1949 Leaf Premiums Collection Including Gehrig, Johnson, and Mathewson (5)

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 868

Item Year: 1949

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Presented is a collection of five very scarce 1949 Leaf premiums highlighted by Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson. Measuring 5-5/8 x 7-1/4 inches, these premiums which, as noted on the reverse of the regular cards, were available for ten Leaf Gum wrappers each. Samples from this set are often in somewhat rough condition (heavy creases, back damage, etc.). This group is comprised of examples far nicer than usually found for this issue. The collection consists of the following: Cochrane (Ex), Gehrig (technically Pr due to a tiny tear in the background, otherwise Vg with some light creases and minor toning on reverse), Johnson (Vg, some light creases and minor toning on reverse), Mathewson (Vg-Ex), and McGraw (Vg-Ex). This is a tremendous collection of rarely seen premiums from one of postwar-card collecting's greatest classics, which would be worthy companions to any complete set of 1948-1949 Leaf cards. Total: 5 premiums. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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