1948 Bowman Baseball
#5 Bob Feller

Issued in 1948, this card features Indians Hall-of-Fame pitcher Bob Feller. It was part of the first in a run of eight years of baseball card sets produced by Bowman Gum Inc. of Philadelphia, PA. One of the first major issues produced after the conclusion of World War II, this set includes 48 different cards. Twelve of the first 36 cards are scarcer than the others, as they were removed from the master plate sheet in subsequent print runs to make room for cards numbered 37 - 48.

One of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball, Feller enjoyed a phenomenal 18-year career (1939-41 and 1945-56). Starting his career as a 17-year old prodigy, he threw three no-hitters, 12 one-hitters, led MLB in strikeouts seven times, and led the AL in wins six times. He won the pitching Triple Crown in 1940. And he was a World Series champion in 1948 when the Indians defeated the Braves in six games. The great Ted Williams reportedly said that Feller was the greatest pitcher he ever saw during his career.

This example is essentially perfectly centered - both ways. The surface quality is outstanding, with sharp corners, smooth edges, and not a single noteworthy impairment. The borders have a light antique-white hue, but are remarkably clean with an attractive satiny sheen. The background scenery and the image of Feller are both extremely bold, with superb print clarity and strong black-and-white contrast. And finally, the lettering on the back is deeply and sharply impressed. Out of a total of 987 submissions, this is one of just 15 examples designated as MINT 9 by PSA.

Price: $2,500.00
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