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1948-1949 Leaf Near-Complete Set Plus Rare Hermanski and Aberson Variations (101)

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $19,975

Chicago's Leaf Gum Company produced the first multicolor baseball cards of the post-World War II era in 1948-49. 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. This near-complete set of ninety-seven cards (missing just #138 Doby for completion) is comprised of the forty-nine "standard" cards and forty-eight of the forty-nine rare series cards. Also included in this collection are both rare variations of #102 Hermanski (no "i") and 136 Aberson (short sleeve) plus two very unusual short print duplicates with blank backs (#5 Trucks and 165 Mitchell) for a total of 101 cards. The set is skip-numbered up to #168. We have selected fifteen cards from this set to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. SGC grades are as follows: #1 DiMaggio (VG 40), 3 Ruth (FAIR 20), 4 Musial RC (VG 40), 5 Trucks SP (EX/NM 80), 8 Paige RC (VG 40), 20 Sauer SP (EX+ 70), 70 Wagner (EX/NM 80), 76 Williams (VG 40), 79 Robinson RC (VG 40), 85 Philley SP (EX 60), 93 Feller SP (POOR 10), 102a Hermanski – error (EX 60), 127 Slaughter SP (GOOD 30), 133 Holmes SP (EX/NM 80), and 142 Murtaugh SP (VG/EX 50). Condition composite of the balance: Sixteen cards grade Ex: #14, 31, 42 Peterson (black cap), 45 Keltner SP, 53, 65, 77, 97 Marion RC, 102b Hermanski (correct spelling), 104 Stewart SP (blank back), 125, 129 Higbe SP, 137 Walker SP, 143 Sisler SP, 144 Dillinger SP, and 159. Nineteen cards grade Vg-Ex: #10, 29, 33 Lowrey SP, 39, 46 Mize, 48 Schmitz SP, 49, 50, 62 Joost SP, 68 Miller SP (blank back), 72, 81 Kurowski SP (blank back), 91 Kiner RC, 95, 111, 128, 136a Aberson (full sleeve), 136b Aberson (short sleeve), and 153 Baker SP. Twenty-nine cards are Vg: #5 Trucks SP (SGC VG 40), 13 Michaels SP, 22, 26, 28, 30 Goodman SP, 32 Spahn RC, 36 Zarilla SP, 38 Kluszewski RC, 47, 51 Dark SP, 55 Henrich SP, 56, 57, 61, 73, 82, 83 Doerr, 84, 86, 106 Boudreau, 117, 120 Kell SP, 131 Gordon SP (wrong back with #93 Bob Feller bio on the reverse), 149 Maseski SP, 160 Scheffing SP, 163 Hutchinson SP, 165 Mitchell SP (SGC VG 40), and 168 Cavaretta SP. Twenty-two cards are lesser: #11 Rizzuto RC, 17, 19 Wyrostek SP, 27, 43 Stevens SP, 54 Adams SP, 59 Appling, 63 McCosky, 66 Grove, 75 DiMaggio SP, 78 Evers SP, 88 Gustine SP, 98 Newhouser SP, 108 Batts SP, 113 Leonard SP, 121 Pesky SP, 123 Fannin SP, 139, 146 Reiser SP, 158 Brecheen SP, 161 Stephens SP, and 165 Mitchell SP. Because of the legendary rare series of forty-nine cards, the 1948-49 Leaf set is almost impossible to complete in any grade. This is a very attractive set for this difficult issue, especially considering the numerous condition and printing quality problems that tend to plague Leafs. The unusual and striking design, the intrigue of the rare series cards, the exotic colors, the unusual poses, and the many great stars included all combine to make the 1948-49 Leaf set one of the most enduring and popular of all baseball-card issues. Very few complete sets have ever been assembled. Total 101 cards (near-set of 97 plus two variations and two blank-back duplicates). Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $19,975


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