1953 Bowman Color

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Current Finest Possible Set Rating: 10.419

This is landmark set of the first order, probably Bowman's response to Topp's smash hit of 1952. Many fans regard 1953 Bowman as a "Perfect" baseball card design: simple, uncluttered Kodachrome photography. Like the '52 Topps set, tremendous demand has caused prices for these cards to skyrocket in recent years. Most in demand: Stan Musial, Pee Wee Reese, Mickey Mantle, Bob Feller, Duke Snider, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford. To read an in-depth article, click here.

All-Time Finest
RankCollection% CompleteGPA WeightedGPA with Top Pop BonusesSet Rating
1 Charles Merkel 100.00%8.99 9.85 09.85
2 John Branca Click to Contact Owner 100.00%8.98 9.83 09.83
3 The Tull Collection 100.00%8.97 9.83 09.83
4 Donald E. Spence - The Lone Star Collection 100.00%8.94
Retired on 10/1/2013
Rank 2
Weighted GPA 8.944
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 8.944
9.76
09.76
5 Andrew Kaplan 96.25%8.78
Retired on 6/30/2005
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 8.781
% Complete 96.25%
Set Rating 8.445
9.48
09.11
6 Marshall Fogel 100.00%8.15 8.25 08.25
7 L.R.'s 1953BC Vintage Set 100.00%8.06
Retired on 6/8/2010
Rank 6
Weighted GPA 8.060
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 8.060
8.10
08.10
8 Allan R King Click to Contact Owner 100.00%8.03 8.06 08.06
9 The Crandell Collection Click to Contact Owner 100.00%8.02 8.03 08.03
10 Phil Minard's - 1953 Bowman Color Set 100.00%8.00
Retired on 1/23/2013
Rank 9
Weighted GPA 8.002
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 8.002
8.01
08.01
11 mccordcf 100.00%7.99 8.00 08.00
12 bobsbbcards Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00%7.98 7.98 07.98
12 Robert Edward Auctions 100.00%7.98
Retired on 10/10/2006
Rank 6
Weighted GPA 7.976
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 7.976
7.98
07.98
14 Mets-71 98.13%8.05 8.06 07.95
15 David Hall 100.00%7.47
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 15
Weighted GPA 7.591
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 7.591
7.59
07.59
16 Ron Hobbs Family Collection Click to Contact Owner 100.00%7.58 7.59 07.59
17 Memorylaneinc 95.00%8.05
Retired on 12/15/2005
Rank 8
Weighted GPA 8.048
% Complete 95.00%
Set Rating 7.548
8.08
07.58
18 Dave McDonald 1953 Bowman Color 98.75%7.42
Retired on 9/27/2006
Rank 9
Weighted GPA 7.422
% Complete 98.75%
Set Rating 7.360
7.42
07.36
19 Gordo Bowman 1953 Color Collection 99.38%7.16 7.16 07.12
20 The Steve Soloway Collection 100.00%7.02
Retired on 8/11/2011
Rank 17
Weighted GPA 7.023
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 7.023
7.02
07.02
21 DRS 100.00%6.97
Retired on 12/6/2005
Rank 9
Weighted GPA 6.975
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 6.975
6.97
06.97
22 The Double Play Collection Click to Contact Owner 95.00%7.33 7.36 06.74
23 Webster 100.00%6.68 6.68 06.68
24 MavFanIngle Click to Contact Owner 80.00%7.95 7.96 06.41
25 scott9896 100.00%6.36 6.36 06.36
26 Alajacket53Color Click to Contact Owner 100.00%6.22 6.22 06.22
27 rosie's BC's 100.00%6.16 6.16 06.16
28 ddragoli 70.63%7.79 7.82 06.04
29 troythegreek 100.00%6.02
Retired on 10/6/2014
Rank 27
Weighted GPA 6.016
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 6.016
6.02
06.02
30 53BKid Color Set #2 100.00%5.81
Retired on 5/22/2013
Rank 24
Weighted GPA 5.812
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 5.812
5.81
05.81
31 Tim V's 1953's Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00%5.68 5.68 05.68
32 JMDVM Click to Contact Owner 84.38%6.94 6.94 05.67
33 jayandbutton Click to Contact Owner 100.00%5.54 5.54 05.54
34 Umpire Ernie Brown's Retirement Account Click to Contact Owner 100.00%5.49 5.49 05.49
35 GenF Click to Contact Owner 100.00%5.46 5.46 05.46
36 Wichita Click to Contact Owner 91.88%6.29 6.29 05.41
