The 10 Most Valuable Cards In The 1949 Bowman Baseball Set

The 1949 Bowman Baseball card set is an important one for the hobby and one of the best sets of the 1940s

The set (along with the 1948-49 Leaf Baseball Card set) marked the start of colorized baseball cards.

Also, the set contains the first cards of some of the first black players in baseball, such as Jackie Robinson, Satchell Paige, and Roy Campanella.

It's a small set by most standards (only 240 cards). But, completing the entire set is an expensive endeavor for collectors.

Herein, we outline the ten most valuable cards in the 1949 Bowman set, providing our thoughts on the investment potential of the set.

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The 10 Most Valuable Cards In The 1949 Bowman Baseball Set

1955 Bowman Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

The 1955 Bowman set is an important one in the history of the hobby.

First, it marked the last full year baseball set produced by Bowman, before being acquired by Topps in 1956.

Second, the card's tv design made for one of the most unique and memorable sets from the 1950's.  

Due to fairly widespread distribution, the set tends to be more affordable than early Bowman issues, yet collectors are quite fond of the set's big stars, including Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

The brown borders make the set a condition sensitive issue, as the cards are quite commonly found with chipped corners and borders. 

Follow along as I explore the 1955 Bowman Baseball issue, providing data on scarcity, investment potential, and the most valuable cards in the set

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1955 Bowman Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

1948 Bowman Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

1948-bowman-musialThe 1948 Bowman Baseball set is one of the more important baseball card issues in the history of the hobby.

It represents the first baseball card issue for Bowman, and the first baseball cards released following a seven-year hiatus of card issues post World War II. 

Bowman would go on to have a short-lived monopoly in the baseball card market, lasting from 1948 through 1951, ultimately ending when Topps came to town in 1952.

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1948 Bowman Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

1950 Bowman Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

50-bowman-robinsonThe early Spring of 1950 brought the release of Bowman Baseball Cards to local neighborhood corner stores. 

As kids ripped into new packs, a surprise awaited; beautiful full-color cards, a big improvement over the monochrome colors used in the 1949 Bowman issue.

The beautifully painted images in the 252 card set boast a mix of breathtaking ballpark backgrounds, action shots, and classic portrait photos. 

The thin white border leads the collector’s eye to focus on the brilliance of the artistry, a simplicity that makes it one of my favorite baseball sets

Like the 48 and 49 Bowman cards that preceded it, the cards are a smaller size (2 ⅙  x 2 ½), which was the norm, until Topps rolled into town in 1952 with larger size cards.

A few stars of the day are notably absent from the set, both Stan “The Man” Musial and Joe DiMaggio are glaring omissions. Neither had signed contracts with Bowman. (Note, however, that Joe’s brother Dom is a part of the set)

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1950 Bowman Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

The Baseball Card Sets Of The 1940s

41-playball-tedThe 1940s saw a rather sparse issuance of baseball cards, with seven major sets produced.

Card production in the early 1940s was quite slow, and some blamed the lack of supplies (particularly paper and gum). However, things started to return to normalcy in 1948, following the end of World War II.  

Although fewer sets were produced in the 1940s, the era still produced some of the most beautiful sports cards. And some, in my opinion, represent the most important cards in the hobby.

I will cover each set by discussing player and set specifics and fun facts for cards; going over the top cards from each set; critiquing set and card aesthetics, and commenting on recent market values for certain cards and grades using PSA’s population reports.

What’s your favorite set from the 1940s?  Let me know in the comment section below.

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The Baseball Card Sets Of The 1940s

How To Spot A Fake 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Card

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A 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle card.

The 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle card is one of the most iconic vintage baseball cards in the hobby. 

Oftentimes, the 1952 Topps Mantle or Mantle’s second year 1953 Topps card get all the attention but the 1951 Bowman Mantle is still his true rookie card. 

Today, even a mid to low-grade 51 Bowman Mantle can fetch upwards of $20,000

Of course, as prices go higher, the more we need to worry about fakes.  And there are no shortage of 51 Bowman Mantle fakes. 

This guide should give you all the information you need to avoid getting scammed on a fake 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle cad.

As always, if you spot a suspect card and need some help or if you’re trying to sell an authentic 51 Bowman Mantle, feel free to shoot us a line at help@allvintagecards.com

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How To Spot A Fake 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Card