1948-1959 Baseball Cards
Before Topps entered the baseball card market and began “The Great Baseball Card Bubble Gum War,” Bowman had a short-lived baseball card monopoly. Our pre-1950s baseball card choices include the following:
• 1949 Bowman baseball card set including rookie cards for Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Warren Spahn, Stan Musial, and Red Schoendienst.
• 1949 Leaf baseball card set, the first to be printed in color post-war and one of the hardest post-war sets to complete.
With the Topps Chewing Gum Company entering the baseball card market in 1951, “The Great Bubble Gum Card War” was underway. Topps entered the baseball card market to sell its gum against Bowman’s bubble gum brand, Blony.
Topps began to corner the baseball card market thanks to the efforts of Sy Berger who was convinced he could produce a better baseball card than Bowman. As post-war baseball grew in popularity, Topps was now well positioned to dominate the baseball card market during a period now known as the “Golden Era of Baseball.”
The 1950s baseball cards feature the groundbreaking 1952 Topps set, which has become the most popular baseball card set ever produced -- and the 1953 Bowman set, one of the most beautiful sets ever produced.
Please click on the baseball card set links below to select your cards.