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1948 Leaf #1 Joe DiMaggio SGC NM/MT 88

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $5,629

Graded NM/MT 88 by SGC. Only one example graded higher by SGC out of 213 cards evaluated to date. High-grade example of this significant condition rarity and one of DiMaggio’s most popular cards. This is also DiMaggio's only postwar bubble-gum card issued during his playing days (he did not allow cards of himself to be printed by Topps or Bowman), giving this card an even greater significance. Considering the fragile cardboard used in the production of the 1948 Leaf issue and the usually excessive wear the #1 card is subjected to, the high grade of this card is all the more impressive. The offered example has four sharp corners, ideal natural toning, and a crisp, flawlessly printed image. Well centered left to right and centered approximately 65/35 T/B with four sharp corners and almost no traces of gum staining which so frequently affects 1948 Leafs. The blue and red colors on the card display boldly while the background color, most commonly a slightly darker green, displays with a slightly yellow hue (colors on 1948 Leafs often vary from card to card, in some cases dramatically, due to normal production variances; this is part of the charm of the set). Clean, boldly printed reverse. This is an outstanding high-grade example of one of the key cards from the 1948 Leaf set, one of DiMaggio's most important cards, and one of the most significant and popular gum cards of the postwar era. The equivalent SMR value in the assigned grade is $8,500. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $5,629

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