Thursday, September 19, 2019
Big Value in 1953 Bowman?
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.