Uncut Sheets of 1948 Bowman Football Cards

The pictures below show how 1948 Bowman football cards were arranged on the three uncut sheets. As a model for the first one, I used a photo of a real uncut sheet that appeared in a 1984 Sports Collectors Digest article by Ted Zanidakis. From the simple numbering pattern of the first sheet, it is easy to guess what the other two sheets looked like.

If you hold your cursor above any of the cards below, your browser should show you the name of the player and the number of the card. Clicking on a card will bring up the full-sized scan. (A real uncut sheet would not have lines between the cards--that's an effect of scanning them individually.)

Ted notes in his article that only Giants, Eagles, and Redskins players appeared on the first 1948 Bowman sheet.

Joe Tereshinski - 1948 Bowman football card #1 Ray Poole - 1948 Bowman football card #4 Steve Van Buren - 1948 Bowman football card #7 Chris Iverson - 1948 Bowman football card #10 Hugh Taylor - 1948 Bowman football card #13 Tommy Thompson - 1948 Bowman football card #16 Art Faircloth - 1948 Bowman football card #19 Sammy Baugh - 1948 Bowman football card #22 Pat McHugh - 1948 Bowman football card #25
Paul Governali - 1948 Bowman football card #28 Salvatore Rosato - 1948 Bowman football card #31 Bosh Pritchard - 1948 Bowman football card #34 Len Younce - 1948 Bowman football card #37 James Peebles - 1948 Bowman football card #40 Al Wistert - 1948 Bowman football card #43 Skip Minisi - 1948 Bowman football card #46 Dick Poillon - 1948 Bowman football card #49 Neill Armstrong - 1948 Bowman football card #52
Frank Reagan - 1948 Bowman football card #55 Robert Nussbaumer - 1948 Bowman football card #58 Alex Wojciechowicz - 1948 Bowman football card #61 Joe Sulaitis - 1948 Bowman football card #64 Paul McKee - 1948 Bowman football card #67 Jack Ferrante - 1948 Bowman football card #70 Tex Coulter - 1948 Bowman football card #73 James Hefti - 1948 Bowman football card #76 Bucko Kilroy - 1948 Bowman football card #79
John Cannady - 1948 Bowman football card #82 Bill Gray - 1948 Bowman football card #85 Ben Kish - 1948 Bowman football card #88 Jim White - 1948 Bowman football card #91 John Adams Sr. - 1948 Bowman football card #94 Joe Muha - 1948 Bowman football card #97 Bill Miklich - 1948 Bowman football card #100 Tom Farmer - 1948 Bowman football card #103 Ernie Steele - 1948 Bowman football card #106

The following table shows how the cards on the first sheet were arranged by number. There is an obvious pattern to the numbers: at the upper left is card number 1, you add 3 to get the number of the next card, you add another 3 to get the number of the next card, and so on. (The cards in green are among the scarcest in the set in high grade--see below.)

1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25
28 31 34 37 40 43 46 49 52
55 58 61 64 67 70 73 76 79
82 85 88 91 94 97 100 103 106

Following the same numbering pattern, but starting with card number 2 in the upper left, we get the second sheet. This sheet contained only players from the other seven teams, the Packers, Bears, Yanks, Steelers, Rams, Cardinals, and Lions.

Larry Olsonoski - 1948 Bowman football card #2 Bill DeCorrevont - 1948 Bowman football card #5 Kenny Washington - 1948 Bowman football card #8 Jack Wiley - 1948 Bowman football card #11 Frank Seno - 1948 Bowman football card #14 Charley Trippi - 1948 Bowman football card #17 Clyde Goodnight - 1948 Bowman football card #20 Don Kindt - 1948 Bowman football card #23 Bob Waterfield - 1948 Bowman football card #26
Pat Harder - 1948 Bowman football card #29 John Mastrangelo - 1948 Bowman football card #32 Mike Micka - 1948 Bowman football card #35 Pat West - 1948 Bowman football card #38 Bob Skoglund - 1948 Bowman football card #41 Paul Christman - 1948 Bowman football card #44 Bob Mann - 1948 Bowman football card #47 Charles Cherundolo - 1948 Bowman football card #50 Frank Maznicki - 1948 Bowman football card #53
Jim Hardy - 1948 Bowman football card #56 Mervin Pregulman - 1948 Bowman football card #59 Walt Schlinkman - 1948 Bowman football card #62 Mike Holovak - 1948 Bowman football card #65 Bill Moore - 1948 Bowman football card #68 Leslie Horvath - 1948 Bowman football card #71 Boley Dancewicz - 1948 Bowman football card #74 Paul Sarringhaus - 1948 Bowman football card #77 Bill Dudley - 1948 Bowman football card #80
Perry Moss - 1948 Bowman football card #83 John Clement - 1948 Bowman football card #86 Herbert Banta - 1948 Bowman football card #89 Frank Barzilauskas - 1948 Bowman football card #92 George McAfee - 1948 Bowman football card #95 Fred Enke - 1948 Bowman football card #98 Joe Gottlieb - 1948 Bowman football card #101 Bruce Smith - 1948 Bowman football card #104 Sid Luckman - 1948 Bowman football card #107

