Sunday, March 24, 2019

Serious about 1954 Bowman

There comes a time when you have to accept that you're collecting a set, or in my case, a series of sets.  The 1954 Bowman set was my weakest of the 1948-1955 Bowman run for many years even though 1954 was one of my favorite baseball years of that era.  I've had all but 3 of the 1954 Topps set completed for most of this decade, but I probably only had about 10 cards total from 1954 Bowman set just a year ago.  Part of it probably had to do with the fact that no reprint sets exist for this year, but then 1955 Bowman doesn't have a reprint set available either.  I guess the colored name tape just didn't appeal to me at first, but I couldn't ignore this legendary set forever.


I recently surpassed the 50% completion mark for the 1954 Bowman set.  It started with the acquisition of all the key players valued at over $100 (except Mantle & Williams), and ended up with filling in with many of the commons.  I like the player autographed name tapes, which were hard to read at first but then grew on me after an adjustment.  I anticipate eventually compiling all but 2 cards from this set, but reprints exist to fill in those two gaps.


My Bowman set building began with the 1950 set to fill in the missing year that Topps never produced for the decade. Then I added the 1948-1949 Bowman reprint sets and began replacing reprints with originals.  Afterwards, I did the same thing for the 1952-1953 Bowman sets, leaving only 1954-1955.  Well, then I started adding those Color TV cards to my collection, leaving 1954 as the only gap in my collection.    


As primarily a Topps collector, it becomes hard to ignore the Bowman sets when you're collecting the 1951-1955 Topps years, so I'm gladly including the 1948-1955 Bowman sets to bookend my baseball card collection.  My Play Ball, Goudey, and American Caramel cards will soon find there way to online auctions as I continue to reduce the size of my collection as will everything from the early '90s onward.  I've recently sold off most of my '10s decade collection and will be soon moving into selling off my '00s decade collection.    


Shown are all of my filled team pages, accounting for 72 of the 122 cards in my 1954 Bowman set.


The Ted Williams card was included in the 1989 Bowman set and is unquestionably a reprint.  I'm not sure which Mantle to include yet.  The 1996-1997 Topps Commemorative Mantle isn't large-sized like the Williams, but it's readily apparent as a reprint.  There are large-sized copies available, but I don't want to add skepticism to my collection is ever passed down.  I like reprints, but I like them to be easily identifiable so that there's no question of my sets' integrity.  I'm just a completist.        





Monday, March 4, 2019

2010 Topps Factory Rookie Variation Bonus Insert Set

I can't remember if you got all 10 cards in a factory set or just 5 at a time, but I seem to remember an extra #661B Strasburg RC also coming with the same factory sets.  I must've had Giancarlo under priced because the card sold within hours of being listed for sale online.