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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

1949 Leaf Baseball Cards

Man!  That's a bright background!

Put on some sunglasses when viewing this set!  These backgrounds are vibrant and in your face.  The 1949 Leaf set is unique in that it was the first to be printed in color post-war.  The lack of image refinement, however, resulted in many slight color deviations and cards out of register. 
Backs promote "All-Star Baseball Gum"
and tell the kids to "Collect this series of Diamond Greats"
Card backs contain offers for a baseball album, all that was needed was to send in 5 wrappers and 25 cents. The card backs are sometimes found with incorrect or blank backs. And some cards were printed with a 1948 copyright date on the card back, but evidence indicates that the set was not released until 1949.
The 1949 Leaf Baseball card set is one of the hardest post war sets to complete. The set was skip numbered from 1-168 and half of the cards issued were printed in limited quantities making them harder to find.  The short prints created by this included stars and rookies such as: # 8 Satchel Paige, # 127 Enos Slaughter, and # 138 Larry Doby.

# 11 Phil Rizzuto - 1949 Leaf Baseball RK Card


Key Rookies for this year include:  
# 8 Satchel Paige, 
# 11 Phil Rizzuto, 
# 38 Ted Kluszewski, 
# 79 Jackie Robinson, 
and # 138 Larry Doby.


Hall-of-Famers featured in the set are: # 1 Joe DiMaggio, # 3 Babe Ruth, # 4 Stan Musial, # 8 Satchel Paige, # 11 Phil Rizzuto, # 32 Warren Spahn, # 46 Johnny Mize, # 59 Luke Appling, # 70 Honus Wagner, # 76 Ted Williams, # 79 Jackie Robinson, # 83 Bobby Doerr, # 91 Ralph Kiner, # 93 Bob Feller, # 98 Hal Newhouser, # 106 Lou Boudreau, # 117 Joe Gordon, # 120 George Kell, # 127 Enos Slaughter, and # 138 Larry Doby.

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Dean's Cards has an extensive inventory of 1949 Leaf Baseball Cards in stock and ready for purchase.  Also, check out other Leaf Gum Co. vintage cards for sale such as: 1948 Leaf Football Cards, 1949 Leaf Football Cards, 1960 Leaf Baseball Cards, and 1966 Leaf Good Guys and Bad Guys.  And keep an eye out for more Vintage Baseball Cards, Vintage Football Cards, and other Vintage Cards and Collectibles on our Recently Added Cards page!