The 1954 Bowman baseball set numbered 224 cards. Card #66 originally featured Ted Williams. However, Bowman discovered that Williams had an exclusive contract with Topps and pulled that card. The revised #66 featured Jimmy Piersall. The short printed #66 featuring Williams has a value of $3500 + in NRMT condition.
The 1954 Bowman set was produced and distributed very quickly in competition with Topps. As a result there are many errors in this set. Many of the errors were corrected which causes the set to contain several variations. The current PSA Registry set has 265 different cards including variations.
I have completed a 1954 Bowman Cubs Team set for my collection. In time, I plan to send this set into PSA for grading. Of the eight position players that started the most games for the 1954 Cubs, only 4 are featured in the 1954 Bowman set. The 1954 Bowman Cubs team set is missing Ernie Banks, Hank Sauer, Bob Talbot and Gene Baker.
The starters that are featured in the 1954 Bowman set are Joe Garagiola, Dee Fondy, Randy Jackson and Ralph Kiner.
Other position players featured in this set are Eddie Miksis (2nd Base), Bill Serena (Infield) and Frank Baumholtz (OF) .
Part 2 of this posting will include the 1954 Bowman cards of the Cubs pitching staff.