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Old 06-08-2018, 03:09 PM
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Default It's 1955 and you have a nickel

Hop into a time machine for a moment back to July 1955. You're eight years old and standing at the candy counter holding a nickel and staring at a box of Topps baseball cards and a box of Bowman.

Which one do you buy and why?

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Rookie cards mean nothing to you.
Future value seems unthinkable
There are no checklists so you have no clue on what players are possible, or even what series you're getting.
The Topps/Bowman battle isn't news and you don't understand player contracts anyway.
Your only guide is your 8 year old mind.

What do you do?
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Old 06-08-2018, 03:32 PM
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I was 5 in 1955 and did not open my first pack until 1957 ( my parents did buy me cards in 1956). I might have gone the Bowman route because of the color TV format. In retrospect it was unique, but apparently a bust because the set did not due well against the Topps issue. The problem may have been so few families had a color TV in that year. But in hindsight I think the TV concept may have intrigued me ( and I would not have known about all those umpire cards )

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I looked for images of the wrappers and Bowmans claimed 9 picture cards and bubble gum for 5c so that would probably have been my choice!
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I looked for images of the wrappers and Bowmans claimed 9 picture cards and bubble gum for 5c so that would probably have been my choice!
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Would have been my choice as well, for the same reason.

But then I'd have walked back down Flatbush Avenue and asked my grandfather for another* nickel and gone back to the candy store and bought a Topps pack.

*--he'd have given it to me for sure. I was his first grandkid and he spoiled me rotten.
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1955? I'd have been careful to not prevent my parents from gettting together at the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance.
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Well, when I was 8 I remember liking Topps cards much more than the Bowman ones so I'd have probably picked up the Topps pack. I didn't really start to appreciate the Bowman cards until much later in life. Now I really like them a lot.
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Old 06-08-2018, 06:56 PM
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Well, I'd probably be drawn more to the Bowman package. It's more visually exciting. I would probably have liked the T.V. idea as a kid too.
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Bowman and it's not even close. They are a beautiful design and the 55 Topps are seriously horrible. Not a fan of the horizontal design except for the 55 Bowman cards.
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Bowman under the rules . Topps with my adult mind. But yeah I would have liked Bowman better as a kid for sure.
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