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Old 05-31-2016, 10:24 AM
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Default 1951 Bowman Football

Well, after several years of musing, I've decided to take the dip and try to start/finish the 1951 Bowman football set in about VG-/VG+ condition (no graded cards). My reasons are simple: I have always loved the painted artwork of the 1950-52 Bowman baseball cards, and the 1951 Bowman baseball set has been and is my favorite, but unfortunately that set is too cost prohibitive to complete (with the Mantle, Mays, high numbers, etc.), so it currently is at 62 cards (with a Williams and Campanella so far)...

So, the 1951 Bowman football set appeals to me; love the similar backs to the baseball set, love the fronts with the player names plus the team logos (why didn't they do this for baseball?) Over the past two weeks, I've acquired seven cards so far. In researching, I see the Landry, Baugh, Graham cards to be the top cost cards; anyone have any suggestions or tips as I start through this amazing set?

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Old 05-31-2016, 12:44 PM
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You are right, it's a great set! I'm four cards short of a full set and don't really have any advice except have fun with your cards!
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:16 PM
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Larry:
Thanks, and that's awesome! Which four are you missing?
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:17 PM
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Congrats, Jay! Keep us posted and show your cards as you get them. 1951 isn't difficult to put together so you should be able to just focus on finding ones you like and enjoying the ride. Here are a few others besides the ones you mentioned that are stars you'll need to snag.







Of course, no set is complete without its wrapper ...



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Old 05-31-2016, 02:26 PM
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Wow, very cool, Jeff. Thanks for sharing. I will certainly post my cards as I acquire them. Will probably be a long process. I've been working on and off on the 1951 Bowman baseball since 1979! Of course, with a really attainable goal, the 1951 football won't take near that long!
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Larry:
Thanks, and that's awesome! Which four are you missing?
#2 Otto Graham
#4 Norm Van Brocklin (RC)
#20 Tom Landry (RC)
#90 Tony Canada
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:36 PM
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This is one of my favorite football sets ever. I'm slowly working on it as well. I was about 75% through it in PSA 7 or higher, then sold all of my graded cards. I'm about 30% in now in Vg-Ex/Ex. Even in mid grade, they are gorgeous!
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:55 PM
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Hi Jay,
You've picked a beautiful set to work on! I also think it's very undervalued (I don't collect as an investment but it is something that you should be aware of). Most of the attention goes toward the 1950 and the two 1952 sets (Large & small) due to the abundance of rookie cards in them but this set is every bit as nice in my book.

A few of the attributes that you'll want to be aware of are the following:

1.) As with any vintage issue, well centered cards can be tough to find. The cards overall are relatively plentiful with the high #'s being slightly tougher to find. From what I've read about the set, the Lavelli card is one of the more difficult cards to find centered.

2.) Print lines and sub par registration are common with this issue (much like the baseball issue from the same year). I always look at the team logo as my litmus test for optimal picture quality. This is important on cards like the Baugh where his face is little and even a slight shift in the print quality can make the details muted (imo).

3.) Again, similar to the baseball issue wax stains on the reverse are fairly common. As long as they're not huge, I don't really worry about it.

Good luck on your pursuit and keep everyone posted. Here are some of the key cards from the set in my collection (I know, its a lot but its one of my favorite sets and I'm proud of them).
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File Type: jpg 1951B_Van Brocklin (PSA 6).jpg (78.3 KB, 333 views)
File Type: jpg 1951B_Van Buren (PSA 7).jpg (78.7 KB, 330 views)
File Type: jpg 1951B_Landry.jpg (68.6 KB, 332 views)
File Type: jpg 1951B_Baugh (PSA 6).jpg (79.3 KB, 336 views)
File Type: jpg 1951B_Tittle (SGC 60).jpg (78.1 KB, 339 views)
File Type: jpg 1951B_Tunnell (PSA 6).jpg (79.1 KB, 335 views)
File Type: jpg 1951B_Layne (PSA 6).jpg (78.8 KB, 335 views)
File Type: jpg 1951B_Motley (PSA 6).jpg (79.8 KB, 338 views)
File Type: jpg 1951B_Canadeo (SGC 84).jpg (78.5 KB, 335 views)
File Type: jpg 1951B_Dudley (PSA 6).jpg (78.8 KB, 334 views)
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Some more favorites

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Default Love the 51 Bowman

I have been building the 51 Bowman set for about 5 years now. The last 3 years have been a slow go...but did just upgrade and picked this card up. First addition to the set in over a year. About 5 cards from completion.
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