Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Six

Aquisitions, Apr. 26th, 2017

It has been awhile since I last updated readers about the progress of my collecting of the 1952 Bowman set. Many changes have occurred which delayed purchases from this iconic set. My wife and I had a new baby to take care of, and we also moved into a larger domicile because of it.

We have settled in and the baby has now become an 11 month old toddler. My man cave has also increased in size, being the basement of the new house instead of a smaller office in the old place. All the expenses that are involved in moving have now been taken care of and I had a bit of disposable income to spend on cards.

Instead of the usual places to find the cards (eBay, COMC, Kijiji), which are difficult to use when wanting to buy in groups rather than individual cards. It seems every lot of 1952 Bowman listed on eBay, for example, include more cards that I have than cards that I don’t.

Lately, I have been visiting an active forum over at Blowout Cards which resulted in a private purchase from one of the members there. He had numerous doubles of 1952 Bowman that he was looking to sell. Of them, 15 were not in my collection. I purchased the lot for $52.00. They were in the lower end of the grade scale (most in good) but that is to my liking as I am a man on a budget. The man was even nice enough to throw in a 16th card (a double of card #175 Ransom Jackson) that I can use in a future trade.

With more room on the wall to display the progress of my collection, I added a poster I created of the full set as a visual reference. It makes the wall just a bit cooler to look at.

1952 Bowman, The New Wall

 

1952 Bowman, The New Wall 2

 

The 15 cards I received are the following:

  • #15 – Sam Mele
  • #19 – Bob Cain
  • #66 – Sal Maglie
  • #85 – Marty Marion
  • #95 – Luke Easter
  • #163 – Johnny Lipton
  • #168 – Preacher Roe
  • #170 – Joe Astroth
  • #171 – Mel Queen
  • #175 – Ransom Jackson
  • #179 – Pete Suder
  • #212 – Solly Hemus
  • #214 – Ray Boone
  • #228 – Bob Chipman
  • #231 – Dee Fondy

With these 15 cards my collection has increased to 163 of 252 total cards, or 64.68%.

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Five

 

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Four

1952 Bowman #4 Robin Roberts

1952 Bowman #4 Robin Roberts

The next Bowman card that I ordered from COMC came in. It continues my purchases of the more sought after Hall of Fame players in the set as I wait until another bulk purchase of the commons shows up on eBay or various other auction sites.

Last time I picked up the Dodger great Pee Wee Reese, this time I moved to the pitching mound and grabbed the Phillies great Robin Roberts. It’s in better shape than the Reese card and I only paid $16.75. Numbered four in the set, it leaves only Yogi Berra and Minnie Minoso remaining to finished the first ten cards in the set.

It also moves the total cards I now have to 147 (147/252 58.33%).

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Three

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Five

 

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Three

1952 Bowman #8 - Pee Wee Reese

1952 Bowman #8 Pee Wee Reese

My latest purchases from COMC arrived which included a 1952 Bowman. Pee Wee Reese was its subject (#8 in the set).

Pee Wee Reese, a Hall of Fame player for the great Dodgers teams of the period, does not come cheap on cardboard. The ’52 Bowman set is no different (although it’s cheaper than most). I purchased my copy for $7.45 but it is not in great condition (it has a crease line across the center).

This raises my total cards to 146 (146/252, 57.93%).

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Two

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Four

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