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.
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