1948-1949 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige Rookie Short Print

Sold For: $18,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1089

Item Year: 1948

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded VG 3 by PSA. Offered is an extremely attractive strong mid-grade example of 1948-1949 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige. This is one of card collecting's most iconic classics. Satchel Paige’s Leaf rookie card is universally recognized as one of the rarest 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. Paige is not only the key to this rare series, he is also the key to the 1948-1949 Leaf set. The Leaf card is also Paige’s most valuable. The card has even wear on the corners, and is bright and crisp, with exceptional registration (which can be a problem with Leafs), and excellent centering (centering issues are very common with this series). A couple faint surface creases are visible near the right edge of the reverse. The card presents very strongly and is a particularly attractive example for the grade, without any significant imperfections affecting Paige’s image. The back is surprisingly clean, with virtually no surface wear, and boldly printed text centered to the far left. This card presents a rare opportunity to acquire an extremely attractive example of one of the most classic of all postwar baseball cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000++.

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