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Nestor Chylak
(b. May 11, 1922 - d. February 17, 1982)
Inducted in 1999
1955 Bowman Nestor Chylak #283 PSA 8.5 NM-MT+
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Comments: Umpires don't have too many cards available if you're a HOF collector. Luckily Bowman put out this set. I purchased my first Chylak, a PSA 5, in early 2003 followed by an eBay win in Aug, 2003 - an upgrade to a PSA 7. I listed it on my website for a little more than my purchase price and it sold. I took the proceeds and bought another PSA 7 in July, 2004. I tried to get lucky with a couple raw purchases in March and July of 2004; but was unsuccessful upgrading after sending them in to PSA; one ended up in another PSA 7 and the other a PSA 6. I remember buying a GAI-8 at some point that I was going to crossover. But, upon receipt realized that wasn't going to happen - the card was overgraded. I sold it. So, in May, 2010 I finally bought a PSA 8 on eBay. A month later this PSA 8.5 showed up on eBay and I won the auction, but the card never arrived. I was having problems with packages destined for my PO Box disappearing so I filed some claims with the US Postmaster Generals office. USPS issued me a refund after I supplied proof of the purchase. What follows is an amazing story. I recorded the certification number of the Chylak and a couple weeks later it shows up on eBay - an auction listed by a local Denver dealer. I called the agent assigned to the case and the auction was closed. All C's Collectibles cooperated fully and ended up selling me the card at their cost - a hundred bucks.
Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1955
ACC Set Designation:
Set Name: Bowman
Country: United States
Description: Bowman produced its final baseball card set as an independent card maker in 1955, a popular issue which has color player photographs placed inside a television set design. The set consists of 320 cards that measure 2-1/2" X 3-3/4" in size. High-numbered cards (#s 225-320) appear to have replaced certain low-numbered cards on the press sheets and are somewhat scarcer. The high series includes 31 umpire cards.
Example 1955 Bowman 1-Cent Display Box
Example 1955 Bowman 1-Cent Wax Pack
Example 1955 Bowman 5-Cent Display Box
Example 1955 Bowman 5-Cent Wrapper
Example 1955 Bowman 5-Cent Pack