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1948-1949 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige Rookie PSA EX+ 5.5

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $20,400

Graded EX+ 5.5 by PSA (submitted by REA). Offered is an extremely attractive example of 1948-1949 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige, the key highlight of an outstanding original-owner collection of Leaf cards consigned to this auction. This is one of card collecting's most iconic 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 Leaf card is also Paige’s most valuable. The offered example displays four square corners showing light wear at the tips and centering slightly to the bottom. The centering, along with a minor registration issue, are common problems encountered with the Leaf set. The card is otherwise bright, clean, and free of any creases or wrinkles. The back is entirely clean, with no surface wear, and all text crisp and clear (centered towards the bottom). It has been nearly five years since we presented a Leaf Paige card at auction. This iconic card has virtually disappeared from the public auction world! This card presents a rare opportunity to acquire an extremely attractive and high-grade example of one of the most classic of all postwar baseball cards.  Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $20,400

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