Satchel Paige - 1948 Leaf

This is, arguably, the toughest post-war card in the hobby and it features one of the greatest stars from the Negro Leagues. Eventually, Satchel Paige would be given the chance to pitch in the Major Leagues but it was well after his prime. It would have been awesome to watch a prime Paige work his magic against the best in the league. In 1948, at the age of 42, Paige started seven games, winning six of them and sporting an ERA of 2.48. Just imagine what he could have done at the age of 32! Paige was so popular that more than 72,000 fans came out to see him in his first home start in Cleveland after winning his first game on the road in Philadelphia. This two-time All-Star and former Negro League star was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. This particular card, one of several scarce short prints in a terribly difficult set, suffers from poor print quality and focus. High-end copies are seldom found and, as of the date of this writing, no Leaf Paige has ever reached PSA Mint 9 status or better.

Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige (1906-1982) began his big league career with the Cleveland Indians in 1948 at the age of 42, making him the oldest player to debut in Major League Baseball. Satchel helped Cleveland win the American League pennant and World Series in his first year. Satchel Paige is widely considered the greatest pitcher to emerge from the Negro Leagues posting an unofficial record of 103-61 (a .638 winning percentage), with 1,231 strikeouts and a 2.02 ERA. Paige was a hard-throwing right-hander playing with the Cleveland Indians (1948-1949), the St. Louis Browns (1951-1953) and the Kansas City A’s (1965) compiling an unimpressive record of 28-31 with 288 strikeouts and a 3.29 ERA. Satchel’s career spanned five decades including a 1965 appearance pitching three shutout innings allowing only one hit. Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio referred to Paige as “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.” Paige got his nickname as a boy, lugging bags and satchels for railroad passengers. The Negro Leagues Committee elected Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7 (27)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
11/20/2018 $432,000 8 80449 Heritage Auctions 2018 November 15-16 Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction Ended Nov 16th Auction 08133425
11/07/2007 $19,814 7 415 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XV Auction 01148615
03/08/2008 $18,289 7 392 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XIV Auction 01299569
01/01/2009 $16,450 7 605 Robert Edward Auctions 2009 Auction Auction 07063868
01/01/2011 $29,375 7 759 Robert Edward Auctions 2011 Auction Auction 01299569
12/16/2012 $25,462 7 43 Memory Lane, Inc. The Find Winter 2012 Auction 07063868
08/24/2014 $28,059 7 63 Memory Lane, Inc. 2014 Summer Rarities Auction Auction 01148615
03/05/2017 $108,039 7 1 Mile High Card Company March 2017 Auction 30282761
05/22/2017 $66,000 7 1092 Robert Edward Auctions 2017 Spring Auction 08182147
10/30/2017 $72,000 7 822 Robert Edward Auctions 2017 Fall Auction 08182147
11/18/2017 $84,000 7 80492 Heritage Auctions Heritage November 16-18, 2017 Auction 30282761
04/20/2018 $84,000 7 81595 Heritage Auctions 2018 April 19-20 Spring Sports Card Catalog Auction Ended Apr 20th Auction 08169756
05/06/2018 $66,000 7 1070 Robert Edward Auctions 2018 Spring Auction 08135809
08/17/2018 $66,725 7 153 Lelands 2018 Invitational Auction 03289538
02/14/2008 $9,829 6 27 Mile High Card Company Winter 2008 Auction Auction 07260312
10/17/2015 $20,400 5.5 351 Robert Edward Auctions 2015 Fall Auction 24687103
11/11/2011 $3,944 5 (OC) 80182 Heritage Auctions 2011 November 10-11 Vintage Sports Collectibles ... Nov 11, 2011 Auction 06093684
05/12/2012 $6,229 5 915 SCP Auctions MAY 2012 PREMIER INTERNET AUCTION Auction 09146084
05/25/2012 $7,235 5 494 Mile High Card Company May 2012 Auction Auction 04228031
10/30/2018 $45,000 5 904 Robert Edward Auctions 2018 Fall Auction 50053869
08/10/2010 $7,440 4 186 Greg Bussineau Auctions Summer 2010 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction Auction 16805374
08/28/2016 $17,925 4 80316 Heritage Auctions 2016 August 27-28 Sports Collectibles Platinum A... Aug 28, 2016 Auction 25792194
09/07/2016 $19,600 4 142100590581 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 22660739
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08/12/2018 $31,634 3.5 352421374024 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 41230492
01/01/2007 $3,231 3 466 Robert Edward Auctions 2007 Auction Auction 04545079
10/13/2015 $8,828 3 295 Mile High Card Company October 2015 Auction Auction 90399554
04/20/2017 $12,687 3 352028241828 eBay www.stevenovella.com Auction 22970099
05/22/2017 $18,000 3 1089 Robert Edward Auctions 2017 Spring Auction 20935783
10/30/2017 $24,000 3 827 Robert Edward Auctions 2017 Fall Auction 12020259
11/06/2006 $2,075 1 397 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2006 Internet Auction Auction 09131275
11/27/2013 $1,408 1 55 Mile High Card Company Extra Innings November 2013 Auction 22170094
10/05/2018 $7,349 1 650 Mile High Card Company September/October 2018 Auction Auction 41901776