1953 Bowman Football Cards

1953 Bowman football card wrapperThere are 96 cards in the 1953 Bowman football card set, distributed very unevenly among the 12 NFL teams of the time. (For example, the set contains only two Green Bay Packers.) There are no rookie cards of Hall of Famers or Heisman Trophy winners in the set. According to the price guides, some of the 1953 Bowmans are short prints, but I am skeptical of that. It appears to me that the set was printed on three 32-card sheets, and there were no short prints or double prints. For details on this, see my virtual uncut sheets of 1953 Bowman cards.

Also see my blog article, B is for Bowman, for an overview of the 1948-1955 Bowman football card sets.

To see a large picture of any card (or stamp, sticker, etc.) in the Gallery, click on the small picture or the title.

Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1953 Bowman Eddie LeBaron 1953 Bowman 1 Eddie LeBaron Washington Redskins quarterback Pacific College Hall of Fame 1980, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Rookie card

ex $18

nm $105

1953 Bowman John Dottley 1953 Bowman 2 John Dottley Chicago Bears fullback Mississippi

ex $12

nm $44

PSA 9
1953 Bowman Babe Parilli 1953 Bowman 3 Babe Parilli Green Bay Packers quarterback Kentucky College Hall of Fame 1982, Patriots Hall of Fame 1993

ex $18

nm $105

ex
1953 Bowman Bucko Kilroy 1953 Bowman 4 Bucko Kilroy Philadelphia Eagles guard Temple

ex $12

nm $50

exmt
1953 Bowman Joe Tereshinski 1953 Bowman 5 Joe Tereshinski Washington Redskins end Georgia

ex $12

nm $44

exmt
1953 Bowman Doak Walker 1953 Bowman 6 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU College Hall of Fame 1959, Heisman Trophy 1948, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker was a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist in 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1976. He was finally inducted in 1986.

ex $24

nm $100

1953 Bowman Fran Polsfoot 1953 Bowman 7 Fran Polsfoot Chicago Cardinals end Washington State

ex $10

nm $40

PSA 7
1953 Bowman Sisto Averno 1953 Bowman 8 Sisto Averno Baltimore Colts guard Muhlenberg Averno was the last player chosen in the 1951 NFL Draft. See my Mr. Irrelevant page for cards of more players who were drafted last.

ex $12

nm $40

1953 Bowman Marion Motley 1953 Bowman 9 Marion Motley Cleveland Browns fullback South Carolina State, Nevada Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968

ex $22

nm $105

1953 Bowman Pat Brady 1953 Bowman 10 Pat Brady Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, punter Nevada, Bradley Rookie card

ex $12

nm $46

1953 Bowman Norm Van Brocklin 1953 Bowman 11 Norm Van Brocklin Los Angeles Rams quarterback, coach Oregon College Hall of Fame 1966, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971

ex $30

nm $80

nm oc
1953 Bowman Bill McColl 1953 Bowman 12 Bill McColl Chicago Bears end Stanford College Hall of Fame 1973 McColl placed fourth in voting for the 1951 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.

ex $10

nm $42

PSA 5
1953 Bowman Jerry Groom 1953 Bowman 13 Jerry Groom Chicago Cardinals center Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1994

ex $10

nm $38

PSA 8
1953 Bowman Al Pollard 1953 Bowman 14 Al Pollard Philadelphia Eagles running back, defensive back Army

ex $10

nm $38

1953 Bowman Dante Lavelli 1953 Bowman 15 Dante Lavelli Cleveland Browns end Ohio State Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975

ex $24

nm $95

1953 Bowman Eddie Price 1953 Bowman 16 Eddie Price New York Giants fullback Tulane College Hall of Fame 1982

ex $10

nm $40

1953 Bowman Charley Trippi 1953 Bowman 17 Charley Trippi Chicago Cardinals halfback Georgia Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968

ex $24

nm $95

PSA 8, PSA 7, ex
1953 Bowman Elbert Nickel 1953 Bowman 18 Elbert Nickel Pittsburgh Steelers end Cincinnati

ex $10

nm $38

1953 Bowman George Taliaferro 1953 Bowman 19 George Taliaferro Baltimore Colts halfback Indiana College Hall of Fame 1981

ex $10

nm $32

BVG 7.5
1953 Bowman Charley Conerly 1953 Bowman 20 Charley Conerly New York Giants quarterback Mississippi Giants Ring of Honor 2010, College Hall of Fame 1966

ex $28

nm $75

1953 Bowman Bobby Layne 1953 Bowman 21 Bobby Layne Detroit Lions quarterback Texas College Hall of Fame 1968, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967

ex $45

nm $190

1953 Bowman Elroy Hirsch 1953 Bowman 22 Elroy Hirsch Los Angeles Rams end, halfback Wisconsin, Michigan College Hall of Fame 1974, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 In 1953, Hirsch starred in Crazylegs, a movie about himself.

ex $28

nm $90

1953 Bowman Jim Finks 1953 Bowman 23 Jim Finks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tulsa Pro Football Hall of Fame 1995, Saints Hall of Fame 1994, Vikings Ring of Honor 1998

ex $12

nm $90

1953 Bowman Chuck Bednarik 1953 Bowman 24 Chuck Bednarik Philadelphia Eagles center, defensive tackle Pennsylvania College Hall of Fame 1969, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967

ex $22

nm $105

PSA 9
1953 Bowman Kyle Rote 1953 Bowman 25 Kyle Rote New York Giants end SMU College Hall of Fame 1964 Rote had an 84-yard punt in the 1949 Cotton Bowl, still a Bowl Championship Series record. His SMU teammate, Doak Walker, had a 79-yard punt in the same game. Both punts were "quick kicks."

ex $12

nm $95

PSA 7
1953 Bowman Otto Graham 1953 Bowman 26 Otto Graham Cleveland Browns quarterback Northwestern Browns Ring of Honor 2010, College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 The Browns have retired Graham's jersey number, 14. See the Gallery's retired numbers page for the retired numbers of all of the NFL teams.

ex $45

nm $200

1953 Bowman Harry Gilmer 1953 Bowman 27 Harry Gilmer Washington Redskins quarterback Alabama College Hall of Fame 1993

ex $10

nm $40

PSA 8, PSA 6
1953 Bowman Tobin Rote 1953 Bowman 28 Tobin Rote Green Bay Packers quarterback Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974

ex $20

nm $100

1953 Bowman Billy Stone 1953 Bowman 29 Billy Stone Chicago Bears halfback Bradley

ex $10

nm $44

PSA 6
1953 Bowman Buddy Young 1953 Bowman 30 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968

ex $12

nm $42

1953 Bowman Leon Hart 1953 Bowman 31 Leon Hart Detroit Lions fullback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1973, Heisman Trophy 1949

ex $20

nm $115

PSA 7 oc
1953 Bowman Hugh McElhenny 1953 Bowman 32 Hugh McElhenny San Francisco 49ers halfback Washington 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, College Hall of Fame 1981, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970 McElhenny placed eighth in voting for the 1951 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.

ex $22

nm $125

1953 Bowman Dale Samuels 1953 Bowman 33 Dale Samuels Chicago Cardinals quarterback Purdue

ex $12

nm $46

1953 Bowman Lou Creekmur 1953 Bowman 34 Lou Creekmur Detroit Lions tackle William and Mary Pro Football Hall of Fame 1996

ex $18

nm $135

1953 Bowman Tom Catlin 1953 Bowman 35 Tom Catlin Cleveland Browns center Oklahoma Rookie card

Catlin placed tenth in voting for the 1952 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.

ex $12

nm $54

1953 Bowman Tom Fears 1953 Bowman 36 Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams end UCLA, Santa Clara College Hall of Fame 1976, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970

ex $22

nm $90

PSA 6.5
1953 Bowman George Connor 1953 Bowman 37 George Connor Chicago Bears linebacker Holy Cross, Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1963, Outland Trophy 1946, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975

ex $18

nm $130

1953 Bowman Bill Walsh 1953 Bowman 38 Bill Walsh Pittsburgh Steelers center Notre Dame Walsh played on Notre Dame's national championship teams of 1946 and 1947.

ex $12

nm $50

1953 Bowman Leo Sanford 1953 Bowman 39 Leo Sanford Chicago Cardinals center, linebacker Louisiana Tech

ex $12

nm $54

1953 Bowman Horace Gillom 1953 Bowman 40 Horace Gillom Cleveland Browns end, punter Ohio State, Nevada - Reno

ex $14

nm $58

1953 Bowman John Schweder 1953 Bowman 41 John Schweder Pittsburgh Steelers guard Pennsylvania Schweder was the last player chosen in the 1949 NFL Draft. See my Mr. Irrelevant page for cards of more players who were drafted last.

ex $12

nm $42

1953 Bowman Tom O 1953 Bowman 42 Tom O'Connell Chicago Bears quarterback Illinois Rookie card

ex $12

nm $42

1953 Bowman Frank Gifford 1953 Bowman 43 Frank Gifford New York Giants halfback USC, Bakersfield College College Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977

ex $45

nm $190

1953 Bowman Frank Continetti 1953 Bowman 44 Frank Continetti Baltimore Colts guard George Washington

ex $10

nm $40

1953 Bowman John Olszewski 1953 Bowman 45 John Olszewski Chicago Cardinals fullback California Rookie card

ex $10

nm $38

PSA 8 oc
1953 Bowman Dub Jones 1953 Bowman 46 Dub Jones Cleveland Browns halfback LSU, Tulane Jones's son, Bert, was a quarterback for the Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams. You can see some of Bert Jones's cards in the Gallery.

ex $12

nm $48

1953 Bowman Don Paul 1953 Bowman 47 Don Paul Los Angeles Rams linebacker, coach UCLA

ex $12

nm $46

1953 Bowman Gerald Weatherly 1953 Bowman 48 Gerald Weatherly Chicago Bears center Rice Rookie card

ex $12

nm $50

1953 Bowman Fred Bruney 1953 Bowman 49 Fred Bruney San Francisco 49ers defensive back Ohio State

ex $12

nm $54

1953 Bowman Jack Scarbath 1953 Bowman 50 Jack Scarbath Washington Redskins quarterback Maryland College Hall of Fame 1983 Rookie card

ex $12

nm $42


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