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1948 "Rare Leaf" PSA NM 7 Collection (14)
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $16,450
The first color baseball cards of the post-World War II era were produced by Chicago's Leaf Gum Company in 1948. Forty-nine cards in the set are considered "standard," and the additional "short print" series of forty-nine cards in the set are so rare that "Rare Leafs" has long been a formal card-collecting hobby term. Leafs are without question one of the toughest postwar sets to complete because of all the rare cards. Offered is an outstanding collection of fourteen different ultra high-grade "Rare Leafs" from this classic set, each graded and encapsulated NM 7 by PSA. These fourteen cards all alone represent over 25% of the forty-nine "Rare Leaf" cards in the set. The collection is comprised of the following: #19 Wyrostek, 20 Sauer, 30 Goodman, 33 Lowrey, 36 Zarilla, 54 Adams, 55 Henrich, 62 Joost, 63 McCosky, 81 Kurowski, 121 Pesky, 133 Holmes, 144 Dillinger, and 165 Mitchell. This is a magnificent collection of high-grade "Rare Leafs," assembled by a very discriminating collector with a concern for condition and eye-appeal. They are part of an extraordinary high-grade master set that has been broken up to be offered in several smaller lots in this auction. These fourteen cards would make a significant contribution or provide important upgrades to virtually any world-class 1948 Leaf set in the process of being assembled. The SMR value for the assigned grades is $13,800. Total: 14 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $16,450
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