1951 Bowman Baseball Cards

Bowman Mickey Mantle
Set Description

Bowman issued these cards in 1951 increasing the total cards to 324. The fronts are color renditions of photos with the players name in a black strip. The backs are numbered and have a brief bio on the player. The higher number cards 253-324 are harder to find. The set itself is loaded with rookies, with the Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays being the most notable in the set.

Important Notes

Arguably the most significant Bowman set issued, in terms of star and rookie power

Set Info

Manufacturer: Bowman
Year of Issue: 1951
Set Size: 324 Cards
Card Size: 2-1/16” x 2-1/2”


Series I: 1-36
Series II: 37-72
Series III: 73-108
Series IV: 109-180
Series V: 181-216
Series VI: 217-252 (scarce)

Price Guide (Complete Set)

VG – $2,700
EX – $6,500
NM – $14,000

Errors & Variations

No significant errors or variations

Key Rookies

1 – Whitey Ford
232 – Nellie Fox
253 – Mickey Mantle
305 – Willie Mays

Key Stars

2 – Yogi Berra
31 – Roy Campanella
32 – Duke Snider
165 – Ted Williams