Q & A – 1953 Bowman Color Reprints?

Question:  How do I tell the difference between a card from the real ’53 Bowman (color set) and the reprints from the ’80’s?

Answer:  One of the main differences between cards from the original 1953 Bowman Color set and the reprints of the 80’s would be condition.  Cards from 1953 will be harder to find in really good condition.  There are some people that would “artificially” age reprints to make them look like the real thing, so you need to be on the look out for that.  Specifically, the Mickey Mantle 1989 Bowman ’53 Color reprint actually has the word “Reprint” printed on the front.  Another major area that separates the originals from the reprints would be the color of the back.  If you take a look at the back of an original, the color will be a brown or grey.  A lot of the reprints will have a white back.  The original cards measure about 2.5″ x 3.75″.  Reprints may come in different sizes depending on the set.  The best way to be 100% sure is to buy one that is certified and/or graded.

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1989 Bowman Mickey Mantle ’53 Color Reprint

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Original ’53 Bowman Color back

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’53 Bowman Color reprint back

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One Response

  1. Having gone through this exact process when a relative passed away, if you find an entire set in perfect condition, that’s a dead give away it’s a reprint or technically counterfeit if it doesn’t say the true date it was printed. The back will be white with black lettering, the corners will be perfect and the cards will be about an 1/16 to 1/8 of inch smaller (H & W) than the original dimensions. If in doubt, take it to a local card shop like I did. They wont be able to tell you 100%, but their gut reaction is pretty good. Bottom line, just buy cards that were graded by a reliable service if spending more than you can afford to lose.

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