1955 Bowman Football Cards

1955 Bowman football card wrapperThere are 160 cards in the 1955 Bowman football card set. The cards were printed on 5 sheets of 32; you can see what the sheets looked like on my 1955 Bowman virtual sheet page. Bowman apparently printed fewer copies of the fifth sheet than the other four, because most of the scarce cards in the set appear on the fifth sheet.

Also see my blog article, B is for Bowman, for an overview of the 1948-1955 Bowman football card sets. See the Legendary Auctions web site for pictures of a 1955 Bowman 5-cent display box.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1955 Bowman set: Len Ford, Jim Ringo, Mike McCormack, Frank Gatski, John Henry Johnson, Bob St. Clair, Dick Stanfel. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1955 Bowman set: Alan Ameche.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1955 Bowman Doak Walker 1955 Bowman 1 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker led the NFL in scoring in 1955, with 96 points.
1955 Bowman Mike McCormack 1955 Bowman 2 Mike McCormack Cleveland Browns tackle Kansas Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card
1955 Bowman John Olszewski 1955 Bowman 3 John Olszewski Chicago Cardinals fullback California
1955 Bowman Dorne Dibble 1955 Bowman 4 Dorne Dibble Detroit Lions end Michigan State PSA 9, PSA 8
1955 Bowman Lindon Crow 1955 Bowman 5 Lindon Crow Chicago Cardinals defensive back USC Rookie card
1955 Bowman Hugh Taylor 1955 Bowman 6 Hugh Taylor Washington Redskins end, coach Tulane, Oklahoma City University exmt
1955 Bowman Frank Gifford 1955 Bowman 7 Frank Gifford New York Giants halfback USC, Bakersfield College College Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977 vg
1955 Bowman Alan Ameche 1955 Bowman 8 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975 Rookie card, error card

Heisman is misspelled on back of this card.
1955 Bowman Don Stonesifer 1955 Bowman 9 Don Stonesifer Chicago Cardinals end Northwestern
1955 Bowman Pete Pihos 1955 Bowman 10 Pete Pihos Philadelphia Eagles end Indiana College Hall of Fame 1966, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, Eagles Honor Roll 1987
1955 Bowman Bill Austin 1955 Bowman 11 Bill Austin New York Giants guard, coach Oregon State PSA 9
1955 Bowman Dick Alban 1955 Bowman 12 Dick Alban Washington Redskins defensive back Northwestern Alban was traded twice in three days in 1956. On April 23, the Redskins traded him to the Lions for Dick Stanfel. On April 26, the Lions traded him to the Steelers for Dick Modzelewski. ex
1955 Bowman Bobby Walston 1955 Bowman 13 Bobby Walston Philadelphia Eagles end Georgia poor
1955 Bowman Len Ford 1955 Bowman 14 Len Ford Cleveland Browns defensive end Michigan, Morgan State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1976, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card
1955 Bowman Jug Girard 1955 Bowman 15 Jug Girard Detroit Lions halfback, end Wisconsin PSA 7, vg
1955 Bowman Charley Conerly 1955 Bowman 16 Charley Conerly New York Giants quarterback Mississippi College Hall of Fame 1966, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 PSA 8, ex
1955 Bowman Volney Peters 1955 Bowman 17 Volney Peters Washington Redskins tackle USC Rookie card PSA 7
1955 Bowman Max Boydston 1955 Bowman 18 Max Boydston Chicago Cardinals end Oklahoma Rookie card
1955 Bowman Leon Hart 1955 Bowman 19 Leon Hart Detroit Lions fullback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1949, College Hall of Fame 1973
1955 Bowman Bert Rechichar 1955 Bowman 20 Bert Rechichar Baltimore Colts defensive back Tennessee Rechichar attempted 24 field goals in 1955, most in the NFL. He made just 10 of them, though. PSA 7, ex
1955 Bowman Lee Riley 1955 Bowman 21 Lee Riley Detroit Lions defensive back Detroit Rookie card
1955 Bowman John Carson 1955 Bowman 22 John Carson Washington Redskins end Georgia ex
1955 Bowman Harry Thompson 1955 Bowman 23 Harry Thompson Los Angeles Rams guard Los Angeles City, UCLA
1955 Bowman Ray Wietecha 1955 Bowman 24 Ray Wietecha New York Giants center Northwestern, Michigan State Wietecha played minor league baseball in 1953.
1955 Bowman Ollie Matson 1955 Bowman 25 Ollie Matson Chicago Cardinals fullback, defensive back San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972, College Hall of Fame 1976, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006 Matson won two medals in track in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. See my page of Olympic athletes on vintage football cards. PSA 7, PSA 6