1951 Bowman Baseball Near Set (299/324)
This ’51 Bowman offering is a near set missing 25 cards (16 high numbers) and Richie Ashburn. The elusive high number series contains the true Rookie cards of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, both of which have been graded by PSA EX-MT 6. This Bowman set has always been popular with collectors due to its pure, uncluttered design and the inclusion of key rookies such as the aforementioned Mantle and Mays, plus HOFers Whitey Ford and Nellie Fox. Includes: #1 Ford Rookie (VG), 2 Berra (EX), 3 Roberts (VG), 7 Hodges (VG-EX), 26 Rizzuto (EX), 30 Feller (VG-EX), 31 Campanella (GD-VG), 32 Snider (VG), 53 Lemon (EX-MT), 80 Reese (NRMT), 122 Garagiola (EX-MT), 134 Spahn (NRMT), 165 Williams (EX-MT), 181 Stengel (VG-EX), 198 Irvin (NRMT), 232 Fox (VG-EX), 253 Mantle (PSA 6), 290 Dickey (EX), 305 Mays (PSA 6), and 324 Pramesa (EX). Grades 35% NRMT or better, 50% EX to EX-MT, 15% GD to VG-EX. A nice offering and with a little patience and upgrading it could become a consistent mid to high-grade set.