1953 Bowman Color

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Current Finest Possible Set Rating: 10.425

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%9.00 9.85 09.85
2 The Tull Collection 100.00%8.97 9.83 09.83
3 John Branca Click to Contact Owner 100.00%8.98 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 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
7 Allan R King Click to Contact Owner 100.00%8.03 8.06 08.06
8 The Crandell Collection Click to Contact Owner 100.00%8.02 8.03 08.03
9 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
10 mccordcf 100.00%8.00 8.00 08.00
11 bobsbbcards Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00%7.98 7.98 07.98
11 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
13 Mets-71 98.13%8.05 8.06 07.95
14 Ron Hobbs Family Collection Click to Contact Owner 100.00%7.64 7.65 07.65
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 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
17 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
18 LStone4951's 1953 Bowman Color Set (H&S) 100.00%7.15 7.16 07.16
19 Gordo Bowman 1953 Color Collection 99.38%7.16 7.16 07.12
20 The Double Play Collection Click to Contact Owner 96.25%7.42 7.45 07.02
21 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
22 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
23 MavFanIngle Click to Contact Owner 86.25%7.99 8.01 06.90
24 ddragoli 82.50%7.91 7.97 06.80
25 Webster 100.00%6.68 6.68 06.68
26 scott9896 100.00%6.36 6.36 06.36
27 Alajacket53Color Click to Contact Owner 100.00%6.26 6.26 06.26
28 rosie's BC's 100.00%6.20 6.20 06.20
29 Terry 100.00%6.08 6.08 06.08
30 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
31 JMDVM Click to Contact Owner 86.25%6.94 6.94 05.89
32 Tim V's 1953's Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00%5.83 5.83 05.83
33 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
34 jayandbutton Click to Contact Owner 100.00%5.77 5.77 05.77
35 Umpire Ernie Brown's Retirement Account Click to Contact Owner 100.00%5.49 5.49 05.49
36 GenF Click to Contact Owner 100.00%5.46 5.46 05.46
37 Wichita 91.88%6.29
Retired on 3/7/2016
Rank 37
Weighted GPA 6.290
% Complete 91.88%
Set Rating 5.417
6.29
05.42
38 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
39 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
40 sjgolfer Click to Contact Owner 94.38%5.45 5.45 05.10
41 BBCards4U Click to Contact Owner 63.75%8.16 8.29 05.05
42 Senator 53 Bowman Color 94.38%5.61 5.61 05.02
43 Terry's 1953 Bowman Click to Contact Owner 100.00%4.79 4.79 04.79
44 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
45 Jim's 53 Bowman Color Beauties Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 71.25%7.59 7.61 04.50
46 mrbud60 71.25%6.30 6.30 04.36
47 hasher08 Click to Contact Owner 89.38%5.35 5.35 04.32
48 Rebel Sportscards 75.00%7.02 7.02 04.31
49 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
50 Pacdac 85.00%5.15 5.15 03.67
51 Padre's Beautiful Bowmans of 53 57.50%5.95 5.95 03.67
52 Capecards Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 96.88%3.79 3.79 03.64
53 Rob's 53 Bowman Color Click to view Set Images 66.25%5.31 5.31 03.49
54 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
55 mattyyy2002 72.50%4.77 4.77 03.18
56 Bassett-Adams 1953 Bowman Color Click to Contact Owner 82.50%3.82 3.82 02.93
57 Tom's 1953 Bowman Baseball Click to Contact Owner 56.25%5.09 5.09 02.46
58 whodeyalltheway 47.50%5.00 5.00 02.27
59 Puppy Power's 53 Bowman Color Click to Contact Owner 35.63%6.27 6.27 02.18
60 vintagekards 46.25%5.45 5.45 02.09
61 Hwood712 31.88%6.18 6.18 01.84
62 So Cal Matt 30.63%6.82 6.82 01.66
63 PFerguson70 44.38%4.18 4.18 01.49
64 RFM'S 1953 Color Click to Contact Owner 13.75%4.92 4.92 01.48
65 cardyman Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 18.13%6.74 6.74 01.45
66 farfar's 1953 Bowman color Click to Contact Owner 32.50%5.61 5.61 01.32
67 frank741 Click to view Set Images 19.38%7.97 7.97 01.27
68 gjacobs 22.50%3.92 3.92 01.19
69 MDC Collection Click to Contact Owner 25.63%7.75 7.75 01.18
70 The Mueller 1953 Bowman Baseball Collection 22.50%7.17 7.17 01.06
71 Nick Mathys 15.63%3.98 3.98 00.82
72 ponychaser 16.25%7.91 7.91 00.76
73 Golfnut500 Click to Contact Owner 17.50%7.02 7.02 00.70
74 JJ's Tuition 10.63%8.22 8.33 00.67
75 HardEight2013 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 12.50%6.06 6.06 00.66
76 PSA Baseball 8.75%7.05 7.05 00.66
77 billrac53bwc 12.50%3.88 3.88 00.64
78 boyd_wilson Click to Contact Owner 15.00%4.68 4.68 00.64
79 arexcrooke 6.25%4.09 4.09 00.50
80 Cecil B's 1953 Bowman Color Baseball Set Click to Contact Owner 14.38%5.11 5.11 00.50
81 Heck55's - 1953 - Bowman Baseball Click to Contact Owner 10.00%6.22 6.22 00.48
82 CCC Click to Contact Owner 3.13%8.13 8.26 00.46
83 Brad's 1953 Bowman Color Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 10.63%6.43 6.43 00.45
84 Michael Disfarmer's 1953 Bowman Color Pirates Click to Contact Owner 13.75%4.51 4.51 00.44
85 The W R McDaniel Collection Click to Contact Owner 14.38%4.77 4.77 00.42
86 gabr611 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 6.88%7.55 7.55 00.36
87 The Mei Hua Collection Click to Contact Owner 9.38%8.00 8.00 00.34
88 boberobinson Click to Contact Owner 18.75%2.31 2.31 00.33
89 Jim's 53 Bowman Color Beauties - Set 2 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 7.50%6.29 6.29 00.32
90 1953 Bowman color 3.75%6.29 6.29 00.26
91 ggfittings31 0.63%7.00 7.00 00.16
92 jbrownell Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 1.88%6.25 6.25 00.12
93 haljr Click to Contact Owner 1.25%4.80 4.80 00.11
94 THERSADYLINA1 2.50%4.18 4.18 00.11
95 adamoune 0.63%4.00 4.00 00.08
96 Bobby A Click to Contact Owner 1.25%7.00 7.00 00.06
97 Walker's 1953 Bowman Color Set 0.63%7.00 7.00 00.04