A high quality complete set of Bowman baseball from 1951! With 324 cards and highlighted by the rookie cards of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, Bowman continued the ‘look’ they started with the 1950 issue, this time in a slightly larger format. A little-known fact is that the initial run was supposed to be only 252 cards, but late in production,the run was expanded by 72 cards – which fortunately included Mantle and Mays! This high grade set is offered with cards graded by PSA as follows #1 Ford (VG EX 4), 2 Berra (VG 3), 7 Hodges (EX 5), 31 Campanella (EX 5), 32 Snider (EX 5), 80 Reese (NM 7), 134 Spahn (EX MT 6), 151 Doby (EX MT 6), 165 Williams (EX+ 5.5), 181 Stengel (NM 7), 198 Irvin (EX MT 6), 232 Fox (EX+ 5.5) and of course 253 Mantle (EX 5) and 305 Mays (PSA VG EX 4). Other keys include #3 Roberts (EX-MT, oc), 26 Rizzuto (NM, oc), 30 Feller (NM+, oc), 46 Kell (EX-MT), 50 Mize (NM), 53 Lemon (NM), 58 Slaughter (EX-MT), 62 Boudreau (NM), 78 Wynn (NM), 186 Ashburn (NM), 233 Durocher (NM+) and 290 Dickey (NM+). The remainder ofthe set grades 30% NM or better, 45% EX-MT, 20% EX, 5% slightly lesser. About 30% of the high numbers (and less than 10% of low numbers) are slight to moderately oc, and about 1/3 of the cards have light wax or gum stains (reverse only). Truly an awesome set of early Bowman with pack-fresh feel. Bid to win this registry-bound set!
Part of The William J. Landherr Collection Hobby fresh collection from a single owner who collected sets and was very meticulous about acquiring the highest quality.