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1949 Bowman #224 Satchel Paige SGC NM+ 86
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $4,112.50
Graded NM+ 86 by SGC. Absolutely pristine example of one of card collecting's great classics. Only two examples of this card have ever been graded higher by SGC (one SGC NM-MT+ 92 and one SGC MINT 96). Four sharp corners and deep, rich colors highlight this extraordinary 1949 Bowman card of Leroy "Satchel" Paige. 1949 Bowmans in general, let alone Paige, are rarely found in such high grade, primarily because they so often have naturally soft corners due to the paper stock on which they are printed. Centered very slightly to the left (45/55 L/R), with perfect focus, a flawless reverse, and snow-white borders. This is not only an important card in general, it is a rare high-number card in the 1949 Bowman series, and the key card in the set. This is one of only three cards of Satchel Paige dating from his playing days (the others being 1949 Leaf and 1953 Topps), and one of the most important of all postwar cards. Along with Paige's 1949 Leaf, this card also lays claim to being Paige's rookie card. It is interesting to note that the back of the card makes mention of his years of "traveling around the Negro Leagues" before being signed by the Indians, and that "his exact age is unknown." This is an extremely strong example in all respects. In fact, we like this example better than others we have seen that have been graded higher. Either this one is graded too conservatively, or some others have been graded too liberally (or both). We grade this card Nr/Mt-Mt. One of the key classics of all postwar baseball card issues, this is a stunning high-grade example of one of card collecting's all-time great cards, and one of only several cards ever issued of Satchel Paige dating from his playing days. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,112.50
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