1950 Bowman Football Cards

1950 Bowman Football Cards



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1950 Bowman Football marked a change for collectors. Bowman decided not to issue a football set in 1949 as part of an agreement that allowed Leaf to have a monopoly on the market before leaving. As a result, they took over in 1950 as the dominant company when it came to featuring stars of the gridiron.

Several key rookies and a classic design make this a very popular vintage product.

1950 Bowman Football Set Details

The design for 1950 Bowman Football is very close to what Bowman used for baseball players that year. The fronts were very simple, yet striking, featuring a painted photo of a player surrounded by a white border. There were no other elements (name, team, logo, etc.) on the fronts at all. Most cards are positioned vertically, but a few are horizontally oriented.

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The backs are dominated by a written biography about the player's career. The name appears in red ink at the top, followed by a few vital statistics. In the right corner is a Bowman five star logo. A notation running along the bottom gives the card number and a copyright line.

For World War II veterans who took advantage of the GI Bill coming out of college, there are several significant rookie stars appearing in the set. Otto Graham, Y.A. Tittle, Lou Groza, Tony Canadeo, Elroy Crazylegs Hirsch, Joe Perry and Marion Motley are some of the big-name players showing up on their first cards.

1950 Bowman Football had a numbering structure that allowed teammates to be clustered together in groups of two or three cards. In essence, they appeared together in each series. For example, Detroit was the first team in each series (cards #1, 37, 73 and 109) with two or three cards, and then they were followed by the Chicago Bears. The set totaled 144 cards, issued in four 36-card printing sheets. Fortunately for set collectors, There are no scarce series, short prints or variations.

Key 1950 Bowman Football Cards:

