Thursday, April 29, 2021

A highly generous package

 Recently Brian of Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary posted some vintage cards he upgraded, one of which was a '48 Bowman. I asked him if he would be trading the previous version of that card, and he accepted my offer of some hits to his 1974 Topps setbuild. I was quite surprised when he threw in seven extra vintage cards as well!

Here are six of them. Three from the 1959 set!

This is my favorite of the throw-ins. Great look at old Connie Mack Stadium and it's left field wall. I also love the Alpo sign on the left, the Yellow Pages sign on the right, and Dick Allen in his batting helmet, sitting on the ground second from right.
Here is the centerpiece of the trade, a 1948 Bowman Bob Elliott. It is card #1 in the set, and my first ever '48 Bowman! In fact it is now the oldest non-matchbook baseball card I own. This card is in such nice condition, I don't even know why it needed upgrading.
The back is worth taking a look at too. Blony bubble gum - the bubble gum with the three different flavors! I have to admit I had not heard of Elliott but he was actually the reigning NL MVP!

Thanks Brian! This was such a nice trade package that I will find some more cards to send out to you.


  1. I've definitely heard of Bob Elliott but I've never seen a '48 Bowman in that kind of condition -- it almost looks fake.

    I've never noticed the background on the Phillies card and I have that one. I need to take a look.

  2. Grape, spearmint, and peppermint?

  3. I laughed/cried when I saw your comment about kids in 1962 updating their cards with a pen to mark a trade. I also destroyed a lot of rookie cards by adding a player's number. SIGH! I've been making custom cards for years and with today's teams' accent on versatile players, I no longer put the position down.

  4. Card #1 usually carries a premium in the early Topps/Bigger Bowman sets, but I don't think I've ever heard anyone mention if it applies to the smaller sized Bowman's as well?

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