1948 Bowman Baseball Cards

Bowman Stan Musial
Set Description

Bowman Gum issued their first set in 1948. The fronts are black & white photos of the players. The backs are numbered and have the players name and bio. 12 cards are considered short prints when they were removed from the 36 card sheets to print the higher numbers. Due to the fact that the last major set issue was in 1941 by Play Ball, the 1948 Bowman set contains several key rookie cards. However, due to the lackluster black and white colors, this set is not highly sight after in comparison to other vintage Bowman sets.

Important Notes

First set issued by Bowman
Least popular of Bowman sets (due to black & white)

Set Info

Manufacturer: Bowman
Year of Issue: 1948
Set Size: 48 Cards
Card Size: 2-1/16” x 2-1/2”


Series I: 1-36
Series II: 37-48 (slightly more rare)

Price Guide (Complete Set)

VG – $1,000
EX – $1,800
NM – $2,400

Errors & Variations

Nothing significant

Key Rookies

3 – Ralph Kiner
6 – Yogi Berra
18 – Warren Spahn
36 – Stan Musial
38 – Red Schoendienst

Key Stars

5 – Bob Feller
8 – Phil Rizzuto

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