A look at color barrier pioneer Larry Doby, fireball legend Satchel Paige and the late 1940s Cleveland Indians.
In 1955, Bowman introduced a quirky baseball set that couldn’t match Topps’ allure, yet collectors are still seeking its rewards. Today, the TV set design and brown borders drive collectors crazy.
Attention to detail, three major stars and “chase” cards proved to be a winning formula for Topps in its battle with Bowman in 1953. The portrait artwork is another high selling point for this set.
Topps staged a great attack on the Bowman baseball card reign in 1952, so Bowman bounced back in 1953 with original color photography, star appeal, multi-player cards and for the first time statistics on the back of Bowman cards.