1948 Bowman Football Cards

1948 Bowman Football Cards

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1948 Bowman Football ushered in the modern football era and kicked off a long run of football card collecting.

While no company has been around long enough to stake a claim as having issued cards for all those years, there hasn't been a season since 1948 where a set of professional football cards hasn't been released.

1948 Bowman Football Set Details

The 1948 Bowman Football card set consists of 108 total cards measuring 2-1/16 by 2-1/2 inches. The product boasts key rookie cards of multiple Hall of Fame players, including Steve Van Buren (#7), Sammy Baugh (#22), Bulldog Turner (#36), Pete Pihos (#63) and Sid Luckman (#107).

Bowman was also able to include several rookie cards of players that didn't appear in the competing 1948 Leaf Football.

1948 Bowman Football Design

The design of 1948 Bowman Football is very similar to that of 1948 Bowman Baseball. The card fronts have a simple black-and-white player photo surrounded by a white border. Some players are wearing their leather helmets, others are bare-headed. No other design elements are included, like logos, names or teams.

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The card backs resemble the format of 1949 Bowman Baseball by using two different ink colors. The card number is listed along the top in red, followed by the player's name and sometimes his nickname in black. The player's position and team follow, along with three lines of vital statistics. A short biography highlights the player's career. At the bottom of the card is one of several wrapper redemption offers. The offer itself is printed in red ink, with an image of the item in black. A copyright line and expiration date run along the bottom edge of the card as well.

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1948 Bowman Football Printing and Distribution

1948 Bowman Football was printed on three 36-card printing sheets. The cards were printed by every third number, where series one had cards #1, 4, 7, 10, and so on. Series two featured cards #2, 5, 8, 11, and series three has all the cards divisible by three (#3, 6, 9, 12). The cards from the third series are the rarest, with the second series being slightly harder to complete than the first. Unlike 1948 Leaf Football, Bowman did not issue cards of collegiate players.

1948 Bowman Football Condition Issues

1948 Bowman Football cards are known for having centering issues, which makes top-condition cards tough to locate. In addition, the white borders of the cards leave them prone to yellowing from age and susceptible to staining.

The popularity of the set has grown in recent years as a result of having been overlooked for so long. Vintage collectors appreciate the simplicity of the design, lack of costly variations and the strong rookie class. Much more affordable than other early sets, the 1948 Bowman Football card offering is one that deserves a second look.

