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1948-1949 Leaf Near-Complete Standard Set (46/49)
Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $3,600
Collection of forty-six different cards from the 1948-1949 Leaf Gum set highlighted by thirteen Hall of Famers, including Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams. This collection represents a near-complete set of the forty-nine cards in a "standard" Leaf set (the remaining forty-nine cards in the set are from the rare "short print" series, which are so rare that "Rare Leafs" has long been a formal card-collecting hobby term). Missing only three cards for completion of the standard set: #56, 79 Robinson, and 136. 1948-1949 Leafs are without question one of the most difficult postwar sets to complete because of all the rare cards. This collection was consigned by the family of the original owner and was presented to us (along with groups of 1948 to 1950 Bowman cards, which appear elsewhere in the auction) housed in a vintage album, carefully held in place by corner mounts. It is clear from their condition that these cards were enjoyed by a youngster prior to residing in this album, but their preservation in this manner for many decades undoubtedly helped preserve their bold color, which contributes to the overall exceptional visual appeal of this set. We have selected four cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Overall condition is 76% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few Ex) and 24% lesser (mostly Gd). Keys: #1 DiMaggio (FAIR 20), 3 Ruth (EX 60), 4 Musial RC (EX 60), 11 Rizzuto (Vg-Ex), 32 Spahn (Pr), 38 Kluszewski (Vg+), 46 Mize (Vg), 59 Appling (Gd/Vg), 70 Wagner (Gd), 76 Williams (VG 40), 83 Doerr (Vg-Ex), 91 Kiner RC (Vg-Ex), 106 Boudreau (Vg), and 117 Gordon (pencil mark on reverse, otherwise Vg-Ex). This is a very attractive and consistent collection of cards that would provide an outstanding foundation for the assembly of a complete set of this classic gum-card issue. The equivalent SMR value for just the Ruth and Musial cards is $1,700. Total: 46 cards. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $3,600
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