1948 Leaf Football Cards

1948 Leaf football card wrapper There are 98 cards in the 1948 Leaf football card set. It includes both NFL and college players. Cards 1-49, mostly NFL players, were printed on one sheet, and cards 50-98, mostly college players, were printed on another. Cards 50-98 apparently were printed in much smaller numbers. You can see how the sheets were configured on my 1948 Leaf virtual uncut sheet page. Also see my blog article, L is for Leaf, for a more detailed description of the set.

Thanks to Legacy Sports Rarities for providing most of the images for this set. And thanks to Scott Alpaugh for providing images of the many variations. You can see an empty 1948 Leaf display box on the Legendary Auctions web site.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1948 Leaf set: Sammy Baugh, Chuck Bednarik, George Connor, Bill Dudley, Bobby Layne, Bobby Layne, Sid Luckman, George McAfee, George McAfee, Leo Nomellini, Leo Nomellini, Pete Pihos, Pete Pihos, Charley Trippi, Bulldog Turner, Steve Van Buren, Steve Van Buren, Doak Walker, Bob Waterfield, Bob Waterfield. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1948 Leaf set: Doak Walker, John Lujack, John Lujack, Leon Hart.

To see a large picture of any card (or stamp, sticker, etc.) in the Gallery, click on the small picture or the title.

Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1948 Leaf Sid Luckman 1948 Leaf 1 Sid Luckman Chicago Bears quarterback Columbia College Hall of Fame 1960, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Rookie card

vg $150

ex $600

nm $2000

PSA 1 mk
1948 Leaf Steve Suhey 1948 Leaf 2 Steve Suhey Pittsburgh Steelers guard Penn State College Hall of Fame 1985 Rookie card

Suhey played two seasons for the Steelers. His son, Matt, played fullback for ten seasons with the Chicago Bears. You can see a lot of Matt Suhey's cards on eBay.

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Bulldog Turner 1948 Leaf 3 Bulldog Turner Chicago Bears center, linebacker Hardin-Simmons College Hall of Fame 1960, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966 Rookie card

vg $60

ex $200

nm $600

1948 Leaf Doak Walker 1948 Leaf 4 Doak Walker halfback SMU College Hall of Fame 1959, Heisman Trophy 1948, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Rookie card

Walker was the second player to win the Heisman Trophy as a junior. The first was Army's Doc Blanchard. Notre Dame's Leon Hart won the Heisman in Walker's senior year, 1949.

vg $75

ex $300

nm $800

1948 Leaf Levi Jackson 1948 Leaf 5 Levi Jackson halfback Yale Rookie card

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Bobby Layne 1948 Leaf 6R Bobby Layne Chicago Bears quarterback Texas College Hall of Fame 1968, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967 Rookie card, error card

Name misspelled "Bobbie," red pants variation.

vg $150

ex $600

nm $2000

1948 Leaf Bobby Layne 1948 Leaf 6Y Bobby Layne Chicago Bears quarterback Texas College Hall of Fame 1968, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967 Rookie card, error card

Name misspelled "Bobbie," yellow pants variation.

vg $75

ex $300

nm $800

PSA 1 mk
1948 Leaf Bill Fischer 1948 Leaf 7R Bill Fischer tackle, guard Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1983, Outland Trophy 1948 Rookie card

Variation with red background between knees.

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Bill Fischer 1948 Leaf 7W Bill Fischer tackle, guard Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1983, Outland Trophy 1948 Rookie card

Variation with white background between knees.

vg $30

ex $50

nm $250

1948 Leaf Vince Banonis 1948 Leaf 8B Vince Banonis Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Detroit Mercy College Hall of Fame 1986 Rookie card

black name

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Vince Banonis 1948 Leaf 8W Vince Banonis Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Detroit Mercy College Hall of Fame 1986 Rookie card

white name

vg $30

ex $75

nm $250

1948 Leaf Tommy Thompson 1948 Leaf 9B Tommy Thompson Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, coach Tulsa Rookie card

blue numbers

vg $20

ex $50

nm $250

1948 Leaf Tommy Thompson 1948 Leaf 9Y Tommy Thompson Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, coach Tulsa Rookie card

yellow numbers

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Perry Moss 1948 Leaf 10 Perry Moss Green Bay Packers quarterback Tulsa, Illinois Rookie card

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Terry Brennan 1948 Leaf 11 Terry Brennan halfback Notre Dame Rookie card

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Bill Swiacki 1948 Leaf 12B Bill Swiacki New York Giants end Holy Cross, Columbia College Hall of Fame 1976 Rookie card

black name

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Bill Swiacki 1948 Leaf 12W Bill Swiacki New York Giants end Holy Cross, Columbia College Hall of Fame 1976 Rookie card

white name

vg $30

ex $75

nm $250

good
1948 Leaf John Lujack 1948 Leaf 13C John Lujack Chicago Bears quarterback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1960, Heisman Trophy 1947 Rookie card

vg $15

ex $50

nm $250

1948 Leaf John Lujack 1948 Leaf 13E John Lujack Chicago Bears quarterback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1960, Heisman Trophy 1947 Rookie card, error card

Name misspelled "Jonny."

vg $100

ex $350

nm $1500

1948 Leaf Mal Kutner 1948 Leaf 14B Mal Kutner Chicago Cardinals end Texas College Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

black name

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf 14W Mal Kutner Chicago Cardinals end Texas College Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

white name

vg $30

ex $75

nm $250

1948 Leaf Charlie Justice 1948 Leaf 15 Charlie Justice running back North Carolina College Hall of Fame 1961, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Rookie card

