Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Braves Collection - 1951 Bowman

For those of you that don't know, the Braves started in Boston in 1870 as part of the start of the National League.   They moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and Atlanta in 1966.

These images are pretty much the exact size of the cards.

20 Del Crandell - Del was in the military in 1951 and 1952 before returning to the club in Milwaukee.

66 Bob Elliott - Had three 100 RBI seasons in five seasons with the Braves before being traded to the Giants.

The backs feature easy to read blue text with biographical information and statistical highlights.

98 Willard Marshall -  Willard had the worst season of his career in 1950 but was in the top 10 in triples in 1951.

99 Earl Torgeson - Bowman used the same art from 1950 for this card.

135 Walker Cooper - 1951 was the second consecutive season with a .313 for the Braves main backstop.

207 Billy Southworth - Billy led the Braves to the pennant in 1948 but did not last through the 1951 season.  He would not manage in the Major Leagues again.  Was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 by the veteran's committee mostly on his work with Cardinals in the early 1940's.  He lead the Cardinals to World Series titles in 1942 and 1944.

I like the 1951 design because of the nice, clear name box on the front and the increase in size from the 1950 version.

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