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1949   R401   Leaf


Year(s) Published: 1949
Hobby Designation:   R401
Set Name: Leaf Gum Co.
Card Size (inches): 2-3/8 x 2-7/8
Number of Cards in Set: 98
Est. Value (common; VG): $20

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Set Summary
  • Issued in 1949 by Leaf Gum Company of Chicago
  • Backs labeled "Copyright 1948" actually distributed in 1949
  • First set of color baseball cards issued after World War II
  • Card fronts show player in bright colors with thin white border
  • Player name boldly printed on red, blue, yellow or black panel
  • Numbered 1 thru 168 with many gaps in numbering sequence
  • Half of set is "short-printed" with Value Multiplier about 18
  • Small changes in back design for later cards (see examples below)
  • "1948" & "1949" Leaf Backs Compared

    Copyright 1948

    Copyright 1949

    1) Ted Zanidakis, "1949 R401 Leaf Gum Company: Most Challenging of all 'R' Sets?," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #9 (Fall 2006, p. 32-39)

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