1954 Bowman Football Cards

1954 Bowman football card wrapperThere are 128 cards in the 1954 Bowman football card set. The cards picture players from the 12 NFL teams of the day. The set was printed on four sheets, each containing 32 different cards. Cards 65-96 are scarcer than the others, so apparently the sheet that contained them was printed in relatively small numbers. See my virtual uncut sheets of 1954 Bowman cards for details.

The price guides list two variations of the Tom Finnan card, error and corrected, but both variations are actually in error. For an overview of the 1948-1955 Bowman sets, see my blog article, B is for Bowman. See the Legendary Auctions web site for pictures of 1-cent and 5-cent display boxes.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1954 Bowman set: George Blanda, Doug Atkins. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1954 Bowman set: John Lattner.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1954 Bowman Ray Mathews 1954 Bowman 1 Ray Mathews Pittsburgh Steelers end Clemson Steelers Legends Team exmt
1954 Bowman John Huzvar 1954 Bowman 2 John Huzvar Baltimore Colts fullback Pittsburgh, North Carolina State nm
1954 Bowman Jack Scarbath 1954 Bowman 3 Jack Scarbath Washington Redskins quarterback Maryland College Hall of Fame 1983 Scarbath finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1952, behind Billy Vessels. PSA 9, PSA 7.5
1954 Bowman Doug Atkins 1954 Bowman 4 Doug Atkins Cleveland Browns defensive end Tennessee Pro Football Hall of Fame 1982, College Hall of Fame 1985, Saints Hall of Fame 1995 Rookie card PSA 8 oc, PSA 5, vg
1954 Bowman Bill Stits 1954 Bowman 5 Bill Stits Detroit Lions defensive back UCLA Rookie card

1954 was Stits's rookie season. He had 6 interceptions and made the Pro Bowl.
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1954 Bowman Joe Perry 1954 Bowman 6 Joe Perry San Francisco 49ers fullback Compton Community College Pro Football Hall of Fame 1969, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009
1954 Bowman Kyle Rote 1954 Bowman 7 Kyle Rote New York Giants end SMU College Hall of Fame 1964 nm
1954 Bowman Norm Van Brocklin 1954 Bowman 8 Norm Van Brocklin Los Angeles Rams quarterback, coach Oregon College Hall of Fame 1966, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, Eagles Honor Roll 1987
1954 Bowman Pete Pihos 1954 Bowman 9 Pete Pihos Philadelphia Eagles end Indiana College Hall of Fame 1966, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, Eagles Honor Roll 1987
1954 Bowman Babe Parilli 1954 Bowman 10 Babe Parilli Green Bay Packers quarterback Kentucky College Hall of Fame 1982, Patriots Hall of Fame 1993 PSA 7
1954 Bowman Zeke Bratkowski 1954 Bowman 11 Zeke Bratkowski Chicago Bears quarterback Georgia Packers Hall of Fame 1989 Rookie card PSA 7, exmt
1954 Bowman Ollie Matson 1954 Bowman 12 Ollie Matson Chicago Cardinals fullback, defensive back San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972, College Hall of Fame 1976, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006 Matson placed ninth in voting for the 1951 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1954 Bowman Pat Brady 1954 Bowman 13 Pat Brady Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, punter Nevada, Bradley Steelers Legends Team PSA 9
1954 Bowman Fred Enke 1954 Bowman 14 Fred Enke Baltimore Colts quarterback Arizona PSA 9, exmt
1954 Bowman Harry Ulinski 1954 Bowman 15 Harry Ulinski Washington Redskins center Kentucky Ulinski was inducted into the Beaver County (Pennsylvania) Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. PSA 9, PSA 7.5
1954 Bowman Bobby Garrett 1954 Bowman 16 Bobby Garrett Cleveland Browns quarterback Stanford Rookie card

Garrett placed fifth in voting for the 1953 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
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1954 Bowman Bill Bowman 1954 Bowman 17 Bill Bowman Detroit Lions fullback William and Mary nm+
1954 Bowman Leo Rucka 1954 Bowman 18 Leo Rucka San Francisco 49ers center Rice The 49ers drafted Rucka in 1954, but he served two years in the Air Force before joining the team. He played in five games for the 49ers in 1956. nm+
1954 Bowman John Cannady 1954 Bowman 19 John Cannady New York Giants center Indiana PSA 7
1954 Bowman Tom Fears 1954 Bowman 20 Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams end UCLA, Santa Clara Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, College Hall of Fame 1976 PSA 9, PSA 8, nm
1954 Bowman Norm Willey 1954 Bowman 21 Norm Willey Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Marshall Rookie card
1954 Bowman Floyd Reid 1954 Bowman 22 Floyd Reid Green Bay Packers halfback Georgia nm
1954 Bowman George Blanda 1954 Bowman 23 George Blanda Chicago Bears quarterback, kicker Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 1981 Rookie card PSA 6
1954 Bowman Don Dohoney 1954 Bowman 24 Don Dohoney Chicago Cardinals end Michigan State Rookie card

Dohoney was an Academic All-American at Michigan State in 1953.
1954 Bowman John Schweder 1954 Bowman 25 John Schweder Pittsburgh Steelers guard Pennsylvania nm