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1952 Bowman Baseball Cards

1952 Bowman Baseball Cards


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Somewhat overlooked when compared to the immense popularity of 1952 Topps, 1952 Bowman Baseball remains an appealing vintage option and is a more affordable way to collect the players of the '52 season. Just like the competing brand from Topps, the key Bowman cards include options for Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.

Although 1951 Bowman is generally viewed as one of the top sets of the post-war era, 1952 Bowman Baseball does not enjoy the same reputation. However, given that the design was largely carried over, the cards still look great. Again featuring art reproductions of black-and-white photos, the main difference is that the text box has been replaced with a facsimile signature. Card sizing carries over from 1951 at 2-1/16" by-3 1/8".

1952 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle 1952 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle back

1952 Bowman Baseball backs are also similar to the 1951 release, but more space is devoted to the ad, and there is a premium offer. Basic info and stats are included for each player above the ad that offers  a "baseball cap of your favorite team" in exchange for five wrappers and 50 cents.

It's not that 1952 Bowman Baseball is a poor release. In fact, it is far from that and many of the cards are quite impressive thanks to the vivid colors. Still, several factors contribute to the slightly diminished interest in the set. The most obvious detriment is the powerhouse 1952 Topps product of the same season. On top of the collecting world for a few years, Bowman quickly found themselves chasing Topps and it began in 1952.

1952 Bowman Baseball Pack Wrapper

Another issue for 1952 Bowman Baseball is the fact that they scaled back the size of the checklist, going from 324 cards in 1951 to 252 cards in 1952. This diminished set size is even more apparent compared to the 407-card set in 1952 Topps. It was not just lesser players that were removed from the checklist. '52 Bowman also left out a few big names, notably Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams. Finally, while it cannot really be blamed on Bowman, the lack of Hall of Fame rookie cards is also an issue.

Still, the 1952 Bowman Baseball checklist packs some power. Featuring 25 Hall of Fame players, the set does offer a few popular names that 1952 Topps missed. This includes Stan Musial, Casey Stengel and Ralph Kiner. Also, while 1952 Topps is filled with errors and variations, that was not really an issue in Bowman. The only known variation is for Bill Werle. The card (#248) can be found with and without the "W" in his signature.

1952 Bowman Baseball Bill Werle1952 Bowman Baseball Bill Werle Error Variation

Similar to many other vintage releases, 1952 Bowman Baseball suffers from centering issues and mis-cut cards. Also, because the cards were distributed in six-card and one-card gum packs, staining can be a problem.

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Set Checklist

1952 Bowman Baseball Set Checklist

1952 Bowman Baseball Willie Mays

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
248 Bill Werle - No "W" in signature
249 Hank Thompson
250 Ike Delock RC
251 Jack Lohrke
252 Frank Crosetti

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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