|Card #112 - Andy Pafko|
In 1954, Bowman was competing so hard against the Topps Chewing Gum Company for market dominance that they issued one of the scarcest, most sought-after cards of the post-World War II era. They also printed their cards so quickly that about 40 of the set's 224 cards contained statistical errors.
For its 1954 effort, Bowman featured a design that had a little more detail than the one used in 1953. The card fronts feature a color photo as in the 1953 sets (although the quality was off), but they were accompanied by a small color box at the bottom corner which housed a facsimile autograph of the player. For a small number of cards, the facsimile autograph was replaced with block lettering. The only other element featured on the front of the card was a white border.
Card backs had a diagram of a baseball and a bat across the top. The ball encircled the card number, while the bat featured the name of the player. Below the player's name are his biographical data and a short biography. Statistics for the previous season and career totals were found on the right side in a small box, and a trivia question ran across the bottom, with the answer just below the stats.
As previously mentioned, the fierce competition between Bowman and Topps caused problems that were evident in the sets of both companies. In 1953, Topps had six cards that were never issued because it lost those players to Bowman contracts; in 1954, Topps received its reward by signing an exclusive contract with superstar Ted Williams, who had been serving in Korea with the U.S. Marines for the previous three years. As a result of this contract, Bowman was forced to pull card #66 of Williams from its set and replace it with a card of Jimmy Piersall (who was also featured on card #210). This short-printing of Williams's card created one of the most sought-after cards of the hobby's modern era. Bowman's set featured several other players who were not found in the 1954 Topps set: Mickey Mantle, Robin Roberts, Roy Campanella, Bob Feller and Pee Wee Reese among them.
Several variations exist in this set because of statistical errors that were subsequently corrected. Few of these variations have been proven to be scarce and therefore hold no added value; the only exceptions are with cards #33 and #163, which mention trades; cards which mention trades are more valuable than those that do not. Also interesting are the cards of Baltimore Orioles players. After the 1953 season, the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore, and Bowman's artists had no idea what the Oriole uniforms would look like. So they simply made the uniforms up.
Team collectors, take note: Bowman numbered all its 1954 cards based on the player's team. A rotation was used where every sixteenth card in the set featured a player from the same team. For instance, the Yankees had card 1, 17, 33, 49, etc; the Red Sox were on cards 2, 18, 34, 50, etc. Each team set has fourteen cards.
A complete 1954 Bowman set does not include #66 Ted Williams or all variations.
|Card #132 - Bob Feller (Back)|
|1954 Bowman 5-cent Wax Pack||1954 Bowman Display Box|
