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    1948 Leaf Satchel Paige #8 SGC 84 NM 7 - Pop Six, One Higher. 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 SGC population contains only fifty-one total examples, with just five equaling this lofty rating, and a sole superior representation. 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 SGC header properly identifies the '48 Leaf Paige as a short-printed entry, accounting for the abridged census relative to other key cards from the set. It's also important to stress the significance of the issue itself in the evolution of the hobby, the first post-war breed to feature color imagery. The bright and bold design brings to mind the powerful aesthetics found in Soviet propaganda posters or Andy Warhol screenprints.

    A physical examination, as the gaudy grade would suggest, leaves us with little to report beyond a list of superlatives. The corners retain their sharp tips, centering is well within the bounds of desirable parameters, and the print registration-often askew within this issue-hits its target with reasonable accuracy. Few rookie cards of Hall of Famers active beyond the Second World War present a greater challenge at this elite grade level.


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