1955 Bowman Football Cards

1955 Bowman Football Cards



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Bowman's largest football set was also the final set the company printed before being bought out by Topps. There were 160 cards in all, which provided a fairly nice mix of stars and lesser-known players on each of the twelve teams then in the NFL. They also provided what may have been the widest divergence from the company's baseball set from earlier in the year.

Fronts are given a stark appearance, with a player shown in front of a solid-colored background. A white aura runs around his figure. The background color is dependent on the team (all the Steelers have blue backgrounds, all the Bears have orange backgrounds, and so on). The team name usually appears at the top of the card unless the player's picture forces it to be relocated. A black box includes the player's name and position, and a team logo appears somewhere on the card. Most cards are vertical, but a select few are given a horizontal format. For the first time since 1951, the backs are also oriented vertically. The player's name, team and position are inside a red area at the top, with the card number inside a football-shaped icon. Vital statistics and a short write-up appear below that, and the bottom has statics from 1954 and sometimes a diagram of a play, if it fit.

The set appears to have been divided into five 32-card printing sheets, with cards 65-160 being slightly scarcer than the rest. Rookies featured in the set include future broadcaster Pat Summerall, as well as John Henry Johnson, Jim Ringo, Mike McCormack, Alan Ameche, Bob St. Clair and Len Ford.

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Set Checklist

1955 Bowman Football Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Doak Walker
2Mike McCormack RC
3John Olszewski
4Dorne Dibble
5Lindon Crow
6Hugh Taylor Error
7Frank Gifford
8Alan Ameche RC
9Don Stonesifer
10Pete Pihos
11Bill Austin
12Dick Alban
13Bobby Walston
14Len Ford RC
15Jug Girard
16Charley Conerly
17Volney Peters
18Max Boydston
19Leon Hart
20Bert Rechichar
21Lee Riley
22Johnny Carson
23Harry Thompson
24Ray Wietecha
25Ollie Matson
26Eddie LeBaron
27Jack Simmons
28Jack Christiansen
29Bucko Kilroy
30Tom Keane
31Dave Leggett
32Norm Van Brocklin
33Harlon Hill RC
34Robert Haner
35Veryl Switzer
36Dick Stanfel RC
37Lou Groza
38Tank Younger
39Dick Flanagan
40Jim Dooley
41Ray Collins
42John Henry Johnson RC
43Tom Fears
44Joe Perry
45Gene Brito RC
46Bill Johnson C
47Dan Towler
48Dick Moegle
49Kline Gilbert
50Les Gobel
51Ray Krouse RC
52Pat Summerall RC
53Ed Brown RC
54Lynn Chandnois
55Joe Heap
56John Hoffman
57Howard Ferguson
58Bobby Watkins
59Charlie Ane RC
60Ken MacAfee E RC
61Ralph Guglielmi RC
62George Blanda
63Kenneth Snyder
64Chet Ostrowski
65Buddy Young
66Gordy Soltau
67Eddie Bell
68Ben Agajanian RC
69Tom Dahms
70Jim Ringo RC
71Bobby Layne
72Y.A.Tittle
73Bob Gaona
74Tobin Rote
75Hugh McElhenny
76John Kreamcheck
77Al Dorow
78Bill Wade
79Dale Dodrill
80Chuck Drazenovich
81Billy Wilson RC
82Les Richter
83Pat Brady
84Bob Hoernschemeyer
85Joe Arenas
86Len Szafaryn Error
87Rick Casares RC
88Leon McLaughlin
89Charley Toogood
90Tom Bettis
91Johnndusky
92Bill Wightkin
93Darrel Brewster
94Marion Campbell
95Floyd Reid
96Chick Jagade
97George Taliaferro
98Carlton Massey
99Fran Rogel
100Alexndusky
101Bob St.Clair RC
102Al Carmichael
103Carl Taseff RC
104Leo Nomellini
105Tom Scott
106Ted Marchibroda
107Art Spinney
108Wayne Robinson
109Jim Ricca
110Lou Ferry
111Roger Zatkoff
112Lou Creekmur
113Kenny Konz
114Doug Eggers
115Bobby Thomason
116Bill McPeak
117William Brown
118Royce Womble
119Frank Gatski RC
120Jim Finks
121Andy Robustelli
122Bobby Dillon
123Leonford
124Elbert Nickel
125Wayne Hansen
126Buck Lansford RC
127Gern Nagler
128Jimlsbury
129Dale Atkeson RC
130John Schweder
131Dave Hanner
132Eddie Price
133Vic Janowicz
134Ernie Stautner
135James Parmer
136Emlen Tunnell Error
137Kyle Rote
138Norm Willey
139Charley Trippi
140Billy Howton
141Bobby Clatterbuck
142Bob Boyd
143Bob Toneff RC
144Jerry Helluin
145Adrian Burk
146Walt Michaels
147Zollie Toth
148Frank Varrichione RC
149Dick Bielski RC
150George Ratterman
151Mike Jarmoluk
152Tom Landry
153Ray Renfro
154Zeke Bratkowski
155Jerry Norton
156Maurice Bassett
157Volney Quinlan
158Chuck Bednarik
159Don Colo
160L.G. Dupre RC

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