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1948 Rare Leaf PSA-Graded Collection Including Newhouser (8)
Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $3,231
Offered is a collection of eight "Rare Leafs" from this classic set, highlighted by the rookie card of Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser, each graded and encapsulated by PSA: #20 Sauer (RC, EX-MT 6), 54 Adams (EX-MT 6), 78 Evers (EX-MT 6), 81 Kurowski (EX-MT 6), 85 Philley (RC, EX 5), 98 Newhouser (RC, VG-EX 4 [MC]), 121 Pesky (RC, EX 5), and 143 Sisler (EX-MT 6). The first color baseball cards of the post-World War II era were produced by Chicago's Leaf Gum Company in 1948. 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 is an extremely attractive group comprised exclusively of short prints, which could serve as significant additions to or upgrades for a world-class set. The SMR value for the assigned grades (not including the qualified key card of Hall of Famer Newhouser) is $3,060. Total 8 cards. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,231
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