What about the pre-interesting Bowman baseball card year, 1954? There were 224 cards in that set, and the key cards include Willie Mays, Ted Williams,
and Mickey Mantle. Yogi Berra and Don Larsen maybe too.
If you build it, they will come. Out of that cornfield:
Wait a minute, Bobby. What uniform are you wearing? That's got to be the Polo Grounds:
Love the NY logo on Mr. Mays' and Mr. M's hats. Once again, this must be the green green Polo Grounds:
Interesting that no one at Bowman thought to put much information on the front of the card, and yet took up considerable space with the sometimes legible, sometimes not so legible signatures. Also, much of 1954 Bowman seems to have a green tinge, but this one also has a yellow glow. This is the other Frank Thomas. Here is a link to this slugger's blog:
In 1953, Bowman produced cards of Radio and TV Stars, and that wrapper would be great to have just because the word "Radio" comes first. Who knew? By the very next year, 1955 Bowman baseball cards would show no pretext of interest in radio.