bowman baseball cards. All examples of these proofs originated many years ago directly from the files of Bowman's George Moll. It is not known specifically what their purpose was, but they were either early production design samples for 1952 Bowman baseball or an alternative design-format prototype from late in 1952 which led to the larger issued design of 1953 Bowman. The collection consists of the following three proofs: 1) #2 Bobby Thomson (dark staining in the top two corners, otherwise Ex and with handwritten Bowman notations on reverse which read "Bob Thompson New York Giants 1952 #2"); 2) 4 Robin Roberts (Vg-Ex and with handwritten Bowman notations on reverse which read "Robin Roberts Phila Phillies 1952 #4 Who's Who"); and 3) 34 Al Dark (Ex; it is interesting to note the final production card that Bowman issued of Dark was cropped down to his waist and just over his right shoulder; the image on the prototype features a full-body pose). Each proof card has been neatly signed (in more recent years, not signed in 1952) in blue marker by the player depicted. Fascinating trio of these unusual and rare Bowman production design-proof cards. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 3 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,080
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