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1948-49 Leaf Baseball Collection Including Ruth and Robinson (41)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,480.00
Collection of forty-one different 1948-1949 Leaf Gum cards including most of the key cards of the standard forty-nine card Leaf set. The fronts of 50% of these cards have an Excellent appearance overall (the balance varies from Fair to Vg-Ex), but the backs of thirty-one cards have damage in the form of (mostly minor) paper loss from long ago being removed from a scrapbook. The remaining ten cards (with the exception of Rare Leaf #30 Goodman) have no paper loss but have a hint of glue staining. Highlights: #1 DiMaggio (SGC POOR 10, front is Ex, downgraded due to paper loss affecting 15% of reverse), 3 Ruth (SGC VG 40, front is Ex, downgraded due to a hint of glue staining on reverse), 4 Musial (Fr), 11 Rizzuto (Fr-Gd), 30 Goodman/short print (SGC EX 60), 32 Spahn (Vg due to light stain in the upper left corner, otherwise Ex), 38 Kluszewski (Vg-Ex), 46 Mize (Vg-Ex front, minor back damage), 70 Wagner (Vg-Ex front, minor paper loss and glue staining on reverse), 79 Robinson (SGC VG 40, front is Ex, downgraded due to a hint of glue staining on reverse), 83 Doerr (Ex front, paper loss on reverse), 91 Kiner (Vg-Ex front, minor paper loss on reverse), 106 Boudreau (Ex). This is an attractive medium-grade collection with several significant highlights including one rare short print in Excellent condition and fairly strong examples of Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson. Also included is a very scarce 1949 Leaf premium of Babe Ruth (black-and-white variety) which, as noted on the reverse of the regular cards, was available for ten Leaf Gum wrappers. The premium is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total 41 cards plus one premium. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,480.00
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