1950 Bowman Football Cards

1950 Bowman football card wrapper There are 144 cards in the 1950 Bowman football card set; they were printed on 4 sheets of 36. My 1950 Bowman virtual uncut sheet page shows what the sheets looked like. Though the price guides do not say that any of the cards are short prints, it appears to me that the last sheet, which held cards 109-144, was printed in somewhat smaller numbers than the others.

You can see an empty display box for 1950 Bowman cards on the Legendary Auctions web site. Also see my blog article, B is for Bowman, for an overview of the 1948-1955 Bowman football card sets.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1950 Bowman set: Otto Graham, Elroy Hirsch, Marion Motley, Joe Perry, Tom Fears, Y.A. Tittle, Tony Canadeo, Lou Groza, Dante Lavelli, Jim Finks. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1950 Bowman set: Glenn Davis.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1950 Bowman Doak Walker 1950 Bowman 1 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker led the NFL in scoring in 1950, with 128 points. He was the 1950 rookie of the year.
1950 Bowman John Greene 1950 Bowman 2 John Greene Detroit Lions end Michigan Rookie card

Greene was a lineman in college, and he played guard for the Lions in his first season, 1944. He switched to end in 1945, and he averaged 16.9 yards per catch for his career. 1950 was his last season.
1950 Bowman Bob Nowaskey 1950 Bowman 3 Bob Nowaskey Baltimore Colts end, linebacker George Washington Rookie card, error card

Nowaskey's last name is misspelled "Nowasky" on the back of this card.
1950 Bowman Jonathan Jenkins 1950 Bowman 4 Jonathan Jenkins Baltimore Colts tackle Dartmouth Rookie card

Jenkins played three games for the Colts and one for the New York Yanks in 1950. He had been with the Colts in the AAFC in 1949.
1950 Bowman Y.A. Tittle 1950 Bowman 5 Y.A. Tittle Baltimore Colts quarterback LSU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card

Tittle started his career with the AAFC's Baltimore Colts in 1948. He remained with the team when it joined the NFL in 1950. He led the league in pass completions that year, with 161.
1950 Bowman Lou Groza 1950 Bowman 6 Lou Groza Cleveland Browns tackle, kicker Ohio State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card

Groza played 21 seasons for the Browns, 4 in the AAFC and 17 in the NFL.
PSA 7, PSA 4
1950 Bowman Alex Agase 1950 Bowman 7 Alex Agase Cleveland Browns guard Illinois College Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card

Agase played 3 seasons for the Chicago Rockets, Los Angeles Dons, and Cleveland Browns of the AAFC, then 3 seasons for the Browns and Baltimore Colts of the NFL. He later held head coaching jobs at Northwestern and Purdue.
1950 Bowman Mac Speedie 1950 Bowman 8 Mac Speedie Cleveland Browns end Utah Rookie card

Speedie played from 1946 to 1952 for the Browns, then he played three seasons in the CFL. He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, 1972, and 1983. See my Almost Hall of Famers page.
1950 Bowman Tony Canadeo 1950 Bowman 9 Tony Canadeo Green Bay Packers halfback Gonzaga Packers Hall of Fame 1973, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

Canadeo played from 1941 to 1952 for the Packers. He missed most of the 1944 season and all of the 1945 season to serve in World War II.
PSA 7, PSA 5, PSA 4.5
1950 Bowman Larry Craig 1950 Bowman 10 Larry Craig Green Bay Packers end South Carolina Packers Hall of Fame 1973 Rookie card

Craig played from 1939 to 1949 for the Packers. He did not play in 1950, the year he finally appeared on a football card.
1950 Bowman Ted Fritsch Sr. 1950 Bowman 11 Ted Fritsch Sr. Green Bay Packers fullback Wisconsin - Stevens Point Packers Hall of Fame 1973 Fritsch's son, Ted Fritsch Jr., played seven seasons in the NFL. PSA 6
1950 Bowman Joe Golding 1950 Bowman 12 Joe Golding New York Yanks halfback Oklahoma Rookie card

Golding played from 1947 to 1952 for the Boston/New York Yanks. He led the NFL with five fumble recoveries in 1948.
1950 Bowman Martin Ruby 1950 Bowman 13 Martin Ruby New York Yanks tackle Texas A and M Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

1950 was Ruby's only season in the NFL. He had played four years in the AAFC, and he went on to play seven years for Saskatchewan in the CFL.
1950 Bowman George Taliaferro 1950 Bowman 14 George Taliaferro New York Yanks halfback Indiana College Hall of Fame 1981 Taliaferro was the first African-American ever drafted by an NFL team. The Bears picked him in 1949, but he opted to play for the Los Angeles Dons of the AAFC. nm
1950 Bowman Tank Younger 1950 Bowman 15 Tank Younger Los Angeles Rams fullback Grambling College Hall of Fame 2000 Rookie card

Younger played from 1949 to 1958 for the Rams and Steelers.
1950 Bowman Glenn Davis 1950 Bowman 16 Glenn Davis Los Angeles Rams halfback Army, Cal Poly-Pomona Heisman Trophy 1946, College Hall of Fame 1961 Rookie card

Davis finished second in Heisman voting in 1944, second in 1945, and first in 1946. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1950 Bowman Bob Waterfield 1950 Bowman 17 Bob Waterfield Los Angeles Rams quarterback UCLA Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 PSA 7
1950 Bowman Val Jansante 1950 Bowman 18 Val Jansante Pittsburgh Steelers end Duquesne, Villanova nm+
1950 Bowman Joe Geri 1950 Bowman 19 Joe Geri Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Georgia exmt
1950 Bowman Jerry Nuzum 1950 Bowman 20 Jerry Nuzum Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Compton Community College, New Mexico A and M PSA 7
1950 Bowman Elmer Angsman 1950 Bowman 21 Elmer Angsman Chicago Cardinals halfback Notre Dame PSA 7
1950 Bowman Billy Dewell 1950 Bowman 22 Billy Dewell Chicago Cardinals end SMU PSA 8, nm
1950 Bowman Steve Van Buren 1950 Bowman 23 Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles halfback LSU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Eagles Honor Roll 1987 Van Buren led the NFL in rushing four times: 1945, 1947, 1948, and 1949. PSA 8
1950 Bowman Cliff Patton 1950 Bowman 24 Cliff Patton Philadelphia Eagles guard, kicker TCU Rookie card

Patton led the NFL with 8 field goals in 1948 and 9 in 1949. (Bob Waterfield also kicked 9 in 1949.)
1950 Bowman Bosh Pritchard 1950 Bowman 25 Bosh Pritchard Philadelphia Eagles halfback Virginia Military Institute, Georgia Tech PSA 8, nm+ oc