Friday, April 4, 2014

Braves Collection - 1953 to 1955 Bowman

I only have 4 Bowman cards from 1953 - 1955.  The cards are much bigger than the previous years.  They are as tall as the Topps cards of the era but slightly narrower.

The images are smaller than the actual cards.

1953 - A "pure" card design.  This was the first year Bowman used photos. This is from the color set.  I do not have any cards from the black & white set.

83 Jack Daniels - Played only one year in the majors in 1952 and hit .187.  The Braves moved to Milwaukee right before the beginning of the 1953 season so Jack is shown as a Boston Brave.

One of my favorite card back designs from the 1950's.  Good information and finally some stat lines from Bowman.

1954 - The colored box for the faux signature detracts from the design.

16 Jim Wilson - Jim played for the Braves for 4 seasons.  Two with Boston and two with Milwaukee.  He won 12 games in 1952.

I like the bat and ball motif for the name and card number and a trivia question is always welcome.

32 Del Crandall - Del returned from two years of military duty to post a .272-15-51 season and earn his first All-Star game trip.

1955 - Bowman decided that Color TV was the latest fad to take advantage of and gave us this classic wood grain design.  The white box with the block name detracts from the beauty of the card.

11 Bill Bruton - Bill led the league in stolen based each year from 1953 to 1955.

This card back seems kind of thrown together to me.

Topps bought Bowman out in 1956.

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