The second sheet was numbered like this:

2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26
29 32 35 38 41 44 47 50 53
56 59 62 65 68 71 74 77 80
83 86 89 92 95 98 101 104 107

Again following the same numbering pattern, but starting with card number 3 in the upper left, we get the third sheet. This sheet contained players from all ten NFL teams.

John Lujack - 1948 Bowman football card #3 Paul Briggs - 1948 Bowman football card #6 Nolan Luhn - 1948 Bowman football card #9 Charley Conerly - 1948 Bowman football card #12 Gil Bouley - 1948 Bowman football card #15 Vince Banonis - 1948 Bowman football card #18 Bill Chipley - 1948 Bowman football card #21 John Koniszewski - 1948 Bowman football card #24 Tony Compagno - 1948 Bowman football card #27
Vic Lindskog - 1948 Bowman football card #30 Fred Gehrke - 1948 Bowman football card #33 Bulldog Turner - 1948 Bowman football card #36 Russ Thomas - 1948 Bowman football card #39 Walt Stickel - 1948 Bowman football card #42 Jay Rhodemyre - 1948 Bowman football card #45 Mal Kutner - 1948 Bowman football card #48 Gerard Cowhig - 1948 Bowman football card #51 John Sanchez - 1948 Bowman football card #54
John Badaczewski - 1948 Bowman football card #57 Elbert Nickel - 1948 Bowman football card #60 Pete Pihos - 1948 Bowman football card #63 Cecil Souders - 1948 Bowman football card #66 Frank Minini - 1948 Bowman football card #69 Ted Fritsch Sr. - 1948 Bowman football card #72 Dante Magnani - 1948 Bowman football card #75 Joe Scott - 1948 Bowman football card #78 Marshall Goldberg - 1948 Bowman football card #81
Harold Crisler - 1948 Bowman football card #84 Dan Sandifer - 1948 Bowman football card #87 Bill Garnaas - 1948 Bowman football card #90 Vic Sears - 1948 Bowman football card #93 Ralph Heywood - 1948 Bowman football card #96 Harry Gilmer - 1948 Bowman football card #99 Elmer Angsman - 1948 Bowman football card #102 Bob Cifers - 1948 Bowman football card #105 Buford Ray - 1948 Bowman football card #108

The third sheet was numbered like this:

3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27
30 33 36 39 42 45 48 51 54
57 60 63 66 69 72 75 78 81
84 87 90 93 96 99 102 105 108

In Ted's article, he recalls that cards from the first sheet were released early in the season, cards from the second sheet were released in the middle of the season, and cards from the third sheet were not distributed at all in his neighborhood. So, though I have not read it in any price guides, Bowman apparently released the 1948 cards in three series, and the three series corresponded to the three sheets. By skip-numbering the cards in each series, the company fooled kids into buying more cards, in search of the cards with the missing numbers. (Leaf employed similar dirty tricks in their 1949 football card set--but Leaf never did fill in the gaps!)

According to the price guides, 1948 Bowman cards with numbers divisible by 3 are short prints, meaning that the third sheet was printed in smaller quantities than the other two. As I said in one of my blog articles, however (see B is for Bowman), I don't believe that the disparity was as great as the price guides indicate. My Beckett catalog puts the divisible-by-3 commons at about four times the price of the other commons, but PSA's population report shows that PSA has graded only about third fewer of them. The last time I looked, the scarcest 1948 Bowman cards in high grades (PSA 8 or better) were card numbers 9, 18, 27, 69, 90, 99, 103, 106, and 108. I marked those cards in green in the tables above. As you can see, seven of those are from the third sheet, but numbers 103 and 106 were in the bottom right corner of the first sheet. This again shows that a card's position on the sheet affects its scarcity, because cards on the corners and edges of the sheets tended to get damaged in production.

For general information on uncut sheets of vintage football cards, see my blog article, U is for Uncut Sheets. Also see my other virtual uncut sheets, listed in the left column of this page.

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