Uncut Sheets of 1951 Bowman Football Cards

I have never seen a sheet of 1951 Bowman football cards, but since 1950 Bowman and 1952 Bowman sheets were configured identically, I am guessing that 1951 Bowman sheets were configured the same way. All three 1950-1952 Bowman sets--or four, if you count both 1952 Small and Large--contain 144 cards. The 1950 and 1952 sets were printed on four sheets each, with cards 1-36 arranged in sequence on the first sheet, cards 37-72 arranged in sequence on the second sheet, and so on. Some cards in the 1950 and 1952 sets are oriented horizontally, and on the sheets these cards were rotated 90 degrees to the left. Applying these characteristics to the 1951 Bowman set, I got the four sheet configurations below.

If you hold your cursor above any of the cards, 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 held cards numbered 1 through 36. It looked like this:

Weldon Humble - 1951 Bowman football card #1 Otto Graham - 1951 Bowman football card #2 Mac Speedie - 1951 Bowman football card #3 Norm Van Brocklin - 1951 Bowman football card #4 Woodley Lewis - 1951 Bowman football card #5 Tom Fears - 1951 Bowman football card #6 George Musacco - 1951 Bowman football card #7 George Taliaferro - 1951 Bowman football card #8 Barney Poole - 1951 Bowman football card #9
Steve Van Buren - 1951 Bowman football card #10 Al Wistert - 1951 Bowman football card #11 Chuck Bednarik - 1951 Bowman football card #12 Bulldog Turner - 1951 Bowman football card #13 Bob Williams - 1951 Bowman football card #14 John Lujack - 1951 Bowman football card #15 Roy Steiner - 1951 Bowman football card #16 Jug Girard - 1951 Bowman football card #17 Ed Neal - 1951 Bowman football card #18
Travis Tidwell - 1951 Bowman football card #19 Tom Landry - 1951 Bowman football card #20 Arnie Weinmeister - 1951 Bowman football card #21 Joe Geri - 1951 Bowman football card #22 Bill Walsh - 1951 Bowman football card #23 Fran Rogel - 1951 Bowman football card #24 Doak Walker - 1951 Bowman football card #25 Leon Hart - 1951 Bowman football card #26 Thurman McGraw - 1951 Bowman football card #27
Buster Ramsey - 1951 Bowman football card #28 Frank Tripucka - 1951 Bowman football card #29 Don Paul - 1951 Bowman football card #30 Alex Loyd - 1951 Bowman football card #31 Y.A. Tittle - 1951 Bowman football card #32 Verl Lillywhite - 1951 Bowman football card #33 Sammy Baugh - 1951 Bowman football card #34 Chuck Drazenovich - 1951 Bowman football card #35 Bob Goode - 1951 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

The second sheet held cards numbered 37 through 72. It looked like this:

Horace Gillom - 1951 Bowman football card #37 Lou Rymkus - 1951 Bowman football card #38 Ken Carpenter - 1951 Bowman football card #39 Bob Waterfield - 1951 Bowman football card #40 Vitamin Smith - 1951 Bowman football card #41 Glenn Davis - 1951 Bowman football card #42 Dan Edwards - 1951 Bowman football card #43 John Rauch - 1951 Bowman football card #44 Zollie Toth - 1951 Bowman football card #45
Pete Pihos - 1951 Bowman football card #46 Russ Craft - 1951 Bowman football card #47 Walter Barnes - 1951 Bowman football card #48 Fred Morrison - 1951 Bowman football card #49 Ray Bray - 1951 Bowman football card #50 Ed Sprinkle - 1951 Bowman football card #51 Floyd Reid - 1951 Bowman football card #52 Billy Grimes - 1951 Bowman football card #53 Ted Fritsch Sr. - 1951 Bowman football card #54
Al DeRogatis - 1951 Bowman football card #55 Charley Conerly - 1951 Bowman football card #56 Jon Baker - 1951 Bowman football card #57 Tom McWilliams - 1951 Bowman football card #58 Jerry Shipkey - 1951 Bowman football card #59 Lynn Chandnois - 1951 Bowman football card #60 Don Doll - 1951 Bowman football card #61 Lou Creekmur - 1951 Bowman football card #62 Bob Hoernschemeyer - 1951 Bowman football card #63
Tom Wham - 1951 Bowman football card #64 Bill Fischer - 1951 Bowman football card #65 Robert Nussbaumer - 1951 Bowman football card #66 Gordon Soltau - 1951 Bowman football card #67 Visco Grgich - 1951 Bowman football card #68 John Strzykalski - 1951 Bowman football card #69 Pete Stout - 1951 Bowman football card #70 Paul Lipscomb - 1951 Bowman football card #71 Harry Gilmer - 1951 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

The third sheet held cards numbered 73 through 108:

Dante Lavelli - 1951 Bowman football card #73 Dub Jones - 1951 Bowman football card #74 Lou Groza - 1951 Bowman football card #75 Elroy Hirsch - 1951 Bowman football card #76 Tom Kalmanir - 1951 Bowman football card #77 Jack Zilly - 1951 Bowman football card #78 Bruce Alford - 1951 Bowman football card #79 Art Weiner - 1951 Bowman football card #80 Brad Ecklund - 1951 Bowman football card #81
Bosh Pritchard - 1951 Bowman football card #82 John Green - 1951 Bowman football card #83 Ebert Van Buren - 1951 Bowman football card #84 Julie Rykovich - 1951 Bowman football card #85 Fred Davis - 1951 Bowman football card #86 John Hoffman - 1951 Bowman football card #87 Tobin Rote - 1951 Bowman football card #88 Paul Burris - 1951 Bowman football card #89 Tony Canadeo - 1951 Bowman football card #90
Emlen Tunnell - 1951 Bowman football card #91 Otto Schnellbacher - 1951 Bowman football card #92 Ray Poole - 1951 Bowman football card #93 Darrell Hogan - 1951 Bowman football card #94 Frank Sinkovitz - 1951 Bowman football card #95 Ernie Stautner - 1951 Bowman football card #96 Elmer Angsman - 1951 Bowman football card #97 Jack Jennings - 1951 Bowman football card #98 Jerry Groom - 1951 Bowman football card #99
John Prchlik - 1951 Bowman football card #100 Robert Smith - 1951 Bowman football card #101 Bobby Layne - 1951 Bowman football card #102 Frankie Albert - 1951 Bowman football card #103 Gail Bruce - 1951 Bowman football card #104 Joe Perry - 1951 Bowman football card #105 Leon Heath - 1951 Bowman football card #106 Ed Quirk - 1951 Bowman football card #107 Hugh Taylor - 1951 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, the fourth sheet held cards numbered 109 through 144. It looked like this:

Marion Motley - 1951 Bowman football card #109 Tony Adamle - 1951 Bowman football card #110 Alex Agase - 1951 Bowman football card #111 Tank Younger - 1951 Bowman football card #112 Bob Boyd - 1951 Bowman football card #113 Jerome Williams - 1951 Bowman football card #114 Joe Golding - 1951 Bowman football card #115 Sherman Howard - 1951 Bowman football card #116 John Wozniak - 1951 Bowman football card #117
Frank Reagan - 1951 Bowman football card #118 Vic Sears - 1951 Bowman football card #119 Clyde Scott - 1951 Bowman football card #120 George Gulyanics - 1951 Bowman football card #121 Bill Wightkin - 1951 Bowman football card #122 Chuck Hunsinger - 1951 Bowman football card #123 Jack Cloud - 1951 Bowman football card #124 Abner Wimberly - 1951 Bowman football card #125 Dick Wildung - 1951 Bowman football card #126
Eddie Price - 1951 Bowman football card #127 Joe Scott - 1951 Bowman football card #128 Jerry Nuzum - 1951 Bowman football card #129 Jim Finks - 1951 Bowman football card #130 Bob Gage - 1951 Bowman football card #131 Bill Swiacki - 1951 Bowman football card #132 Joe Watson - 1951 Bowman football card #133 Ollie Cline - 1951 Bowman football card #134 Jack Lininger - 1951 Bowman football card #135
Fran Polsfoot - 1951 Bowman football card #136 Charley Trippi - 1951 Bowman football card #137 Ventan Yablonski - 1951 Bowman football card #138 Emil Sitko - 1951 Bowman football card #139 Leo Nomellini - 1951 Bowman football card #140 Norm Standlee - 1951 Bowman football card #141 Eddie Saenz - 1951 Bowman football card #142 Al Demao - 1951 Bowman football card #143 Bill Dudley - 1951 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

Looking at PSA's population report, I found that it supports the sheet configurations above. According to the population report, the cards with fewest examples graded PSA 8 and better are numbers 1, 9, 39, 43, 45, 54, 73, 74, 81, 117, 118, 121, 125, 126, 127, 135, 136, 138, 139, and 144. Of these twenty cards, eight appear on the corners of the sheets I propose above, ten are on the edges, and only two--cards 121 and 125--are in the interior. As a rule, cards on the corners and edges of uncut sheets tended to get damaged in production, so corner and edge cards tend to be scarcer than cards from the interior of the sheets. The sheet configurations above follow that rule.

Also, it appears to me that the fourth sheet above was printed in somewhat smaller numbers than the other sheets. According to PSA's report, PSA has graded fewer than 60 each of cards 117, 127, 135, 136, and 139. No cards on any of the other sheets have populations below 60.

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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