Key Cards

Key 1948 Bowman Football Cards

Sammy Baugh RC #22

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 Carley Conerly RC #12

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Johnny Lujack RC #3

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Pete Pihos RC #63

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Sid Luckman RC #107

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Set Checklist

1948 Bowman Football Checklist

Base Set Checklist

108 cards.
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1 Joe Tereshinski - Washington Redskins RC
2 Larry Olsonoski - Green Bay Packers
3 Johnny Lujack - Chicago Bears RC SP
4 Ray Poole - New York Giants
5 Bill DeCorrevont - Chicago Cardinals RC
6 Paul Briggs - Detroit Lions SP
7 Steve Van Buren - Philadelphia Eagles RC
8 Kenny Washington - Los Angeles Rams RC
9 Nolan Luhn - Green Bay Packers SP
10 Chris Iverson - New York Giants
11 Jack Wiley - Pittsburgh Steelers
12 Charley Conerly - New York Giants RC SP
13 Hugh Taylor - Washington Redskins RC
14 Frank Seno - Boston Yanks
15 Gil Bouley - Los Angeles Rams SP
16 Tommy Thompson - Philadelphia Eagles RC
17 Charley Trippi - Chicago Cardinals RC
18 Vince Banonis - Chicago Cardinals SP
19 Art Faircloth - New York Giants
20 Clyde Goodnight - Green Bay Packers
21 Bill Chipley - Boston Yanks SP
22 Sammy Baugh - Washington Redskins RC
23 Don Kindt - Chicago Bears
24 John Koniszewski - Washington Redskins SP
25 Pat McHugh - Philadelphia Eagles
26 Bob Waterfield - Los Angeles Rams RC
27 Tony Compagno - Pittsburgh Steelers SP
28 Paul Governali - New York Giants RC
29 Pat Harder - Chicago Cardinals RC
30 Vic Lindskog - Philadelphia Eagles SP
31 Salvatore Rosato - Washington Redskins
32 John Mastrangelo - Pittsburgh Steelers
33 Fred Gehrke - Los Angeles Rams SP
34 Bosh Pritchard - Philadelphia Eagles
35 Mike Micka - Boston Yanks
36 Bulldog Turner - Chicago Bears RC SP
37 Len Younce - New York Giants
38 Pat West - Los Angeles Rams
39 Russ Thomas - Detroit Lions SP
40 James Peebles - Washington Redskins
41 Bob Skoglund - Green Bay Packers
42 Walt Stickel - Chicago Bears SP
43 Albert Wistert - Philadelphia Eagles RC
44 Paul Christman - Chicago Cardinals RC
45 Jay Rhodemyre - Green Bay Packers SP
46 Skip Minisi - New York Giants
47 Bob Mann - Detroit Lions
48 Mal Kutner - Chicago Cardinals RC SP
49 Dick Poillon - Washington Redskins
50 Charles Cherundolo - Pittsburgh Steelers
51 Gerard Cowhig - Los Angeles Rams SP
52 Neill Armstrong - Philadelphia Eagles RC
53 Frank Maznicki - Boston Yanks
54 John Sanchez - Washington Redskins SP
55 Frank Reagan - New York Giants
56 Jim Hardy - Los Angeles Rams
57 John Badaczewski - Boston Yanks SP
58 Robert Nussbaumer - Washington Redskins RC
59 Mervin Pregulman - Detroit Lions
60 Elbert Nickel - Pittsburgh Steelers RC SP
61 Alex Wojciechowicz - Philadelphia Eagles RC
62 Walt Schlinkman - Green Bay Packers
63 Pete Pihos - Philadelphia Eagles RC SP
64 Joe Sulaitis - New York Giants
65 Mike Holovak - Chicago Bears RC
66 Cecil Souders - Detroit Lions RC SP
67 Paul McKee - Washington Redskins RC
68 Bill Moore - Pittsburgh Steelers
69 Frank Minini - Chicago Bears SP
70 Jack Ferrante - Philadelphia Eagles
71 Leslie Horvath - Los Angeles Rams RC
72 Ted Fritsch Sr. - Green Bay Packers RC SP
73 Tex Coulter - New York Giants RC
74 Boley Dancewicz - Boston Yanks
75 Dante Magnani - Los Angeles Rams SP
76 James Hefti - Washington Redskins
77 Paul Sarringhaus - Detroit Lions
78 Joe Scott - New York Giants SP
79 Bucko Kilroy - Philadelphia Eagles RC
80 Bill Dudley - Detroit Lions RC
81 Marshall Goldberg - Chicago Cardinals RC SP
82 John Cannady - New York Giants
83 Perry Moss - Green Bay Packers
84 Harold Crisler - Boston Yanks RC SP
85 Bill Gray - Washington Redskins
86 John Clement - Pittsburgh Steelers
87 Dan Sandifer - Washington Redskins SP
88 Ben Kish - Philadelphia Eagles
89 Herbert Banta - Los Angeles Rams
90 Bill Garnaas - Pittsburgh Steelers SP
91 Jim White - New York Giants RC
92 Frank Barzilauskas - Boston Yanks
93 Vic Sears - Philadelphia Eagles SP
94 John Adams - Washington Redskins
95 George McAfee - Chicago Bears RC
96 Ralph Heywood - Detroit Lions SP
97 Joe Muha - Philadelphia Eagles
98 Fred Enke - Detroit Lions
99 Harry Gilmer - Washington Redskins RC SP
100 Bill Miklich - New York Giants
101 Joe Gottlieb - Pittsburgh Steelers
102 Elmer Angsman - Chicago Cardinals RC SP
103 Tom Farmer - Washington Redskins
104 Bruce Smith - Green Bay Packers RC
105 Bob Cifers - Pittsburgh Steelers SP
106 Ernie Steele - Philadelphia Eagles
107 Sid Luckman - Chicago Bears RC
108 Buford Ray - Green Bay Packers RC SP

 

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