Heartland March 2020 Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/9/2020
When Leaf produced their inaugural baseball set in 1948, how could anyone possibly predict that the most valuable and desirable card would be the #6 single print subject of the set, Satchel Paige. With immortal stars such as Ruth, Wagner, Robinson, Musial, Williams, and DiMaggio one would think that Paige’s first baseball card would have to take a back seat to the aforementioned list of legendary players. Obviously, as most enthusiasts realize, that is not the case since the Satchel Paige Leaf Rookie is one of the most highly coveted cardboard collectibles in the hobby, with a handful of reported prices for high-end specimens well exceeding the $50,000 plateau. Due to its “single print” status, this card is certainly not readily available to the collecting community, substantiating why serious hobbyists actively pursue any example, regardless of the grade. So why has the Satchel Paige Leaf Rookie Card achieved such a vast following? Simply stated, Hall of Famer Satchel Paige is the most celebrated Negro Leagues player in their illustrious history, even outdistancing the revered Josh Gibson in popularity. Born Leroy Robert Page on July 7, 1906 (allegedly that is!), Page changed the spelling of his name to “Paige” in the mid 1920’s. His iconic “Satchel” nickname was given to him by his friends because in an early job whereby he was paid for each carried suitcase, he ingeniously rigged a pole to carry additional suitcases at the Mobile train station! His four decade professional pitching stint commenced in 1926 with the Chattanooga White Sox of the Negro Southern League, and ended 40 years later with the Peninsula Grays of the Carolina League at the age of 60! After finally reaching the majors in 1948 with the Cleveland Indians, he became the oldest rookie ever at the age of 42. After 6 seasons with the Indians and St. Louis Browns, he continued to barnstorm and pitch professionally until he was called up by the Kansas City A’s in 1965 at the incredible age of 59, pitching 3 scoreless innings in his final Major League appearance. His uncanny success was attributed to a vast assortment of pitches, tantalizing arm angles, and speeds. Regarding the latter, Joe DiMaggio was quoted as saying “Paige was the fastest and best pitcher I ever faced”, after hitting against him in a 1935 six-game tour that included one of baseball’s premier hurlers, Dizzy Dean. Don’t hesitate a single a second in choosing this grandeur Satchel Paige rookie card as the specimen to fill that glaring void in your elite Hall of Fame or Rookie Card collection!
1948-49 Leaf Gum Co. Satchel Paige Rookie #8 Single Print PSA Authentic
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Auction closed on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
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