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Old 08-28-2007, 10:10 PM
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Default Let's see your Rare 1954 Bowman Ted Williams ?

Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Along with the 1949 Leaf Satchel Paige, one of the truely scarce, major post-war cards, is the 1954 Bowman Ted Williams.
Sy Berger (of Topps fame) in 1954 forced the Bowman Gum Co. to "discard" their Ted Williams (#66); as, Topps in 1954
had the exclusive rights to portray TW.

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Old 08-29-2007, 09:08 AM
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Posted By: Bob

One of the coolest pictures I've ever seen (where people are clothed) was a picture of Larry Fritsch holding up seven or eight '54 Bowman Williams cards that he got out of packs all at one time in the year of issue. Quite the pull.

That's a beautiful card Ted!!

edited to say that I just noticed the little "reprint" disclaimer. Still looks nice.

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Old 08-29-2007, 10:19 AM
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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

BOB

I faked you out with that 1989 Topps/Bowman reprint....it was in my photo library and was convenient
to display to start this thread.

Here are some of my real Bowman Gum Co....Ted Williams cards.

And, regarding your Larry Fritsch story, I remember it, too....and it's true. As, Bowman was "dis-carding"
all their 1954 TW cards because of Topps' court case against them.

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Old 08-29-2007, 10:42 AM
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Those are three beauties Ted. I have always especially loved the '51 Bowman.
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:03 AM
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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

I'm curious, why is Ted W's 1951 Bowman a favorite of yours ?

Myself, I have always liked the colorfully artistic Bowmans (1950-1952) that have stadium backdrops.
As a kid, I was very fascinated with the architecture of the old ballparks.

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Old 08-29-2007, 11:17 AM
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I have recently become rather attracted to the 1950-52 Bowmans, myself. The colors and the great backgrounds - particularly those of my hometown ballfield, Wrigley. One of my longer-term colelcting goals will be to collect the Cubs team sets of these issues.
great stuff.
thanks for sharing - that is a gorgeous 51 Williams

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Old 08-29-2007, 11:46 AM
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Posted By: Paul S

No '54 Bowman Williams for me. But I do have card #66. Ted was replaced with Jimmy Piersall, who also appears on card #210. Now that IS crazy!

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Old 08-29-2007, 12:02 PM
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PAUL S

Not really...."crazy", as Bowman would design their sets with "team sequences". So, they replaced Ted with another Red Sox player.
The 1954 Bowman set is perfectly sequenced with the 16 teams of that era....(i.e.) #1 is Rizzuto, #17 is Raschi, #33 is still another
Yankee, etc., etc.

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Old 08-29-2007, 12:11 PM
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Posted By: Paul S

Thanks Ted. I never realized that about the sequencing. As a kid in the 60's, I very briefly met Piersall's son a couple of times, as he lived in the same general area I did. Nice unassuming boy, as I remember. Never got to meet his father though.

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Posted By: peter chao

Ted,

I like your '51 Bowman Ted Williams better than the '50 Bowman Ted Williams just because the card is larger and you get a better view of the nice blue sky and the stadiu. The drawback in collecting both sets is that pictures of ballplayers like Williams are commonly duplicated in the second year.

It's difficult for me to believe that Bowman didn't have enough money to take new photographs, do you have any idea why there are so many duplicate pictures on the cards?

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