1948-1949 Leaf PSA-Graded Near-Complete Short Print Set (45/49) "Rare Leafs" Including Feller, Slaughter, and Kell

Sold For: $16,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1093

Item Year: 1948

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Presented is a stunning medium-grade collection of forty-five "Rare Leafs" (of the 49) from this classic set, highlighted by rookie cards of Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Enos Slaughter, and George Kell. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by PSA. Missing only four cards for a complete "Rare Leafs" subset (#8 Paige, 98 Newhouser, 138 Doby, and 165 Mitchell, all are offered as separate lots in this auction). 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 these rare cards. PSA grading composite: NM 7 (1 card): #163 (OC). EX-MT 6 (2 cards): #33 and 88. EX 5 (5 cards): #19, 20 Sauer RC, 51 Dark RC, 75 D. DiMaggio, and 129. VG-EX+ 4.5 (1 card): #13. VG-EX 4 (7 cards): #78, 121 Pesky RC, 131, 146, 153, 158 (MC), and 160. VG+ 3.5 (5 cards): #30 Goodman RC, 62, 63, 133, and 161. VG 3 (14 cards): #36, 45, 54, 81, 85 Philley RC, 104, 108, 113, 120 Kell RC (HOF), 123, 142 Murtaugh RC, 143, 144, and 149. GOOD+ 2.5 (1 card): #127 Slaughter RC (HOF). GOOD 2 (5 cards): #5 Trucks RC, 43, 66, 68, and 137. FAIR 1.5 (3 cards): #48, 55 Henrich, and 93 Feller RC (HOF). POOR 1 (1 card): #168 Cavaretta. A few upgrades would make this an exceptional high-grade subset from one of the most popular of all postwar bubble-gum card sets. This is an extremely attractive medium-grade group composed exclusively of short prints, which could serve as the foundation for the assembly of this very difficult-to-complete postwar set. The SMR value for just seven of the forty-five graded cards (excluding the one qualified card and cards graded less than EX 5, which includes all the key Hall of Famers) is $2,415. Total: 45 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.

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