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#1980289 - 02/05/09 05:27 PM Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000!
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Here's another interesting auction that drew a record sale price last night.

It's a newly discovered photo and bio variation from the Leaf baseball set. The card, graded SGC 10, sold for $80,000 in Huggins & Scott's auction.

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For those of you who may not have heard about it when it was uncovered, enjoy something you don't see everyday!



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#1980294 - 02/05/09 06:23 PM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: Brian]
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Does anyone have the full story on the find and where it came about? That is a very fascinating story that I would like to know more about. Who owned this card and where did they find it? Sounds like they (LEAF) had the same system sa Topps with some sort of FILE CARD NOTEBOOK where the kept one File Copy. Thanks for sharing that Brian. I enjoy reading about things like this. Since SGC graded the card, do have more info on its origin and those details? Sure would like to know more!

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#1980296 - 02/05/09 06:33 PM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: EARLSWORLD]
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Hi Earl,

I don't know where it was found or the background information behind the card.

Several collectors have speculated that this was a file copy maintained by the Leaf Gum Company. The split background color, along with some of the info on the back, leads many to believe that it was designed to be issued in the first series of cards.

Whether or not contractual issues kept Leaf from issuing the card remains to be seen, but it is definitely fascinating.

Brian
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#1980297 - 02/05/09 06:35 PM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: EARLSWORLD]
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Brian, why is that card only graded a 10? I think that is money well spent for anyone collecting the Leaf set, that regular card is UGLY.

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#1980298 - 02/05/09 06:36 PM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: mattbojo]
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 Originally Posted By: mattbojo
Brian, why is that card only graded a 10? I think that is money well spent for anyone collecting the Leaf set, that regular card is UGLY.

Matt


Hi Matt,

You can make out faint staple holes at the top and bottom of the card. They are more noticeable in person, but the card presents phenomenally as you can see.

Brian
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#1980299 - 02/05/09 06:41 PM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: Brian]
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 Originally Posted By: Brian
 Originally Posted By: mattbojo
Brian, why is that card only graded a 10? I think that is money well spent for anyone collecting the Leaf set, that regular card is UGLY.

Matt


Hi Matt,

You can make out faint staple holes at the top and bottom of the card. They are more noticeable in person, but the card presents phenomenally as you can see.

Brian
I would say those are character/historic marks and should be given a higher grade because of who did it!
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#1980301 - 02/05/09 06:48 PM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: EARLSWORLD]
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I love these finds like this. 1 of 1 is not very common anymore in our hobby........and this card is sure a 1 of 1......or at least at this point
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#1980316 - 02/06/09 07:51 AM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: Blackie]
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WOW!

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#1980332 - 02/06/09 11:39 AM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: aconte]
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That's nothing. Do an eBay search on Gem Mint 10 for 1967 Topps and see what a couple of geniuses just paid.
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#1980333 - 02/06/09 11:59 AM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: bbo]
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 Quote:
Do an eBay search on Gem Mint 10 for 1967 Topps and see what a couple of geniuses just paid.


Six G's for 5 commons. Nice! I stopped trying to explain that
anymore.

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#1980340 - 02/06/09 01:58 PM THE SCOOP ON NEWHOUSER VARIATION! [Re: Brian]
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 Originally Posted By: Brian
Hi Earl,

I don't know where it was found or the background information behind the card.

Several collectors have speculated that this was a file copy maintained by the Leaf Gum Company. The split background color, along with some of the info on the back, leads many to believe that it was designed to be issued in the first series of cards.

Whether or not contractual issues kept Leaf from issuing the card remains to be seen, but it is definitely fascinating.

Brian



1949 Leaf "Prototype" Card Found

For nearly six decades, the 1949 Leaf card set is known to have 98 cards produced in two series of 49 cards each. As detailed in Ted Zanidakis' article "1949 R401 Leaf Gum Company: Most Challenging of all "R" Sets?" (Old Cardboard magazine, Issue #9, Fall 2006, p. 32-39), only three "variation" cards have ever been reported. All three of these are relative minor variations based on the same player pose.

As might be imagined, the discovery of a never-before-reported "variation" card of Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser was met with some disbelief when it was revealed on the Vintage Baseball Card Forum late last month. The previously unreported card has been graded by PSA and displays an entirely different pose than the production card familiar to collectors of the set.

The fronts and backs of both cards are compared here. As seen, there are also notable differences in the card backs, especially in the narrative information about Newhouser's career. The promotion on the bottom one-third of the card remains unchanged.

Upon close observation, several hobby experts have concluded that this "mystery" card is definitely for real. They speculate that it was designed to be printed in the 1st series of 49 cards in the set. This speculation is based in part on the fact that the "split-color" background design used in the "prototype" is found only in the 1st Series. All of the 49 cards in the short-printed 2nd Series use a solid single-color background. Further, minor differences such as the wording "left-handed" (vs "left") for Newhouser's statistics printed on the card backs is wording that is found only on some of the 1st Series cards and not on any of the cards from the 2nd Series.

The reasons that the Newhouser "prototype" was not used in the production of the 1st series can also only be speculation at this time. Most collectors who have observed the card in person, however, agree that the prototype card is more attractive than Newhouser's production card issued with the second series.

According to Bill Huggins of Huggins & Scott Auctions, the card just showed up "with one of our customers that walked into our Baltimore store." After investigation and getting second opinions from several hobby old timers, Huggins determined that the card was in fact real and no doubt produced by Leaf in the early stages of the development of the set. Under consignment, Huggins expects to sell the card in one of their auctions early next year.

eNews Issue #54 (October 2008) / OLD CARDBOARD


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#1980348 - 02/06/09 08:23 PM Re: Newly discovered variation sells for $80,000! [Re: aconte]
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 Originally Posted By: aconte
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Do an eBay search on Gem Mint 10 for 1967 Topps and see what a couple of geniuses just paid.


Six G's for 5 commons. Nice! I stopped trying to explain that
anymore.

aconte


You could get a decent mid grade set for what they paid......
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