Uncut Sheets of 1952 Bowman Large Football Cards

The picture below shows how uncut sheets of 1952 Bowman Large football cards were configured. As a model for the first one, I used a photo of a real uncut sheet that Ted Zanidakis posted in the net54baseball.com forums. Then I followed the simple numbering pattern of the first sheet to get the configuration of the other three sheets.

The first sheet contains cards numbered 1 through 36, in order, starting at the top left. The cards in the leftmost column and the cards in the rightmost column are short prints, because one of those two columns--usually the rightmost one--was truncated in he printing process. Quoting Ted:

"Bowman took their Small set and enlarged the size of their cards in order to compete with the very popular larger 1952 Topps baseball cards. Bowman had not yet increased the printing press track to 43 inches (used in the printing of all their cards from 1953 to 1955). In order to print all 144 cards in their football set, they had to cut down the size of the cardboard to fit the press's track. Thereby, cards on the rightmost column and the leftmost column of an original 36-card sheet were truncated. That resulted in, all cards divisible by 9 are short-printed. And, all cards divisible by 9 (+ 1) are short-printed."

As I understand it, then, the total population of Otto Graham cards (card #2) should approximately equal the total population of Norm Van Brocklin cards (card #1) plus the total population of Joe Spencer cards (card #9). On each of the sheets that Bowman printed of cards numbered 1-36, the Graham card would have survived, but either the the Van Brocklin card or the Spencer card would have been cut off.

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 is an effect of scanning them individually.)

Norm Van Brocklin - 1952 Bowman Large football card #1 Otto Graham - 1952 Bowman Large football card #2 Doak Walker - 1952 Bowman Large football card #3 Steve Owen - 1952 Bowman Large football card #4 Frankie Albert - 1952 Bowman Large football card #5 Laurie Niemi - 1952 Bowman Large football card #6 Chuck Hunsinger - 1952 Bowman Large football card #7 Ed Modzelewski - 1952 Bowman Large football card #8 Joe Spencer - 1952 Bowman Large football card #9
Chuck Bednarik - 1952 Bowman Large football card #10 Barney Poole - 1952 Bowman Large football card #11 Charley Trippi - 1952 Bowman Large football card #12 Tom Fears - 1952 Bowman Large football card #13 Paul Brown - 1952 Bowman Large football card #14 Leon Hart - 1952 Bowman Large football card #15 Frank Gifford - 1952 Bowman Large football card #16 Y.A. Tittle - 1952 Bowman Large football card #17 Charlie Justice - 1952 Bowman Large football card #18
George Connor - 1952 Bowman Large football card #19 Lynn Chandnois - 1952 Bowman Large football card #20 Bill Howton - 1952 Bowman Large football card #21 Ken Snyder - 1952 Bowman Large football card #22 Gino Marchetti - 1952 Bowman Large football card #23 John Karras - 1952 Bowman Large football card #24 Tank Younger - 1952 Bowman Large football card #25 Tommy Thompson - 1952 Bowman Large football card #26 Bob Miller - 1952 Bowman Large football card #27
Kyle Rote - 1952 Bowman Large football card #28 Hugh McElhenny - 1952 Bowman Large football card #29 Sammy Baugh - 1952 Bowman Large football card #30 Jim Dooley - 1952 Bowman Large football card #31 Ray Mathews - 1952 Bowman Large football card #32 Fred Cone - 1952 Bowman Large football card #33 Al Pollard - 1952 Bowman Large football card #34 Brad Ecklund - 1952 Bowman Large football card #35 John Lee Hancock - 1952 Bowman Large football card #36

Following the pattern of the first sheet, the second sheet, containing cards numbered 37-72, would have looked like this:

Elroy Hirsch - 1952 Bowman Large football card #37 Keever Jankovich - 1952 Bowman Large football card #38 Emlen Tunnell - 1952 Bowman Large football card #39 Steve Dowden - 1952 Bowman Large football card #40 Claude Hipps - 1952 Bowman Large football card #41 Norm Standlee - 1952 Bowman Large football card #42 Dick Todd - 1952 Bowman Large football card #43 Babe Parilli - 1952 Bowman Large football card #44 Steve Van Buren - 1952 Bowman Large football card #45
Art Donovan - 1952 Bowman Large football card #46 Bill Fischer - 1952 Bowman Large football card #47 George Halas - 1952 Bowman Large football card #48 Jerrell Price - 1952 Bowman Large football card #49 John Sandusky - 1952 Bowman Large football card #50 Ray Beck - 1952 Bowman Large football card #51 Jim Martin - 1952 Bowman Large football card #52 Joe Bach - 1952 Bowman Large football card #53 Glen Christian - 1952 Bowman Large football card #54
Andy Davis - 1952 Bowman Large football card #55 Tobin Rote - 1952 Bowman Large football card #56 Wayne Millner - 1952 Bowman Large football card #57 Zollie Toth - 1952 Bowman Large football card #58 Jack Jennings - 1952 Bowman Large football card #59 Bill McColl - 1952 Bowman Large football card #60 Les Richter - 1952 Bowman Large football card #61 Walt Michaels - 1952 Bowman Large football card #62 Charley Conerly - 1952 Bowman Large football card #63
Howard Hartley - 1952 Bowman Large football card #64 Jerome Smith - 1952 Bowman Large football card #65 Jim Clark - 1952 Bowman Large football card #66 Dick Logan - 1952 Bowman Large football card #67 Wayne Robinson - 1952 Bowman Large football card #68 James Hammond - 1952 Bowman Large football card #69 Gene Schroeder - 1952 Bowman Large football card #70 Tex Coulter - 1952 Bowman Large football card #71 John Schweder - 1952 Bowman Large football card #72

