February 2019 Winter Premium Auction
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Due to the shameful inequality that robbed untold millions of Americans of this larger than life legend, Leroy "Satchel" Paige only appears in four standard baseball card sets distributed during his active MLB career: the famous 1948 Leaf, the 1949 Bowman, the 1953 Topps, and the 1947-66 Exhibits. The definition of an anomaly in the grades of NM-MT 8 or Mint 9 from PSA, only one single copy of the last card on this list has ever surfaced in Mint 9 condition, with just two graded NM-MT 8, and no 10 ever recorded. Incidentally, Small Traditions auctioned the lone PSA 9 last year for a handsome $3,750. Offered here is the next best thing to that lone superior, a recently graded and extremely high-end PSA 8 NM-MT specimen.

Satchel Paige is of course remembered as one of the most charismatic and prolific pitchers in the history of the game of baseball. A rookie with the Cleveland Indians at age 42 in 1948, Paige became the first African American pitcher to appear in the World Series later that fall. He returned to the Indians in 1949 before spending three seasons with the St. Louis Browns from 1951 to 1953, but his best pitching days were long gone. In his prime, however, Paige was reported to have pitched in several hundred games per year, often barnstorming and hopping from team to team in search of a better paycheck, often on the same day. With a bounce and swagger in his step that far surpassed the longevity of even Cy Young, who pitched until he was 44, it is more than feasible that an integrated Major League Baseball in the 1920s and 1930s would have witnessed several hundred wins from the talented twirler from Mobile, Alabama, perhaps even more than Mr. Young himself.

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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $984
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
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