Tuesday, August 27, 2013

COMC Smackdown Part 2/3 - 1952-1953 Bowman

What's that? MORE vintage Bowman from the latest 'Check Out My Dwindling Bank Account' purchase? Dern right. The old Bowman was price to move, kids. Five nice ones from the 1952 set and a "Gem Mint" 1953 Bowman Color.

1952 Bowman Ken Raffensberger. A 15 year pitching career, the final 8 with Cincy. His lone All Star appearance was in a year he went 13-20 (though a 3.06 ERA and only 1.6 walks/9. It was a terrible 1944 Phillies team).

1952 Bowman Lloyd Merriman. Spent 4 of his 5 year career in the Reds outfield.

1952 Bowman Luke Sewell. A 20-year playing career in the 20's and 30's, followed by a 10-year managerial career including a stint with Cincy in the 50's. Also has a Hall of Fame brother, Joe.

1952 Bowman Frank Hiller. Four teams in seven years, including one year in Cincy.

1952 Bowman Hank Edwards. Six teams in eleven years, including a 2-year stint with the Reds in which he hit .296.

1953 Bowman Color Joe Nuxhall. It's a little more beat up than I care for. I typically hate when creases cross the face of the player and avoid the card. But I only have one other from the set, and what Cincinnatian doesn't love The Ol' Left-hander?

Twelve vintage Bowman in one package is sweet. Part 3 will come soon, where the rest of the package is shown off (7 vintage oddballs and some old Topps). Go Reds.

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