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1948-1949 Leaf Gum Partial Standard Set (38/49) Including Nine Hall of Famers Plus Eight "Rare Leafs"
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,400
Collection of forty-six different cards (plus eight duplicates) from the 1948-1949 Leaf Gum set highlighted by nine Hall of Famers, including Warren Spahn and Honus Wagner, and eight "Rare Leafs." This collection represents a partial set of thirty-eight "standard" cards (of forty-nine) plus eight cards from the rare "short print" series (these additional forty-nine short-print cards are so rare that "Rare Leafs" has long been a formal card-collecting hobby term). With reference to the forty-nine cards comprising the standard set, the following eleven cards are missing for completion: #1 DiMaggio, 3 Ruth, 4 Musial, 11 Rizzuto, 14, 17, 26, 50, 65, 76 Williams, and 79 Robinson. Plus eight "Rare Leafs" (which we make mention of again just to make sure they are not overlooked). 1948-1949 Leafs are without question one of the most difficult postwar sets to complete because of all the rare cards. This collection is also incredibly interesting as all of the thirty-eight different "standard" cards present with an unusual imperfection that occurred in the printing process (the eight duplicates and the eight "Rare Leafs" do not display this imperfection). At a glance it might appear that the text has "bled through" from the back to the front, but what has really happened with these cards is that when they were printed, the sheets were stacked on top of one another while still wet, in this case causing a transfer of ink from the reverse (text) of another sheet to the obverse of the offered cards. This type of printing imperfection is rarely so prominent, and also these cards rarrely surface in groups (in this case it is no doubt related to the fact that these cards were all printed at the same time and have survived together). Overall condition of the forty-six "standard" cards (thirty-eight different plus eight duplicates) is Vg-Ex to Ex with five Vg. Keys: #32 Spahn (Ex), 38 Kluszewski (Vg-Ex+), 46 Mize (Vg), 59 Appling (Vg-Ex+), 70 Wagner (Ex), 83 Doerr (Vg-Ex), 91 Kiner RC (Ex), 106 Boudreau (possible slight trim, otherwise Ex), and 117 Gordon (Ex). Short Prints: #62 (Vg-Ex+), 66 (Vg-Ex), 75 DiMaggio (miscut, no right border, otherwise Ex+), 113 (Vg-Ex+), 120 Kell (HOF, Vg+), 123 (Vg+), 158 (Fr), and 161 (Vg+). This is a very attractive and consistent collection of cards from this classic gum-card issue. Total: 54 cards. SOLD FOR $2,400
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