1951 Bowman Baseball Cards

1951 Bowman Baseball Cards

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Few sets are more important in the hobby than 1951 Bowman Baseball. Boasting a checklist with 30 Hall of Fame players, including several rookie cards, the release helped usher in a new era of collecting. '51 Bowman is a groundbreaking trading card product that is one of the most popular and valuable sets ever made.

The 1951 Bowman Baseball set features color art reproductions of actual photos and consists of 324 cards. The 2-1/16" by 3-1/8" cards are the same width as the previous year, but slightly longer. 1951 Bowman Baseball is the crown jewel of the Bowman brand thanks to rookie cards for Mickey Mantle (#253) and Willie Mays (#305).

1951 Bowman Baseball Display Box

Bowman produced baseball cards from 1948 to 1955. They were the only major baseball card producer in 1950, but in 1951, Topps began producing cards, thereby creating a rivalry between the two that lasted for five years. In 1956, Topps bought out Bowman and integrated the Bowman brand into their product offerings.

There was a period of time between 1948 and 1952 where the Bowman Gum Company was the king of the trading card market. With meticulous attention to detail and a highly competitive nature, Jacob Warren Bowman, the owner and founder of the company, used his entrepreneurial spirit to build a successful trading card set.

1951 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle RC1951 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle RC back

The 324-card set was the largest ever produced by Bowman and accounted for a large majority of the league from that season being immortalized on cardboard. Based on black-and-white photographs that were then recreated in full color, the vibrant colors and realism of the depicted players helped the 1951 Bowman Baseball set stand out from competing cards sets. Other than the image, the only attribute on the card fronts is a white border, thin black frame and blackened text box with the player's name in white.

1951 Bowman Baseball card backs have a little more to them, including several lines of basic stats and info, a lengthy bio and a large ad at the bottom for the "Baseball Picture Cards." The card number is also noted. Additionally, the player's name in red makes it stand out against the rest of the text on the back.

Willie Mays1951 Bowman Whitey Ford RC

Primarily issued with a vertical orientation, 39 of the cards were printed horizontally, including two of the most significant cards in the set, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. The 1951 Bowman Baseball set was issued in multiple series and the high numbers (#253-324) are the most difficult to find. This includes both the Mays and Mantle cards.

In addition to the two iconic cards, the checklist is loaded with marquee Hall of Famers, including Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and Warren Spahn, along with rookies Whitey Ford and Nellie Fox. However, the impressive checklist still misses a few big names, including Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson and Joe DiMaggio.

While the pricing for the Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays prevents many collectors from completing the set, the rest of 1951 Bowman Baseball can be found for more affordable prices, especially in mid-grade.

Top eBay Listings

1951 BOWMAN #188 ROBERTO AVILA RC VGEX *41437
$11.00

1951 BOWMAN #200 JACK KRAMER EXMT WAX STAIN BACK *41450
$14.00

1951 BOWMAN #204 VIC LOMBARDI RC EXMT WAX STAIN BACK CENTERED *41451
$17.50

1951 BOWMAN BILLY GOODMAN #237 * Boston Red Sox
$10.99

1951 BOWMAN #203 VERNON LAW RC POOR *85853
$10.00

1951 BOWMAN JACKIE JENSEN #254 NEW YORK YANKEES ROOKIE
$19.00

1951 BOWMAN BILLY JOHNSON #74 NEW YORK YANKEES
$10.00

1951 Bowman #91 Clyde Vollmer VINTAGE RED SOX NM
$18.30

1951 BOWMAN # 1 WHITEY FORD ROOKIE CARD. HOF - 1974.BECKETT $ 2500.00. L@@K.
$80.00

1951 Bowman # 7 Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers NR MT
$100.00

(13788) 1951 Bowman 102 Emil Leonard Cubs-EX+
$14.00

(13790) 1951 Bowman 104 Virgil Trucks Tigers-VGX
$12.50

(13936) 1951 Bowman 311 Mickey Harris Senators-VG+
$14.00

(13939) 1951 Bowman 313 Ray Mueller Braves-VG
$12.75

(13944) 1951 Bowman 317 Smoky Burgess RC Cubs-EM
$35.00

(13954) 1951 Bowman 322 Luke Sewell Reds-FR
$12.50
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Key Cards

