The price guide might be adjusted a bit after a 1948 Leaf Chuck Bednarik card sells for $38,561. It was one of a large group of vintage sports cards sold by Goodwin and Company early Friday morning.
It’s not easy to find high grade examples of 1948 Leaf cards in any sport. Uneven borders, printing flaws and age alone make high grade examples scarce. Selling those which reach high grade via professional grading and authentication can be profitable.
The only 1948 Leaf Chuck Bednarik football card to reach a NM/MT PSA 8 grade sold in a Goodwin and Company auction that closed late Thursday night/Friday morning for $38,561 which included a 17.5% buyer’s premium. The Sportscard Market Report price guide lists an 8 at $1400.
Baseball cards drew the majority of the deep pockets bidding, however. A 1940 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio, one of only two graded PSA 9, brought $34,349 while a 1958 Topps Ted Williams in PSA 9 condition (1 of 8) sold for $24,308. In its last auction, Goodwin sold a 1948 Leaf Satchel Paige rookie card graded PSA 8 for $89,000. This time, a PSA 7 version brought $19,814.
While the focus was mostly on high grade vintage cards, a high grade Babe Ruth autographed baseball drew plenty of attention and brought $21,607.
Other highlights from the sale:
- 1956 Topps graded set of 342 (222 8s, 119 7s and one 9 $30,434
- 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie card PSA 9 $21,430
- 1949 Bowman Satchel Paige PSA 9 $18,914
- T206 Eddie Collins PSA 8 (1 of 3) $18,705
- 1888 N162 Goodwin’s Champions Tim Keefe PSA 8 $18,448
- 1958 Topps Roberto Clemente yellow letters variation PSA 9 $18,262
Complete results: Goodwin and Company