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    Only nine examples on the PSA & SGC combined census!

    1948 Leaf Rocky Graziano #50 PSA EX 5. Like the fabled Wagner and Plank of the T206 issue, the Leaf Graziano shares both supreme rarity and an uncertain tale of the cause. We most commonly hear that the Old Dutchman wanted no part of marketing tobacco to children, and that Gettysburg Eddie was the random, unfortunate victim of a broken printing plate.

    For Rocky Graziano, reigning Middleweight Champion of the World at the time of Leaf's debut, the popular opinion for scarcity is the most mundane--money. It is widely believed that this scrappy product of Manhattan's Alphabet City put the kibosh on his number fifty card due to dissatisfaction with the payday for his participation, leaving a gap unfilled in virtually every set, even those atop the PSA registry. We suspect that Graziano cards never actually made it into retail markets, and that the few surviving examples--most estimate the full census in the single digits--went out the back door of the Leaf factory.

    Such supremely endangered species render common condition concerns moot, but this specimen is a real looker nonetheless, losing points for minor corner wear and an eastward shift in centering. This issue is plagued by registration problems, but the subject card hits the mark perfectly. This is one of the very rarest "regular issue" cards of the post-war era, an entry ticket to a most exclusive collecting brotherhood.

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    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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