1952 Bowman Baseball Cards

1952 Bowman Baseball Cards

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The 1952 Bowman Baseball set marked the beginning of the end of the company for a number of reasons. 1) The company did little to change the player images and card design, 2) Bowman decreased the set size from the previous year, 3) Topps entered into the market becoming a major competitor.  Often referred to as 'the forgotten set' the 1952 Bowman offering was easy to overlook when compared to the Topps release of the same year. It also suffers from having been produced between two legendary sets in the '51 and '53 Bowman offerings.

The checklist includes 252 total cards, each measuring 2-1/16" x 3-1/8". Still using a colorized photo reproduction, the set has the distinction of being the first to incorporate a facsimile signature of the player. The card backs contain statistical and biographical information. Printed and released in seven, 36-card series, the 1952 Bowman set is cherished by aficionados for the deep, rich color palate used in it's creation. Though lacking Hall of Fame rookies and singles of Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Whitey Ford and Eddie Mathews, this set does offers singles of Ralph Kiner (#11), Casey Stengel (#217) and Stan Musial (#196). The Musial card is one of the most sought-after cards in the hobby,and is his first full color release. The set also delivers the first Bowman cards of Minnie Minoso (#5), Gil McDougald (#33), Joe Collins (#181), Bob Friend (#191), Roy McMillan (#238), Billy Loes (#240) and Lew Burdette (#244).

The set is notorious for suffering from the following condition issues; centering, discoloration and gum staining. The cards were distributed in single-card packs with a stick of gum which would explain the prevalence of the staining issue. The most frustrating element that collectors face when building the set is by far centering. The number of cards that were mis-cut almost seems to outnumber those that display good centering.

Key Cards

Key 1952 Bowman Baseball Cards:

Mickey Mantle #101

1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle

Willie Mays #218

1952 Bowman Willie Mays

Stan Musial #196

1952 Bowman Stan Musial

Yogi Berra #1

1952 Bowman Yogi Berra

Gil Hodges #80

1952 Bowman Gil Hodges

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Set Checklist

1952 Bowman Baseball Set Checklist

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Featuring 252 cards

1 Yogi Berra
2 Bobby Thomson
3 Fred Hutchinson
4 Robin Roberts
5 Minnie Minoso RC
6 Virgil Stallcup
7 Mike Garcia
8 Pee Wee Reese
9 Vern Stephens
10 Bob Hooper
11 Ralph Kiner
12 Max Surkont RC
13 Cliff Mapes
14 Cliff Chambers
15 Sam Mele
16 Turk Lown RC
17 Ed Lopat
18 Don Mueller
19 Bob Cain
20 Willie Jones
21 Nellie Fox
22 Willard Ramsdell
23 Bob Lemon
24 Carl Furillo
25 Mickey McDermott
26 Eddie Joost
27 Joe Garagiola
28 Roy Hartsfield
29 Ned Garver
30 Red Schoendienst
31 Eddie Yost
32 Eddie Miksis
33 Gil McDougald RC
34 Alvin Dark
35 Granny Hamner
36 Cass Michaels
37 Vic Raschi
38 Whitey Lockman
39 Vic Wertz
40 Bubba Church
41 Chico Carrasquel
42 Johnny Wyrostek
43 Bob Feller
44 Roy Campanella
45 Johnny Pesky
46 Carl Scheib
47 Pete Castiglione
48 Vern Bickford
49 Jim Hearn
50 Gerry Staley
51 Gil Coan
52 Phil Rizzuto
53 Richie Ashburn
54 Billy Pierce
55 Ken Raffensberger
56 Clyde King
57 Clyde Vollmer
58 Hank Majeski
59 Murry Dickson
60 Sid Gordon
61 Tommy Byrne
62 Joe Presko RC
63 Irv Noren
64 Roy Smalley
65 Hank Bauer
66 Sal Maglie
67 Johnny Groth
68 Jim Busby
69 Joe Adcock
70 Carl Erskine
71 Vern Law
72 Earl Torgeson
73 Jerry Coleman
74 Wes Westrum
75 George Kell
76 Del Ennis
77 Eddie Robinson
78 Lloyd Merriman
79 Lou Brissie
80 Gil Hodges
81 Billy Goodman
82 Gus Zernial
83 Howie Pollet
84 Sam Jethroe
85 Marty Marion
86 Cal Abrams
87 Mickey Vernon
88 Bruce Edwards
89 Billy Hitchcock
90 Larry Jansen
91 Don Kolloway
92 Eddie Waitkus
93 Paul Richards
94 Luke Sewell
95 Luke Easter
96 Ralph Branca
97 Willard Marshall
98 Jimmie Dykes
99 Clyde McCullough
100 Sibby Sisti
101 Mickey Mantle
102 Peanuts Lowrey
103 Joe Haynes
104 Hal Jeffcoat
105 Bobby Brown
106 Randy Gumpert
107 Del Rice
108 George Metkovich
109 Tom Morgan RC
110 Max Lanier
111 Hoot Evers
112 Smoky Burgess
113 Al Zarilla
114 Frank Hiller RC
115 Larry Doby
116 Duke Snider
117 Bill Wight
118 Ray Murray RC
119 Bill Howerton
120 Chet Nichols RC
121 Al Corwin RC
122 Billy Johnson
123 Sid Hudson
124 Birdie Tebbetts
125 Howie Fox
126 Phil Cavarretta
127 Dick Sisler
128 Don Newcombe
129 Gus Niarhos
130 Allie Clark
131 Bob Swift
132 Dave Cole RC
133 Dick Kryhoski
134 Al Brazle
135 Mickey Harris
136 Gene Hermanski
137 Stan Rojek
138 Ted Wilks
139 Jerry Priddy
140 Ray Scarborough
141 Hank Edwards
142 Early Wynn
143 Sandy Consuegra
144 Joe Hatton
145 Johnny Mize
146 Leo Durocher
147 Marlin Stuart RC
148 Ken Heintzelman
149 Howie Judson
150 Herman Wehmeier
151 Al Rosen
152 Billy Cox
153 Fred Hatfield RC
154 Ferris Fain
155 Billy Meyer
156 Warren Spahn
157 Jim Delsing
158 Bucky Harris
159 Dutch Leonard
160 Eddie Stanky
161 Jackie Jensen
162 Monte Irvin
163 Johnny Lipon
164 Connie Ryan
165 Saul Rogovin RC
166 Bobby Adams
167 Bobby Avila
168 Preacher Roe
169 Walt Dropo
170 Joe Astroth
171 Mel Queen
172 Ebba St.Claire RC
173 Gene Bearden
174 Mickey Grasso
175 Randy Jackson RC
176 Harry Brecheen
177 Gene Woodling
178 Dave Williams RC
179 Pete Suder
180 Ed Fitzgerald
181 Joe Collins RC
182 Dave Koslo
183 Pat Mullin
184 Curt Simmons
185 Eddie Stewart
186 Frank Smith RC
187 Jim Hegan
188 Chuck Dressen
189 Jimmy Piersall
190 Dick Fowler
191 Bob Friend RC
192 John Cusick RC
193 Bobby Young RC
194 Bob Porterfield
195 Frank Baumholtz
196 Stan Musial
197 Charlie Silvera RC
198 Chuck Diering
199 Ted Gray
200 Ken Silvestri
201 Ray Coleman
202 Harry Perkowski RC
203 Steve Gromek
204 Andy Pafko
205 Walt Masterson
206 Elmer Valo
207 George Strickland RC
208 Walker Cooper
209 Dick Littlefield RC
210 Archie Wilson RC
211 Paul Minner RC
212 Solly Hemus RC
213 Monte Kennedy
214 Ray Boone
215 Sheldon Jones
216 Matt Batts
217 Casey Stengel
218 Willie Mays
219 Neil Berry
220 Russ Meyer
221 Lou Kretlow RC
222 Dixie Howell
223 Harry Simpson RC
224 Johnny Schmitz
225 Del Wilber RC
226 Alex Kellner
227 Clyde Sukeforth RC
228 Bob Chipman
229 Hank Arft
230 Frank Shea
231 Dee Fondy RC
232 Enos Slaughter
233 Bob Kuzava
234 Fred Fitzsimmons
235 Steve Souchock RC
236 Tommy Brown
237 Sherm Lollar
238 Roy McMillan RC
239 Dale Mitchell
240 Billy Loes RC
241 Mel Parnell
242 Everett Kell RC
243 George Munger
244 Lew Burdette RC
245 George Schmees RC
246 Jerry Snyder RC
247 Johnny Pramesa
248 Bill Werle
248b Bill Werle Error
249 Hank Thompson
250 Ike Delock RC
251 Jack Lohrke
252 Frank Crosetti

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