Key 1951 Bowman Baseball Cards

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#253 Mickey Mantle RC

1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle RC

#305 Willie Mays RC

#1 Whitey Ford RC

1951 Bowman Whitey Ford RC

#165 Ted Williams

1951 Bowman Ted Williams

 #2 Yogi Berra

1951 Bowman Yogi Berra

#198 Monte Irvin RC

1951 Bowman Baseball Monte Irvin RC

#26 Phil Rizzuto

1951 Bowman Baseball Rizzuto

#31 Roy Campanella

1951 Bowman Baseball Campanella

#32 Duke Snider

1951 Bowman Baseball Duke Snider

#30 Bob Feller

1951 Bowman Baseball Bob Feller

#232 Nellie Fox RC

1951 Bowman Baseball Nelson Nellie Fox RC

#80 Pee Wee Reese

1951 Bowman Baseball Harold Pee Wee Reese

Top eBay Listings

1951 Bowman #165 - Ted Williams - SGC 84 -- Boston Red Sox HoF (mikedenero)
$675.00

1951 Bowman Cliff Chambers SGC 60 Card # 131 Pittsburgh Pirates
$29.00

1951 Bowman Del Rice Card #156 SGC 55 VG EX+ St.Louis Cardinals
$39.00

1951 Bowman Tom Saffell Card #130 SGC 60 EX Pittsburgh Pirates
$59.00

1951 Bowman Cass Michaels Card #132 SGC 55 Washington Senators
$49.00

1951 Bowman Doyle Lade Card #139 SGC 60 Chicago Cubs
$49.00

1951 Bowman Warren Spahn Card #134 SGC 70 Boston Braves
$149.00

1951 Bowman Al "Flip" Rosen Card #187 SGC 50 Cleveland Indians
$39.00

1951 Bowman Roberto Avila Card #188 SGC 45 Rookie Cleveland Indians
$19.00

1951 Bowman Ted Williams Card #165 SGC 40 Boston Red Sox
$299.00

1951 Bowman Ted Williams Card #165 SGC 40 Boston Red Sox
$299.00

1951 Bowman Sal Maglie Card #127 SGC 40 New York Giants Rookie
$59.00

1951 Bowman Bobby Thomson Card #126 SGC 50 New York Giants
$59.00

1951 Bowman Sheldon Jones Card #199 SGC 50 New York Giants
$39.00

1951 Bowman Blix Donnelly Card #208 SGC 60 Boston Braves
$29.00

1951 Bowman Bob Rush Card #212 SGC 55 Chicago Cubs
$29.00
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Set Checklist

