1952 Bowman Small Football Cards

1952 Bowman Small football card wrapperThere are 144 cards in the 1952 Bowman Small football card set. Except for their size, the cards are identical to 1952 Bowman Large cards. The Smalls were printed on sheets in the same arrangement as the Larges, but the Smalls fit properly on the sheets, so there are no short prints in the Small set. See my virtual uncut sheets of 1952 Bowman Large football cards for more details. Also see my blog article, B is for Bowman, for an overview of the 1948-1955 Bowman football card sets. You can see a 1952 Bowman Small 1-cent display box on the Legendary Auctions web site.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1952 Bowman Small set: George Halas, Steve Owen, Paul Brown, Joe Stydahar, Art Donovan, Wayne Millner, Jack Christiansen, Hugh McElhenny, Andy Robustelli, Gino Marchetti, Ollie Matson, Frank Gifford, Yale Lary, Les Richter.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1952 Bowman Small Norm Van Brocklin 1952 Bowman Small 1 Norm Van Brocklin Los Angeles Rams quarterback, coach Oregon College Hall of Fame 1966, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, Eagles Honor Roll 1987
1952 Bowman Small Otto Graham 1952 Bowman Small 2 Otto Graham Cleveland Browns quarterback Northwestern College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
1952 Bowman Small Doak Walker 1952 Bowman Small 3 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker was an MVP of the Cotton Bowl game in both 1948 and 1949. He was a member of the inaugural class of the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.
1952 Bowman Small Steve Owen 1952 Bowman Small 4 Steve Owen New York Giants tackle, coach Phillips Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card

Owen's brother, Bill Owen, also played in the NFL.
1952 Bowman Small Frankie Albert 1952 Bowman Small 5 Frankie Albert San Francisco 49ers quarterback, coach Stanford College Hall of Fame 1956
1952 Bowman Small Laurie Niemi 1952 Bowman Small 6 Laurie Niemi Washington Redskins tackle Washington State
1952 Bowman Small Chuck Hunsinger 1952 Bowman Small 7 Chuck Hunsinger Chicago Bears halfback Florida
1952 Bowman Small Ed Modzelewski 1952 Bowman Small 8 Ed Modzelewski Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Maryland
1952 Bowman Small Joe Spencer 1952 Bowman Small 9 Joe Spencer Green Bay Packers tackle Oklahoma State
1952 Bowman Small Chuck Bednarik 1952 Bowman Small 10 Chuck Bednarik Philadelphia Eagles center, defensive tackle Pennsylvania Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, College Hall of Fame 1969, Eagles Honor Roll 1987
1952 Bowman Small Barney Poole 1952 Bowman Small 11 Barney Poole Dallas Texans end Army, Mississippi College Hall of Fame 1974
1952 Bowman Small Charley Trippi 1952 Bowman Small 12 Charley Trippi Chicago Cardinals halfback Georgia College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006
1952 Bowman Small Tom Fears 1952 Bowman Small 13 Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams end UCLA, Santa Clara Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, College Hall of Fame 1976
1952 Bowman Small Paul Brown 1952 Bowman Small 14 Paul Brown Cleveland Browns coach Miami Ohio Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Leon Hart 1952 Bowman Small 15 Leon Hart Detroit Lions fullback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1949, College Hall of Fame 1973 BVG 7.5
1952 Bowman Small Frank Gifford 1952 Bowman Small 16 Frank Gifford New York Giants halfback USC, Bakersfield College College Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Y.A. Tittle 1952 Bowman Small 17 Y.A. Tittle San Francisco 49ers quarterback LSU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Giants Ring of Honor 2010
1952 Bowman Small Charlie Justice 1952 Bowman Small 18 Charlie Justice Washington Redskins running back North Carolina Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1961
1952 Bowman Small George Connor 1952 Bowman Small 19 George Connor Chicago Bears linebacker Holy Cross, Notre Dame Outland Trophy 1946, College Hall of Fame 1963, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975
1952 Bowman Small Lynn Chandnois 1952 Bowman Small 20 Lynn Chandnois Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Michigan State
1952 Bowman Small Bill Howton 1952 Bowman Small 21 Bill Howton Green Bay Packers end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Ken Snyder 1952 Bowman Small 22 Ken Snyder Philadelphia Eagles tackle Georgia Tech Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Gino Marchetti 1952 Bowman Small 23 Gino Marchetti Dallas Texans defensive end San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small John Karras 1952 Bowman Small 24 John Karras Chicago Cardinals halfback Illinois Karras placed sixth in voting for the 1951 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1952 Bowman Small Tank Younger 1952 Bowman Small 25 Tank Younger Los Angeles Rams fullback Grambling College Hall of Fame 2000
1952 Bowman Small 26 Tommy Thompson Cleveland Browns linebacker, center William and Mary Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Bob Miller 1952 Bowman Small 27 Bob Miller Detroit Lions tackle, defensive tackle Virginia Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Kyle Rote 1952 Bowman Small 28 Kyle Rote New York Giants end SMU College Hall of Fame 1964 Rookie card

