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 was Albert's last season in the NFL. In 1953 he played in Canada for the Calgary Stampeders.
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