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1949 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige Rookie Card - PSA NM 7
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $29,375
Graded NM 7 by PSA. Offered is an extraordinary high-grade example of 1949 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige. One of card collecting's great classics and important rarities, Satchel Paige’s Leaf rookie card has long been universally recognized as one of the most significant of all postwar baseball cards. In 1948-1949 Chicago's Leaf Gum Company produced the first multicolor baseball cards of the post-World War II era. Forty-nine cards in the set are considered "standard" (not rare compared to "short print" cards) 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. Satchel Paige happens to be one of the rare cards in the set, so it is highly prized both as an extremely rare card of the legendary Satchel Paige and as the key rare card in the Leaf set. The 1949 Leaf card is also Paige’s most valuable. This is an outstanding high-grade example. The card is bright, crisp and clean, with natural, even toning, four sharp corners showing just a slightest hint of wear under magnification, and is very well centered for this issue, just a hint towards the bottom left border (approximately 45/55 left to right and 65/35 top to bottom). The back is perfectly clean, centered to the lower left, with text flawlessly crisp and bold. This card presents an uncommon opportunity to acquire an extremely attractive example in exceptionally high grade of one of the most revered classics of all postwar baseball cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $29,375
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