Uncut Sheets of 1955 Bowman Football Cards

I have not seen a full sheet of 1955 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 pictures I have seen of earlier Bowman sheets show that the cards were ordered by number. (See my 1950 Bowman and 1952 Bowman Large virtual sheets.)

Given all that, I believe that the first 1955 Bowman sheet held cards numbered 1 through 32, and it looked like this.

Doak Walker - 1955 Bowman football card #1 Mike McCormack - 1955 Bowman football card #2 John Olszewski - 1955 Bowman football card #3 Dorne Dibble - 1955 Bowman football card #4 Lindon Crow - 1955 Bowman football card #5 Hugh Taylor - 1955 Bowman football card #6 Frank Gifford - 1955 Bowman football card #7 Alan Ameche - 1955 Bowman football card #8
Don Stonesifer - 1955 Bowman football card #9 Pete Pihos - 1955 Bowman football card #10 Bill Austin - 1955 Bowman football card #11 Dick Alban - 1955 Bowman football card #12 Bobby Walston - 1955 Bowman football card #13 Len Ford - 1955 Bowman football card #14 Jug Girard - 1955 Bowman football card #15 Charley Conerly - 1955 Bowman football card #16
Volney Peters - 1955 Bowman football card #17 Max Boydston - 1955 Bowman football card #18 Leon Hart - 1955 Bowman football card #19 Bert Rechichar - 1955 Bowman football card #20 Lee Riley - 1955 Bowman football card #21 John Carson - 1955 Bowman football card #22 Harry Thompson - 1955 Bowman football card #23 Ray Wietecha - 1955 Bowman football card #24
Ollie Matson - 1955 Bowman football card #25 Eddie LeBaron - 1955 Bowman football card #26 Jack Simmons - 1955 Bowman football card #27 Jack Christiansen - 1955 Bowman football card #28 Bucko Kilroy - 1955 Bowman football card #29 Tom Keane - 1955 Bowman football card #30 Dave Leggett - 1955 Bowman football card #31 Norm Van Brocklin - 1955 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:

Harlon Hill - 1955 Bowman football card #33 Bob Haner - 1955 Bowman football card #34 Veryl Switzer - 1955 Bowman football card #35 Dick Stanfel - 1955 Bowman football card #36 Lou Groza - 1955 Bowman football card #37 Tank Younger - 1955 Bowman football card #38 Dick Flanagan - 1955 Bowman football card #39 Jim Dooley - 1955 Bowman football card #40
Ray Collins - 1955 Bowman football card #41 John Henry Johnson - 1955 Bowman football card #42 Tom Fears - 1955 Bowman football card #43 Joe Perry - 1955 Bowman football card #44 Gene Brito - 1955 Bowman football card #45 Bill Johnson - 1955 Bowman football card #46 Dan Towler - 1955 Bowman football card #47 Dick Moegle - 1955 Bowman football card #48
Kline Gilbert - 1955 Bowman football card #49 Les Goble - 1955 Bowman football card #50 Ray Krouse - 1955 Bowman football card #51 Pat Summerall - 1955 Bowman football card #52 Ed Brown - 1955 Bowman football card #53 Lynn Chandnois - 1955 Bowman football card #54 Joe Heap - 1955 Bowman football card #55 John Hoffman - 1955 Bowman football card #56
Howard Ferguson - 1955 Bowman football card #57 Bobby Watkins - 1955 Bowman football card #58 Charlie Ane - 1955 Bowman football card #59 Ken MacAfee - 1955 Bowman football card #60 Ralph Guglielmi - 1955 Bowman football card #61 George Blanda - 1955 Bowman football card #62 Ken Snyder - 1955 Bowman football card #63 Chet Ostrowski - 1955 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:

Buddy Young - 1955 Bowman football card #65 Gordon Soltau - 1955 Bowman football card #66 Eddie Bell - 1955 Bowman football card #67 Ben Agajanian - 1955 Bowman football card #68 Tom Dahms - 1955 Bowman football card #69 Jim Ringo - 1955 Bowman football card #70 Bobby Layne - 1955 Bowman football card #71 Y.A. Tittle - 1955 Bowman football card #72
Bob Gaona - 1955 Bowman football card #73 Tobin Rote - 1955 Bowman football card #74 Hugh McElhenny - 1955 Bowman football card #75 John Kreamcheck - 1955 Bowman football card #76 Al Dorow - 1955 Bowman football card #77 Bill Wade - 1955 Bowman football card #78 Dale Dodrill - 1955 Bowman football card #79 Chuck Drazenovich - 1955 Bowman football card #80
Billy Wilson - 1955 Bowman football card #81 Les Richter - 1955 Bowman football card #82 Pat Brady - 1955 Bowman football card #83 Bob Hoernschemeyer - 1955 Bowman football card #84 Joe Arenas - 1955 Bowman football card #85 Len Szafaryn - 1955 Bowman football card #86 Rick Casares - 1955 Bowman football card #87 Leon McLaughlin - 1955 Bowman football card #88
Charles Toogood - 1955 Bowman football card #89 Tom Bettis - 1955 Bowman football card #90 John Sandusky - 1955 Bowman football card #91 Bill Wightkin - 1955 Bowman football card #92 Pete Brewster - 1955 Bowman football card #93 Marion Campbell - 1955 Bowman football card #94 Floyd Reid - 1955 Bowman football card #95 Harry Jagade - 1955 Bowman football card #96