1. Phil Rizzuto 2. Jack Jensen 3. Marion Fricano 4. Bob Hooper 5. William Hunter 6. Nelson Fox 7. Walter Dropo 8. James Busby 9. Dave Williams 10. Carl Erskine 11. Sid Gordon 12a. Roy McMillan (551/1290 at bat) 12b. Roy McMillan (557/1296 at bat) 13. Paul Minner 14. Gerald Staley 15. Richie Ashburn 16. Jim Wilson 17. Tom Gorman 18. Walter "Hoot" Evers 19. Bobby Shantz 20. Artie Houtteman 21. Victor Wertz 22a. Sam Mele (213/1661 putouts) 22b. Sam Mele (217/1665 putouts) 23. Harvey Kuenn 24. Bob Porterfield 25a. Wes Westrum (1.000/.987 field avg.) 25b. Wes Westrum (.982/.986 field avg.) 26a. Billy Cox (1.000/.960 field avg.) 26b. Billy Cox (.972/.960 field avg.) 27. Dick Cole 28a. Jim Greengrass (birthplace Addison, NJ) 28b. Jim Greengrass (birthplace Addison, NY) 29. Johnny Klippstein 30. Del Rice 31. "Smoky" Burgess 32. Del Crandall 33a. Victor Raschi (no traded line) 33b. Victor Raschi (traded line) 34. Sammy White 35a. Eddie Joost (Quiz answer is 8) 35b. Eddie Joost (Quiz answer is 33) 36. George Strickland 37. Dick Kokos 38a. Orestes Minoso (.895/.961 field avg.) 38b. Orestes Minoso (.963/.963 field avg.) 39. Ned Garver 40. Gil Coan 41a. Alvin Dark (.986/.960 field avg.) 41b. Alvin Dark (.968/.960 field avg.) 42. Billy Loes 43a. Bob Friend (20 shutouts in quiz question) 43b. Bob Friend (16 shutouts in quiz question) 44. Harry Perkowski 45. Ralph Kiner 46. Eldon Repulski 47a. Granville Hamner (.970/.953 field avg.) 47b. Granville Hamner (.953/.951 field avg.) 48. Jack Dittmer 49. Harry Byrd 50. George Kell 51. Alex Kellner 52. Myron Ginsberg 53a. Don Lenhardt (.969/.984 field avg.) 53b. Don Lenhardt (.966/.983 field avg.) 54. Alfonso Carrasquel 55. Jim Delsing 56. Maurice McDermott 57. Hoyt Wilhelm 58. "Pee Wee" Reese 59. Robert Schultz 60. Fred Baczewski 61a. Eddie Miksis (.954/.962 field avg.) 61b. Eddie Miksis (.954/.961 field avg.) 62. Enos Slaughter 63. Earl Torgeson 64. Ed Mathews 65. Mickey Mantle 66a. Ted Williams 66b. Jim Piersall 67a. Carl Scheib (.306 pct. with two lines under bio) 67b. Carl Scheib (.306 pct. with one line under bio) 67c. Carl Scheib (.300 pct.) 68. Bob Avila 69. Clinton Coutney 70. Willard Marshall 71. Ted Gray 72. Ed Yost 73. Don Mueller 74. Jim Gilliam 75. Max Surkont 76. Joe Nuxhall 77. Bob Rush 78. Sal Yvars 79. Curt Simmons 80a. John Logan (106 runs) 80b. John Logan (100 runs) 81a. Jerry Coleman (1.000/.975 field avg.) 81b. Jerry Coleman (.952/.975 field avg.) 82a. Bill Goodman (.965/.986 field avg.) 82b. Bill Goodman (.972/.985 field avg.) 83. Ray Murray 84. Larry Doby 85a. Jim Dyck (.926/.956 field avg.) 85b. Jim Dyck (.947/.960 field avg.) 86. Harry Dorish 87. Don Lund 88. Tommy Umphlett 89. Willie Mays 90. Roy Campanella 91. Cal Abrams 92. Ken Raffensberger 93a. Bill Serena (.983/.966 field avg.) 93b. Bill Serena (.977/.966 field avg.) 94a. Solly Hemus (476/1343 assists) 94b. Solly Hemus (477/1343 assists) 95. Robin Roberts 96. Joe Adcock 97. Gil McDougald 98. Ellis Kinder 99a. Pete Suder (.985/.974 field avg.) 99b. Pete Suder (.978/.974 field avg.) 100. Mike Garcia 101. Don Larsen 102. Bill Pierce 103a. Stephen Souchock (144/1192 putouts) 103b. Stephen Souchock (147/1195 putouts) 104. Frank Shea 105a. Sal Maglie (Quiz