1948-1949 Leaf #93 Bob Feller Short Print

Sold For: $2,040

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 864

Item Year: 1948

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. Very attractive example of 1948-1949 Leaf #93 Bob Feller. This is one of card collecting's great classics. Bob Feller’s Leaf card is universally recognized as one of the scarcest and most significant of all postwar baseball cards. Chicago's Leaf Gum Company produced the first multicolor baseball cards of the post-World War II era in 1948-1949. 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. Feller is not only one of the keys to this rare series, he is also one of the keys to the 1948-1949 Leaf set. This example is bright, clean, and free of major creases. Centered slightly toward the upper right, with strong corners displaying only very light, even wear at the tips. The back is extremely clean, with virtually no surface wear, and all text is crisp and clear. The card is an extremely attractive example that in our opinion may be a bit conservatively graded. This card presents a rare opportunity to acquire an extremely attractive example of one of the most classic of all postwar baseball cards, at a small fraction of the cost, yet sharing almost all of the qualities, of a higher-grade example. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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