37 The Card Dog 1953 Bowman Color 100.00%5.33
Retired on 12/12/2008
Rank 23
Weighted GPA 5.330
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 5.330
5.33
05.33
38 Mid Grade Colors 92.50%5.78
Retired on 8/1/2005
Rank 14
Weighted GPA 5.784
% Complete 92.50%
Set Rating 5.313
5.78
05.31
39 BBCards4U Click to Contact Owner 65.63%8.15 8.27 05.24
40 Terry's 1953 Bowman Click to Contact Owner 100.00%4.79 4.79 04.79
41 Bowman's Best 96.88%5.04
Retired on 6/6/2014
Rank 40
Weighted GPA 5.044
% Complete 96.88%
Set Rating 4.736
5.04
04.74
42 PFerguson70 100.00%4.66 4.66 04.66
43 Jim's 53 Bowman Color Beauties Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 70.00%7.54 7.56 04.38
44 mrbud60 70.63%6.29 6.29 04.33
45 hasher08 Click to Contact Owner 89.38%5.35 5.35 04.32
46 Aesthetic Leader 96.88%4.63
Retired on 1/18/2010
Rank 27
Weighted GPA 4.629
% Complete 96.88%
Set Rating 4.236
4.63
04.24
47 sjgolfer Click to Contact Owner 81.25%5.19 5.19 03.93
48 Rebel Sportscards 70.00%7.01 7.01 03.82
49 Rob's 53 Bowman Color Click to view Set Images 66.25%5.31 5.31 03.49
50 Pacdac 83.13%5.07 5.07 03.43
51 fiveniner Click to view Set Images 100.00%3.33
Retired on 4/27/2012
Rank 39
Weighted GPA 3.332
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 3.332
3.33
03.33
52 Padre's Beautiful Bowmans of 53 52.50%5.94 5.94 03.32
53 mattyyy2002 72.50%4.77 4.77 03.18
54 Bassett-Adams 1953 Bowman Color Click to Contact Owner 80.00%3.86 3.86 02.74
55 Tom's 1953 Bowman Baseball Click to Contact Owner 56.25%5.09 5.09 02.46
56 whodeyalltheway 47.50%5.00 5.00 02.27
57 Puppy Power's 53 Bowman Color Click to Contact Owner 35.63%6.27 6.27 02.18
58 vintagekards 46.25%5.45 5.45 02.09
59 Hwood712 30.63%6.18 6.18 01.81
60 RFM'S 1953 Color Click to Contact Owner 13.75%4.92 4.92 01.48
61 frank741 Click to view Set Images 19.38%7.97 7.97 01.27
62 Senator 53 Bowman Color 18.13%5.59 5.59 01.26
63 farfar's 1953 Bowman color Click to Contact Owner 31.88%5.72 5.72 01.26
64 cardyman Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 15.00%6.72 6.72 01.21
65 MDC Collection Click to Contact Owner 25.63%7.75 7.75 01.18
66 gjacobs 19.38%3.80 3.80 01.06
67 Nick Mathys 15.63%3.98 3.98 00.82
68 ponychaser 16.88%7.91 7.91 00.78
69 sjmont 17.50%5.18 5.18 00.76
70 PSA Baseball 9.38%6.91 6.91 00.74
71 Golfnut500 Click to Contact Owner 17.50%7.02 7.02 00.70
72 JJ's Tuition 10.63%8.22 8.33 00.67
73 HardEight2013 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 12.50%6.06 6.06 00.66
74 billrac53bwc 12.50%3.88 3.88 00.64
75 boyd_wilson Click to Contact Owner 15.00%4.68 4.68 00.64
76 The Mueller 1953 Bowman Baseball Collection 13.13%6.48 6.48 00.57
77 allenmnj 10.00%5.45 5.45 00.56
78 Heck55's - 1953 - Bowman Baseball Click to Contact Owner 10.00%6.22 6.22 00.48
79 Brad's 1953 Bowman Color Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 10.63%6.43 6.43 00.45
80 Michael Disfarmer's 1953 Bowman Color Pirates Click to Contact Owner 13.75%4.51 4.51 00.44
81 boberobinson Click to Contact Owner 18.75%2.31 2.31 00.33
82 RJSokol's 1953 Bowman Color Set Click to view Set Images 3.75%6.30 6.30 00.25
83 Jim's 53 Bowman Color Beauties - Set 2 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 6.88%6.38 6.38 00.24
84 Bliggity Click to Contact Owner 8.13%3.73 3.73 00.20
85 The OC Collection Click to Contact Owner 3.13%7.00 7.00 00.14
86 haljr Click to Contact Owner 1.25%4.80 4.80 00.11
87 Steve's 1953 Bowman Color Set Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 0.63%8.00 8.00 00.11
87 The KC Jones Collection 0.63%8.00 8.00 00.11
89 The W R McDaniel Collection Click to Contact Owner 4.38%4.13 4.13 00.08
90 johnuvm83 1.88%5.33 5.33 00.08
91 rjcoy06 1.88%6.00 6.00 00.06
92 Andoga's World of 1953 Bowman 1.88%5.75 5.75 00.06
93 Bobby A Click to Contact Owner 0.63%7.00 7.00 00.04
94 boberobinson (2) Click to Contact Owner 1.25%1.75 1.75 00.01