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 The Tull Collection 100.00%8.98 9.86 09.86
2 Charles Merkel 100.00%9.00 9.84 09.84
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 100.00%8.02
Retired on 6/21/2016
Rank 8
Weighted GPA 8.031
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 8.031
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 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
11 bobsbbcards Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00%7.98 7.98 07.98
13 Mets-71 98.13%8.05 8.06 07.95
14 LStone4951's 1953 Bowman Color Set (H&S) 100.00%7.72 7.72 07.72
15 Ron Hobbs Family Collection Click to Contact Owner 100.00%7.65 7.66 07.66
16 David Hall 100.00%7.47
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 16
Weighted GPA 7.591
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 7.591
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 MavFanIngle Click to Contact Owner 95.00%8.02 8.05 07.48
19 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
20 ddragoli 88.75%7.93 7.99 07.28
21 Gordo Bowman 1953 Color Collection 99.38%7.16 7.16 07.12
22 frank741 99.38%7.09 7.09 07.08
23 The Double Play Collection Click to Contact Owner 96.25%7.42 7.45 07.02
24 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
25 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
26 Webster 100.00%6.68 6.68 06.68
27 scott9896 100.00%6.36 6.36 06.36
28 Alajacket53Color Click to Contact Owner 100.00%6.27 6.27 06.27
29 rosie's BC's Click to Contact Owner 100.00%6.20 6.20 06.20
30 Terry 100.00%6.08 6.08 06.08
31 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
32 JMDVM Click to Contact Owner 86.25%6.94 6.94 05.89
33 Tim V's 1953's Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00%5.83 5.83 05.83
34 jayandbutton Click to Contact Owner 100.00%5.83 5.83 05.83
35 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
36 MILEHIGHCARDCOMPANY NOVEMBER 2016 96.88%6.00 6.00 05.75
37 Senator 53 Bowman Color 100.00%5.53 5.53 05.53
38 Umpire Ernie Brown's Retirement Account Click to Contact Owner 100.00%5.49 5.49 05.49
39 GenF Click to Contact Owner 100.00%5.46 5.46 05.46
40 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
41 Capecards Click to Contact Owner 99.38%5.37 5.38 05.37
42 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
43 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
44 sjgolfer 95.00%5.59
Retired on 8/22/2016
Rank 42
Weighted GPA 5.591
% Complete 95.00%
Set Rating 5.263
5.59
05.26
45 Terry's 1953 Bowman Click to Contact Owner 100.00%4.79 4.79 04.79
46 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
47 Rebel Sportscards 76.25%7.02 7.02 04.55
48 Jim's 53 Bowman Color Beauties 71.25%7.59 7.61 04.50
49 mrbud60 71.25%6.30 6.30 04.36
50 BBCards4U Click to Contact Owner 58.13%8.18 8.34 04.32
51 hasher08 Click to Contact Owner 89.38%5.35 5.35 04.32
52 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
53 Pacdac 90.00%5.11 5.11 04.11
54 Padre's Beautiful Bowmans of 53 60.00%5.95 5.95 03.79
55 Rob's 53 Bowman Color Click to view Set Images 66.25%5.31 5.31 03.49
56 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
57 STL1944 68.75%5.04 5.04 03.29
58 mattyyy2002 73.75%4.78 4.78 03.21
59 Bassett-Adams 1953 Bowman Color Click to Contact Owner 82.50%3.82 3.82 02.93
60 Tom's 1953 Bowman Baseball Click to Contact Owner 56.25%5.09 5.09 02.46
61 whodeyalltheway 47.50%5.00 5.00 02.27
62 Puppy Power's 53 Bowman Color Click to Contact Owner 35.63%6.27 6.27 02.18
63 vintagekards 46.25%5.45 5.45 02.09
64 Hwood712 32.50%6.18 6.18 01.86
65 farfar's 1953 Bowman color Click to Contact Owner 46.25%5.27 5.27 01.80
66 So Cal Matt 30.63%6.82 6.82 01.66
67 cardyman Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 19.38%6.70 6.70 01.65
68 RFM'S 1953 Color Click to Contact Owner 13.75%4.92 4.92 01.48
69 NJK 1953 Bowman Color Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 33.13%5.31 5.31 01.25
70 gjacobs 23.13%3.92 3.92 01.21
71 MDC Collection Click to Contact Owner 25.63%7.75 7.75 01.18
72 arexcrooke 13.75%4.14 4.14 01.12
73 Capecards Trading Set Click to Contact Owner 43.75%2.74 2.74 01.08
74 The Mueller 1953 Bowman Baseball Collection 22.50%7.17 7.17 01.06
75 Lepic53 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 11.88%7.73 7.73 00.97
76 Nick Mathys 15.63%3.98 3.98 00.82
77 ponychaser 16.25%7.91 7.91 00.76
78 ATLAHEIM846 16.88%7.00 7.00 00.75
79 Golfnut500 Click to Contact Owner 17.50%7.02 7.02 00.70
80 JJ's Tuition 10.63%8.22 8.33 00.67
81 HardEight2013 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 12.50%6.06 6.06 00.66
82 PSA Baseball 8.75%7.05 7.05 00.66
83 boyd_wilson Click to Contact Owner 15.00%4.68 4.68 00.64
84 Cecil B's 1953 Bowman Color Baseball Set Click to Contact Owner 14.38%5.11 5.11 00.50
85 gabr611 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 10.00%7.67 7.67 00.50
86 Heck55's - 1953 - Bowman Baseball Click to Contact Owner 10.00%6.22 6.22 00.48
87 CCC Click to Contact Owner 3.13%8.13 8.26 00.46
88 The W R McDaniel Collection Click to Contact Owner 15.63%4.86 4.86 00.46
89 Brad's 1953 Bowman Color Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 10.63%6.43 6.43 00.45
90 Michael Disfarmer's 1953 Bowman Color Pirates Click to Contact Owner 13.75%4.51 4.51 00.44
91 The Mei Hua Collection Click to Contact Owner 9.38%8.00 8.00 00.34
92 adamoune 9.38%3.97 3.97 00.34
93 boberobinson Click to Contact Owner 18.75%2.31 2.31 00.33
94 Jim's 53 Bowman Color Beauties - Set 2 7.50%6.29 6.29 00.32
95 1953 Bowman color 3.75%6.29 6.29 00.26
96 ggfittings31 0.63%7.00 7.00 00.16
97 jbrownell Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 1.88%6.25 6.25 00.12
98 THERSADYLINA1 2.50%4.18 4.18 00.11
99 backyard-baseball-cardshop 1.88%5.00 5.00 00.11
100 Bobby A Click to Contact Owner 1.25%7.00 7.00 00.06
101 Walker's 1953 Bowman Color Set 0.63%7.00 7.00 00.04
102 Lee's Nice, Little, Mid-grade 1953 Bowman Color Set 1.25%5.00 5.00 00.04