1954 Bowman Baseball Complete Set 5 - EX
The attractiveness, affordability and availability of the 1954 Bowman 224-card set makes it very popular among collectors. The front of the card features a bright and colorful player picture, with their name in a rectangle along the bottom with a solid background. The back of the 1954 Bowman cards feature a red and black color scheme. Across the top is a ball and bat graphic that contains the player's name and card number. Below this are player facts and career stats.
Jimmy Piersall appears on both cards #66 and #210. There is also a 1954 Bowman card #66 featuring Ted Williams. The 1954 Williams cards are extremely rare. Ted Williams had been flying jets in Korea. Upon his return, Bowman was informed that Williams had signed an exclusive contract with Topps and did not have the rights to put him on a card. Bowman quickly replaced card #66 with Jimmy Piersall. For this reason, the #66 Williams card is not considered part of the 1954 Bowman complete set.
Another interesting feature of the 1954 Bowman baseball card set is that every 16 cards feature a player from a different team. For example, cards #1,17,33,49... of players from the Yankees, and cards #2,18,34,50... are of Red Sox players.
Bowman's 1954 set featured several players who were not found in the 1954 Topps Baseball Card Set, including: Robin Roberts, Roy Campanella, Bob Feller and Pee Wee Reese.
Some of the other Hall-of-Famers in the 1954 Bowman Set are: Rizzuto, Fox, Ashburn, Kiner, Kell, Wilhelm, Reese, Slaughter, Mathews, Doby, Mays, Campanella, Roberts, Larsen, Schoendienst, Feller, Hodges, Martin, Berra, Wynn, Snider, Ford, Lemon, and Mantle.
Purchased separately the cards in this set have a break-up value of $4,312.70.
The High Dollar Cards in this set include:
- 1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle : 4 - VG/EX
- 1954 Bowman #89 Willie Mays : 4 - VG/EX
- 1954 Bowman #161 Yogi Berra : 5 - EX
- 1954 Bowman #170 Duke Snider : 5 - EX
- 1954 Bowman #1 Phil Rizzuto : 5 - EX
- 1954 Bowman #132 Bob Feller : 5 - EX
- 1954 Bowman #58 Pee Wee Reese : 5 - EX
- 1954 Bowman #90 Roy Campanella : 5 - EX
- 1954 Bowman #145 2B Billy Martin : 5 - EX
- 1954 Bowman #177 Whitey Ford : 4 - VG/EX
- 1954 Bowman #138 1B Gil Hodges : 5 - EX
- 1954 Bowman #66 JIM Jimmy Piersall : 5 - EX
Below is the set breakdown by grade:
|Number of Cards in Set||224|
|Average Grade - Weighted by Value||4.61 - VG/EX+|
|Average Grade - Unweighted||4.77 - EX|
|PSA 6 - EX/MT||1|
|6 - EX/MT||1|
|5 - EX||168|
|PSA 4.5 - VG/EX+||1|
|4 - VG/EX||52|
|PSA 4 - VG/EX||1|
|Price If Purchased Separately||$4,312.70|
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