1950 Bowman

Total Cards: 252

Size: 2 1/16" x 2 1/2”

Rating: 8.0 (44 votes)
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Top Sets: #28

Notes: Distributed in one series (#1-252). #181-252 can be found with or without the copyright line on the lower back, with the latter being tougher to find.

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  • Cards measure 2 1/16" by 2 1/2"
  • This is the first Bowman sports set to carry the famous '5-star' logo.

User Comments

Nov 15, 2020 - 7:30PM
Stevie Jay

I am seeing this set as a 7-series set with 36 cards in each series, no double prints. Why? My 1992 edition of the Sport Americana Baseball Card Price Guide by Dr. James Beckett indicated that #1 - 72 are more valuable than the rest and #217 - 252 are slightly more valuable than the rest of the set. There is also a variation affecting #181 - 252. Therefore, Series 1 and 2 are the most scarce, followed by Series 7, with Series 3 to 6 being equally easy to find. The variation only affects Series 6 and 7. Here are the numbers:
Series 1 (1-36)
Series 2 (37-72)
Series 3 (73-108)
Series 4 (109-144)
Series 5 (145-180)
Series 6 (181-216)
Series 7 (217-252)

Feb 24, 2016 - 5:18PM

This was the last of a 3-year run of similarly-sized cards for Bowman (which would be continued for one more year by Topps in 1951). The colored photographs with backgrounds made these cards look like a nice set of portraits. This was Bowman's final year with a monopoly on the baseball card industry. The following year, Bowman would basically reproduce this set with names on the front on a larger card, adding a few more players.


Posted by: Ground Chuck
Mar 24, 2023 - 11:47AM


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1950 Bowman - Card pages?11Sep 16, 2021 11:49 AM
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Set Completion: 1950 Bowman Baseball9Aug 23, 2017 6:45 PM
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