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    1948 Bowman Stan Musial #36 PSA NM-MT 8. Presented is the rookie card of a beloved icon who was even revered by rival fans. "Here comes the man!" chanted the Brooklyn home fans on June 23, 1946 as Stan Musial approached the plate. Musial, as usual, was murdering the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Sportswriter Bob Broeg printed the chant in the St. Louis Dispatch, and Stan "The Man" Musial had his well-deserved nickname. The Hall of Fame outfielder and first baseman batted left from an unusual peek-a-boo stance, with his arm right held high to protect his face. The Hall of Famer played all 22 of his seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Musial was a 3-time MVP, helped the Cards to three World Series titles, won seven batting crowns, had 3,630 hits, and made 24 All-Star teams. Musial was ranked by statistician Bill James in 2001 as the tenth best player in baseball history, but perhaps because he played his career in the Middle West and didn't receive the publicity he would have received in the large eastern cities, Musial is often underrated. When this card was released in 1948, Musial had his best season: The NL MVP led the Major Leagues in batting (.376), hits (230), doubles (46), total bases (429), and slugging (.702). Musial was well-liked by fans and players alike, and upheld the words on his statue outside the Cardinals' Busch Stadium: "Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight."
    By 1948, the restricted materials that eliminated mainstream cards during the war were available, and Bowman's 1948 set of 48 cards marked a comeback year for baseball cards. The 2 - 1/16"x 2 – 1/2" cards included black and white photos. Other rookies in the set include Berra and Spahn. Who wouldn't want the rookie card of Stan "The Man" Musial? Graded PSA NM-MT 8.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $12,000 - up.

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