Rote finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1950, behind Vic Janowicz.
1952 Bowman Small Hugh McElhenny 1952 Bowman Small 29 Hugh McElhenny San Francisco 49ers halfback Washington Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, College Hall of Fame 1981, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Sammy Baugh 1952 Bowman Small 30 Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins quarterback, coach TCU Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963
1952 Bowman Small Jim Dooley 1952 Bowman Small 31 Jim Dooley Chicago Bears end Miami Florida
1952 Bowman Small Ray Mathews 1952 Bowman Small 32 Ray Mathews Pittsburgh Steelers end Clemson Steelers Legends Team
1952 Bowman Small Fred Cone 1952 Bowman Small 33 Fred Cone Green Bay Packers fullback Clemson Packers Hall of Fame 1974 PSA 9
1952 Bowman Small Al Pollard 1952 Bowman Small 34 Al Pollard Philadelphia Eagles running back, defensive back Army PSA 8
1952 Bowman Small Brad Ecklund 1952 Bowman Small 35 Brad Ecklund Dallas Texans center, linebacker Oregon Ecklund was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
1952 Bowman Small John Lee Hancock 1952 Bowman Small 36 John Lee Hancock Chicago Cardinals guard Baylor Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Elroy Hirsch 1952 Bowman Small 37 Elroy Hirsch Los Angeles Rams end, halfback Wisconsin, Michigan Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968, College Hall of Fame 1974
1952 Bowman Small Keever Jankovich 1952 Bowman Small 38 Keever Jankovich Cleveland Browns linebacker, defensive end Pacific, Utah
1952 Bowman Small Emlen Tunnell 1952 Bowman Small 39 Emlen Tunnell New York Giants defensive back Iowa, Toledo Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010
1952 Bowman Small Steve Dowden 1952 Bowman Small 40 Steve Dowden Green Bay Packers tackle Baylor
1952 Bowman Small Claude Hipps 1952 Bowman Small 41 Claude Hipps Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Georgia PSA 8
1952 Bowman Small Norm Standlee 1952 Bowman Small 42 Norm Standlee San Francisco 49ers fullback, linebacker Stanford
1952 Bowman Small Dick Todd 1952 Bowman Small 43 Dick Todd Washington Redskins halfback, coach Texas A and M
1952 Bowman Small 44 Babe Parilli Green Bay Packers quarterback Kentucky College Hall of Fame 1982, Patriots Hall of Fame 1993
1952 Bowman Small Steve Van Buren 1952 Bowman Small 45 Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles halfback LSU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Eagles Honor Roll 1987 Due to a knee injury, Van Buren retired before the 1952 season. At the time he retired, he held the NFL record for career rushing yards, with 5860.
1952 Bowman Small Art Donovan 1952 Bowman Small 46 Art Donovan Dallas Texans defensive tackle Boston College, Notre Dame Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Bill Fischer 1952 Bowman Small 47 Bill Fischer Chicago Cardinals tackle, guard Notre Dame Outland Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1983
1952 Bowman Small George Halas 1952 Bowman Small 48 George Halas Chicago Bears coach, end Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Jerrell Price 1952 Bowman Small 49 Jerrell Price Chicago Cardinals tackle Texas Tech
1952 Bowman Small John Sandusky 1952 Bowman Small 50 John Sandusky Cleveland Browns tackle Villanova