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 ex
1954 Bowman John Huzvar 1954 Bowman 2 John Huzvar Baltimore Colts fullback Pittsburgh, North Carolina State exmt
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
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 4
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.
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
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
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
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.
1954 Bowman Bill Bowman 1954 Bowman 17 Bill Bowman Detroit Lions fullback William and Mary
1954 Bowman Leo Rucka 1954 Bowman 18 Leo Rucka San Francisco 49ers center Rice PSA 7
1954 Bowman John Cannady 1954 Bowman 19 John Cannady New York Giants center Indiana
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 vg-ex
1954 Bowman Floyd Reid 1954 Bowman 22 Floyd Reid Green Bay Packers halfback Georgia ex
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
1954 Bowman Bert Rechichar 1954 Bowman 26 Bert Rechichar Baltimore Colts defensive back Tennessee Rechichar kicked a 56-yard field goal in 1953, setting a new NFL record. The record stood until Tom Dempsey kicked a 63-yarder in 1970. PSA 5
1954 Bowman Harry Dowda 1954 Bowman 27 Harry Dowda Washington Redskins halfback Wake Forest
1954 Bowman John Sandusky 1954 Bowman 28 John Sandusky Cleveland Browns tackle Villanova PSA 8, PSA 7.5
1954 Bowman Les Bingaman 1954 Bowman 29 Les Bingaman Detroit Lions guard Illinois
1954 Bowman Joe Arenas 1954 Bowman 30 Joe Arenas San Francisco 49ers halfback Nebraska - Omaha Rookie card
1954 Bowman Ray Wietecha 1954 Bowman 31 Ray Wietecha New York Giants center Northwestern, Michigan State Rookie card
1954 Bowman Elroy Hirsch 1954 Bowman 32 Elroy Hirsch Los Angeles Rams end, halfback Wisconsin, Michigan Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968, College Hall of Fame 1974 ex
1954 Bowman Harold Giancanelli 1954 Bowman 33 Harold Giancanelli Philadelphia Eagles halfback Loyola (L.A.) Rookie card
1954 Bowman Bill Howton 1954 Bowman 34 Bill Howton Green Bay Packers end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974
1954 Bowman Fred Morrison 1954 Bowman 35 Fred Morrison Chicago Bears halfback Ohio State exmt
1954 Bowman Bobby Cavazos 1954 Bowman 36 Bobby Cavazos Chicago Cardinals halfback Texas Tech A rookie in 1954, Cavazos was injured in the preseason and never played in a regular season NFL game.
1954 Bowman Darrell Hogan 1954 Bowman 37 Darrell Hogan Pittsburgh Steelers guard Trinity, Baylor
1954 Bowman Buddy Young 1954 Bowman 38 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968 PSA 9, nm
1954 Bowman Charlie Justice 1954 Bowman 39 Charlie Justice Washington Redskins running back North Carolina Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1961 Error card

First name misspelled "Charley."
1954 Bowman Otto Graham 1954 Bowman 40 Otto Graham Cleveland Browns quarterback Northwestern College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
1954 Bowman Doak Walker 1954 Bowman 41 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Since 1990, the Doak Walker Award has been given each year to the nation's premier college running back.
1954 Bowman Y.A. Tittle 1954 Bowman 42 Y.A. Tittle San Francisco 49ers quarterback LSU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 PSA 9
1954 Bowman Buford Long 1954 Bowman 43 Buford Long New York Giants halfback Florida
1954 Bowman Volney Quinlan 1954 Bowman 44 Volney Quinlan Los Angeles Rams halfback San Diego State
1954 Bowman Bobby Thomason 1954 Bowman 45 Bobby Thomason Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Virginia Military Institute PSA 9
1954 Bowman Fred Cone 1954 Bowman 46 Fred Cone Green Bay Packers fullback Clemson Packers Hall of Fame 1974 PSA 8
1954 Bowman Gerald Weatherly 1954 Bowman 47 Gerald Weatherly Chicago Bears center Rice
1954 Bowman Don Stonesifer 1954 Bowman 48 Don Stonesifer Chicago Cardinals end Northwestern nm+
1954 Bowman Lynn Chandnois 1954 Bowman 49cor Lynn Chandnois Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Michigan State This variation has Chandnois spelled correctly on the back. PSA 7
1954 Bowman Lynn Chandnois 1954 Bowman 49err Lynn Chandnois Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Michigan State Error card

This variation has Chandnois misspelled "Chadnois" on the back.