Lot # 16: 1948-1949 Leaf #4 Stan Musial Rookie PSA NM-MT 8

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Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Only three examples grade higher out of 1,080 evaluated by PSA to date. Presented is an exceptionally high-grade example of this classic rookie card of Hall of Famer Stan Musial. The 1948-1949 Leaf Bubble Gum card of Musial is one of the most popular and striking of all his cards. The cards manufactured by Leaf Gum Co. in 1948 and 1949 are often encountered with many problems (excessive toning, general wear from fragile paper stock, soft corners, centering issues, and print lines), and collectors also must deal with the wildly varying degrees of print quality that characterize the set. It is easy to see why 1948-1949 Leafs are one of the most difficult of all issues to collect in high grade. The offered card is a great rarity in terms of condition and quality for any 1948-1949 Leaf, let alone Stan Musial, one of the key Hall of Famers in the set. The offered example has a perfectly crisp image set against a bright blue background. Perfectly clean front and back with four strong corners and centering slightly toward the bottom left. The reverse is clean and boldly printed. This is an extremely attractive high-grade example of one of the icons of postwar Hall of Fame card collecting, and in the eyes of many, Stan Musial's single most desirable baseball card.  Reserve $10,000.

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