1949 Leaf Football Complete Set (49)

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1838

Item Year: 1949

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

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Presented is a 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 fully been recognized by price guides, but it is clearly the case, and by a wide margin. Condition is 48% Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex) and 52% Fr to Gd. Eleven cards are graded by PSA. Keys: #15 Luckman (Vg-Ex), 16 Trippi (Gd), 19 Christman (marked on back, Vg+), 22 Dudley (pencil mark on front, otherwise Vg), 26 Baugh (Gd), 28 Pihos (Gd), 40 Connor (Vg-Ex), 41 McAfee (Vg), 43 Tripuca (EX 5), 49 Conerly (Fr), 51 Kavanaugh (Ex), 56 Lujack (VG-EX 4), 62 Gilmer (Vg), 67 Layne (Fr), 79 Van Buren (EX+ 5.5), 89 Waterfield (Vg+), 95 Washington (Gd), 101 Harder (EX 5, misspelled Harber), 134 Bednarik (Vg-Ex), and 150 Turner (Fr). Other graded cards: Three EX 5: #9, 81, and 118. Four VG-EX 4: #1, 31, 37, and 70. This is a relatively affordable and rarely seen midgrade set of this difficult 1940s football-card issue. Total: 49 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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