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Two 1948 Leaf Boxing Complete Sets: Gray and White Backs (98 cards)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $12,925
Outstanding crisp high-grade master set of 1948 Leaf Boxing. This lots is comprised of two complete 49-card sets: one 49-card set with white backs and one 49-card set with gray backs (for a total of 98 cards, two cards of each boxer). 1948 Leaf is one of the most popular boxing sets ever issued. This set includes all the major boxing legends up to that time, and has always been a favorite with collectors. These cards are extremely bright, crisp, and clean. From a very old-time collection, these sets have been stored away in a closet for decades, possibly since their year of issue. We have selected fifteen cards to be graded and encapsulated by PSA. Three are graded NM-MT 8, one NM+ 7.5, five NM 7s, and six EX-MT 6s. These are both gorgeous sets, two of the finest we have ever handled. This is the first time we have ever had complete sets of both white and gray backs offered together. 1) 1948 Leaf Boxing Set #1 (49 cards): All with white backs. 85% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (averaging Nr/Mt) and 15% lesser. Keys: #1 Dempsey (Ex-Mt), 9 Jeffries (NM 7), 17 Johnson (NM 7), 25 Attell (NM-MT 8), 32 Schmeling (Ex-Mt), 38 Sharkey (EX-MT 6), 48 Louis (EX-MT 6), 55 Corbett (NM-MT 8), 63 Fitzsimmons (Nr/Mt), 64 Robinson (EX-MT 6), 73 Tunney (Vg), 93 Baer (Ex), 101 Sullivan (Vg-Ex), and 102 LaMotta (Ex-Mt). The additional PSA-graded cards are as follows: #13 (NM-MT 8), 20 (EX-MT 6), 29 (EX-MT 6), 42 (EX-MT 6), 44 (NM 7), 47 (NM 7), 74 (NM 7), and 78 (NM+ 7.5). 2) 1948 Leaf Boxing Set #2 (49 cards): All with gray backs. 85% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (averaging Nr/Mt) and 15% lesser. Keys: #1 Dempsey (Ex-Mt), 9 Jeffries (Ex-Mt), 17 Johnson (Ex-Mt), 25 Attell (Vg/Vg-Ex), 32 Schmeling (Nr/Mt), 38 Sharkey (Nr/Mt), 48 Louis (Ex-Mt), 55 Corbett (Nr/Mt-Mt), 63 Fitzsimmons (Vg-Ex), 64 Robinson (tiny corner bend, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 73 Tunney (Ex), 93 Baer (Nr/Mt), 101 Sullivan (Vg-Ex/Ex), and 102 LaMotta (Ex-Mt). The SMR value for just the fifteen graded cards (not including the 83 additional cards in the set ) is $1,190. Total: 98 cards representing two complete 49-card sets. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $12,925
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