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1948 Bowman Baseball Cards

1948 Bowman Baseball Cards

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1948 Bowman Baseball marks the first time the company made a set of cards for the sport. The checklist might be small and the design plain, but it's a landmark release for numerous reasons including several key rookie cards.

The set has just 48 cards, 12 of which are short prints. Top rookies in the set feature a trio of all-time greats: Stan Musial, Warren Spahn and Yogi Berra. Other rookies in 1948 include Red Schoendienst, Phil Rizzuto, Ralph Kiner and Bobby Thomson.

Measuring 2 1/16" by 2 1/2", cards are smaller than today's standard size. Photos are very plain. Done in black and white, players are shown with largely boring waist-up shots that are tightly cropped and show little personality. There are a few exceptions but not many.

Backs are similar to what collectors found on Goudey cards before World War II. The top has the card number and player's name in a headline. Vitals follow along with a short bio. The bottom of the cards have an ad for Blony Bubble Gum.

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1948 Bowman Baseball is an important set for the hobby. It introduced a major manufacturer that helped usher in modern trading cards. The cards aren't nearly as attractive as Bowman sets made a short time later but the set's significance is more as a launching point for the brand and the key players.

Although popular, cards don't generally sell as well as those from 1948-49 Leaf. Granted, that set has rookie cards of Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige, something Bowman doesn't. The color in Leaf is also considered to be more pleasing by a lot of collectors.

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1948 Bowman Baseball Checklist

48 cards.

1 Bob Elliott RC
2 Ewell Blackwell RC
3 Ralph Kiner RC
4 Johnny Mize
5 Bob Feller
6 Yogi Berra RC
7 Pete Reiser SP
8 Phil Rizzuto RC SP
9 Walker Cooper
10 Buddy Rosar
11 Johnny Lindell
12 Johnny Sain RC
13 Willard Marshall SP
14 Allie Reynolds RC
15 Eddie Joost
16 Jack Lohrke SP
17 Enos Slaughter
18 Warren Spahn RC
19 Tommy Henrich
20 Buddy Kerr SP
21 Ferris Fain RC
22 Floyd Bevens RC SP
23 Larry Jansen RC
24 Dutch Leonard SP
25 Barney McCosky
26 Frank Shea RC SP
27 Sid Gordon
28 Emil Verban SP
29 Joe Page RC SP
30 Whitey Lockman RC SP
31 Bill McCahan
32 Bill Rigney
33 Bill Johnson
34 Sheldon Jones SP
35 Snuffy Stirnweiss RC
36 Stan Musial RC
37 Clint Hartung RC
38 Red Schoendienst RC
39 Augie Galan
40 Marty Marion RC
41 Rex Barney RC
42 Ray Poat
43 Bruce Edwards
44 Johnny Wyrostek
45 Hank Sauer RC
46 Herman Wehmeier
47 Bobby Thomson RC
48 Dave Koslo RC
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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