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1949 Bowman Baseball Cards

1949 Bowman Baseball Cards

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It might not be the most attractive set of cards ever produced, but that's easy to overlook once you delve into the 1949 Bowman Baseball checklist. Featuring several big-name rookies and even more key early cards, the set has plenty of star power.

The 1949 Bowman Baseball set has 240 cards. Leading the way as far as rookies go are Hall of Famers Duke Snider and Roy Campanella. Depending on the collector, some also consider this to be the home of Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige rookie cards. It's up for debate as both are also in 1948 Leaf Baseball, which some believe didn't come out until 1949 despite its copyright. Either way, the Robinson and Paige cards, along with Snider, are the most valuable cards in the product.

1949 Bowman Baseball Satchel Paige Front 1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson

Cards are smaller than today's traditional dimensions. Measuring 2 1/16 x 2 1/2, they're almost squares. Player images are in black and white with color backgrounds. Jerseys and hats have team colors added to them, adding some much-needed pop compared to the previous year's release.

Card backs have a brief writeup and player vitals. There's also a mail-away offer for various baseball-releated merchandise like rings and a bank.

1949 Bowman Baseball Duke Snider RC front 1949 Bowman Baseball Duke Snider RC reverse

1949 Bowman Baseball Variations

For completists, 1949 Bowman Baseball has several variations that create multiple versions of cards for certain players. Originally, cards #1-108 came without names on the front. But starting with #109, they were added. Subsequent print runs added names to the fronts of a handful of the earlier cards, but not all. The variations that have the name on the front are the rarer of the two.

1949 Bowman Phil Rizzuto 1949 Bowman Phil Rizzuto Name on Front

Other cards have a slightly different text used for their names on the backs of the cards. These cards can be found with the name either in script or block text. Finally, of the first 73 cards, it's believed that all but #4 (Jerry Priddy) can be found with either white or grey stock on the back.

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Checklist

1949 Bowman Baseball Checklist

240 cards.

