Uncut Sheets of 1950 Bowman Football Cards

The pictures below show how uncut sheets of 1950 Bowman football cards were configured. I modeled them after real uncut sheets that appeared a few years ago in a Lelands auction. There are 144 cards in the 1950 Bowman set, and they were printed on four sheets of 36. Though only two of the four sheets appeared in the auction, it is easy to see what the other two sheets must have 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.)

The first sheet, one of the sheets in the auction, held cards numbered 1 through 36. It looked like this:

Doak Walker - 1950 Bowman football card #1 John Greene - 1950 Bowman football card #2 Bob Nowaskey - 1950 Bowman football card #3 Jonathan Jenkins - 1950 Bowman football card #4 Y.A. Tittle - 1950 Bowman football card #5 Lou Groza - 1950 Bowman football card #6 Alex Agase - 1950 Bowman football card #7 Mac Speedie - 1950 Bowman football card #8 Tony Canadeo - 1950 Bowman football card #9
Larry Craig - 1950 Bowman football card #10 Ted Fritsch Sr. - 1950 Bowman football card #11 Joe Golding - 1950 Bowman football card #12 Martin Ruby - 1950 Bowman football card #13 George Taliaferro - 1950 Bowman football card #14 Tank Younger - 1950 Bowman football card #15 Glenn Davis - 1950 Bowman football card #16 Bob Waterfield - 1950 Bowman football card #17 Val Jansante - 1950 Bowman football card #18
Joe Geri - 1950 Bowman football card #19 Jerry Nuzum - 1950 Bowman football card #20 Elmer Angsman - 1950 Bowman football card #21 Billy Dewell - 1950 Bowman football card #22 Steve Van Buren - 1950 Bowman football card #23 Cliff Patton - 1950 Bowman football card #24 Bosh Pritchard - 1950 Bowman football card #25 John Lujack - 1950 Bowman football card #26 Sid Luckman - 1950 Bowman football card #27
Bulldog Turner - 1950 Bowman football card #28 Bill Dudley - 1950 Bowman football card #29 Hugh Taylor - 1950 Bowman football card #30 George Thomas - 1950 Bowman football card #31 Ray Poole - 1950 Bowman football card #32 Travis Tidwell - 1950 Bowman football card #33 Gail Bruce - 1950 Bowman football card #34 Joe Perry - 1950 Bowman football card #35 Frankie Albert - 1950 Bowman football card #36

This table shows how the cards were arranged by number on the first sheet:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

Following the pattern of the first sheet, it's logical that the second sheet held cards numbered 37 through 72. It looked like this:

Bobby Layne - 1950 Bowman football card #37 Leon Hart - 1950 Bowman football card #38 Bob Hoernschemeyer - 1950 Bowman football card #39 Dick Barwegan - 1950 Bowman football card #40 Adrian Burk - 1950 Bowman football card #41 Barry French - 1950 Bowman football card #42 Marion Motley - 1950 Bowman football card #43 Jim Martin - 1950 Bowman football card #44 Otto Graham - 1950 Bowman football card #45
Al Baldwin - 1950 Bowman football card #46 Larry Coutre - 1950 Bowman football card #47 John Rauch - 1950 Bowman football card #48 Sam Tamburo - 1950 Bowman football card #49 Mike Swistowicz - 1950 Bowman football card #50 Tom Fears - 1950 Bowman football card #51 Elroy Hirsch - 1950 Bowman football card #52 Dick Huffman - 1950 Bowman football card #53 Bob Gage - 1950 Bowman football card #54
Buddy Tinsley - 1950 Bowman football card #55 Bill Blackburn - 1950 Bowman football card #56 John Cochran - 1950 Bowman football card #57 Bill Fischer - 1950 Bowman football card #58 Al Wistert - 1950 Bowman football card #59 Clyde Scott - 1950 Bowman football card #60 Walter Barnes - 1950 Bowman football card #61 Bob Perina - 1950 Bowman football card #62 Bill Wightkin - 1950 Bowman football card #63
Bob Goode - 1950 Bowman football card #64 Al Demao - 1950 Bowman football card #65 Harry Gilmer - 1950 Bowman football card #66 Bill Austin - 1950 Bowman football card #67 Joe Scott - 1950 Bowman football card #68 Tex Coulter - 1950 Bowman football card #69 Paul Salata - 1950 Bowman football card #70 Emil Sitko - 1950 Bowman football card #71 Bill Johnson - 1950 Bowman football card #72

And it was numbered like this:

37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45
46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54
55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63
64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72

Continuing the pattern, sheet three would have held cards numbered 73 through 108:

