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    1948 Leaf Satchel Paige #8 PSA NM 7. Paige famously mused, "Don't look back--something might be gaining on you," but the new owner of this high-grade trading card will find little competition for supremacy. The remarkable state of preservation after nearly seven decades of existence serves as a rather fitting tribute to the ageless Hall of Fame ace, who was still mowing them down as a forty-two-year old rookie for the World Champion 1948 Cleveland Indians. Bowman failed to honor the Negro Leagues' greatest arm in their 1948 edition, further elevating the importance of this, Paige's sole rookie specimen.

    The '48 Leaf Paige is a short-print that is famous for being among the most difficult entries, accounting for this abridged census is the stunted availability and the popularity that Mr. Paige holds in the collecting community. The bright and bold design brings to mind the powerful aesthetics found in Soviet propaganda posters or Andy Warhol screen print.

    Graded PSA NM 7. A physical examination, as the elevated grade would suggest, leaves us with little to report. The corners retain their tips. Centering is a study in perfection though there will be the "hairline off" nay-sayers but "hairline" is the only claim one can make. As for print registration and stray ink... the red is 1/32" away from precise alignment and we see no unsightly stray inks. Few rookie cards of Hall of Famers active beyond the Second World War present a greater challenge at this elite grade level. This is a strong example one should be proud to call their own.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $80,000 - up.

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