1955 Bowman - Basic: Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy - 2nd

Current Statistics
Rank 2
Weighted GPA 9.202
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 9.202
Retired Statistics (9/22/2006)
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 8.544
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 8.544
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About this set: This is one of the most-condition sensitive sets of all time, the 1955 Bowman set evokes memories of forgotten youths of yesteryear. The color TV format was certainly innovative. This set features many of the major stars of the day, and the tough wood-grain borders are extremely susceptible to chipping. Without the Paris, TN find about a decade ago, it would be next to impossible to complete this set in PSA 8. This collector was the first collector (and, as of January 2007, the only collector) to ever complete this set in strict NM/MT or better condition. #154 Frank Lary is the toughest card in the set; with only three examples graded PSA 8 NM/MT, it is the toughest mainstream card from the 1950s to find in NM/MT condition. Many of the low numbers of the set feature Philadelphia’s Shibe Park in the background. A throwback to yesteryear; the 1955 Bowman set was also Bowman’s swan song, paving the way for Topps virtual monopoly on baseball card collecting from 1956 through 1980. This set is the only vintage set to feature a subset of umpire cards. Many of them were former major leaguers, including a handful who won election to Baseball’s Hall of Fame; Cal Hubbard has the unique distinction of being in both Baseball and Football’s Hall of Fame. A big thanks to all who made this possible, most notably Craig Froehlich whose “Ratzo Rizzo” set is still listed among the All-Time finest. And a big thank you to the collectors who will carry the 1955 Bowman torch in 2007 and forward. Don Spence has put together a tremendous set in a short period of time. Jim Crandell helped me finance the purchase of Froelich’s set mentioned above. Howard Goodman can wax poetic about 1955 Bowman. John Martines, Ryan Addison, Brian Igoe and Ron Hobbs cannot be forgotten. And a big thank you to Marshall Fogel and Charlie Merkel who spoke to me at length about their 1955 Bowman collections in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This set is retired as of January 11, 2007.

Midnight Cowboy
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01025500101HOYT WILHELM8291291One of the toughest #1 cards from the 1950s. A Hall of Famer, with a curre...
01025500202AL DARK93030
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01025500505JIM ROBERTSON8391391
01025500606PETE SUDER8323323
01025500707GENE BAKER8240240The famous "Band Aid" card from the set
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010255010010PHIL RIZZUTO101010#10 in PSA 10
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010255023023AL KALINE9140140
010255024024AL ABER92020
010255025025MINNIE MINOSO8404404Very hard to find without a print line along the right border
010255026026VIRGIL TRUCKS91010
010255027027PRESTON WARD93030
010255028028DICK COLE93131
010255029029RED SCHOENDIENST94040
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0102551530153EDDIE ROBINSON8180180The last card from the set I ever got in PSA 8. A Yankee to boot, this is ...
0102551540154FRANK LARY88181The toughest card in the set to find in PSA 8.
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0102552650265AL BARLICK92020HOF; this is Jocko Conlan are very popular
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0102552670267JIM HONOCHICK94141
0102552680268ROY LEE HAWES92020
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0102552990299LONNIE WARNEKE93030
0102553000300TOMMY BYRNE91010The toughest Yankee to find in the set in strict NM/MT or better condition.
0102553010301WILLIAM R. ENGELN8291291
0102553020302FRANK MALZONE92020
0102553030303JOCKO CONLAN94040HOF'er - along with Al Barlick, one of the most popular cards in this subse...
0102553040304HARRY CHITI92020
0102553050305FRANK UMONT8241241
0102553060306BOB CERV91010
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0102553090309HAL H. DIXON8321321
0102553100310KEN LEHMAN8240240
0102553110311LAWRENCE J. GOETZ8200200
0102553120312BILL WIGHT8173173
0102553130313A.J. DONATELLI8271271
0102553140314DALE MITCHELL91010
0102553150315CAL HUBBARD8320320In both baseball and football Halls of Fame
0102553160316MARION FRICANO8190190
0102553170317WM. R. SUMMERS8150150The toughest Umpire to find in PSA 8 condition
0102553180318SID HUDSON8231231The last four cards from this set are all exceptionally difficult to find i...
0102553190319ALBERT B. SCHROLL8130130
0102553200320GEORGE SUSCE,JR.8140140