|Posted by Scott A on April 1, 2012 at 4:15 PM||comments (1)|
Trying to find a 1948 Leaf Football wrapper has proven to be far more difficult than one would expect. Given the nearly endless offerings of Bowman wrappers from the early to mid 1950's, the dearth of Leaf wrappers is somewhat surprising. Over the past several years, I've seen one made available and that was part of a larger lot of wrappers from the era. The actuallity of it being 1948 versus 1949 is still up in the air as the images provided were not of high enough resolution to decipher.
Speaking with other collectors, I have been advised of two other 1948 Leaf wrappers that definitely exist in the hobby. I'm sure that there are others, but I have yet to scour deep enough to unearth them.
Recently, an initial portion of one of the largest hobby collections, The Dreier Collection, was offered for auction by Chicago-based Legendary Auctions. Amongst the items were to interesting lots. The first was a nice run of football wrappers, albeit without a 1948 Leaf. The second, and the most startling, was an original 1948 Leaf Football display box.
Now, consider for a moment, the scarcity of the wrappers from this issue and perhaps you can fathom the magnitude of such an item being presented. Until the auction, although some knew of this box residing with the Dreier's, the existence of this item was akin to the existence of a unicorn. Was it a myth or was it real?
The question then became, what would this sell for? Would there be a buyers' frenzy? Was there any chance that I could add it to my collection without creating a great divide in my marriage? Thankfully, the frenzy was less than expected, there was a chance that I could add it to my collection and I'm still married...
|Posted by Scott A on September 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
Presented are two additonal White Background variations that to date, are still uncataloged and PSA has not recognized them.
To the left is Harrell Collins, issued in the High Number Series and to the right is Bobby Nussbaumer, issued in the Low Number Series.
|Posted by Scott A on September 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
After several attempts, PSA has finally recognized the Steve Van Buren Blue Sock variation. This variation exists in both the Green Jersey/Blue Sock (pictured below and previously uncataloged) and the Yellow Jersey/Blue Sock (cataloged in Beckett).
|Posted by Scott A on August 13, 2011 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
I have shared this interesting accumulation of variations of Harry Gilmer's 1948 Leaf card with several other collectors. It appears as though each of these variations, the Maroon and Red Jersey (consistent with others in the set) with a yellow or tan football and the even more interesting Maroon Jersey with a black football:
Recently, I provided each of the example to PSA for potential inclusion in the 1948 Leaf Master Set Registry. Unlike the White Background variations, which appear to be scarcer than hen's teeth, this series of variations are somewhat more common and should be able to be acquired by all avid collectors of the issue.
There is no doubt as to the significant and distinct differences in the variations. Unlike so many that suggest that there should be a Yellow/Orange variation for the name banners and/or backgrounds, this appears to be a legitimate variation within the set that should garner hobby-wide acceptance.