Number of CardsIn 1953 Bowman put out two sets of cards. The Series was A full-color set of 160 cards, each beautifully photographed in rich Kodachrome color, with some of the biggest names of the day.
To cut down on cost, rather than continuing the set at card #161, Bowman issued a second set featuring black-and-white images of mostly lesser-known players
Size of CardsBowman increased the physical dimensions of their cards to 2 1/2" by 3 5/8".
Basic FeaturesBowman used the most basic card design possible in its 1953 sets: just a photo of a player, a white border and a black line separating the two.
For card backs, Bowman used a design that looked almost exactly like the ones found in the 1952 Topps set.
Another innovation found in this set is the first use of multi-player cards in the modern era of baseball cards.
Short PrintsThe high numbered cards (#113-160) are the scarcest of the set.
Errors And VariationsNone
Interesting factsBowman increased the size of the cards in their 1953 baseball set to 2½″ by 3¾″, more in line with the popular 1952 Topps set.
This was also the first Bowman set to include player stats on the back (like Topps).
First use of multi-player cards in the modern era of baseball cards.
High numbers are more difficult to find, especially in high grade
High numbered cards often are poorly centered
113-128 are very tough to find
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