1948 Bowman Football Cards
There are 108 cards in Bowman's first football card set; they were printed on three sheets of 36. Cards with numbers divisible by 3 were short-printed, but not nearly as severely as the price guides indicate. Because of their positions on the sheets, some of the cards with numbers not divisible by 3 are actually scarcer in high grades. See my 1948 Bowman virtual uncut sheet page for an explanation. Also see B is for Bowman for a summary of the early Bowman sets.
Bowman also printed an album for the 1948 set. You can see pictures of one on the Robert Edwards Auctions web site. According to the auction description, the album was a "premium" that collectors could obtain by redeeming football card wrappers.
Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1948 Bowman set: Sammy Baugh, Sid Luckman, Steve Van Buren, Bob Waterfield, Bill Dudley, George McAfee, Bulldog Turner, Charley Trippi, Alex Wojciechowicz, Pete Pihos. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1948 Bowman set: John Lujack, Leslie Horvath, Bruce Smith.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1948 Bowman||1||Joe Tereshinski||Washington Redskins||end||Georgia||Rookie card||PSA 8, vg|
|1948 Bowman||2||Larry Olsonoski||Green Bay Packers||guard||Minnesota||Rookie card|
|1948 Bowman||3||John Lujack||Chicago Bears||quarterback||Notre Dame||Heisman Trophy 1947, College Hall of Fame 1960||Rookie card, short print|
|1948 Bowman||4||Ray Poole||New York Giants||end||Mississippi, North Carolina||Rookie card|
|1948 Bowman||5||Bill DeCorrevont||Chicago Cardinals||halfback||Northwestern||Rookie card||PSA 8, exmt oc|
|1948 Bowman||6||Paul Briggs||Detroit Lions||tackle||Colorado||Rookie card, short print|
|1948 Bowman||7||Steve Van Buren||Philadelphia Eagles||halfback||LSU||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Eagles Honor Roll 1987||Rookie card
According to his page on the Pro Football Hall of Fame web site, Van Buren failed to make his high school football team as a sophomore.
|1948 Bowman||8||Kenny Washington||Los Angeles Rams||fullback, halfback||UCLA||College Hall of Fame 1956||Rookie card|
|1948 Bowman||9||Nolan Luhn||Green Bay Packers||end||Kilgore Junior College, Tulsa||Rookie card, short print|
|1948 Bowman||10||Chris Iverson||New York Giants||defensive back||Oregon||Rookie card, error card
Iverson's name is misspelled Iversen on the back of this card.
|1948 Bowman||11||Jack Wiley||Pittsburgh Steelers||tackle||Waynesburg||Rookie card|
|1948 Bowman||12||Charley Conerly||New York Giants||quarterback||Mississippi||College Hall of Fame 1966, Giants Ring of Honor 2010||Rookie card, short print|
|1948 Bowman||13||Hugh Taylor||Washington Redskins||end, coach||Tulane, Oklahoma City University||Rookie card|
|1948 Bowman||14||Frank Seno||Boston Yanks||halfback||George Washington||Rookie card
Seno intercepted 10 passes in 1947, tying Frank Reagan for most in the NFL.
|1948 Bowman||15||Gil Bouley||Los Angeles Rams||tackle||Boston College||Rookie card, short print||PSA 8|
|1948 Bowman||16||Tommy Thompson||Philadelphia Eagles||quarterback, coach||Tulsa||Rookie card|
|1948 Bowman||17||Charley Trippi||Chicago Cardinals||halfback||Georgia||College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006||Rookie card
The Chicago Cardinals chose Trippi with the first overall pick in the 1945 NFL draft.
|1948 Bowman||18||Vince Banonis||Chicago Cardinals||defensive tackle||Detroit Mercy||College Hall of Fame 1986||Rookie card, short print||ex|
|1948 Bowman||19||Art Faircloth||New York Giants||halfback, defensive back||North Carolina State, Guilford||Rookie card|
|1948 Bowman||20||Clyde Goodnight||Green Bay Packers||end||Tulsa||Rookie card
Goodnight played from 1945 to 1950 for the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. His brother Owen also played one season in the NFL, 1941 with the Cleveland Rams.
|1948 Bowman||21||Bill Chipley||Boston Yanks||end||Clemson, Washington and Lee||Rookie card, short print||ex|
|1948 Bowman||22||Sammy Baugh||Washington Redskins||quarterback, coach||TCU||Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963||Rookie card
Baugh led the NFL in passing yards for the fourth time in 1948.
|1948 Bowman||23||Don Kindt||Chicago Bears||halfback, defensive back||Wisconsin||Rookie card
Kindt's son, Don Kindt Jr., played for the Chicago Bears in 1987.
|1948 Bowman||24||John Koniszewski||Washington Redskins||tackle||George Washington||Rookie card, short print||ex miscut|
|1948 Bowman||25||Pat McHugh||Philadelphia Eagles||halfback||Georgia Tech||Rookie card|