1951 Bowman Football Cards

1951 Bowman football card wrapper There are 144 cards in the 1951 Bowman football card set; they were printed on 4 sheets of 36. My 1951 Bowman uncut sheet page shows the configuration of the sheets. 1951 Bowmans were the first football cards to feature the teams' logos on the fronts. See my blog article, B is for Bowman, for an overview of the 1948-1955 Bowman football card sets. Also see the Legendary Auctions web site for pictures of a 5-cent display box.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1951 Bowman set: Emlen Tunnell, Norm Van Brocklin, Arnie Weinmeister, Tom Landry.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1951 Bowman Weldon Humble 1951 Bowman 1 Weldon Humble Cleveland Browns guard Rice, Louisiana-Lafayette College Hall of Fame 1961
1951 Bowman Otto Graham 1951 Bowman 2 Otto Graham Cleveland Browns quarterback Northwestern College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Graham finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1943, behind Angelo Bertelli and Bob Odell.
1951 Bowman Mac Speedie 1951 Bowman 3 Mac Speedie Cleveland Browns end Utah Speedie was the head coach of the Denver Broncos from partway through the 1964 season to partway through the 1966 season.
1951 Bowman Norm Van Brocklin 1951 Bowman 4 Norm Van Brocklin Los Angeles Rams quarterback, coach Oregon College Hall of Fame 1966, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, Eagles Honor Roll 1987 Rookie card SGC 96
1951 Bowman Woodley Lewis 1951 Bowman 5 Woodley Lewis Los Angeles Rams end Los Angeles City, Oregon Rookie card PSA 4
1951 Bowman Tom Fears 1951 Bowman 6 Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams end UCLA, Santa Clara Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, College Hall of Fame 1976
1951 Bowman George Musacco 1951 Bowman 7 George Musacco New York Yanks back Loyola (L.A.) PSA 8, ex
1951 Bowman George Taliaferro 1951 Bowman 8 George Taliaferro New York Yanks halfback Indiana College Hall of Fame 1981
1951 Bowman Barney Poole 1951 Bowman 9 Barney Poole New York Yanks end Army, Mississippi College Hall of Fame 1974 Poole's brothers, Ray and Jim, also played in the NFL.
1951 Bowman Steve Van Buren 1951 Bowman 10 Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles halfback LSU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Eagles Honor Roll 1987 Van Buren's brother, Ebert, also played for the Eagles. The brothers were teammates in 1951.
1951 Bowman Al Wistert 1951 Bowman 11 Al Wistert Philadelphia Eagles tackle Michigan College Hall of Fame 1968, Eagles Honor Roll 2009 Error card

Al's nickname was not "Whitey," it was "Ox." "Whitey" was the nickname of Al's brother, Francis.
1951 Bowman Chuck Bednarik 1951 Bowman 12 Chuck Bednarik Philadelphia Eagles center, defensive tackle Pennsylvania Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, College Hall of Fame 1969, Eagles Honor Roll 1987
1951 Bowman Bulldog Turner 1951 Bowman 13 Bulldog Turner Chicago Bears center, linebacker Hardin-Simmons College Hall of Fame 1960, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966
1951 Bowman Bob Williams 1951 Bowman 14 Bob Williams Chicago Bears quarterback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1988 Rookie card
1951 Bowman John Lujack 1951 Bowman 15 John Lujack Chicago Bears quarterback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1947, College Hall of Fame 1960 PSA 8
1951 Bowman Roy Steiner 1951 Bowman 16 Roy Steiner Green Bay Packers defensive back Alabama PSA 8
1951 Bowman Jug Girard 1951 Bowman 17 Jug Girard Green Bay Packers halfback, end Wisconsin PSA 8
1951 Bowman Ed Neal 1951 Bowman 18 Ed Neal Green Bay Packers center, guard LSU, Tulane PSA 8
1951 Bowman Travis Tidwell 1951 Bowman 19 Travis Tidwell New York Giants quarterback Auburn
1951 Bowman Tom Landry 1951 Bowman 20 Tom Landry New York Giants defensive back, coach Texas Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990, Cowboys Ring of Honor 1993 Rookie card PSA 8
1951 Bowman Arnie Weinmeister 1951 Bowman 21 Arnie Weinmeister New York Giants defensive tackle Washington Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984 Rookie card
1951 Bowman Joe Geri 1951 Bowman 22 Joe Geri Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Georgia
1951 Bowman Bill Walsh 1951 Bowman 23 Bill Walsh Pittsburgh Steelers center Notre Dame Rookie card

Walsh played for the Steelers from 1949 to 1954.
1951 Bowman Fran Rogel 1951 Bowman 24 Fran Rogel Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Penn State
1951 Bowman Doak Walker 1951 Bowman 25 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker and Bobby Layne were teammates at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas.