The Bowman cards from 1950 to 1953 are some of my favorite sets ever. 1948 and 1949 are mediocre, and though 1954 and 1955 are alright, I feel like they were trying to beat Topps at their own game. And they weren't good enough to do that. But I love the sets from 1950 to 1953. They're simple and look really nice.
A while back, in a free card Friday hosted by Jon of "A Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts," I got my first 1950 Bowman card. It's beautiful. It's of Earl Johnson, who had an OK career in the '40s. His best season was 1947. That year he had a 12-11 record and a 2.97 ERA. He had a 40-32 career record.