Card of the Day: George Mikan 1948 Bowman #69

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Card of the Day: “Bullet” Bill Dudley 1948 Leaf #36

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Card of the Day: Charley Trippi 1948 Leaf #29

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Card of the Day: George Kell 1948-49 Leaf RC #120

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1948 Leaf

In 1948, there were two large card releases: 1948 Leaf and 1948 Bowman.  By far, the ’48 Leaf set outperformed the ’48 Bowman set by 100 miles.  That year, Leaf produced one of the most eye appealing sets of all time.  The colors were bright and the photos depicted some of baseballs heroes in their famous poses.  Key cards from the set would include Jackie Robinson’s only rookie #79, Stan Musial’s rookie  #4, Satchel Paige rookie #8, and Babe Ruth #3.  This was one of Ruth’s last cards made while he was alive.  The only disadvantage to the ’48 Leaf set would be the fact that it lacked Yogi Berra, whose only rookie is in the ’48 Bowman set.

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Wrapper Rippers: ’48 Bowman vs. ’48 Leaf

If you had to choose, which pack would you rather open?  1948 Bowman baseball or 1948 Leaf baseball?  Both sets contain rookie cards of Warren Spahn, Stan Musial, Ralph Kiner, and a bunch of other Hall of Famers.  The 1948 Leaf set contains the Jackie Robinson rookie.  I would probably go with the ’48 Leaf just because of the Robinson, although the ’48 Bowman contains the Yogi Berra rookie. 

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Q & A – How can I tell if this Yogi Berra 1948 Bowman #6 RC is real?

Question:  I have a Bowman 1948 Yogi Berra card #6. It does not say reprint, or RP. How can you tell the difference between a reprint and original??

Answer:  If the card is a reprint it probably would have a glossy finish to it.  Also, if the corners and edges are sharp and perfect it may be a reprint.  Reprinted card sometimes will have the copyright date written in small letters on the back, even under the reprinted copyright date.  If you want to send it in for certification I would use Beckett (BGS) and JSA.  They will let you know to be 100% sure.