1951 Bowman Baseball Set Checklist

1951 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle RC

1 Whitey Ford RC
2 Yogi Berra
3 Robin Roberts
4 Del Ennis
5 Dale Mitchell
6 Don Newcombe
7 Gil Hodges
8 Paul Lehner
9 Sam Chapman
10 Red Schoendienst
11 Red Munger
12 Hank Majeski
13 Eddie Stanky
14 Alvin Dark
15 Johnny Pesky
16 Mickey McDermott
17 Pete Castiglione
18 Gil Coan
19 Sid Gordon
20 Del Crandall
21 George Stirnweiss
22 Hank Sauer
23 Walter Evers
24 Ewell Blackwell
25 Vic Raschi
26 Phil Rizzuto
27 Jim Konstanty
28 Eddie Waitkus
29 Allie Clark
30 Bob Feller
31 Roy Campanella
32 Duke Snider
33 Bob Hooper RC
34 Marty Marion
35 Al Zarilla
36 Joe Dobson
37 Whitey Lockman
38 Al Evans
39 Ray Scarborough
40 Dave Bell RC
41 Eddie Yost
42 Vern Bickford
43 Billy DeMars
44 Roy Smalley
45 Art Houtteman
46 George Kell
47 Grady Hatton
48 Ken Raffensberger
49 Jerry Coleman
50 Johnny Mize
51 Andy Seminick
52 Dick Sisler
53 Bob Lemon
54 Ray Boone RC
55 Gene Hermanski
56 Ralph Branca
57 Alex Kellner
58 Enos Slaughter
59 Randy Gumpert
60 Chico Carrasquel RC
61 Jim Hearn
62 Lou Boudreau
63 Bob Dillinger
64 Bill Werle
65 Mickey Vernon
66 Bob Elliott
67 Roy Sievers
68 Dick Kokos
69 Johnny Schmitz
70 Ron Northey
71 Jerry Priddy
72 Lloyd Merriman
73 Tommy Byrne RC
74 Billy Johnson
75 Russ Meyer RC
76 Stan Lopata
77 Mike Goliat
78 Early Wynn
79 Jim Hegan
80 Pee Wee Reese
81 Carl Furillo
82 Joe Tipton
83 Carl Scheib
84 Barney McCosky
85 Eddie Kazak
86 Harry Brecheen
87 Floyd Baker
88 Eddie Robinson
89 Hank Thompson
90 Dave Koslo
91 Clyde Vollmer
92 Vern Stephens
93 Danny O'Connell RC
94 Clyde McCullough
95 Sherry Robertson
96 Sandy Consuegra RC
97 Bob Kuzava
98 Willard Marshall
99 Earl Torgeson
100 Sherm Lollar
101 Owen Friend
102 Dutch Leonard
103 Andy Pafko
104 Virgil Trucks
105 Don Kolloway
106 Pat Mullin
107 Johnny Wyrostek
108 Virgil Stallcup
109 Allie Reynolds
110 Bobby Brown
111 Curt Simmons
112 Willie Jones
113 Bill Nicholson
114 Sam Zoldak
115 Steve Gromek
116 Bruce Edwards
117 Eddie Miksis RC
118 Preacher Roe
119 Eddie Joost
120 Joe Coleman
121 Jerry Staley RC
122 Joe Garagiola RC
123 Howie Judson
124 Gus Niarhos
125 Bill Rigney
126 Bobby Thomson
127 Sal Maglie RC
128 Ellis Kinder
129 Matt Batts
130 Tom Saffell RC
131 Cliff Chambers
132 Cass Michaels
133 Sam Dente
134 Warren Spahn
135 Walker Cooper
136 Ray Coleman
137 Dick Starr
138 Phil Cavarretta
139 Doyle Lade
140 Eddie Lake
141 Fred Hutchinson
142 Aaron Robinson
143 Ted Kluszewski
144 Herm Wehmeier
145 Fred Sanford
146 Johnny Hopp
147 Ken Heintzelman
148 Granny Hamner
149 Bubba Church RC
150 Mike Garcia
151 Larry Doby
152 Cal Abrams RC
153 Rex Barney
154 Pete Suder
155 Lou Brissie
156 Del Rice
157 Al Brazle
158 Chuck Diering
159 Bud Stewart
160 Phil Masi
161 Wes Westrum RC
162 Larry Jansen
163 Monte Kennedy
164 Bill Wight
165 Ted Williams
166 Stan Rojek
167 Murry Dickson
168 Sam Mele
169 Sid Hudson
170 Sibby Sisti
171 Buddy Kerr
172 Ned Garver
173 Hank Arft
174 Mickey Owen
175 Wayne Terwilliger
176 Vic Wertz
177 Charlie Keller
178 Ted Gray
179 Danny Litwhiler
180 Howie Fox
181 Casey Stengel
182 Tom Ferrick RC
183 Hank Bauer
184 Eddie Sawyer
185 Jimmy Bloodworth
186 Richie Ashburn
187 Al Rosen
188 Bobby Avila RC
189 Erv Palica RC
190 Joe Hatton
191 Billy Hitchcock RC
192 Hank Wyse RC
193 Ted Wilks
194 Peanuts Lowrey
195 Paul Richards
196 Billy Pierce RC
197 Bob Cain
198 Monte Irvin RC
199 Sheldon Jones
200 Jack Kramer
201 Steve O'Neill RC
202 Mike Guerra
203 Vern Law RC
204 Vic Lombardi RC
205 Mickey Grasso RC
206 Connie Marrero RC
207 Billy Southworth RC
208 Blix Donnelly
209 Ken Wood
210 Les Moss
211 Hal Jeffcoat RC
212 Bob Rush
213 Neil Berry
214 Bob Swift
215 Kent Peterson
216 Connie Ryan RC
217 Joe Page
218 Ed Lopat
219 Gene Woodling RC
220 Bob Miller
221 Dick Whitman RC
222 Thurman Tucker RC
223 Johnny Vander Meer
224 Billy Cox
225 Dan Bankhead RC
226 Jimmie Dykes
227 Bobby Shantz
228 Cloyd Boyer RC
229 Bill Howerton
230 Max Lanier
231 Luis Aloma RC
232 Nellie Fox RC
233 Leo Durocher
234 Clint Hartung
235 Jack Lohrke
236 Buddy Rosar
237 Billy Goodman
238 Pete Reiser
239 Bill MacDonald RC
240 Joe Haynes
241 Irv Noren
242 Sam Jethroe
243 Johnny Antonelli
244 Cliff Fannin
245 Johnny Berardino RC
246 Bill Serena
247 Bob Ramazzotti RC
248 Johnny Klippstein RC
249 Johnny Groth
250 Hank Borowy
251 Willard Ramsdell RC
252 Homer Howell RC
253 Mickey Mantle RC
254 Jackie Jensen RC
255 Milo Candini RC
256 Ken Silvestri RC
257 Birdie Tebbetts RC
258 Luke Easter RC
259 Chuck Dressen
260 Carl Erskine RC
261 Wally Moses
262 Gus Zernial
263 Howie Pollet
264 Don Richmond RC
265 Steve Bilko RC
266 Harry Dorish RC
267 Ken Holcombe RC
268 Don Mueller
269 Ray Noble RC
270 Willard Nixon RC
271 Tom Wright RC
272 Billy Meyer RC
273 Danny Murtaugh
274 George Metkovich RC
275 Bucky Harris
276 Frank Quinn RC
277 Roy Hartsfield RC
278 Norman Roy RC
279 Jim Delsing RC
280 Frank Overmire
281 Al Widmar RC
282 Frankie Frisch
283 Walt Dubiel RC
284 Gene Bearden
285 Johnny Lipon RC
286 Bob Usher RC
287 Jim Blackburn
288 Bobby Adams
289 Cliff Mapes
290 Bill Dickey
291 Tommy Henrich
292 Eddie Pellagrini
293 Ken Johnson RC
294 Jocko Thompson
295 Al Lopez RC
296 Bob Kennedy RC
297 Dave Philley
298 Joe Astroth RC
299 Clyde King RC
300 Hal Rice RC
301 Tommy Glaviano RC
302 Jim Busby RC
303 Marv Rotblatt RC
304 Al Gettel RC
305 Willie Mays RC
306 Jim Piersall RC
307 Walt Masterson
308 Ted Beard RC
309 Mel Queen RC
310 Erv Dusak RC
311 Mickey Harris
312 Gene Mauch RC
313 Ray Mueller RC
314 Johnny Sain
315 Zack Taylor
316 Duane Pillette RC
317 Smoky Burgess RC
318 Warren Hacker RC
319 Red Rolfe MG
320 Hal White RC
321 Earl Johnson
322 Luke Sewell
323 Joe Adcock RC
324 Johnny Pramesa RC