Don Doll - 1950 Bowman football card #73 Dan Sandifer - 1950 Bowman football card #74 John Panelli - 1950 Bowman football card #75 Bill Leonard - 1950 Bowman football card #76 Bob Kelly - 1950 Bowman football card #77 Dante Lavelli - 1950 Bowman football card #78 Tony Adamle - 1950 Bowman football card #79 Dick Wildung - 1950 Bowman football card #80 Tobin Rote - 1950 Bowman football card #81
Paul Burris - 1950 Bowman football card #82 Lowell Tew - 1950 Bowman football card #83 Barney Poole - 1950 Bowman football card #84 Fred Naumetz - 1950 Bowman football card #85 Dick Hoerner - 1950 Bowman football card #86 Bob Reinhard - 1950 Bowman football card #87 Howard Hartley - 1950 Bowman football card #88 Darrell Hogan - 1950 Bowman football card #89 Jerry Shipkey - 1950 Bowman football card #90
Frank Tripucka - 1950 Bowman football card #91 Buster Ramsey - 1950 Bowman football card #92 Pat Harder - 1950 Bowman football card #93 Vic Sears - 1950 Bowman football card #94 Tommy Thompson - 1950 Bowman football card #95 Bucko Kilroy - 1950 Bowman football card #96 George Connor - 1950 Bowman football card #97 Fred Morrison - 1950 Bowman football card #98 Jim Keane - 1950 Bowman football card #99
Sammy Baugh - 1950 Bowman football card #100 Harry Ulinski - 1950 Bowman football card #101 Frank Spaniel - 1950 Bowman football card #102 Charley Conerly - 1950 Bowman football card #103 Dick Hensley - 1950 Bowman football card #104 Eddie Price - 1950 Bowman football card #105 Ed Carr - 1950 Bowman football card #106 Leo Nomellini - 1950 Bowman football card #107 Verl Lillywhite - 1950 Bowman football card #108

And it was numbered like this:

73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81
82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90
91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99
100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108

Finally, sheet four, which was in the auction, held cards numbered 109 through 144. It looked like this:

Wallace Triplett - 1950 Bowman football card #109 Joe Watson - 1950 Bowman football card #110 Cloyce Box - 1950 Bowman football card #111 Billy Stone - 1950 Bowman football card #112 Earl Murray - 1950 Bowman football card #113 Chet Mutryn - 1950 Bowman football card #114 Ken Carpenter - 1950 Bowman football card #115 Lou Rymkus - 1950 Bowman football card #116 Dub Jones - 1950 Bowman football card #117
Clayton Tonnemaker - 1950 Bowman football card #118 Walt Schlinkman - 1950 Bowman football card #119 Billy Grimes - 1950 Bowman football card #120 George Ratterman - 1950 Bowman football card #121 Bob Mann - 1950 Bowman football card #122 Buddy Young - 1950 Bowman football card #123 Jack Zilly - 1950 Bowman football card #124 Tom Kalmanir - 1950 Bowman football card #125 Frank Sinkovitz - 1950 Bowman football card #126
Elbert Nickel - 1950 Bowman football card #127 Jim Finks - 1950 Bowman football card #128 Charley Trippi - 1950 Bowman football card #129 Tom Wham - 1950 Bowman football card #130 Ventan Yablonski - 1950 Bowman football card #131 Chuck Bednarik - 1950 Bowman football card #132 Joe Muha - 1950 Bowman football card #133 Pete Pihos - 1950 Bowman football card #134 Washington Serini - 1950 Bowman football card #135
George Gulyanics - 1950 Bowman football card #136 Ken Kavanaugh - 1950 Bowman football card #137 Howie Livingston - 1950 Bowman football card #138 Joe Tereshinski - 1950 Bowman football card #139 Jim White - 1950 Bowman football card #140 Gene Roberts - 1950 Bowman football card #141 Bill Swiacki - 1950 Bowman football card #142 Norm Standlee - 1950 Bowman football card #143 Knox Ramsey - 1950 Bowman football card #144

And it was numbered like this:

109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117
118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126
127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135
136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144

Judging by PSA's population report, compared to the first two sheets, Bowman printed slightly fewer copies of the fourth sheet, and slightly more of the third sheet. The fourth sheet contains a lot of the tougher commons, and the third sheet contains a lot of the easier ones.

Also, you can see on all of the sheets that Bowman grouped teammates together, mostly in threes. Some of the cards in the set--47, if my count is correct--are oriented horizontally, but I don't see a pattern as to where the horizontal cards were placed on the sheets. I guess the company decided on a card-by-card basis which ones would look better horizontally.

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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