1954 Bowman Football Cards

1954 Bowman Football Cards

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After cutting back on the size of its 1953 set, Bowman increased its 1954 set to 128 cards. It was a year where their football design was markedly different from their baseball set from the same year.

Card fronts feature a picture of a player in an action pose, with a few given close-up head shots. A white pennant at the bottom includes the player's name, team and a team logo. Most cards are vertical, but a small number have been given a horizontal orientation. A white border surrounds the card, with the inside corners rounded. That would be the only time Bowman used rounded corners in the design of its football cards before it was bought out by Topps. The backs are divided into two parts. The left side includes a red box with the card number and a football graphic just below it that contains the player's name. The team name appears above the football. Below the football are some vital statistics and a football quiz. The right side has a short write-up about the player's career. Below the biography is one of two things: Most players have their 1953 stats, but linemen and specialists are given an explanation of a referee's signal instead.

It appears the 1954 set was broken down over four 32-card printing sheets. The third sheet containing cards 65-96 appear to have been short-printed, as those cards are much tougher to locate than the rest. Card #97 of Tom Finnan can also be found with his last name spelled Finnin, with the error card being the more valuable variation. The final card in the set shows John Lattner, who had just won the Heisman at Notre Dame. He appears to be wearing his college jersey, and that combined with his status as the final card of the set makes the card a little more in demand than some collectors might expect.

The big rookies in the set include George Blanda and Doug Atkins. A couple of players are frequently mistaken for others. Card #125 features Whizzer White, who is not the same player that later became a Supreme Court justice. Also, William Walsh on card #96 is not the same person who coached the 49ers to three Super Bowls.

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Set Checklist

1954 Bowman Football Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Ray Mathews
2John Huzvar
3Jack Scarbath
4Doug Atkins RC
5Bill Stits
6Joe Perry
7Kyle Rote
8Norm Van Brocklin
9Pete Pihos
10Babe Parilli
11Zeke Bratkowski RC
12Ollie Matson
13Pat Brady
14Fred Enke
15Harry Ulinski
16Bob Garrett
17Bill Bowman
18Leo Rucka
19John Cannady
20Tom Fears
21Norm Willey
22Floyd Reid
23George Blanda RC
24Don Doheney
25John Schweder
26Bert Rechichar
27Harry Dowda
29Les Bingaman RC
30Joe Arenas
31Ray Wietecha RC
32Elroy Hirsch
33Harold Giancanelli
34Billy Howton
35Fred Morrison
36Bobby Cavazos
37Darrell Hogan
38Buddy Young
39Charlie Justice
40Otto Graham
41Doak Walker
43Buford Long
44Volney Quinlan
45Bobby Thomason
46Fred Cone
47Gerald Weatherly
48Don Stonesifer
49BASELynn Chandnois Error
49Lynn Chandnois
50George Taliaferro
51Dick Alban
52Lou Groza
53Bobby Layne
54Hugh McElhenny
55Frank Gifford
56Leon McLaughlin
57Chuck Bednarik
58Art Hunter
59Bill McColl
60Charley Trippi
61Jim Finks
62Bill Lange G
63Laurie Niemi
64Ray Renfro
65Dick Chapman
66Bob Hantla
67Ralph Starkey
68Don Paul
69Kenneth Snyder
70Tobin Rote SP
71Art DeCarlo
72Tom Keane SP
73Hugh Taylor SP
74Warren Lahr RC SP
75Jim Neal
76Leo Nomellini SP
77Dick Yelvington
78Les Richter SP
79Bucko Kilroy SP
80John Martinkovic
81Dale Dodrill RC SP
82Ken Jackson
83Paul Lipscomb
84John Bauer
85Lou Creekmur SP
86Eddie Price
87Kenneth Farragut
88Dave Hanner RC SP
89Don Boll
90Chet Hanulak
91Thurman McGraw
92Don Heinrich RC SP
93Dan McKown
94Bob Fleck
95Jerry Hilgenberg
96Bill Walsh C
97BASETom Finnin Error
97Tom FinnanR
98Paul Barry
99Chick Jagade
100Jack Christiansen
101Gordy Soltau
102BASEEmlen Tunnel Error
102Emlen TunnellR
102ALTEmlen TunnellR
103Stan West
104Jerry Williams
105Veryl Switzer
106Billy Stone
107Jerry Watford
108Elbert Nickel
109Ed Sharkey
110Steve Meilinger
111Dante Lavelli
112Leon Hart
113Charley Conerly
114Richard Lemmon
115Al Carmichael
116George Connor
117John Olszewski
118Ernie Stautner
119Ray Smith
120Neil Worden
121Jim Dooley
122Arnold Galiffa
123Kline Gilbert
124Bob Hoernschemeyer
125Wilford White RC
126Art Spinney
127Joe Koch
128John Lattner RC

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