1953 Bowman Baseball Checklist

1953 Bowman baseball cards are two sets in one. There is a 160 card color set and a 64 card black and white set from this year. Both are numbered independently of each other but are often considered as the same set.

The design of this set is elegantly simple. Card fronts are a picture with a thin, light border and no text or branding. The reverse of each card is a traditional baseball card design with a player biography and stats.

The packaging for the two sets was different but the designs are identical save for the color/black and white card fronts. Cards measure slightly larger than modern cards with 2 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ dimensions.

The color Mickey Mantle card, highly graded, can sell for several thousand dollars online but collectors should be very careful not to purchase a 1989 reprint thinking they’re getting a great deal.

The 2019 Bowman Heritage collection — an online exclusive product — utilized the card design of this series but with modern players and prospects.

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1953 Bowman Baseball Checklist

Color Base – 160 Cards

Black and White Base (BW) – 64 Cards
*Black and white cards are numbered without a prefix. The prefix used in this checklist is solely to differentiate the two sets.

Athletics

11Bobby Shantz
13Gus Zernial
31Jimmie Dykes
38Harry ByrdRC
82Joe Astroth
95Wally Moses
105Eddie Joost
107Alex Kellner
130Cass Michaels
150Carl Scheib
155Allie Clark
BW6Ray Murray
BW8Pete Suder
BW20Eddie Robinson
BW43Hal BevanRC
BW53Morrie Martin
BW62Keith M. ThomasRC

Braves

3Sam Jethroe
5Sid Gordon
37Jim Wilson
Boston Braves
69Charlie Grimm
83Jack DanielsRC
97Eddie Mathews
99Warren Spahn
151Joe Adcock
156Max Surkont
BW30Walker Cooper
BW34Ebba St. Claire
BW38Dave Cole
BW51Lew Burdette
BW57Andy Pafko
Milwaukee Braves

Browns

2Vic Wertz
20Don Lenhardt
52Marty Marion
56Bob Cain
70Clint CourtneyRC
111Jim DyckRC
120Marlin Stuart
127Dick Kryhoski
BW17Virgil Trucks
BW59Duane Pillette

Cardinals

17Jerry Staley
32Stan Musial
49Eddie Stanky
53Del Rice
81Enos Slaughter
85Solly Hemus
101Red Schoendienst
115Cloyd Boyer
140Al Brazle
142Larry MigginsRC
BW10Dick Sisler
BW16Stu MillerRC
BW23Wilmer Mizell

Cubs

7Harry ChitiRC
30Phil Cavarretta
42Tommy Brown
48Hank Sauer
71Paul Minner
94Bob Addis
110Bob Rush
112Toby Atwell
122Bill Serena
144Warren Hacker
154Turk Lown
BW5Dee Fondy
BW12Randy Jackson
BW37Hal Jeffcoat
BW41Bob Ramazzotti
BW50Dutch Leonard
BW56Roy Smalley

Dodgers

12Carl Erskine
14Billy Loes
33Pee Wee Reese
46Roy Campanella
78Carl Furillo
92Gil Hodges
117Duke Snider
124Chuck Dressen
129Russ Meyer
135Bobby Morgan
145George Shuba
BW26Preacher Roe
BW52Ralph Branca
BW60Billy Cox

Giants

1Davey Williams
19Al Dark
51Monte Irvin
55Leo Durocher
74Don Mueller
76Jim Hearn
96Sal Maglie
126Al Corwin
128Whitey Lockman
149Al Corwin
BW3Bill Rigney
BW28Hoyt Wilhelm
BW40Larry Jansen

Indians

8Al Rosen
29Bobby Avila
40Larry Doby
43Mike Garcia
79Ray Boone
86Harry Simpson
102Jim Hegan
104Luke Easter
114Bob Feller
119Dale Mitchell
143Al Lopez
146Early Wynn
BW13Joe Tipton
BW27Bob Lemon
BW63Steve Gromek

Phillies

10Richie Ashburn
28Smoky Burgess
60Granny Hamner
64Curt Simmons
65Robin Roberts
67Mel ClarkRC
103Del Ennis
113Karl Drews
131Connie Ryan
133Willie Jones
158Howie Fox
BW14Bill Nicholson
BW35Johnny Wyrostek
BW47Jack Lohrke
BW48Steve RidzikRC
BW58Jim Konstanty
BW64Andy Hansen

Pirates

16Bob Friend
21Joe Garagiola
80Ralph Kiner
147Clem Koshorek
160Cal Abrams
BW19Paul LaPalme

Red Sox

25Hoot Evers
35Maury McDermott
41Sammy White
57Lou Boudreau
61George Kell
66Mel Parnell
123Johnny Lipon
148Billy Goodman
BW2Willard Nixon
BW11Dick Gernert
BW24Del Wilber
BW29Sid Hudson
BW36Jim Piersall
BW49Floyd Baker

Reds

23Herm Wehmeier
26Roy McMillan
58Willard Marshall
62Ted Kluszewski
87Harry Perkowski
90Joe Nuxhall
106Ken Raffensberger
108Bobby Adams
138Bubba Church
BW1Gus Bell
BW7Andy Seminick
BW21Bud Podbielan
BW32Rocky Bridges
BW42Howie Judson

Senators

15Jim Busby
22Bob Porterfield
24Jackie Jensen
34Gil Coan
77Mickey Grasso
89Sandy Consuegra
109Ken Wood
116Eddie Yost
139Pete Runnels
141Spec Shea
152Clyde Vollmer
159Mickey Vernon
BW9Walt Masterson
BW46Bucky Harris
BW55Don Johnson

Tigers

4Art Houtteman
6Joe Ginsberg
45Walt Dropo
47Ned Garver
72Ted Gray
91Steve Souchock
100Bill Wight
125Fred Hatfield
132Fred Hutchinson
134Johnny Pesky
BW4Pat Mullin
BW18Billy Hoeft
BW22Matt Batts
BW44Jim Delsing

White Sox

18Nellie Fox
36Minnie Minoso
39Paul Richards
50Lou Kretlow
54Chico Carrasquel
73Billy Pierce
75Saul Rogovin
88Joe Dobson
98Hector RodriguezRC
137Sam Dente
157Sherm Lollar

Yankees

9Phil Rizzuto
27Vic Raschi
44Yogi Berra
44Hank Bauer
44Mickey Mantle
59Mickey Mantle
63Gil McDougald
68Allie Reynolds
84Hank Bauer
93Billy Martin
93Phil Rizzuto
118Billy Martin
121Yogi Berra
136Jim BrideweserRC
153Whitey Ford
BW15Johnny Mize
BW25Johnny Sain
BW31Gene Woodling
BW33Bob Kuzava
BW39Casey Stengel
BW45Irv Noren
BW54Bill Miller
BW61Tom GormanRC