1948 Bowman Baseball Cards

With the end of WW2, sports cards were being produced again. Paper scarcity in the U.S. had ended the production of cards after the Pearl Harbor attack. There hadn’t been any major releases in the United States since 1941.

While Goudey ended up dissolving, Gum Inc (Bowman) stood the test of time and established 3 different sports card sets under the Bowman name. The first of the three sports produced was Baseball. Bowman Basketball and Football were printed later in the year. 

This 48 Bowman baseball set is loaded with great cards. 16 out of the 48 cards are Hall of Famers. About half of the set features New York players. Teams like the Red Sox, White Sox, Cubs, Tigers, Senators, and Browns were completely absent.

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You can also find rookies of Yogi Berra, Ralph Kiner, Red Schoendienst, and Phil Rizzuto. 

Stan Musial and Warren Spahn are considered rookies, but each has an earlier card. Musial is featured in the 1946 Propagandas Montiel and Spahn has a 1947 Tip Top Bread.

While the set is loaded with stars, the set design is, unfortunately, a bit basic. Each player is in a black and white image which is similar to the 1939 Play Ball release.

It’s one of the reasons why the demand for this set is much lower than that of the 1948 Leaf. Even though Leaf was printed later in the year and had a 2-year print run.

The back of the 48 Bowman baseball cards are pretty comparable to the 33 Goudey set. 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.

12 Shortprint Cards

The set features 12 short printed cards which was due to the cards being printed on 36-card sheets. The most valuable short print in the group is of Phil Rizzuto. 

Rizzuto is a lower end hall of famer, but won 7 championships with the Yankees as well as an MVP award in 1950.

  • 7 Pete Reiser
  • 8 Phill Rizzuto 
  • 13 Willard Marshall
  • 16 Jack Lohrke
  • 20 Buddy Kerr
  • 22 Bill Bevens
  • 24 Dutch Leonard
  • 26 Spec Shea
  • 28 Emil Verban
  • 29 Joe Page
  • 30 Whitey Lockman
  • 34 Sheldon Jones

1948 Bowman Warren Spahn #18

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Warren Spahn was one of the greatest left-handed pitchers of all time. In his career, he accumulated over 300 Wins and 100 WAR. Spahn also won a Cy Young award in 1957 and is a 17x All-Star.

You can also find his rookie in the 1948-49 Leaf Baseball.

1948 Bowman Stan Musial #36

Stan Musial could easily be considered a top 10 baseball player of all-time. He played his entire career for the St.Louis cardinals where he had over 3,600 hits and 130 WAR.

The 48 Bowman is much easier to locate than his 1946/47 Propagandas Montiel. 

And like Warren Spahn, Musial also has a 48-49 Leaf.

1948 Bowman Yogi Berra #6

This is Yogi Berra’s only rookie card. He wasn’t in the Leaf set.

Many people know Berra as the longtime Yankees catcher and for his famous quotes. But, Berra also has 10 World Series Rings which is the most between any player and manager. He also won 3x MVP awards and many would consider him as a top 5 catcher.

A PSA 5 in this card is averaging above $1,200 with a peak close to $1,800. This was grabbed from Market Movers. Get your first month for $1 using code BREAKOUT

Bob Feller #5

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While it’s not his rookie card nor a short print within the set, the Bob Feller card is a popular player within the release.

In my opinion, it’s one of the better-looking cards in the set as it shows the full Cleveland jersey with a stadium backdrop. 

1948 Bowman Baseball Checklist

1 Bob Elliott

2 Ewell Blackwell

3 Ralph Kiner

4 Johnny Mize

5 Bob Feller

6 Yogi Berra

7 Pete Reiser

8 Phil Rizzuto

9 Walker Cooper

10 Buddy Rosar

11 Johnny Lindell

12 Johnny Sain

13 Willard Marshall

14 Allie Reynolds

15 Eddie Joost

16 Jack Lohrke

17 Enos Slaughter

18 Warren Spahn

19 Tommy Henrich

20 Buddy Kerr

21 Ferris Fain

22 Floyd Bevens

23 Larry Jansen

24 Dutch Leonard

25 Barney McCosky

26 Frank Shea

27 Sid Gordon

28 Emil Verban

29 Joe Page RC

30 Whitey Lockman RC

31 Bill McCahan

32 Bill Rigney

33 Bill Johnson

34 Sheldon Jones

35 Snuffy Stirnweiss

36 Stan Musial

37 Clint Hartung

38 Red Schoendienst

39 Augie Galan

40 Marty Marion

41 Rex Barney

42 Ray Poat

43 Bruce Edwards

44 Johnny Wyrostek

45 Hank Sauer

46 Herman Wehmeier

47 Bobby Thomson

48 Dave Koslo

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