1949 Leaf

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1949 Leaf is a 98-card set measuring 2 3/8" by 2 7/8". This was the first post-war baseball series issued in color. This effort was not entirely successful due to a lack of refinement which resulted in many color variations and cards out of register. In addition, the set was skip numbered from 1-168, with 49 of the 98 cards printed in limited quantities (marked with SP in the checklist). Cards 102 and 136 have variations, and cards are sometimes found with overprinted, incorrect or blank backs.

Some cards were produced with a 1948 copyright date but overwhelming evidence seemed to indicate that this set was not actually released until early in 1949. This set is sometimes referred to as the "1948-49 Leaf" set.

An album to hold these cards was available as a premium. The album could only be obtained by sending in five wrappers and 25 cents.

Notable Rookie Cards in this set include Stan Musial, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson. A proof card of Hal Newhouser; with a different photo and back biography recently surfaced. So far; there is only one known copy of this card.

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  • 1 Joe DiMaggio
  • 3 Babe Ruth
  • 4 Stan Musial
  • 5 Virgil Trucks SP RC
  • 8 Satchel Paige SP RC
  • 10 Dizzy Trout (Paul)
  • 11 Phil Rizzuto
  • 13 Cass Michaels SP RC
  • 14 Billy Johnson
  • 17 Frank Overmire RC
  • 19 Johnny Wyrostek SP
  • 20 Hank Sauer SP
  • 22 Al Evans RC
  • 26 Sam Chapman
  • 27 Mickey Harris RC
  • 28 Jim Hegan RC
  • 29 Elmer Valo RC
  • 30 Billy Goodman SP RC
  • 31 Lou Brissie RC
  • 32 Warren Spahn
  • 33 Peanuts Lowrey SP RC
  • 36 Al Zarilla SP
  • 38 Ted Kluszewski RC
  • 39 Ewell Blackwell
  • 42a Kent Peterson RC (Black hat)
  • 42b Kent Peterson (Red hat)
  • 43 Ed Stevens SP RC
  • 45 Ken Keltner SP RC
  • 46 Johnny Mize
  • 47 George Vico RC
  • 48 Johnny Schmitz SP RC
  • 49 Del Ennis RC
  • 50 Dick Wakefield RC
  • 51 Alvin Dark RC SP
  • 53 Johnny VanderMeer
  • 54 Bobby Adams SP RC
  • 55 Tommy Henrich SP
  • 56 Larry Jansen
  • 57 Bob McCall RC
  • 59 Luke Appling
  • 61 Jake Early RC
  • 62 Eddie Joost SP
  • 63 Barney McCosky SP
  • 65 Bob Elliott UER
  • 66 Orval Grove SP RC
  • 68 Eddie Miller SP
  • 70 Honus Wagner (Referred to as "John")
  • 72 Hank Edwards RC
  • 73 Pat Seerey RC
  • 75 Dom DiMaggio SP
  • 76 Ted Williams
  • 77 Roy Smalley RC
  • 78 Hoot Evers SP RC
  • 79 Jackie Robinson RC
  • 81 Whitey Kurowski SP RC
  • 82 Johnny Lindell
  • 83 Bobby Doerr
  • 84 Sid Hudson
  • 85 Dave Philley SP RC
  • 86 Ralph Weigel RC
  • 88 Frank Gustine SP RC
  • 91 Ralph Kiner
  • 93 Bob Feller SP
  • 95 Snuffy Stirnweiss
  • 97 Marty Marion
  • 98 Hal Newhouser SP RC
  • 102a Gene Hermanski ERR ("Hermansk")
  • 102b Gene Hermanski RC COR
  • 104 Eddie Stewart SP RC
  • 106 Lou Boudreau MGR RC
  • 108 Matt Batts SP RC
  • 111 Jerry Priddy RC
  • 113 Dutch Leonard SP
  • 117 Joe Gordon RC
  • 120 George Kell SP RC
  • 121 Johnny Pesky SP RC
  • 123 Cliff Fannin SP RC
  • 125 Andy Pafko RC
  • 127 Enos Slaughter SP
  • 128 Buddy Rosar
  • 129 Kirby Higbe SP
  • 131 Sid Gordon SP
  • 133 Tommy Holmes SP RC
  • 136b Cliff Aberson (Short Sleeve)
  • 136a Cliff Aberson RC (Long Sleeve)
  • 137 Harry Walker SP RC
  • 138 Larry Doby SP RC
  • 139 Johnny Hopp RC
  • 142 Danny Murtaugh SP RC
  • 143 Dick Sisler SP RC
  • 144 Bob Dillinger SP RC
  • 146 Pete Reiser SP
  • 149 Hank Majeski SP RC
  • 153 Floyd Baker SP RC
  • 158 Harry Brecheen SP RC
  • 159 Mizell Platt RC
  • 160 Bob Scheffing SP RC
  • 161 Vern Stephens SP RC
  • 163 Fred Hutchinson SP RC
  • 165 Dale Mitchell SP RC
  • 168 Phil Cavarretta SP RC
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