1953 Bowman is my favorite of the Bowman baseball card sets of the late 40s and 50s. In fact, it might be my favorite baseball card set of the 50s. I’m having trouble thinking of a baseball care set I like more.
It’s strange in that there’s almost nothing to the design itself. The front is simply a beautiful color photograph. Not the painted over B&W photographs that Topps used, but state of the art stuff. The Pee Wee Reese card set a standard for action photography that wouldn’t be matched for decades. It was, however, the simple shots of Warren Spahn and Stan Musial that really set the standard for what the photo on a baseball card could be.
The Jack Daniels card is a great example of what made the set great. The colors absolutely pop on the card, especially the red. The photo is in perfect focus and you get the real sense that you are seeing what the player looks like rather than just a vague sense that other cards from the era might give you.
And, if you’re Jack Daniels, and this is your only baseball card, at least you know it’s a beautiful one.