MastroNet December 2005
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on:
Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Just a single example in the world has ever been graded higher. One imagines that the Leaf Gum Company faced little difficulty in deciding who should grace the first card in its inaugural baseball set. Joe DiMaggio was the most popular player in the game at the time, and he was still putting up huge numbers: the Yankee Clipper had just completed a 39 home run season in which he also batted .320. As with most "number 1" cards, the 1948 Leaf collectible of DiMaggio is usually found with technically excessive—even if not physically unsightly—surface, corner and edge wear. Such is not the case with this example. The offered specimen possesses four well formed corners (with vestigial touches visible only through determined, hyper-critical scrutiny) and truly exceptional color. And, especially within the context of its issue's typical uncertain focus, this copy delivers amazingly strong clarity, focus and visual projection in its illustration. A very desirable, milestone card, in Near Mint to Mint condition.
1948 Leaf #1 Joe DiMaggio
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