Top eBay Listings

1951 Bowman #134 - Warren Spahn - PSA 7 -- Boston Braves HoF (mikedenero)
$230.00

1951 Bowman #2 - Yogi Berra - PSA 6 -- New York Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$440.00

1951 Bowman #117 Eddie Miksis PSA 8
$200.00

1951 Bowman #122 Joe Garagiola PSA 7
$100.00

1951 Bowman #77 Mike Goliat PSA 8
$75.00

1951 Bowman 118 Preacher Roe. PSA 8 NMMT. (TX04703DXA).
$144.00

1951 Bowman 143 Ted Kluszewski. PSA 8 NMMT w wax-free reverse. (TX94115DXM).
$162.00

1951 Bowman #31 - Roy Campanella - PSA 7 -- Brooklyn Dodgers HoF (mikedenero)
$410.00

1951 Bowman #186 - Richie Ashburn - PSA 8 -- Phillies HoF (mikedenero)
$330.00

1951 Bowman #232 - Nellie Fox (RC) - PSA 8 -- White Sox HoF Rookie (mikedenero)
$560.00

1951 Bowman #2 - Yogi Berra - PSA 6 -- New York Yankees HoF (mikedenero)
$440.00

1951 BOWMAN BOB RAMAZOTTI PSA 8 NM-MT CHICAGO CUBS #247 (6221)
$70.00

1951 Bowman #247 Bob Ramazotti Chicago Cubs PSA 6 EX-MT Graded Baseball Card
$24.96

1951 BOWMAN # 80 PEE WEE REESE DODGERS PSA 4 VG-EX 275462
$80.00

1951 Bowman #232 Nelson (Nellie) Fox Rookie Card RC PSA 5 EX Chicago White Sox
$115.00

1951 Bowman Baseball #245 John Berardino (Rookie) PSA 6
$34.99
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