Love of the Game Spring, 2014 Auction - Closes Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Stunning example of the #1 card from the popular 1948 Leaf football set, of Hall of Fame Quarterback Sid Luckman.  The first NFL player to ever throw for 400 yards in a game, Luckman played his entire career with the Chicago Bears, winning four championships and being named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1943.  Though Luckman had played nine seasons by the time this card was issued, it remains his first card, due to the lack of production of football sets in this era.  

The card itself is the perfect storm of football cards: a high-grade example of the #1 card of a popular vintage set, that happens to be the rookie card of an important Hall of Famer.  As such, the value of this card continues to rise.  As the key card in an extremely popular vintage football issue, the scarcity of this card in higher grades cannot be overstated.  The last PSA 7 or better example of this card to be made available at auction happened nearly two years ago; just a handful of high grade examples have sold publicly in the last five years.  Of all the examples of the Luckman card to have been graded by either PSA or SGC, just six have graded higher, a testament to the card's scarcity in high grade.

This example is very strong, obviously off-center from left to right but not in an obtrusive way; the yellow background mutes the impact of the centering issue.  Some print snow or ink transfer can be seen at the top of the card, also not detracting from the card's beauty.  Corners and edges are sharp, and toning has been kept to a minimum.

Certainly one of the most important football cards ever produced, a high-grade example of the #1 card in the 1948 Leaf set, the rookie card of Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman.

Population Data

PSA Population: 305 total graded, 15 at this level, 6 higher*

SGC Population: 45 total graded, 0 at this level, 0 higher

*includes both white and yellow background variations.

Spectacular 1948 Leaf #1 Sid Luckman (HOF RC) - PSA NM 7 Spectacular 1948 Leaf #1 Sid Luckman (HOF RC) - PSA NM 7
Spectacular 1948 Leaf #1 Sid Luckman (HOF RC) - PSA NM 7
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,605
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
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