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1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie SGC NM 84

Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $4,740

Graded NM 84 by SGC (submitted by REA). Presented is a tremendous high-grade example of this classic rookie card of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. The 1948-1949 Leaf Bubble Gum card of Robinson is one of the most popular, striking, and classic of all Jackie Robinson cards. Leafs are often encountered with many condition problems (excessive toning, general wear from fragile paper stock, soft corners, centering issues, and print lines), and collectors have to deal with the wildly varying degrees of print quality that characterize the set. It is easy to see why 1948-1949 Leafs are one of the most difficult of all issues to collect in high grade. The offered card is a great rarity in terms of condition and quality for any 1948-1949 Leaf, let alone Jackie Robinson, one of the key Hall of Famers in the set. This card is one of the highlights of an original-owner collection and displays a perfectly crisp image, flawless registration, four sharp corners, and excellent centering. The light, unobtrusive discoloration along the bottom border may be all that keeps this card from grading higher. This is an exceptionally attractive and striking high-grade example of one of the icons of postwar Hall of Fame card collecting, and in the eyes of many, Jackie Robinson's single most desirable baseball card. The equivalent SMR value in the assigned grade is $2,500. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $4,740

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