Thursday, September 19, 2019
In 1954, Brown vs Board of Education was supposed to end segregation but nobody told that to the 1951 Topps and 1953 Bowman sets. These sets remain segregated in modern price guides to this day. Most readers already know about my thoughts on the 104 to 106-card 1951 Topps set consisting of 2 series of 52 to 54 cards each. The 224-card 1953 Bowman set is another one of those unfairly segregated sets. Bowman released a series in B&W for 64 cards and at least one series in Color for at least 160 cards. Most collectors of 1953 Bowman probably wouldn't collect just one or the other. Once you start collecting 1953 Bowman, both series tend to become fair game. Now not everyone is going to integrate this set indiscriminately like I do, which is fine since a lot of people still put their vintage sets in numerical order like they're collecting for someone else. Interestingly, the 1954 Bowman set is also 224 cards. Anyways, when you look at the value of the 1953 Bowman B&W/Color set as a whole, you're talking about a $18K set. That makes this set the 3rd most valuable set of the post-WWII era. In order of most valuable, there is 52T at $65k, 51B at $20k, and 53B at $18k. Next is 49B at $15k, 53T at $15k, and 57T at $10k. All other post-WWII Topps/Bowman sets fall below $10k. With only 224 cards in the 1953 Bowman set, you'll notice big costs for individual cards in price listings. When you go to actually purchase these cards, you may notice that they sell for much cheaper than advertised. B&W series seem to hold value stronger than Color series. I'm now 50% complete with Color series and slowly chipping away at B&W series. So, is there just great value in 1953 Bowman or are they just overvalued? I don't hear too many people talking about 53B like a top 3 set. It's finally starting to grow on me a little.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
I haven't been much of a 56T collector to date but I made some big acquisitions lately worthy of noting. These 8 new cards only brought my set up from 213 to 221 cards but there were a few big ones in the lot. I was treating it like a 340 card set, but I'm now looking at it as a 342 card set with the checklist. I'll eventually get more serious about it, but for now 64% isn't too bad.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
My 1948 Bowman set jumped by over 10% in just one day. I added 5 new cards to this 48-card set, bringing my total up from 36 to 41 cards for 85% completion. Most notable was the acquisition of Warren Spahn's RC.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
This was the last year that Update sets were offered in Factory Set format since Topps changed the title from Traded to Update. I can't imagine someone saying they have a complete Topps set without the Traded set. To me, these are the equivalent of high series cards from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
I just ordered 17 new cards from the 1955 Bowman set. The count is now at 274 out of 320 cards. Of the 46 missing cards, only 6 of them are low numbers while 40 of them are high numbers. With the Aaron acquisition, all of the missing low number are commons. Except for some missing umpires, the rest of the high numbers are commons and minor stars. At 85% completion, this set is definitely achievable. I can see celebrating completion of this set sometime in 2020. Most readers of this blog know I'm a Topps guy, but when it comes to 1940's-1950's cards, Bowman is every bit as good as Topps to me. I couldn't choose one brand over the other between 1951-1955 because I think they both complement each other very well. From 1948-1950, Bowman definitely rules.