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1949 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige Rookie Card

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,231.25

Graded VG 3 by PSA. Offered is an extremely attractive VG example of 1949 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige. This is one of card collecting's greatest classics. Satchel Paige’s Leaf rookie card is universally recognized as one of the scarcest and most significant of all postwar baseball cards. Chicago's Leaf Gum Company produced the first multicolor baseball cards of the post-World War II era in 1948/1949. 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. Paige is not only the key to this rare series, he is also the key to the 1948/1949 Leaf set. The 1949 Leaf card is also Paige’s most valuable. The card has lightly and evenly rounded corners, but is bright, clean, and free of major creases. Centered 20/80 left to right and 70/30 top to bottom (centering and minor registration issues are very common problems encountered with this series). The card presents very nicely as an extremely attractive example for this modest grade, without any significant imperfections affecting Paige’s image. The back is surprisingly clean, with virtually no surface wear, and all text crisp and clear. This card presents a rare opportunity to acquire an extremely attractive example of one of the most classic of all postwar baseball cards at a small fraction of the cost of a higher grade example. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,231.25

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