1 Vern Bickford RC
2 Whitey Lockman
3 Bob Porterfield RC
4 Jerry Priddy RC
5 Hank Sauer
6 Phil Cavarretta RC
7 Joe Dobson RC
8 Murry Dickson RC
9 Ferris Fain
10 Ted Gray RC
11 Lou Boudreau RC
12 Cass Michaels RC
13 Bob Chesnes RC
14 Curt Simmons RC
15 Ned Garver RC
16 Al Kozar RC
17 Earl Torgeson RC
18 Bobby Thomson
19 Bobby Brown RC
20 Gene Hermanski RC
21 Frank Baumholtz RC
22 Harry "P-Nuts" Lowrey RC
23 Bobby Doerr
24 Stan Musial
25 Carl Scheib RC
26 George Kell
27 Bob Feller
28 Don Kolloway RC
29 Ralph Kiner
30 Andy Seminick
31 Dick Kokos RC
32 Eddie Yost RC
33 Warren Spahn
34 Dave Koslo
35 Vic Raschi RC
36 Pee Wee Reese
37 Johnny Wyrostek
38 Emil Verban
39 Billy Goodman
40 Red Munger RC
41 Lou Brissie RC
42 Walter Evers RC
43 Dale Mitchell
44 Dave Philley RC
45 Wally Westlake RC
46 Robin Roberts RC
47 Johnny Sain
48 Willard Marshall
49 Spec Shea
50 Jackie Robinson
51 Herm Wehmeier
52 Johnny Schmitz RC
53 Jack Kramer RC
54 Marty Marion
55 Eddie Joost
56 Pat Mullin RC
57 Gene Bearden RC
58 Bob Elliott
59 Jack Lohrke
60 Yogi Berra
61 Rex Barney
62 Grady Hatton RC
63 Andy Pafko
64 Dom DiMaggio
65 Enos Slaughter
66 Elmer Valo
67 Alvin Dark
68 Sheldon Jones
69 Tommy Henrich
70 Carl Furillo RC
71 Vern Stephens
72 Tommy Holmes RC
73 Billy Cox RC
74 Tom McBride RC
75 Eddie Mayo RC
76 Bill Nicholson RC
77 Ernie Bonham RC
78 Sam Zoldak RC
79 Ron Northey RC
80 Bill McCahan
81 Virgil "Red" Stallcup RC
82 Joe Page
83 Bob Scheffing RC
84 Roy Campanella RC
85 Johnny Mize
86 Johnny Pesky
87 Randy Gumpert RC
88 Bill Salkeld RC
89 Mizel Platt RC
90 Gil Coan RC
91 Dick Wakefield RC
92 Willie Jones RC
93 Ed Stevens RC
94 James Vernon RC
95 Howie Pollet RC
96 Taft Wright
97 Danny Litwhiler RC
98 Phil Rizzuto
99 Frank Gustine RC
100 Gil Hodges RC
101 Sid Gordon
102 Stan Spence RC
103 Joe Tipton RC
104 Eddie Stanky RC
105 Bill Kennedy RC
106 Jake Early RC
107 Eddie Lake RC
108 Ken Heintzelman RC
109 Ed Fitz Gerald RC
110 Early Wynn RC
111 Red Schoendienst
112 Sam Chapman
113 Ray Lamanno RC
114 Allie Reynolds
115 Emil "Dutch" Leonard
116 Joe Hatton RC
117 Walker Cooper
118 Sam Mele RC
119 Floyd Baker RC
120 Cliff Fannin RC
121 Mark Christman RC
122 George Vico RC
123 Johnny Blatnick RC
124 Danny Murtaugh
125 Ken Keltner RC
126 Al Brazle RC
127 Hank Majeski RC
128 Johnny Vander Meer
129 Bill Johnson
130 Harry "The Hat" Walker RC
131 Paul Lehner RC
132 Al Evans RC
133 Aaron Robinson RC
134 Hank Borowy RC
135 Stan Rojek RC
136 Hank Edwards RC
137 Ted Wilks RC
138 "Buddy" Rosar
139 Hank "Bow-Wow" Arft RC
140 Ray Scarborough RC
141 Tony Lupien RC
142 Eddie Waitkus RC
143 Bob Dillinger RC
144 Mickey Haefner RC
145 "Blix" Donnelly RC
146 Myron McCormick RC
147 Elmer Singleton RC
148 Bob Swift RC
149 Roy Partee RC
150 Allie Clark RC
151 Mickey Harris RC
152 Clarence Maddern RC
153 Phil Masi RC
154 Clint Hartung
155 Fermin Guerra RC
156 Al Zarilla RC
157 Walt Masterson RC
158 Harry Brecheen
159 Glen Moulder RC
160 Jim Blackburn RC
161 "Jocko" Thompson RC
162 Preacher Roe RC
163 Clyde McCullough RC
164 Vic Wertz RC
165 "Snuffy" Stirnweiss
166 Mike Tresh RC
167 Babe Martin RC
168 Doyle Lade RC
169 Jeff Heath RC
170 Bill Rigney
171 Dick Fowler RC
172 Eddie Pellagrini RC
173 Bud Stewart RC
174 Terry Moore RC
175 Luke Appling
176 Ken Raffensberger RC
177 Stan Lopata RC
178 Tommy Brown RC
179 Hugh Casey
180 Neil Berry
181 Gus Niarhos RC
182 Hal Peck RC
183 Lou Stringer RC
184 Bob Chipman RC
185 Pete Reiser
186 Buddy Kerr
187 Phil Marchildon RC
188 Karl Drews RC
189 Earl Wooten RC
190 Jim Hearn RC
191 Joe Haynes RC
192 Harry Gumbert
193 Ken Trinkle RC
194 Ralph Branca RC
195 Eddie Bockman RC
196 Fred Hutchinson
197 Johnny Lindell
198 Steve Gromek RC
199 "Tex" Hughson RC
200 Jess Dobernic RC
201 Sibby Sisti RC
202 Larry Jansen
203 Barney McCosky
204 Bob Savage RC
205 Dick Sisler RC
206 Bruce Edwards
207 Johnny Hopp RC
208 "Dizzy" Trout
209 Charlie Keller
210 Joe Gordon RC
211 Dave "Boo" Ferris RC
212 Ralph Hamner RC
213 Charles "Red" Barret RC
214 Richie Ashburn RC
215 Kirby Higbe
216 "Schoolboy" Rowe
217 Marino Pieretti RC
218 Dick Kryhoski RC
219 Virgil "Fire" Trucks
220 Johnny McCarthy
221 Bob Muncrief RC
222 Alex Kellner RC
223 Bobby Hofman RC
224 Satchel Paige
225 Jerry Coleman RC
226 Duke Snider RC
227 Fritz Ostermueller
228 Jackie Mayo RC
229 Ed Lopat RC
230 Augie Galan
231 Earl Johnson RC
232 George McQuinn
233 Larry Doby
234 "Rip" Sewell RC
235 Jim Russell RC
236 Fred Sanford RC
237 Monte Kennedy RC
238 Bob Lemon RC
239 Frank "Babe" McCormick
240 Babe Young
1949 Bowman Baseball Roy Campanella RC

 

Variation Checklist

The following is a list of players who have variation versions. The ones listed are the rarer versions.

#1-3 and 5-73 can be found with white or grey stock on the card backs.

4 Jerry Priddy - name on front
78 Sam Zoldak - name on front
83 Bob Scheffing - name on front
85 Johnny Mize - name on front
88 Bill Salkeld - name on front
98 Phil Rizzuto - name on front
109 Ed Fitz Gerald - printed name on back
124 Danny Murtaugh - printed name on back
126 Al Brazle - printed name on back
127 Hank Majeski - printed name on back
132 Al Evans - printed name on back
143 Bob Dillinger - printed name on back

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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