Saturday, 22 August 2009

1955 Bowman baseball Yankees

I cannot begin to understand the collecting habits of card collectors in the UK. Recent game used cards and in particular autographed cards go for sometimes stupid amounts of money, while cards as important to the hobby as these 1955 Bowman go for 99p.
The 1955 Bowman baseball card set was the last that the Bowman Gum Company produced. The company was bought by Topps in 1955 and the Bowman brand didn't resurface for another 30plus years.
The auction was for three Yankees, which included two Rookie cards; #68 Elston Howard and #167 Bob Grim plus #201 Allie Reynolds. The Elston Howard card is of major significance as he was the first African American to play for the Yankees and was in his MLB rookie year. In contrast Allie Reynolds retired in 1954, after a long and successful career which started in 1942 with the Cleveland Indians and ended with the Yankees. Both players featured in many All-Star and World Series games.
The third player,Bob Grim bounced around few clubs until he played his final game in 1962 when he was with Kansas City Athletics.
The seller also included a 1978 Topps Don Gullett and a 1979 Topps Jim Beattie.

1 comment:

Captain Canuck said...

I'm afraid it's not just collectors in the UK... ebay here is full of sales like this as well..