1948 Leaf Baseball Cards

1948 Leaf Satchell Paige 1948 Leaf Satchell Paige back

1948 Leaf Baseball Cards

Set Info

Manufacturer: Leaf

Year of Issue: 1948

Set Size: 98 Cards

Card Size: 2-3/8” x 2-7/8”


Short Prints: 49 cards (non-sequential)

Set Description

Chicago Leaf Gum Company issued this first color set of cards after the war in 1949. Some cards have a 1948 copyright but it is believed they were not issued until 1949. The fronts are colorized photos with bright backgrounds. Backs are numbered and have the player’s bio. It is believed the company issued the set skipping numbers and half of the cards are in short supply, they are noted as Short Prints. This set contains many significant cards of player’s first appearances, better known as rookie cards, including: Jackie Robinson; Stan Musial; Phil Rizzuto; and, by far the most popular 1948 Leaf card, Satchel Paige. In addition to such great rookie cards, the set also contained legends who were either at their peek years, near the end of their legacies, or retired, such as: Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner.

1948 Leaf Babe Ruth 1948 Leaf Bob Feller
1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson 1948 Leaf Joe Dimaggio
1948 Leaf Stan Musial 1948 Leaf Ted Williams
Price Guide (Complete Set)
  • VG – $15000
  • EX – $32000
  • NM – $85000
Key Rookies
  • 4 – Stan Musial
  • 8 – Satchel Paige
  • 11- Phil Rizzuto
  • 32 – Warren Spahn
  • 38 – Ted Kluszewski
  • 79 – Jackie Robinson
Key Stars
  • 1 – Joe Dimaggio
  • 3 – Babe Ruth
  • 76 – Ted Williams
  • 93 – Bob Feller
  • Any SP (short print)
Errors & Variations
  • No significant errors or variations
Important Notes
  • The SP cards are extremely tough to find
  • Considered the most difficult post-WWII set to put together
  • Poor centering and registration is common
  • The cards are numbered to 168, but only contain 98 baseball cards
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One Response to “1948 Leaf Baseball Cards”

  1. Klinton Marshall says:

    I have a bob feller 1948 leaf #93, I would like to sell, very good condition. Please let me know if interested.


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