1948-1959 Baseball Cards

1948-1959 Baseball Cards
The first national baseball card set after WWII, was issued in 1948 by the Bowman Gum Co.  Although at first modest, the Bowman Baseball Cards continued to evolve in size, complexity and color.  The groundbreaking 1952 Topps set ended Bowman's short-lived monopoly and launched “The Great Baseball Card Bubble Gum War” between Topps and Bowman.  The result of this intense competition was some of the most creative vintage baseball card sets and the hobby's "Golden Era" of baseball card collecting.  By 1956, Topps would purchase Bowman and eliminate all effective competition in the bubble gum baseball card market.    
By Dean Hanley

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