answer is 8) 105b. Sal Maglie (Quiz answer is 1904) 106. "Clem" Labine 107. Paul LaPalme 108. Bobby Adams 109. Roy Smalley 110. Al Schoendienst 111. Murry Dickson 112. Andy Pafko 113. Allie Reynolds 114. Willard Nixon 115. Don Bollweg 116. Luke Easter 117. Dick Kryhoski 118. Robert Boyd 119. Fred Hatfield 120. Mel Hoderlein 121. Ray Katt 122. Carl Curillo 123. Toby Atwell 124a. Gus Bell (15/27 errors) 124b. Gus Bell (11/26 errors) 125. Warren Hacker 126. Cliff Chambers 127. Del Ennis 128. Ebba St. Claire 129. Hank Bauer 130. Milt Bolling 131. Joe Astroth 132. Bob Feller 133. Duane Pillette 134. Luis Aloma 135. Johnny Pesky 136. Clyde Vollmer 137. Elmer Corwin 138a. Gil Hodges (.993/.991 field avg.) 138b. Gil Hodges (.992/.991 field avg.) 139a. Preston Ward (.961/.992 field avg.) 139b. Preston Ward (.990/.992 field avg.) 140a. Saul Rogovin (7-12 won/lost with 2 stikeouts) 140b. Saul Rogovin (7-12 won/lost with 62 stikeouts) 140c. Saul Rogovin (8-12 won/lost) 141. Joe Garagiola 142. Al Brazile 143. Puddin Head Jones 144. Ernie Johnson 145a. Billy Martin (.985/.983 field avg.) 145b. Billy Martin (.983/.982 field avg.) 146. Dick Gernert 147. Joe DeMaestri 148. Dale Mitchell 149. Bob Young 150. Cass Michaels 151. Patrick Mullin 152. Mickey Vernon 153a. Whitey Lockman (100/331 assists) 153b. Whitey Lockman (102/333 assists) 154. Don Newcombe 155. Frank Thomas 156a. Everett Bridges (320/467 assists) 156b. Everett Bridges (328/475 assists) 157. Omar Lown 158. Stu Miller 159. John Lindell 160. Danny O'Connell 161. Yogi Berra 162. Ted Lepcio 163a. Dave Philley (152 games with no traded line) 163b. Dave Philley (152 games with traded line) 163c. Dave Philley (157 games with traded line) 164. Early Wynn 165. Johnny Groth 166. Sandalio Consuegra 167. Bill Hoeft 168. Ed Fitzgerald 169. Larry Jansen 170. Duke Snider 171. Carlos Bernier 172. Andy Seminick 173. Dee Fondy 174a. Pete Castiglione (.966/.959 field avg.) 174b. Pete Castiglione (.970/.959 field avg.) 175. Melvin Clark 176. Vernon Bickford 177. Whitey Ford 178. Del Wilber 179a. Morris Martin (44 era) 179b. Morris Martin (4.44 era) 180. Joe Tipton 181. Lester Moss 182. Sherman Lollar 183. Matt Batts 184. Mickey Grasso 185a. Daryl Spencer (.941/.944 field avg.) 185b. Daryl Spencer (.933/.936 field avg.) 186. Russell Meyer 187. Vern Law 188. Frank Smith 189. Ranson Jackson 190. Joe Presko 191. Karl Drews 192. Lew Burdette 193. Eddie Robinson 194. Sid Hudson 195. Bob Cain 196. Bob Lemon 197. Lou Kretlow 198. Virgil Tucks 199. Steve Gromek 200. Connie Marrero 201. Bob Thompson 202. George Shuba 203. Vic Janowicz 204. Jack Collum 205. Hal Jeffcoat 206. Steve Bilko 207. Stan Lopata 208. Johnny Antonelli 209. Gene Woodling 210. Jimmy Piersall 211. Alfred Robertson 212a. Owen Friend (.964/.957 field avg.) 212b. Owen Friend (.967/.958 field avg.) 213. Dick Littlefield 214. Ferris Fain 215. Johnny Bucha 216a. Jerry Snyder (.988/.988 field avg.) 216b. Jerry Snyder (.968/.968 field avg.) 217a. Henry Thompson (.956/.951 field avg.) 217b. Henry Thompson (.958/.952 field avg.) 218. Preacher Roe 219. Hal Rice 220. Hobie Landrith 221. Frank Baumholtz 222. Memo Luna 223. Steve Ridzik 224. William Bruton