The third sheet, with cards numbered 73-108, would have looked like this:

Vitamin Smith - 1952 Bowman Large football card #73 Joe Campanella - 1952 Bowman Large football card #74 Joe Kuharich - 1952 Bowman Large football card #75 Herman Clark - 1952 Bowman Large football card #76 Dan Edwards - 1952 Bowman Large football card #77 Bobby Layne - 1952 Bowman Large football card #78 Bob Hoernschemeyer - 1952 Bowman Large football card #79 Jack Blount - 1952 Bowman Large football card #80 John Kastan - 1952 Bowman Large football card #81
Harry Minarik - 1952 Bowman Large football card #82 Joe Perry - 1952 Bowman Large football card #83 Buddy Parker - 1952 Bowman Large football card #84 Andy Robustelli - 1952 Bowman Large football card #85 Dub Jones - 1952 Bowman Large football card #86 Mal Cook - 1952 Bowman Large football card #87 Billy Stone - 1952 Bowman Large football card #88 George Taliaferro - 1952 Bowman Large football card #89 Thomas Johnson - 1952 Bowman Large football card #90
Leon Heath - 1952 Bowman Large football card #91 Pete Pihos - 1952 Bowman Large football card #92 Fred Benners - 1952 Bowman Large football card #93 George Tarasovic - 1952 Bowman Large football card #94 Buck Shaw - 1952 Bowman Large football card #95 Bill Wightkin - 1952 Bowman Large football card #96 John Wozniak - 1952 Bowman Large football card #97 Bobby Dillon - 1952 Bowman Large football card #98 Joe Stydahar - 1952 Bowman Large football card #99
Dick Alban - 1952 Bowman Large football card #100 Arnie Weinmeister - 1952 Bowman Large football card #101 Bobby Cross - 1952 Bowman Large football card #102 Don Paul - 1952 Bowman Large football card #103 Buddy Young - 1952 Bowman Large football card #104 Lou Groza - 1952 Bowman Large football card #105 Ray Pelfrey - 1952 Bowman Large football card #106 Maurice Nipp - 1952 Bowman Large football card #107 Hubert Johnston - 1952 Bowman Large football card #108

And the fourth sheet, with cards numbered 109-144, would have looked like this:

Volney Quinlan - 1952 Bowman Large football card #109 Jack Simmons - 1952 Bowman Large football card #110 George Ratterman - 1952 Bowman Large football card #111 John Badaczewski - 1952 Bowman Large football card #112 Bill Reichardt - 1952 Bowman Large football card #113 Art Weiner - 1952 Bowman Large football card #114 Keith Flowers - 1952 Bowman Large football card #115 Russ Craft - 1952 Bowman Large football card #116 Pat O'Donahue - 1952 Bowman Large football card #117
Darrell Hogan - 1952 Bowman Large football card #118 Frank Ziegler - 1952 Bowman Large football card #119 Dan Towler - 1952 Bowman Large football card #120 Fred Williams - 1952 Bowman Large football card #121 Jim Phelan - 1952 Bowman Large football card #122 Eddie Price - 1952 Bowman Large football card #123 Chet Ostrowski - 1952 Bowman Large football card #124 Leo Nomellini - 1952 Bowman Large football card #125 Steve Romanik - 1952 Bowman Large football card #126
Ollie Matson - 1952 Bowman Large football card #127 Dante Lavelli - 1952 Bowman Large football card #128 Jack Christiansen - 1952 Bowman Large football card #129 Dom Moselle - 1952 Bowman Large football card #130 John Rapacz - 1952 Bowman Large football card #131 Chuck Ortmann - 1952 Bowman Large football card #132 Bob Williams - 1952 Bowman Large football card #133 Chuck Ulrich - 1952 Bowman Large football card #134 Gene Ronzani - 1952 Bowman Large football card #135
Bert Rechichar - 1952 Bowman Large football card #136 Bob Waterfield - 1952 Bowman Large football card #137 Bobby Walston - 1952 Bowman Large football card #138 Jerry Shipkey - 1952 Bowman Large football card #139 Yale Lary - 1952 Bowman Large football card #140 Gordon Soltau - 1952 Bowman Large football card #141 Tom Landry - 1952 Bowman Large football card #142 John Papit - 1952 Bowman Large football card #143 Jim Lansford - 1952 Bowman Large football card #144

According to the price guides, the most valuable card in the 1952 Bowman Large set is card number 144, Jim Lansford. Not only is the Lansford one of the divisible-by-9 short prints, they say, but it is also the last card in the set. In price guide conventional wisdom, the first and last cards of each set got more wear than the other cards, because their original owners--kids--stacked their cards in order, and the cards on the top and bottom of their stacks tended to get more wear than the others. In practice, I have found that this conventional wisdom doesn't hold true, and it doesn't hold true for this set. According to PSA's Population Report, some of the other cards on the right edges of the sheets above are scarcer in high grades than the Lansford. The last time I looked, there were fewer John Lee Hancock (#9), Glen Christian (#54), and John Schweder (#72) cards graded PSA 7 or higher than there were Jim Lansfords. The Lansford card sells for more, but only because the price guides say it's worth more.

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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