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1948 Leaf Football Complete Set (98)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,231

Complete set of the classic 1948-1949 Leaf Football gum-card issue, highlighted by fourteen Hall of Famers, including a particularly strong example of key card #34 Sammy Baugh, which has graded EX 60 by SGC. The first forty-nine cards (#1-49) represent the complete first series and the second series of forty-nine cards are represented by the rare high-number cards (#50 thru 98). These are the first color football cards of the post-World War II era. Also included are an additional six cards from the 1949 Leaf football series for a total of 104 cards. We have selected four cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Keys: #1 Luckman RC (SGC EX 60), 3 Turner RC (slight trim, otherwise Vg-Ex), 4 Walker RC (Vg), 6 Layne (SGC VG/EX 50), 13 Lujack RC (SGC EX 60), 15 Justice RC (Vg-Ex), 16 Pihos RC (Vg), 19 McAfee RC (slight trim, otherwise Nr/Mt), 22 Van Buren RC (Vg), 26 Waterfield RC (Ex-Mt), 29 Trippi RC (Vg-Ex), 34 Baugh RC (SGC EX 60), 36 Dudley RC (slight trim, otherwise Ex/Ex-Mt), 37 Connor RC (Vg-Ex), 52 Nomellini RC (slight trim, otherwise Ex), 53 Conerly RC (Vg-Ex/Ex), 54 Bednarik RC (slight trim, otherwise Vg-Ex), 73 Jensen RC (Ex), 91 Hart RC (Vg/Vg-Ex), and 98 DiMarco RC (slight trim, otherwise Vg). The balance of the cards: 55% grade Ex to Ex-Mt and 45% Vg to Vg-Ex (includes a few cards with a slight trim). 1949 Leaf (6 cards): #7 (Fr), 13 Thompson (Ex), 19 Christman (Ex-Mt), 49 Conerly (10/90 L/R, Ex-Mt), 127 (possible slight trim), and 134 Bednarik (Gd-Vg). Just as the cards in the 1948-1949 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 technically mixed-grade (but including many condition highlights) complete set of 1948 Leaf Football, one of card collecting's most popular classics. Total 104 cards (set of 98 from 1948 plus 6 additional 1949 cards). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,231

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