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Pete Pihos 1948 Leaf 16B Pete Pihos Philadelphia Eagles end Indiana College Hall of Fame 1966, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970 Rookie card

blue numbers

vg $75

ex $300

nm $800

1948 Leaf Pete Pihos 1948 Leaf 16Y Pete Pihos Philadelphia Eagles end Indiana College Hall of Fame 1966, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970 Rookie card

yellow numbers

vg $40

ex $150

nm $400

SGC 84, ex
1948 Leaf Kenny Washington 1948 Leaf 17B Kenny Washington Los Angeles Rams fullback, halfback UCLA College Hall of Fame 1956 Rookie card

black name

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Kenny Washington 1948 Leaf 17W Kenny Washington Los Angeles Rams fullback, halfback UCLA College Hall of Fame 1956 Rookie card

white name

vg $30

ex $75

nm $250

1948 Leaf Harry Gilmer 1948 Leaf 18 Harry Gilmer Washington Redskins quarterback Alabama College Hall of Fame 1993 Rookie card

The Redskins chose Gilmer with the first overall pick in the 1948 NFL draft.

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf George McAfee 1948 Leaf 19A George McAfee Chicago Bears halfback Duke College Hall of Fame 1961, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966 Rookie card

with nickname

vg $100

ex $350

nm $1500

1948 Leaf George McAfee 1948 Leaf 19B George McAfee Chicago Bears halfback Duke College Hall of Fame 1961, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966 Rookie card

without nickname

vg $40

ex $150

nm $400

1948 Leaf George Taliaferro 1948 Leaf 20 George Taliaferro halfback Indiana College Hall of Fame 1981 Rookie card

Taliaferro and Pete Pihos were teammates on Indiana University's undefeated 1945 team.

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Paul Christman 1948 Leaf 21 Paul Christman Chicago Cardinals quarterback Missouri College Hall of Fame 1956 Rookie card

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Steve Van Buren 1948 Leaf 22G Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles halfback LSU Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Rookie card

Variation with green jersey.

vg $60

ex $200

nm $600

1948 Leaf Steve Van Buren 1948 Leaf 22Y Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles halfback LSU Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Rookie card

Variation with yellow jersey.

vg $120

ex $400

nm $1200

1948 Leaf Ken Kavanaugh 1948 Leaf 23 Ken Kavanaugh halfback LSU College Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

PSA 8
1948 Leaf Jim Martin 1948 Leaf 24 Jim Martin linebacker, kicker Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1995 Rookie card

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Elmer Angsman 1948 Leaf 25B Elmer Angsman Chicago Cardinals halfback Notre Dame Rookie card

black name

vg $30

ex $75

nm $250

1948 Leaf Elmer Angsman 1948 Leaf 25W Elmer Angsman Chicago Cardinals halfback Notre Dame Rookie card

white name

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Bob Waterfield 1948 Leaf 26B Bob Waterfield Los Angeles Rams quarterback UCLA Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Rookie card

black name

vg $60

ex $200

nm $600

SGC 60
1948 Leaf Bob Waterfield 1948 Leaf 26W Bob Waterfield Los Angeles Rams quarterback UCLA Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Rookie card

white name

vg $120

ex $400

nm $1200

1948 Leaf Fred Davis 1948 Leaf 27 Fred Davis Chicago Bears guard, tackle Alabama Rookie card

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Al Wistert 1948 Leaf 28G Al Wistert Philadelphia Eagles tackle Michigan College Hall of Fame 1968, Eagles Honor Roll 2009 Rookie card

green jersey

vg $45

ex $100

nm $400

1948 Leaf Al Wistert 1948 Leaf 28Y Al Wistert Philadelphia Eagles tackle Michigan College Hall of Fame 1968, Eagles Honor Roll 2009 Rookie card

yellow jersey

vg $15

ex $35

nm $200

1948 Leaf Charley Trippi 1948 Leaf 29 Charley Trippi Chicago Cardinals halfback Georgia Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 Rookie card

vg $60

ex $200

nm $600

1948 Leaf Paul Governali 1948 Leaf 30B Paul Governali New York Giants quarterback Columbia College Hall of Fame 1986 Rookie card

Variation with dark brown helmet.

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

PSA 8.5
1948 Leaf Paul Governali 1948 Leaf 30T Paul Governali New York Giants quarterback Columbia College Hall of Fame 1986 Rookie card

Variation with tan helmet.

vg $30

ex $75

nm $250

1948 Leaf Tom McWilliams 1948 Leaf 31M Tom McWilliams halfback, defensive back Mississippi State, Army Rookie card

maroon jersey

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

PSA 5
1948 Leaf Tom McWilliams 1948 Leaf 31R Tom McWilliams halfback, defensive back Mississippi State, Army Rookie card

red jersey

vg $22

ex $29

nm $152

1948 Leaf Leroy Zimmerman 1948 Leaf 32 Leroy Zimmerman Boston Yanks quarterback, kicker San Jose State Rookie card

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

PSA 6
1948 Leaf Pat Harder 1948 Leaf 33 Pat Harder Chicago Cardinals fullback, kicker Wisconsin College Hall of Fame 1993 Rookie card, error card

Last name misspelled "Harber."

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1948 Leaf Sammy Baugh 1948 Leaf 34 Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins quarterback, coach TCU College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Rookie card

vg $300

ex $800

nm $3000

PSA 1 mk

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