1949 Leaf Football Complete Set (49)

Sold For: $1,659

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1281

Item Year: 1949

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Complete 49-card set of 1949 Leaf Football cards. Just as the cards in the 1948-1949 Leaf Baseball series are much rarer than Bowman and Topps cards from the late 1940s and early 1950s, Leaf Football cards are also rarer than most other postwar football issues. They are also very distinctive, with an unusual and very colorful design that has always made these a favorite with collectors. Also of note is the fact that, just as there is a rare and a common 49-card series of 1948-1949 Leaf Baseball, 1949 Leaf Football are considerably rarer than 1948 Leaf Football. Interestingly, the significant difference in rarity between the 1948 and 1949 Leaf Football cards has not yet been recognized by price guides (an error that will someday no doubt be corrected), but it is clearly the case, and by a wide margin. This is well known to many serious collectors. This is an impressive and rarely seen mid- to high-grade set of this difficult 1940s football-card issue. These cards are extremely bright, fresh, and attractive. This set has been consigned by the family of an old-time collector. Six cards have been selected to be graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). Keys: #15 Luckman (SGC EX 60), 16 Trippi (Nr/Mt), 19 Christman (Ex), 22 Dudley (Vg-Ex), 26 Baugh (SGC VG/EX 50), 28 Pihos (Ex-Mt), 40 Connor (Vg-Ex), 41 McAfee (Vg), 43 Tripuca (Vg), 49 Conerly (20/80 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 51 Kavanaugh (Ex-Mt), 56 Lujack (Ex-Mt), 62 Gilmer (Ex), 67 Layne (SGC EX/NM 80), 79 Van Buren (SGC EX 60), 89 Waterfield (SGC EX/NM 80), 95 Washington (Ex), 101 Harder (Ex, misspelled Harber), 134 Bednarik (SGC EX 60), and 150 Turner (Vg-Ex). The balance of the cards grade as follows: 10% grade Nr/Mt, 55% range from Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt (averaging Ex), and 35% Vg. Total: 49 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,659

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