Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post One

1952 Bowman, The Poster

1952 Bowman, The Poster

I began collecting the 1952 Bowman cards back in 1993 when I got sick of the over-production, outrageous prices and sea of inserts that flowed from all the major producers of baseball cards at the time. It made me look elsewhere for my collecting fun. I really like art card rather than photographs, and smaller cards rather than the standard sized cards. 1952 Bowman is both. There was a shop near my place of residence which had a good amount of the cards so I saved my money and after a few months went in with an offer for all of them. I purchased over 50 cards that day at an overall cost of $5.00 a card. Soon after the purchase my financial and marital status changed and my money was better used elsewhere.

Recently I have returned to collecting and my attention was drawn back to the 1952 Bowman set. I decided I would try to finish the set. I began in November of last year and here is my progress summed up until now.

My first task was to find a display area for the set. Many people will just put the cards in a box or binder, but I wanted to see the cards as a whole in one area so I can view them and watch the progression. I found the perfect place in my apartment hallway. I measured the space and it was perfect. The set has 252 cards and the wall measured exactly 14 top loaders across and fit 18 top loaders down. I used blue sticky putty to attach the top loaders and filled every top loader with a card if it was available. Here is what the results look like:

1952 Bowman, The Wall

1952 Bowman, The Wall

As you can see everything fits perfectly. Here are the purchases I made since I returned to collecting the set:

Purchases, Nov. 25th, 2015

Purchases, Nov. 25th, 2015

Purchases, Dec. 5th, 2015

Purchases, Dec. 5th, 2015

Purchase, Jan. 5th, 2016

Purchase, Jan. 5th, 2016

Purchases, Jan. 7th, 2016

Purchases, Jan. 7th, 2016

Completion Percentage: 57.14% (144/252)

1952 Bowman, The Wall Updated

1952 Bowman, The Wall Updated

I will keep posting as I make purchases and update the wall.

If you would like to see all the cards and what I paid for each one just go to the 1952 Bowman page here or you can see it in the menu items on the top left of evey page/post on the site. page.

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Two

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