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Thursday, April 18, 2013

1949 Leaf Baseball Cards Added to Dean’s Cards Collection of More than 1 Million Vintage Cards

The colorful 1949 Leaf baseball card is one of the toughest to complete.
Dean’s Cards recently added a number of baseball cards to its collection of colorful, 1949 Leaf baseball cards. As you can see by the photos on this page, you may need sunglasses to view these cards! The background colors are very colorful and almost Day-Glo – even after more than 60 years!

The 1949 Leaf baseball card set is unique in that it was the first set to be printed in color post-war.  The The 1949 Leaf baseball card set includes 98 cards measuring 2 3/8” by 2 7/8”. The lack of refinement however resulted in many color deviations and cards out of register.

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. Card backs contain offers and are sometimes found with incorrect or blank backs. Some cards were printed with a 1948 copyright date on the card back, but evidence indicates that the set was not released until 1949.

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.
1949 Leaf Phil Rizzuto available at Dean's Cards.
Key Rookies for this year include:
# 8 Satchel Paige
# 11 Phil Rizzuto
# 38 Ted Kluszewski
# 79 Jackie Robinson
# 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.
1949 Leaf Warren Spahn available from Dean's Cards.
Dean's Cards has an extensive inventory of 1949 Leaf Baseball Cards in stock and ready for purchase. You can go to our website and see scans of the actual cards so you know what you are purchasing  Also, check out other Leaf Gum Co. vintage cards for sale such as: very colorful 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!

Dean’s Cards Back-of-the-Baseball-Card Facts:
  • We buy more than 500 collections every year and have been doing so since 2001.
  • Dean’s Cards sells more vintage cards online than any other dealer.
  • We have 12 employees and a 5000 square foot office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • If we don’t buy cards, we can’t sell cards – and that’s why we strive to offer you the best, no hassle price upfront.
  • Vintage cards – before 1969 – have the greatest value. But cards from 1950s and 1960 are condition sensitive – meaning cards in best condition are worth much more than cards in poor condition.
  • Pre-World War II cards are the most valuable and often have good value regardless of their condition.
  • Semi-vintage cards – from the 1970s – have more of a modest value and need to be in excellent condition to get the best price.
  • Modern cards – 1980s and on – are beautiful cards and fun to collect, but they were made in such great quantity that the value is not high – so we generally do not buy these from collectors.
  • Vintage cards peaked in value in the 1990s, then declined a bit, and now have been holding steady ever since.
Ready to sell your baseball cards? Visit us at Dean's Cards to start the process. We promise a prompt reply -- and our best offer.

Dean Hanley, founder and owner of Deanscards.com, is considered one of the foremost experts on the subject of vintage sports cards and has a regular column in the Sports Collectors Digest and publishes articles on his blog. Dean has also written two books on vintage sports cards: The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 and Before There Was Bubble Gum: Our Favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards.