Uncut Sheets of 1954 Bowman Football Cards

I have not seen a full sheet of 1954 Bowman football cards, but I believe that the sheets were configured as shown below. If you hold your cursor above any of the card images, your browser should show you the name of the player and the number of the card. Clicking on a card will bring up a full-size image. (A real uncut sheet would not have lines between the cards--that's an effect of scanning them individually.)

The 1953, 1954, and 1955 Bowman football sets contain 96, 128, and 160 cards, respectively. Because all of those numbers are divisible by 32, I presume that the 1953-1955 sets were printed on 32-card sheets. I also presume that the cards were arranged in numerical order on the sheets, because I have seen pictures of 1950 and 1952 Bowman sheets, and the cards on those were ordered by number. A picture of a four-card panel of 1953 Bowman cards on the Legendary Auctions web site suggests that the cards on 1953 sheets were ordered by number, as well. (See my 1953 Bowman virtual sheet page for details.)

Given all that, I believe that the first 1954 Bowman sheet held cards numbered 1 through 32, and it looked like this.

Ray Mathews - 1954 Bowman football card #1 John Huzvar - 1954 Bowman football card #2 Jack Scarbath - 1954 Bowman football card #3 Doug Atkins - 1954 Bowman football card #4 Bill Stits - 1954 Bowman football card #5 Joe Perry - 1954 Bowman football card #6 Kyle Rote - 1954 Bowman football card #7 Norm Van Brocklin - 1954 Bowman football card #8
Pete Pihos - 1954 Bowman football card #9 Babe Parilli - 1954 Bowman football card #10 Zeke Bratkowski - 1954 Bowman football card #11 Ollie Matson - 1954 Bowman football card #12 Pat Brady - 1954 Bowman football card #13 Fred Enke - 1954 Bowman football card #14 Harry Ulinski - 1954 Bowman football card #15 Bobby Garrett - 1954 Bowman football card #16
Bill Bowman - 1954 Bowman football card #17 Leo Rucka - 1954 Bowman football card #18 John Cannady - 1954 Bowman football card #19 Tom Fears - 1954 Bowman football card #20 Norm Willey - 1954 Bowman football card #21 Floyd Reid - 1954 Bowman football card #22 George Blanda - 1954 Bowman football card #23 Don Dohoney - 1954 Bowman football card #24
John Schweder - 1954 Bowman football card #25 Bert Rechichar - 1954 Bowman football card #26 Harry Dowda - 1954 Bowman football card #27 John Sandusky - 1954 Bowman football card #28 Les Bingaman - 1954 Bowman football card #29 Joe Arenas - 1954 Bowman football card #30 Ray Wietecha - 1954 Bowman football card #31 Elroy Hirsch - 1954 Bowman football card #32

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

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

The second sheet held cards numbered 33 through 64:

Harold Giancanelli - 1954 Bowman football card #33 Bill Howton - 1954 Bowman football card #34 Fred Morrison - 1954 Bowman football card #35 Bobby Cavazos - 1954 Bowman football card #36 Darrell Hogan - 1954 Bowman football card #37 Buddy Young - 1954 Bowman football card #38 Charlie Justice - 1954 Bowman football card #39 Otto Graham - 1954 Bowman football card #40
Doak Walker - 1954 Bowman football card #41 Y.A. Tittle - 1954 Bowman football card #42 Buford Long - 1954 Bowman football card #43 Volney Quinlan - 1954 Bowman football card #44 Bobby Thomason - 1954 Bowman football card #45 Fred Cone - 1954 Bowman football card #46 Gerald Weatherly - 1954 Bowman football card #47 Don Stonesifer - 1954 Bowman football card #48
Lynn Chandnois - 1954 Bowman football card #49 George Taliaferro - 1954 Bowman football card #50 Dick Alban - 1954 Bowman football card #51 Lou Groza - 1954 Bowman football card #52 Bobby Layne - 1954 Bowman football card #53 Hugh McElhenny - 1954 Bowman football card #54 Frank Gifford - 1954 Bowman football card #55 Leon McLaughlin - 1954 Bowman football card #56
Chuck Bednarik - 1954 Bowman football card #57 Art Hunter - 1954 Bowman football card #58 Bill McColl - 1954 Bowman football card #59 Charley Trippi - 1954 Bowman football card #60 Jim Finks - 1954 Bowman football card #61 Bill Lange - 1954 Bowman football card #62 Laurie Niemi - 1954 Bowman football card #63 Ray Renfro - 1954 Bowman football card #64

And it was numbered like this:

33 34 35 36 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

The third sheet held cards numbered 65 through 96. According to my Beckett catalog, these cards are much scarcer than the other cards in the set. Judging by PSA's population report, the cards in this range are indeed scarcer (in general, anyway--there are exceptions), so it appears that the third sheet was printed in smaller quantities than the others.

