1953 Bowman Color Baseball Complete Set 5 - EX
The card fronts focus only on a large color player photograph. The card backs feature player statistics, a short player biography, as well as statistics. This set also contains the first (and possibly the best) "action photo" for a baseball set - card #33 Pee Wee Reese.
Unfortunately the sales of this beautiful set did not meet projections and Bowman was forced to release the planned final series with Black & White Photos, instead of using the more expensive color process. Today, these 1953 Bowman Black & White cards are considered a completely different set.
For the size of the set it is loaded with hall of famers and stars including:
Phil Rizzuto, Richie Ashburn, Nellie Fox, Stan Musial, Pee Wee Reese, Minnie Minoso, Larry Doby, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Leo Durocher, Mickey Mantle, Ted Kluszewski, Robin Roberts, Enos Slaughter, Gil Hodges, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn, Red Schoendienst, Bob Feller, Eddie Yost, Duke Snider, Billy Martin, Whitey Lockman, Early Wynn, Joe Adcock and Whitey Ford.
The High Dollar Cards in this set include:
- 1953 Bowman #59 Mickey Mantle : 4 - VG/EX
- 1953 Bowman #117 Duke Snider : 5 - EX
- 1953 Bowman #44 Mickey Mantle / Yogi Berra / Hank Bauer : 4 - VG/EX
- 1953 Bowman #32 Stan Musial : 4 - VG/EX
- 1953 Bowman #114 Bob Feller : 5 - EX
- 1953 Bowman #33 Pee Wee Reese : 3 - VG
- 1953 Bowman #147 Clem Koshorek : 7 - NM
- 1953 Bowman #99 Warren Spahn : 5 - EX
- 1953 Bowman #153 Whitey Ford : 4 - VG/EX
- 1953 Bowman #121 Yogi Berra : 3 - VG
- 1953 Bowman #46 Roy Campanella : 5 - EX
- 1953 Bowman #118 Billy Martin : 4 - VG/EX
Below is the set breakdown by grade:
|Number of Cards in Set||160|
|Average Grade - Weighted by Value||4.78 - EX|
|Average Grade - Unweighted||4.75 - VG/EX+|
|PSA 7 - NM||3|
|6 - EX/MT||10|
|PSA 6 - EX/MT||10|
|PSA 5.5 - EX+||1|
|5 - EX||76|
|PSA 5 - EX||3|
|4 - VG/EX||42|
|PSA 4 - VG/EX||5|
|3 - VG||10|
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