Uncut Sheets of 1948 Leaf Football Cards

I have never seen an uncut sheet of 1948 Leaf football cards, but I believe I have determined what the sheets looked like. There are 98 cards in the 1948 Leaf set, and they would have fit evenly onto two 7x7 sheets.

I have seen an uncut sheet of 1949 Leaf cards; it appeared in an online auction. Since the 1949 Leaf set is basically a subset of the 1948 Leaf set with the card backs and numbers changed, I thought that Leaf might have modified a 1948 sheet to get the 1949 sheet. So I pretended that the 1949 sheet was a 1948 sheet, and I wrote down the 1948 card numbers. This is how they looked:

43 36 29 22 54 8 1
44 37 50 23 16 9 68
45 97 65 64 17 10 3
46 39 75 25 18 88 80
53 82 33 26 19 12 77
48 86 34 27 85 13 6
49 42 35 28 21 14 7

If you ignore the cards with numbers above 49, a pattern emerges: starting with card number 1 at the top right, you add 1 to each card number to get the number of the card below. When you reach the bottom of a column, you move to the top of the next column to the left. My conclusion is that the first 1948 Leaf sheet was numbered as shown in the following table. In 1949, Leaf started with this 1948 sheet, substituted a few cards from the second 1948 sheet, and changed the backs. The 1949 Leaf set contains NFL players only, and the 1948 cards that Leaf replaced on this sheet in 1949--cards 2, 4, 5, etc.--were those of the college players.

43 36 29 22 15 8 1
44 37 30 23 16 9 2
45 38 31 24 17 10 3
46 39 32 25 18 11 4
47 40 33 26 19 12 5
48 41 34 27 20 13 6
49 42 35 28 21 14 7

This is what the first sheet of 1948 Leaf cards would have looked like, except that a real uncut sheet would not have lines between the cards. If you hold your cursor above any of the cards, your browser should show you the name of the player and the number of the card. Clicking on a card will bring up the full-sized scan.

Robert Nussbaumer - 1948 Leaf football card #43 Bill Dudley - 1948 Leaf football card #36 Charley Trippi - 1948 Leaf football card #29 Steve Van Buren - 1948 Leaf football card #22 Charlie Justice - 1948 Leaf football card #15 Vince Banonis - 1948 Leaf football card #8 Sid Luckman - 1948 Leaf football card #1
Bob Mann - 1948 Leaf football card #44 George Connor - 1948 Leaf football card #37 Paul Governali - 1948 Leaf football card #30 Ken Kavanaugh - 1948 Leaf football card #23 Pete Pihos - 1948 Leaf football card #16 Tommy Thompson - 1948 Leaf football card #9 Steve Suhey - 1948 Leaf football card #2
Jim White - 1948 Leaf football card #45 Boley Dancewicz - 1948 Leaf football card #38 Tom McWilliams - 1948 Leaf football card #31 Jim Martin - 1948 Leaf football card #24 Kenny Washington - 1948 Leaf football card #17 Perry Moss - 1948 Leaf football card #10 Bulldog Turner - 1948 Leaf football card #3
Jack Jacobs - 1948 Leaf football card #46 Billy Dewell - 1948 Leaf football card #39 Leroy Zimmerman - 1948 Leaf football card #32 Elmer Angsman - 1948 Leaf football card #25 Harry Gilmer - 1948 Leaf football card #18 Terry Brennan - 1948 Leaf football card #11 Doak Walker - 1948 Leaf football card #4
John Clement - 1948 Leaf football card #47 John Nolan - 1948 Leaf football card #40 Pat Harder - 1948 Leaf football card #33 Bob Waterfield - 1948 Leaf football card #26 George McAfee - 1948 Leaf football card #19 Bill Swiacki - 1948 Leaf football card #12 Levi Jackson - 1948 Leaf football card #5
Frank Reagan - 1948 Leaf football card #48 Harry Szulborski - 1948 Leaf football card #41 Sammy Baugh - 1948 Leaf football card #34 Fred Davis - 1948 Leaf football card #27 George Taliaferro - 1948 Leaf football card #20 John Lujack - 1948 Leaf football card #13 Bobby Layne - 1948 Leaf football card #6
Frank Tripucka - 1948 Leaf football card #49 Tex Coulter - 1948 Leaf football card #42 Ted Fritsch Sr. - 1948 Leaf football card #35 Al Wistert - 1948 Leaf football card #28 Paul Christman - 1948 Leaf football card #21 Mal Kutner - 1948 Leaf football card #14 Bill Fischer - 1948 Leaf football card #7

