1949 Leaf Football Cards
There are 49 cards in the 1949 Leaf set, skip-numbered between 1 and 150. The company might have intended to print more cards to fill in the numbering, because a promotional poster for the set advertised "More than 100 Extra Large, Beautiful, Color Pictures." Unlike the 1948 Leaf set, which contains both NFL and college players, the 1949 set contains only NFL players. Because Leaf did not introduce any new players in 1949, the 1949 set does not include any rookie cards.
The fronts of the 1949 Leaf cards are identical to the fronts of 1948 Leaf cards, but the backs are different. One of my blog articles, L is for Leaf, shows examples of the backs from the two years. The full 1949 Leaf set was printed exactly once on a single sheet, so there are no short prints or double prints in the set. You can see the configuartion of an uncut sheet on my 1949 Leaf virtual uncut sheet page.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1949 Leaf||1||Bob Hendren||Washington Redskins||tackle, defensive tackle||Culver-Stockton, USC||Error card
Hendren's name is misspelled "Hendreen" on the front, but spelled correctly on the back.
|1949 Leaf||2||Joe Scott||New York Giants||halfback, end||Texas A and M, San Francisco|
|1949 Leaf||3||Frank Reagan||Philadelphia Eagles||quarterback, defensive back||Pennsylvania|
|1949 Leaf||4||John Rauch||Pittsburgh Steelers||quarterback||Georgia||College Hall of Fame 2003|
|1949 Leaf||7||Bill Fischer||Chicago Cardinals||tackle, guard||Notre Dame||Outland Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1983||Fischer was the last player chosen in the 1948 NFL Draft. See my Mr. Irrelevant page for cards of more players who were drafted last.|
|1949 Leaf||9||Elmer Angsman||Chicago Cardinals||halfback||Notre Dame|
|1949 Leaf||10||Billy Dewell||Chicago Cardinals||end||SMU|
|1949 Leaf||13||Tommy Thompson||Philadelphia Eagles||quarterback, coach||Tulsa|
|1949 Leaf||15||Sid Luckman||Chicago Bears||quarterback||Columbia||College Hall of Fame 1960, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965|
|1949 Leaf||16||Charley Trippi||Chicago Cardinals||halfback||Georgia||College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006|
|1949 Leaf||17||Bob Mann||Detroit Lions||end||Michigan||Packers Hall of Fame 1988|
|1949 Leaf||19||Paul Christman||Chicago Cardinals||quarterback||Missouri||College Hall of Fame 1956||Christman was a TV announcer for the American Football League from 1960 to 1967.|
|1949 Leaf||22||Bill Dudley||Detroit Lions||halfback||Virginia||Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966, Steelers Legends Team||PSA 8.5|
|1949 Leaf||23||Clyde LeForce||Detroit Lions||quarterback||Tulsa||Error card
Last name misspelled "LaForce."
|1949 Leaf||26||Sammy Baugh||Washington Redskins||quarterback, coach||TCU||Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963||Baugh led the NFL in completion percentage for the ninth time in 1949.|
|1949 Leaf||28||Pete Pihos||Philadelphia Eagles||end||Indiana||College Hall of Fame 1966, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, Eagles Honor Roll 1987|
|1949 Leaf||31||Tex Coulter||New York Giants||tackle, end||Army|
|1949 Leaf||32||Mal Kutner||Chicago Cardinals||end||Texas||College Hall of Fame 1974|
|1949 Leaf||35||Al Wistert||Philadelphia Eagles||tackle||Michigan||College Hall of Fame 1968, Eagles Honor Roll 2009|
|1949 Leaf||37||Ted Fritsch Sr.||Green Bay Packers||fullback||Wisconsin - Stevens Point||Packers Hall of Fame 1973||Fritsch attempted a league-high 20 field goals in 1949, but he made only 5 of them.|
|1949 Leaf||38||Vince Banonis||Chicago Cardinals||defensive tackle||Detroit Mercy||College Hall of Fame 1986|
|1949 Leaf||39||Jim White||New York Giants||tackle||Notre Dame||White placed ninth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1943. See my football cards of Heisman candidates page.||PSA 4|
|1949 Leaf||40||George Connor||Chicago Bears||linebacker||Holy Cross, Notre Dame||Outland Trophy 1946, College Hall of Fame 1963, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975|
|1949 Leaf||41||George McAfee||Chicago Bears||halfback||Duke||College Hall of Fame 1961, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966||McAfee's number 5 is one of fourteen jersey numbers that have been retired by the Chicago Bears. See the Gallery's retired numbers page for the retired numbers of all of the NFL teams.|
|1949 Leaf||43||Frank Tripucka||Philadelphia Eagles||quarterback||Notre Dame||Broncos Ring of Fame 1986||The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Tripucka with their first pick in 1949, but they traded him to the Lions. He played for the Lions just one season.|