1951 Bowman Football Cards

1951 Bowman Football Cards



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With its 1951 set, Bowman issued a football set that didn't look exactly like the baseball set it had issued earlier in the year. Though the cards themselves were made larger to match the size the baseball cards had, the design actually looked like it was an improvement upon what the earlier set featured.

Card fronts showed a painted player picture, which in many cases was the exact same picture used in the 1950 set. In a lower corner, the player's name was printed inside a white box that had a black line at the top and bottom. Above the name was a team logo. A white border surrounded the card. The backs, on the other hand, were similar to the baseball set's format. Most of the backs featured a lengthy biographical write-up, with the player's vital stats above and the card number and copyright line below it. Backs are printed in black, except for the player's name and a large FOOTBALL written across the bottom.

There were 144 cards in the set, which was broken into four printing sheets of 36 cards each. Each series was broken down so teammates were together; the Cleveland Browns were the first cards in each series, followed by the Los Angeles Rams. It's probably little coincidence that those were the two teams who had lined up in the NFL championship game the previous fall; however, the rest of the set doesn't seem to break down based on the teams' 1950 records beyond those two teams.

Tom Landry, Emlen Tunnell, Norm Van Brocklin and Ernie Stautner are among the significant rookies found in the set. One player who is occasionally confused is William Walsh, shown on Card #23 as a member of the Steelers. He's a different person than the future Hall of Fame coach. There are no scarce high-numbered series or variations in the set.

Key 1951 Bowman Football Cards:


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Set Checklist

1951 Bowman Football Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Weldon Humble RC
2Otto Graham
3Mac Speedie
4Norm Van Brocklin RC
5Woodley Lewis RC
6Tom Fears
7George Musacco
8George Taliaferro
9Barney Poole
10Steve Van Buren
11Whitey Wistert
12Chuck Bednarik
13Bulldog Turner
14Bob Williams
15Johnny Lujack
16Roy Rebel Steiner
17Jug Girard
18Bill Neal
19Travis Tidwell
20Tom Landry RC
21Arnie Weinmeister RC
22Joe Geri
23Bill Walsh C RC
24Fran Rogel
25Doak Walker
26Leon Hart
27Thurman McGraw
28Buster Ramsey
29Frank Tripucka
30Don Paul DB
31Alex Loyd
32Y.A.Tittle
33Verl Lillywhite
34Sammy Baugh
35Chuck Drazenovich
36Bob Goode
37Horace Gillom RC
38Lou Rymkus
39Ken Carpenter
40Bob Waterfield
41Vitamin Smith RC
42Glenn Davis
43Dan Edwards
44John Rauch
45Zollie Toth
46Pete Pihos
47Russ Craft
48Walter Barnes
49Fred Morrison
50Ray Bray
51Ed Sprinkle RC
52Floyd Reid
53Billy Grimes
54Ted Fritsch Sr.
55Al DeRogatis
56Charley Conerly
57Jon Baker
58Tom McWilliams
59Jerry Shipkey
60Lynn Chandnois RC
61Don Doll
62Lou Creekmur
63Bob Hoernschemeyer
64Tom Wham
65Bill Fischer
66Robert Nussbaumer
67Gordy Soltau RC
68Visco Grgich
69John Strzykalski RC
70Pete Stout
71Paul Lipscomb
72Harry Gilmer
73Dante Lavelli
74Dub Jones
75Lou Groza
76Elroy Hirsch
77Tom Kalmanir
78Jack Zilly
79Bruce Alford
80Art Weiner
81Brad Ecklund
82Bosh Pritchard
83John Green
84Ebert Van Buren
85Julie Rykovich
86Fred Davis
87John Hoffman RC
88Tobin Rote
89Paul Burris
90Tony Canadeo
91Emlen Tunnell RC
92Otto Schnellbacher RC
93Ray Poole
94Darrell Hogan
95Frank Sinkovitz
96Ernie Stautner
97Elmer Bud Angsman
98Jack Jennings
99Jerry Groom
100John Prchlik
101J. Robert Smith
102Bobby Layne
103Frankie Albert
104Gail Bruce
105Joe Perry
106Leon Heath
107Ed Quirk
108Hugh Taylor
109Marion Motley
110Tony Adamle
111Alex Agase
112Tank Younger
113Bob Boyd
114Jerry Williams
115Joe Golding
116Sherman Howard
117John Wozniak
118Frank Reagan
119Vic Sears
120Clyde Scott
121George Gulyanics
122Bill Wightkin
123Chuck Hunsinger
124Jack Cloud
125Abner Wimberly
126Dick Wildung
127Eddie Price
128Joe Scott
129Jerry Nuzum
130Jim Finks
131Bob Gage
132Bill Swiacki
133Joe Watson
134Ollie Cline
135Jack Lininger
136Fran Polsfoot
137Charley Trippi
138Ventan Yablonski
139Emil Sitko
140Leo Nomellini
141Norm Standlee
142Eddieenz
143Al Demao
144Bill Dudley
NoneBob Gage Proof
NoneJohnny Lujack Proof
NoneDarrell Hogan Proof

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