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Lot # 490 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1948 Leaf #1 Joe DiMaggio SGC NM 84

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,133.00

Graded NM 84 by SGC. High-grade example of this significant condition rarity and one of DiMaggio’s most popular cards. This is also DiMaggio's only postwar bubble-gum card issued during his playing days (he did not allow cards of himself to be printed by Topps or Bowman), giving this card an even greater significance. Considering the fragile cardboard used in the production of the 1948 Leaf issue and the usually excessive wear the #1 card is subjected to, the high grade of this card is all the more impressive. The offered example is well centered (approximately 60/40 T/B and L/R) with four strong corners and almost no traces of gum staining which so frequently affects 1948 Leafs. The blue and red colors on the card display boldly while the background color, most commonly a slightly darker green, displays with a slightly yellow hue (colors on 1948 Leafs often vary from card to card, in some cases dramatically, due to normal production variances; this is part of the charm of the set). This is a very attractive high-grade example of one of the key cards from the 1948 Leaf set, one of DiMaggio's most important cards, and one of the most popular cards of the era. The equivalent SMR value is $2,500. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,133.00


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