I didn't have a 1954 Bowman in my collection so when browsing eBay the other day, I ran across a pretty cheap card of Preston Ward. Ward played for the hometown Kansas City Athletics in 1958 and 1959 and was born in Columbia, MO. He was really nothing more than a light-hitting first basemen who also saw time at the hot corner and outfield. He compiled a .253 career average with 522 hits, 50 homeruns, and 262 RBIs. He is probably most notable for the trades in which he was involved. He would be a part of a trade that would send him from the Cubs to the Pirates in 1949. Ralph Kiner and Joe Garagiola were a part of that 10 player trade. He would also be involved in a 5 player trade in 1958 that would send him and Roger Maris to Kansas City from Cleveland.
Even though it is graded a PSA 2. It is really a beautiful card with the only major blemish a crease noticeable only across the back of the card. Anyway it is the first 1954 Bowman card to be added to my collection, and it only set me back $4.90.