1948 Leaf Football Cards

1948 Leaf Football Cards



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Giving football collectors a new set for the first time in a decade, 1948 Leaf Football has aged well and remains a popular option for rookie cards. Fans can find both pro players and college stars.

Baseball card collectors likely remember this timeframe for Leaf because of the set that straddled two years (1948-49 Leaf). The baseball set is also known for incredibly difficult short prints in its second series.

Leaf issued football cards in both of those years, as well, but in two separate sets: 1948 and 1949 leaf Football. There is a little confusion between the two releases as they feature similar players and have similar designs, but the differences are easy to spot.

1948 Leaf Football Set Details

1948 Leaf Football fronts showcase a black-and-white photo of a player with added color to the uniform and helmet. This is superimposed over a solid-color background. The section at the bottom contains the player's name and sometimes a nickname.

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Backs are printed in black ink with no graphics. At the top is a card number, dashes and the player's name, with three lines of vital stats underneath. A biography of the player follows. There is also an advertisement for the All-Star Football Gum series and details of a wrapper redemption for pennants. At the very bottom is a 1948 copyright line.

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Totaling 98 cards, '48 Leaf printed in two separate 49-card series. Cards #50-98 are much tougher than #1-49. Fortunately for those who collect Hall of Fame rookie cards, only two—Chuck Bednarik and Leo Nomellini—were included in the second series.

The release of 1948 Leaf Football (and 1948 Bowman Football) marked the first time since 1935 that a mainstream football set was available. As a result, nearly every card is technically a rookie even if they had been playing for several years to that point. Unlike the Bowman cards, several players in Leaf's set were still in college and are listed with their schools. This has made 1948 Leaf a bigger draw among Hall of Fame rookie collectors.

Cards were printed on both white and gray cardboard stock. The white stock is more common in the first series, while gray is more common in the second. There are also color variations throughout the checklist, probably due to coloring and registration issues during the printing process. These issues, combined with a general centering problem, has presented a considerable challenge for high-condition collectors.

As stated, rookie cards dominate the set, including several Hall of Fame players and Heisman Trophy winners. The most sought-after include Sid Luckman, Doak Walker, Bobby Layne, Steve Van Buren, Bob Waterfield, Sammy Baugh, Leo Nomellini, Charley Conerly, and Chuck Bednarik.

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Set Checklist

1948 Leaf Football Checklist

Base Set Checklist

98 cards.
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1 Sid Luckman - Chicago Bears RC
2 Steve Suhey - Pittsburgh Steelers
3 Bulldog Turner - Chicago Bears RC
4 Doak Walker - SMU Mustangs RC
5 Levi Jackson - Yale Bulldogs RC
6 Bobby Layne - Chicago Bears RC
7 Bill Fischer - Notre Dame Fighting Irish RC
8 Vince Banonis - Chicago Cardinals RC
9 Tommy Thompson - Philadelphia Eagles RC
10 Perry Moss - Green Bay Packers
11 Terry Brennan - Notre Dame Fighting Irish RC
12 Bill Swiacki - New York Giants RC
13 Johnny Lujack - Chicago Bears RC
14 Mal Kutner - Chicago Cardinals RC
15 Charlie Justice - North Carolina Tar Heels RC
16 Pete Pihos - Philadelphia Eagles RC
17 Kenny Washington - Los Angeles Rams RC
18 Harry Gilmer - Washington Redskins RC
19 George McAfee - Chicago Bears RC
20 George Taliaferro - Indiana Hoosiers RC
21 Paul Christman - Chicago Cardinals RC
22 Steve Van Buren - Philadelphia Eagles RC
23 Ken Kavanaugh - Chicago Bears RC
24 Jim Martin - Notre Dame Fighting Irish RC
25 Elmer Angsman - Notre Dame Fighting Irish RC
26 Bob Waterfield - Los Angeles Rams RC
27 Fred L. Davis - Chicago Bears
28 Al "Whitey" Wistert - Philadelphia Eagles RC
29 Charley Trippi - Chicago Cardinals RC
30 Paul Governali - New York Giants RC
31 Tom McWilliams - Mississippi State Bulldogs RC
32 Leroy Zimmerman - Boston Yanks
33 Pat Harder - Chicago Cardinals RC
34 Sammy Baugh - Washington Redskins RC
35 Ted Fritsch Sr. - Green Bay Packers RC
36 Bill Dudley - Detroit Lions RC
37 George Connor - Chicago Bears RC
38 Boley Dancewicz - Boston Yanks
39 Billy Dewell - Chicago Cardinals
40 John Nolan - Penn State Nittany Lions
41 Harry Szulborski - Purdue Boilermakers RC
42 Tex Coulter - New York Giants RC
43 Robert Nussbaumer - Washington Redskins RC
44 Bob Mann - Detroit Lions
45 Jim White - New York Giants RC
46 Jack Jacobs - Green Bay Packers RC
47 John Clement - Pittsburgh Steelers
48 Frank Reagan - New York Giants
49 Frank Tripucka - Notre Dame Fighting Irish RC
50 John Rauch - Georgia Bulldogs RC
51 Mike Dimitro - UCLA Bruins
52 Leo Nomellini - Minnesota Golden Gophers RC
53 Charley Conerly - New York Giants RC
54 Chuck Bednarik - Pennsylvania Quakers RC
55 Chick Jagade - Indiana Hoosiers
56 Bob Folsom - SMU Mustangs RC
57 Gene Rossides - Columbia Lions RC
58 Art Weiner - North Carolina Tar Heels
59 Alex Sarkisian - Northwestern Wildcats
60 Richard Harris - Texas Longhorns
61 Len Younce - Oregon State Beavers
62 Gene Derricotte - Michigan Wolverines
63 Rebel Steiner - Alabama Crimson Tide RC
64 Frank Seno - Boston Yanks
65 Bob Hendren - USC Trojans RC
66 Jack Cloud - William & Mary Tribe RC
67 Harrell Collins - LSU Tigers
68 Clyde LeForce - Detroit Lions RC
69 Larry Joe - Penn State Nittany Lions
70 Phil O'Reilly - Purdue Boilermakers
71 Paul Campbell - Texas Longhorns
72 Ray Evans - Pittsburgh Steelers
73 Jackie Jensen - California Golden Bears RC
74 Russ Steger - Illinois Fighting Illini
75 Skip Minisi - Navy Midshipmen
76 Clayton Tonnemaker - Minnesota Golden Gophers RC
77 George Savitsky - Philadelphia Eagles RC
78 Clarence Self - Wisconsin Badgers
79 Rod Franz - California Golden Bears
80 Jim Youel - Boston Yanks RC
81 Billy Bye - Minnesota Golden Gophers RC
82 Fred Enke - Detroit Lions
83 Fred Folger - Duke Blue Devils RC
84 Jug Girard - Wisconsin Badgers RC
85 Joe Scott - Texas A&M Aggies
86 Bob Demoss - Purdue Boilermakers
87 Dave Templeton - Ohio State Buckeyes
88 Herb Siegert - Illinois Fighting Illini
89 Bucky O'Conner - Los Angeles Rams
90 Joe Whisler - Ohio State Buckeyes
91 Leon Hart - Notre Dame Fighting Irish RC
92 Earl Banks - Iowa Hawkeyes
93 Frank Aschenbrenner - Northwestern Wildcats
94 John Goldsberry - Indiana Hoosiers RC
95 Porter Payne - Georgia Bulldogs
96 Pete Perini - Ohio State Buckeyes
97 Jay Rhodemyre - Kentucky Wildcats
98 Al DiMarco - Iowa Hawkeyes RC

 

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