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Set Checklist

1950 Bowman Football Checklist

Base Set Checklist

144 cards.
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1 Doak Walker - Detroit Lions
2 John Greene - Detroit Lions
3 Bob Nowaskey - Baltimore Colts
4 Jonathan Jenkins - Baltimore Colts
5 Y.A. Tittle - Baltimore Colts RC
6 Lou Groza - Cleveland Browns RC
7 Alex Agase - Cleveland Browns RC
8 Mac Speedie - Cleveland Browns RC
9 Tony Canadeo - Green Bay Packers RC
10 Larry Craig - Green Bay Packers
11 Ted Fritsch Sr. - Green Bay Packers
12 Joe Golding - New York Yanks
13 Martin Ruby - New York Yanks
14 George Taliaferro - New York Yanks
15 Tank Younger - Los Angeles Rams RC
16 Glenn Davis - Los Angeles Rams RC
17 Bob Waterfield - Los Angeles Rams
18 Val Jansante - Pittsburgh Steelers
19 Joe Geri - Pittsburgh Steelers
20 Jerry Nuzum - Pittsburgh Steelers
21 Elmer Angsman - Chicago Cardinals
22 Billy Dewell - Chicago Cardinals
23 Steve Van Buren - Philadelphia Eagles
24 Cliff Patton - Philadelphia Eagles
25 Bosh Pritchard - Philadelphia Eagles
26 Johnny Lujack - Chicago Bears
27 Sid Luckman - Chicago Bears
28 Bulldog Turner - Chicago Bears
29 Bill Dudley - Washington Redskins
30 Hugh Taylor - Washington Redskins
31 George Thomas - Washington Redskins
32 Ray Poole - New York Giants
33 Travis Tidwell - New York Giants RC
34 Gail Bruce - San Francisco 49ers
35 Joe Perry - San Francisco 49ers RC
36 Frankie Albert - San Francisco 49ers RC
37 Bobby Layne - Detroit Lions
38 Leon Hart - Detroit Lions
39 Bob Hoernschemeyer - Detroit Lions RC
40 Richard Barwegan - Baltimore Colts RC
41 Adrian Burk - Baltimore Colts RC
42 Barry French - Baltimore Colts
43 Marion Motley - Cleveland Browns RC
44 Jim Martin - Cleveland Browns
45 Otto Graham - Cleveland Browns RC
46 Al Baldwin - Green Bay Packers
47 Larry Coutre - Green Bay Packers
48 John Rauch - New York Yanks
49 Sam Tamburo - New York Yanks
50 Mike Swistowicz - New York Yanks
51 Tom Fears - Los Angeles Rams RC
52 Elroy Hirsch - Los Angeles Rams RC
53 Dick Huffman - Los Angeles Rams
54 Bob Gage - Pittsburgh Steelers
55 Robert Tinsley - Pittsburgh Steelers
56 Bill Blackburn - Chicago Cardinals
57 John Cochran - Chicago Cardinals
58 Bill Fischer - Chicago Cardinals
59 Al Wistert - Philadelphia Eagles
60 Clyde Scott - Philadelphia Eagles
61 Walter Barnes - Philadelphia Eagles
62 Bob Perina - Chicago Bears
63 Bill Wightkin - Chicago Bears RC
64 Bob Goode - Washington Redskins RC
65 Al Demao - Washington Redskins
66 Harry Gilmer - Washington Redskins
67 Bill Austin - New York Giants
68 Joe Scott - New York Giants
69 Tex Coulter - New York Giants
70 Paul Salata - San Francisco 49ers
71 Emil Sitko - San Francisco 49ers RC
72 Bill Johnson - San Francisco 49ers
73 Don Doll - Detroit Lions RC
74 Dan Sandifer - Detroit Lions
75 John Panelli - Detroit Lions
76 Bill Leonard - Baltimore Colts
77 Bob Kelly - Baltimore Colts
78 Dante Lavelli - Cleveland Browns RC
79 Tony Adamle - Cleveland Browns
80 Dick Wildung - Green Bay Packers
81 Tobin Rote - Green Bay Packers RC
82 Paul Burris - Green Bay Packers
83 Lowell Tew - New York Yanks
84 Barney Poole - New York Yanks
85 Fred Naumetz - Los Angeles Rams
86 Dick Hoerner - Los Angeles Rams
87 Bob Reinhard - Los Angeles Rams
88 Howard Hartley - Pittsburgh Steelers RC
89 Darrell Hogan - Pittsburgh Steelers RC
90 Jerry Shipkey - Pittsburgh Steelers
91 Frank Tripucka - Chicago Cardinals
92 Buster Ramsey - Chicago Cardinals RC
93 Pat Harder - Chicago Cardinals
94 Vic Sears - Philadelphia Eagles
95 Tommy Thompson - Philadelphia Eagles
96 Bucko Kilroy - Philadelphia Eagles
97 George Connor - Chicago Bears
98 Fred Morrison - Chicago Bears
99 Jim Keane - Chicago Bears
100 Sammy Baugh - Washington Redskins
101 Harry Ulinski - Washington Redskins
102 Frank Spaniel - Washington Redskins
103 Charley Conerly - New York Giants
104 Dick Hensley - New York Giants
105 Eddie Price - New York Giants
106 Ed Carr - San Francisco 49ers
107 Leo Nomellini - San Francisco 49ers
108 Verl Lillywhite - San Francisco 49ers
109 Wallace Triplett - Detroit Lions
110 Joe Watson - Detroit Lions
111 Cloyce Box - Detroit Lions RC
112 Billy Stone - Baltimore Colts
113 Earl Murray - Baltimore Colts
114 Chet Mutryn - Baltimore Colts RC
115 Ken Carpenter - Cleveland Browns
116 Lou Rymkus - Cleveland Browns RC
117 Dub Jones - Cleveland Browns RC
118 Clayton Tonnemaker - Green Bay Packers
119 Walt Schlinkman - Green Bay Packers
120 Billy Grimes - Green Bay Packers
121 George Ratterman - New York Yanks RC
122 Bob Mann - New York Yanks
123 Buddy Young - New York Yanks RC
124 Jack Zilly - Los Angeles Rams
125 Tom Kalmanir - Los Angeles Rams
126 Frank Sinkovitz - Pittsburgh Steelers
127 Elbert Nickel - Pittsburgh Steelers
128 Jim Finks - Pittsburgh Steelers RC
129 Charley Trippi - Chicago Cardinals
130 Tom Wham - Chicago Cardinals
131 Ventan Yablonski - Chicago Cardinals
132 Chuck Bednarik - Philadelphia Eagles
133 Joe Muha - Philadelphia Eagles
134 Pete Pihos - Philadelphia Eagles
135 Washington Serini - Chicago Bears
136 George Gulyanics - Chicago Bears
137 Ken Kavanaugh - Chicago Bears
138 Howie Livingston - Washington Redskins
139 Joe Tereshinski - Washington Redskins
140 Jim White - New York Giants
141 Gene Roberts - New York Giants
142 William Swiacki - New York Giants
143 Norm Standlee - San Francisco 49ers
144 Knox Ramsey - San Francisco 49ers RC

 

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