1948 Bowman Baseball marks the first time cards were printed since World War II.
It helped usher in the new era of cards by selling gum to kids who hadn’t collected Goudey or Play Ball cards.
Paper scarcities had actually ended production of baseball and other sports cards after Pearl Harbor
And there haven’t been any major releases since 1941.
Rookies include those of Warren Spahn, Bob Feller, Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Ralph Kiner, and Phil Rizzuto
The images for the set are boring. They are black and white and show the players waist up.
It’s one of the reasons why the demand for this set is much lower then that of Leaf.
Even though Leaf was printed later and had a 2 year print run.
The backs are pretty comparable to the past Goudey cards. They each have the card number and player’s name in a headline
The bottom of the cards have an ad for Blony Bubble Gum.
The nickel packs held several cards and 3 pieces of gum.
The set is really short as it only had 48 cards.
Bowman had 106 players under agreement, so it’s not known why the set consisted of only half of them
One theory is that they ended up putting a lot of resources towards the football and basketball sets.
27/48 of the cards also feature New York players.
And there were no players printed from the Red Sox, White Sox, Cubs, Tigers, Senators or Browns.
Also ⅕ cards were a HOF. So if you like collecting Hall of Famers, this set is for you.
1948 Bowman Warren Spahn
Warren Spahn was one of the greatest left handed pitchers of all time.
300+ wins & 100 WAR along with a Cy Young award.
He has both a Bowman and Leaf rookie card.
1948 Bowman Stan Musial
Stan Musial was one of the greats of baseball.
Almost 130 WAR & 3600+ hits.
He’s another player who has a card in 48 Leaf and Bowman
1948 Bowman Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra has the most World Series rings
10 World Series rings as a player and manager.
He was also a 3x MVP for the New York Yankees.
1948 Bowman Ralph Kiner
Ralph Kiner was one of the best power hitters in the late 40s.
Hitting 35+ homeruns a year from 1947-1952
He retired young, but ended up hitting over 350 homeruns
1948 Bowman Phil Rizzuto
Only Short Print Rookie Card of a hall of famer in the set.
Rizzuto won 7 World Series in his lifetime along with serving in the navy
1948 Bowman Bob Feller
A great pitcher with a lot of what ifs.
Feller is an indians legend and can be classified as a top 10 pitcher all time
The set has simply 48 cards, 12 of which are Single Prints (SP)
1 Bob Elliott RC
2 Ewell Blackwell RC
3 Ralph Kiner RC
4 Johnny Mize
5 Bob Feller
6 Yogi Berra RC
7 Pete Reiser SP
8 Phil Rizzuto RC SP
9 Walker Cooper
10 Buddy Rosar
11 Johnny Lindell
12 Johnny Sain RC
13 Willard Marshall SP
14 Allie Reynolds RC
15 Eddie Joost
16 Jack Lohrke SP
17 Enos Slaughter
18 Warren Spahn RC
19 Tommy Henrich
20 Buddy Kerr SP
21 Ferris Fain RC
22 Floyd Bevens RC SP
23 Larry Jansen RC
24 Dutch Leonard SP
25 Barney McCosky
26 Frank Shea RC SP
27 Sid Gordon
28 Emil Verban SP
29 Joe Page RC SP
30 Whitey Lockman RC SP
31 Bill McCahan
32 Bill Rigney
33 Bill Johnson
34 Sheldon Jones SP
35 Snuffy Stirnweiss RC
36 Stan Musial RC
37 Clint Hartung RC
38 Red Schoendienst RC
39 Augie Galan
40 Marty Marion RC
41 Rex Barney RC
42 Ray Poat
43 Bruce Edwards
44 Johnny Wyrostek
45 Hank Sauer RC
46 Herman Wehmeier
47 Bobby Thomson RC
48 Dave Koslo RC