And it 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

The fourth sheet held cards numbered 97 through 128:

George Taliaferro - 1955 Bowman football card #97 Carlton Massey - 1955 Bowman football card #98 Fran Rogel - 1955 Bowman football card #99 Alex Sandusky - 1955 Bowman football card #100 Bob St. Clair - 1955 Bowman football card #101 Al Carmichael - 1955 Bowman football card #102 Carl Taseff - 1955 Bowman football card #103 Leo Nomellini - 1955 Bowman football card #104
Tom Scott - 1955 Bowman football card #105 Ted Marchibroda - 1955 Bowman football card #106 Art Spinney - 1955 Bowman football card #107 Wayne Robinson - 1955 Bowman football card #108 Jim Ricca - 1955 Bowman football card #109 Lou Ferry - 1955 Bowman football card #110 Roger Zatkoff - 1955 Bowman football card #111 Lou Creekmur - 1955 Bowman football card #112
Ken Konz - 1955 Bowman football card #113 Doug Eggers - 1955 Bowman football card #114 Bobby Thomason - 1955 Bowman football card #115 Bill McPeak - 1955 Bowman football card #116 William Brown - 1955 Bowman football card #117 Royce Womble - 1955 Bowman football card #118 Frank Gatski - 1955 Bowman football card #119 Jim Finks - 1955 Bowman football card #120
Andy Robustelli - 1955 Bowman football card #121 Bobby Dillon - 1955 Bowman football card #122 Leo Sanford - 1955 Bowman football card #123 Elbert Nickel - 1955 Bowman football card #124 Wayne Hansen - 1955 Bowman football card #125 Buck Lansford - 1955 Bowman football card #126 Gern Nagler - 1955 Bowman football card #127 Jim Salsbury - 1955 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

Finally, the fifth sheet held cards numbered 129 through 160:

Dale Atkeson - 1955 Bowman football card #129 John Schweder - 1955 Bowman football card #130 Dave Hanner - 1955 Bowman football card #131 Eddie Price - 1955 Bowman football card #132 Vic Janowicz - 1955 Bowman football card #133 Ernie Stautner - 1955 Bowman football card #134 James Parmer - 1955 Bowman football card #135 Emlen Tunnell - 1955 Bowman football card #136
Kyle Rote - 1955 Bowman football card #137 Norm Willey - 1955 Bowman football card #138 Charley Trippi - 1955 Bowman football card #139 Bill Howton - 1955 Bowman football card #140 Bob Clatterbuck - 1955 Bowman football card #141 Bob Boyd - 1955 Bowman football card #142 Bob Toneff - 1955 Bowman football card #143 Jerry Helluin - 1955 Bowman football card #144
Adrian Burk - 1955 Bowman football card #145 Walt Michaels - 1955 Bowman football card #146 Zollie Toth - 1955 Bowman football card #147 Frank Varrichione - 1955 Bowman football card #148 Dick Bielski - 1955 Bowman football card #149 George Ratterman - 1955 Bowman football card #150 Mike Jarmoluk - 1955 Bowman football card #151 Tom Landry - 1955 Bowman football card #152
Ray Renfro - 1955 Bowman football card #153 Zeke Bratkowski - 1955 Bowman football card #154 Jerry Norton - 1955 Bowman football card #155 Maurice Bassett - 1955 Bowman football card #156 Volney Quinlan - 1955 Bowman football card #157 Chuck Bednarik - 1955 Bowman football card #158 Don Colo - 1955 Bowman football card #159 L.G. Dupre - 1955 Bowman football card #160

And it was numbered like this:

129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136
137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144
145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152
153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160

According to my Beckett football card price guide, "cards 65-160 are slightly more difficult to obtain." Those would be the cards on the last three sheets. Judging by PSA's population report, it's actually cards 129-160--the cards on the last sheet--that are most difficult. At the time of this writing, the cards with 20 or fewer examples graded PSA 8 or higher were numbers 89, 98, 99, 100, 102, 129, 135, 137, 138, 142, 143, 145, 148, 149, 151, 152, 159, and 160. Of these, card 89 is on a corner of the third sheet, the next four cards are in the top row of the fourth sheet, and the remaining thirteen are on the last 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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