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% CompleteWeighted GPASet Rating
1 Charles Merkel 100.00% 9.85 09.85
2 John Branca Click to Contact Owner 100.00% 9.83 09.83
3 The Tull Collection 100.00% 9.83 09.83
4 Donald E. Spence - The Lone Star Collection 100.00%
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%
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% 8.25 08.25
7 L.R.'s 1953BC Vintage Set 100.00%
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% 8.06 08.06
9 The Crandell Collection Click to Contact Owner 100.00% 8.03 08.03
10 Phil Minard's - 1953 Bowman Color Set 100.00%
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% 8.00 08.00
12 bobsbbcards Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00% 7.98 07.98
12 Robert Edward Auctions 100.00%
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% 8.06 07.95
15 David Hall 100.00%
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%
Retired on 12/15/2005
Rank 8
Weighted GPA 8.048
% Complete 95.00%
Set Rating 7.548
8.08
07.58
17 Ron Hobbs Family Collection Click to Contact Owner 100.00% 7.54 07.54
18 Dave McDonald 1953 Bowman Color 98.75%
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 07.12
20 The Steve Soloway Collection 100.00%
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%
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% 7.36 06.74
23 Webster 100.00% 6.68 06.68
24 MavFanIngle Click to Contact Owner 80.00% 7.96 06.41
25 scott9896 100.00% 6.36 06.36
26 Alajacket53Color Click to Contact Owner 100.00% 6.22 06.22
27 rosie's BC's 100.00% 6.16 06.16
28 troythegreek 100.00%
Retired on 10/6/2014
Rank 27
Weighted GPA 6.016
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 6.016
6.02
06.02
29 53BKid Color Set #2 100.00%
Retired on 5/22/2013
Rank 24
Weighted GPA 5.812
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 5.812
5.81
05.81
30 Tim V's 1953's Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00% 5.68 05.68
31 jayandbutton Click to Contact Owner 100.00% 5.54 05.54
32 JMDVM Click to Contact Owner 83.75% 6.94 05.52
33 Umpire Ernie Brown's Retirement Account Click to Contact Owner 100.00% 5.49 05.49
34 Wichita Click to Contact Owner 91.88% 6.29 05.41
35 GenF Click to Contact Owner 100.00% 5.39 05.39
36 ddragoli 65.00% 7.66 05.35
37 The Card Dog 1953 Bowman Color 100.00%
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%
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% 8.27 05.24
40 Terry's 1953 Bowman Click to Contact Owner 100.00% 4.79 04.79
41 Bowman's Best 96.88%
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% 4.65 04.65
43 Jim's 53 Bowman Color Beauties Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 70.00% 7.56 04.38
44 hasher08 Click to Contact Owner 89.38% 5.35 04.32
45 Aesthetic Leader 96.88%
Retired on 1/18/2010
Rank 27
Weighted GPA 4.629
% Complete 96.88%
Set Rating 4.236
4.63
04.24
46 mrbud60 68.75% 6.24 04.23
47 sjgolfer Click to Contact Owner 81.25% 5.19 03.93
48 Rebel Sportscards 70.00% 7.01 03.82
49 Rob's 53 Bowman Color Click to view Set Images 66.25% 5.31 03.49
50 fiveniner Click to view Set Images 100.00%
Retired on 4/27/2012
Rank 39
Weighted GPA 3.332
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 3.332
3.33
03.33
51 Pacdac 81.25% 5.03 03.31
52 Padre's Beautiful Bowmans of 53 51.25% 5.96 03.30
53 mattyyy2002 72.50% 4.77 03.18
54 Bassett-Adams 1953 Bowman Color Click to Contact Owner 79.38% 3.84 02.69
55 Tom's 1953 Bowman Baseball Click to Contact Owner 56.25% 5.09 02.46
56 whodeyalltheway 47.50% 5.00 02.27
57 Puppy Power's 53 Bowman Color Click to Contact Owner 35.63% 6.27 02.18
58 vintagekards 46.25% 5.45 02.09
59 Hwood712 30.63% 6.18 01.81
60 RFM'S 1953 Color Click to Contact Owner 13.75% 4.92 01.48
61 frank741 Click to view Set Images 19.38% 7.97 01.27
62 Senator 53 Bowman Color 18.13% 5.59 01.26
63 farfar's 1953 Bowman color Click to Contact Owner 31.88% 5.72 01.26
64 cardyman Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 15.00% 6.72 01.21
65 MDC Collection Click to Contact Owner 25.63% 7.75 01.18
66 gjacobs 18.75% 3.79 00.98
67 stlstan77 Click to Contact Owner 12.50% 6.68 00.86
68 Nick Mathys 15.63% 3.98 00.82
69 ponychaser 16.88% 7.91 00.78
70 sjmont 17.50% 5.18 00.76
71 PSA Baseball 9.38% 6.91 00.74
72 Golfnut500 Click to Contact Owner 17.50% 7.02 00.70
73 JJ's Tuition 10.63% 8.33 00.67
74 HardEight2013 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 12.50% 6.06 00.66
75 billrac53bwc 12.50% 3.88 00.64
76 boyd_wilson Click to Contact Owner 15.00% 4.68 00.64
77 RMs 1953 Bowman BB 13.13% 6.48 00.57
78 allenmnj 10.00% 5.45 00.56
79 Heck55's - 1953 - Bowman Baseball Click to Contact Owner 10.00% 6.22 00.48
80 Brad's 1953 Bowman Color Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 10.63% 6.43 00.45
81 Michael Disfarmer's 1953 Bowman Color Pirates Click to Contact Owner 13.75% 4.51 00.44
82 boberobinson Click to Contact Owner 18.75% 2.31 00.33
83 Fleur-de-lis: The Modest Collection 10.63% 4.23 00.26
84 RJSokol's 1953 Bowman Color Set Click to view Set Images 3.75% 6.30 00.25
85 Jim's 53 Bowman Color Beauties - Set 2 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 6.88% 6.38 00.24
86 royler43 1.88% 4.15 00.20
87 Bliggity Click to Contact Owner 8.13% 3.73 00.20
88 NM53BBB 7.50% 4.84 00.19
89 The OC Collection Click to Contact Owner 3.13% 7.00 00.14
90 haljr Click to Contact Owner 1.25% 4.80 00.11
91 Steve's 1953 Bowman Color Set Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 0.63% 8.00 00.11
91 The KC Jones Collection 0.63% 8.00 00.11
93 johnuvm83 1.88% 5.33 00.08
94 The W R McDaniel Collection Click to Contact Owner 4.38% 3.94 00.08
95 markpesce Click to Contact Owner 3.13% 6.00 00.07
96 rjcoy06 1.88% 6.00 00.06
97 Andoga's World of 1953 Bowman 1.88% 5.75 00.06
98 Bobby A Click to Contact Owner 0.63% 7.00 00.04
99 boberobinson (2) Click to Contact Owner 1.25% 1.75 00.01