5.08.2010

1950 Bowman: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

In 1950, baseball cards hadn't yet found their full mojo. Topps was two years away from its first classic design. But is there a more innocent, unhindered, aesthetically appealing set of baseball cards than 1950 Bowman? This set needs help from the words of William Shakespeare.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?


Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimmed,

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,

Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

1950 was the only year in which Bowman alone produced a national issue of baseball cards. This set numbered 252. The cards measured 2 1/16" by 2 1/2".

3 comments:

capewood said...

Very nice, thanks. Shakespeare and Baseball, you'd have thunk.

I don't own any 1950 Bowman. I'll have to try and get one.

jackplumstead said...

Shakespeare and baseball! Brilliant.

The Wax Wombat said...

You should do a series of Shakespeare-n-Cards. *nod nod*