1948 Leaf #98 Hal Newhouser Rookie Card

Sold For: $1,410

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 575

Item Year: 1948

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded EX 60 by SGC. Extremely attractive high-grade example of this short-printed "Rare Leaf" rookie card featuring Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser. The 1948 Leaf Bubble Gum card of Newhouser is the most popular and striking of all his cards. It is also a genuine rarity, being one of the forty-nine rare cards in the 1948-1949 Leaf Gum Co. set. The offered card is an exceptional example. The clean, off-white borders of this card frame a virtually flawless image that is centered slightly to the right (approximately 60/40 L/R). The corners display very light, even wear (slightly more so on the bottom left). The reverse is clean and free of all staining or excess print, and is centered slightly toward the left. This is a very attractive high-grade example of Newhouser’s most classic card, worthy of the finest 1948 Leaf set and a key rarity for an advanced Hall of Famer rookie card collection. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,410

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