1953 Bowman Baseball Cards

Bowman Mickey Mantle
Set Description

Bowman issued this color set in 1953 along with smaller black & white version. With a combination of exceptional photography and design simplicity, the ’53 Bowman set is often considered one of the most beautiful sets ever issued. The fronts are for the first time actual color phots of the players. The backs are numbered and have the players bio and stats, lifetime and previos year. Card #113-160 are scarce with #113-128 being exceptionally difficult.

Important Notes

High numbers are more difficult to find, especially in high grade
High numbered cards often are poorly centered
#113-128 are very tough to find

Set Info

Manufacturer: Bowman
Year of Issue: 1953
Set Size: 160 Cards
Card Size: 2-1/2” x 3-3/4”


Low Series: 1-112
High Series: 113-160

Price Guide (Complete Set)

VG – $2,000
EX – $3,000
NM – $7,500

Errors & Variations

No significant errors or variations

Key Rookies

No key rookies

Key Stars

32 – Stan Musial
33 – Pee Wee Reese
44 – Bauer/Berra/Mantle
59 – Mickey Mantle
117 – Duke Snider
121 – Yogi Berra
153 – Whitey Ford