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1948 Leaf Football Complete Low-Number Run (#1-49)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,972.00

Exceptionally attractive complete low-number run (#1-49) from the classic 1948-1949 Leaf Football gum card issue, highlighted by twelve Hall of Famers, including a particularly strong example of key card #34 Sammy Baugh, which has graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. These forty-nine cards represent the complete first series, and were later followed by a series of forty-nine rare high-number cards (#50 thru 98). These are the first color football cards of the post-World War II era. Ten cards are Ex or better, thirty-one range from Vg-Ex to Vg-Ex/Ex, and eight are Vg. Keys: #1 Luckman (70/30 to the bottom right, otherwise Vg-Ex), 3 Turner (Vg), 4 Walker (Vg-Ex/Ex), 6 Layne (Vg-Ex/Ex), 13 Lujack (Vg-Ex/Ex), 16 Pihos (Vg-Ex/Ex), 19 McAfee (90/10 L/R, otherwise Ex), 22 Van Buren (20/80 L/R, otherwise Ex), 26 Waterfield (Vg-Ex), 29 Trippi (20/80 L/R, otherwise Ex), 34 Baugh (PSA EX-MT 6), 36 Dudley (20/80 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex), and 37 Connor (Ex). Just as the cards in the 1948-49 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. Crisp and clean, this set has been very carefully assembled with a great concern for overall eye-appeal. This is a very sharp looking complete low-number run of 1948 Leaf football, one of card collecting's most popular classics, in an extremely desirable grade. Total 49 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,972.00


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