Dick Chapman - 1954 Bowman football card #65 Bob Hantla - 1954 Bowman football card #66 Ralph Starkey - 1954 Bowman football card #67 Don Paul - 1954 Bowman football card #68 Ken Snyder - 1954 Bowman football card #69 Tobin Rote - 1954 Bowman football card #70 Art DeCarlo - 1954 Bowman football card #71 Tom Keane - 1954 Bowman football card #72
Hugh Taylor - 1954 Bowman football card #73 Warren Lahr - 1954 Bowman football card #74 Jim Neal - 1954 Bowman football card #75 Leo Nomellini - 1954 Bowman football card #76 Dick Yelvington - 1954 Bowman football card #77 Les Richter - 1954 Bowman football card #78 Bucko Kilroy - 1954 Bowman football card #79 John Martinkovic - 1954 Bowman football card #80
Dale Dodrill - 1954 Bowman football card #81 Ken Jackson - 1954 Bowman football card #82 Paul Lipscomb - 1954 Bowman football card #83 John Bauer - 1954 Bowman football card #84 Lou Creekmur - 1954 Bowman football card #85 Eddie Price - 1954 Bowman football card #86 Ken Farragut - 1954 Bowman football card #87 Dave Hanner - 1954 Bowman football card #88
Don Boll - 1954 Bowman football card #89 Chet Hanulak - 1954 Bowman football card #90 Thurman McGraw - 1954 Bowman football card #91 Don Heinrich - 1954 Bowman football card #92 Dan McKown - 1954 Bowman football card #93 Bob Fleck - 1954 Bowman football card #94 Jerry Hilgenberg - 1954 Bowman football card #95 Bill Walsh - 1954 Bowman football card #96

The third sheet was numbered like this:

65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88
89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96

Finally, the fourth sheet held cards numbered 97 through 128:

Tom Finnin - 1954 Bowman football card #97 Paul Barry - 1954 Bowman football card #98 Harry Jagade - 1954 Bowman football card #99 Jack Christiansen - 1954 Bowman football card #100 Gordon Soltau - 1954 Bowman football card #101 Emlen Tunnell - 1954 Bowman football card #102 Stan West - 1954 Bowman football card #103 Jerome Williams - 1954 Bowman football card #104
Veryl Switzer - 1954 Bowman football card #105 Billy Stone - 1954 Bowman football card #106 Jerry Watford - 1954 Bowman football card #107 Elbert Nickel - 1954 Bowman football card #108 Ed Sharkey - 1954 Bowman football card #109 Steve Meilinger - 1954 Bowman football card #110 Dante Lavelli - 1954 Bowman football card #111 Leon Hart - 1954 Bowman football card #112
Charley Conerly - 1954 Bowman football card #113 Richard Lemmon - 1954 Bowman football card #114 Al Carmichael - 1954 Bowman football card #115 George Connor - 1954 Bowman football card #116 John Olszewski - 1954 Bowman football card #117 Ernie Stautner - 1954 Bowman football card #118 Ray Smith - 1954 Bowman football card #119 Neil Worden - 1954 Bowman football card #120
Jim Dooley - 1954 Bowman football card #121 Arnold Galiffa - 1954 Bowman football card #122 Kline Gilbert - 1954 Bowman football card #123 Bob Hoernschemeyer - 1954 Bowman football card #124 Wilford White - 1954 Bowman football card #125 Art Spinney - 1954 Bowman football card #126 Joe Koch - 1954 Bowman football card #127 John Lattner - 1954 Bowman football card #128

And it was numbered like this:

97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104
105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112
113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128

According to PSA's population report, the cards in the set with the fewest examples graded PSA 8 and above are numbers 65, 66, 73, 74, 75, 81, 82, 89, 90, 120, 127, and 128. Most of these were on the left end of the third sheet, and the last three were in the bottom right corner of the fourth sheet.

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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