Continuing the numbering pattern from the first sheet, the second sheet would have been numbered as follows. The eight cards in green are the scarcest cards in the set in high grade, according to PSA's population report.

92 85 78 71 64 57 50
93 86 79 72 65 58 51
94 87 80 73 66 59 52
95 88 81 74 67 60 53
96 89 82 75 68 61 54
97 90 83 76 69 62 55
98 91 84 77 70 63 56

The second sheet would have looked like this:

Earl Banks - 1948 Leaf football card #92 Joe Scott - 1948 Leaf football card #85 Clarence Self - 1948 Leaf football card #78 Paul Campbell - 1948 Leaf football card #71 Frank Seno - 1948 Leaf football card #64 Eugene Rossides - 1948 Leaf football card #57 John Rauch - 1948 Leaf football card #50
Frank Aschenbrenner - 1948 Leaf football card #93 Bob DeMoss - 1948 Leaf football card #86 Rodney Franz - 1948 Leaf football card #79 Ray Evans - 1948 Leaf football card #72 Bob Hendren - 1948 Leaf football card #65 Art Weiner - 1948 Leaf football card #58 Mike Dimitro - 1948 Leaf football card #51
John Goldsberry - 1948 Leaf football card #94 Dave Templeton - 1948 Leaf football card #87 Jim Youel - 1948 Leaf football card #80 Jackie Jensen - 1948 Leaf football card #73 Jack Cloud - 1948 Leaf football card #66 Alex Sarkisian - 1948 Leaf football card #59 Leo Nomellini - 1948 Leaf football card #52
Porter Payne - 1948 Leaf football card #95 Herb Siegert - 1948 Leaf football card #88 Billy Bye - 1948 Leaf football card #81 Russ Steger - 1948 Leaf football card #74 Harrell Collins - 1948 Leaf football card #67 Richard Harris - 1948 Leaf football card #60 Charley Conerly - 1948 Leaf football card #53
Pete Perini - 1948 Leaf football card #96 William O'Connor - 1948 Leaf football card #89 Fred Enke - 1948 Leaf football card #82 Skip Minisi - 1948 Leaf football card #75 Clyde LeForce - 1948 Leaf football card #68 Len Younce - 1948 Leaf football card #61 Chuck Bednarik - 1948 Leaf football card #54
Jay Rhodemyre - 1948 Leaf football card #97 Joe Whisler - 1948 Leaf football card #90 Fred Folger - 1948 Leaf football card #83 Clayton Tonnemaker - 1948 Leaf football card #76 Larry Joe - 1948 Leaf football card #69 Gene Derricotte - 1948 Leaf football card #62 Harry Jagade - 1948 Leaf football card #55
Alfonso DiMarco - 1948 Leaf football card #98 Leon Hart - 1948 Leaf football card #91 Jug Girard - 1948 Leaf football card #84 George Savitsky - 1948 Leaf football card #77 Phil O'Reilly - 1948 Leaf football card #70 Roy Steiner - 1948 Leaf football card #63 Bob Folsom - 1948 Leaf football card #56

To see how the 1949 Leaf sheet was configured, see my 1949 Leaf uncut sheet page.

For general information on uncut sheets of vintage football cards, see my blog article, U is for Uncut Sheets. Also see my other virtual uncut sheets, listed in the left column of this page.

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