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1952 Bowman Reprint Baseball Cards with Willie Mays of the New York Giants

1952 Bowman Reprint Baseball Cards

1952 Bowman set marked the decline of Bowman due to these three factors:

Bowman did not radically change the face of its cards in 1952. The images are color reproduction of actual photographs, just as they were in 1951. Only the player names changed, from typeface to facsimile autographs.

Bowman did not increase the size of the set in 1952, as they had every year from 1949 to 1951. Instead, Bowman 1952 set features only 252 cards.

Most importantly, Topps emerged as a true competitor to Bowman. In 1952, Topps issued their first full set, in a larger format (2-5/8" by 3-3/4, whereas Bowman maintained the same size from its 1951 set) and in greater number (407 cards, a very large set for the time). The increased size of the Topps set allowed for more information on the back of the card, and the player images were a bit more colorful.

Today, the 1952 Topps set is considerably more valuable for collectors. In fact, a full Bowman 1952 set can be purchased for about one-tenth what a full 1952 Topps set will cost you. Nonetheless, Bowman 1952 set is very attractive and features many of the stars of the day, including Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, and Willie Mays.

1952 Bowman Reprint Willie Mays Card

1952 Bowman Reprint Willie Mays Card

"I always enjoyed playing ball, and it didn't matter to me whether I played with white kids or black. I never understood why an issue was made of who I played with, and I never felt comfortable, when I grew up, telling other people how to act."---

Willie Mays

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