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Uncut Sheet of 1949 Leaf Football Cards

The picture below shows how 1949 Leaf football cards were arranged on uncut sheets. As a model, I used a photo of a real uncut sheet that appeared in an online auction. There are 49 cards in the 1949 Leaf set, so this sheet contains the whole set.

If you hold your cursor above any of the cards below, 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. (A real uncut sheet would not have lines between the cards--that's an effect of scanning them individually.)

Robert Nussbaumer - 1949 Leaf football card #65 Bill Dudley - 1949 Leaf football card #22 Charley Trippi - 1949 Leaf football card #16 Steve Van Buren - 1949 Leaf football card #79 Chuck Bednarik - 1949 Leaf football card #134 Vince Banonis - 1949 Leaf football card #38 Sid Luckman - 1949 Leaf football card #15
Bob Mann - 1949 Leaf football card #17 George Connor - 1949 Leaf football card #40 John Rauch - 1949 Leaf football card #4 Ken Kavanaugh - 1949 Leaf football card #51 Pete Pihos - 1949 Leaf football card #28 Tommy Thompson - 1949 Leaf football card #13 Clyde LeForce - 1949 Leaf football card #23
Jim White - 1949 Leaf football card #39 Jay Rhodemyre - 1949 Leaf football card #126 Bob Hendren - 1949 Leaf football card #1 Frank Seno - 1949 Leaf football card #127 Kenny Washington - 1949 Leaf football card #95 Perry Moss - 1949 Leaf football card #81 Bulldog Turner - 1949 Leaf football card #150
Jack Jacobs - 1949 Leaf football card #90 Billy Dewell - 1949 Leaf football card #10 Skip Minisi - 1949 Leaf football card #74 Elmer Angsman - 1949 Leaf football card #9 Harry Gilmer - 1949 Leaf football card #62 Herb Siegert - 1949 Leaf football card #70 Jim Youel - 1949 Leaf football card #57
Charley Conerly - 1949 Leaf football card #49 Fred Enke - 1949 Leaf football card #47 Pat Harder - 1949 Leaf football card #101 Bob Waterfield - 1949 Leaf football card #89 George McAfee - 1949 Leaf football card #41 Bill Swiacki - 1949 Leaf football card #110 George Savitsky - 1949 Leaf football card #144
Frank Reagan - 1949 Leaf football card #3 Bob DeMoss - 1949 Leaf football card #52 Sammy Baugh - 1949 Leaf football card #26 Fred Davis - 1949 Leaf football card #118 Joe Scott - 1949 Leaf football card #2 John Lujack - 1949 Leaf football card #56 Bobby Layne - 1949 Leaf football card #67
Frank Tripucka - 1949 Leaf football card #43 Tex Coulter - 1949 Leaf football card #31 Ted Fritsch Sr. - 1949 Leaf football card #37 Al Wistert - 1949 Leaf football card #35 Paul Christman - 1949 Leaf football card #19 Mal Kutner - 1949 Leaf football card #32 Bill Fischer - 1949 Leaf football card #7

The following table shows how the cards on the sheet were arranged by number. I don't see a pattern to the numbering. Note, though, that the cards are numbered up to 150, though there are only 49 cards in the set. My guess is that the company left gaps between the numbers to trick kids into thinking there were more cards in the set to purchase.

65 22 16 79 134 38 15
17 40 4 51 28 13 23
39 126 1 127 95 81 150
90 10 74 9 62 70 57
49 47 101 89 41 110 144
3 52 26 118 2 56 67
43 31 37 35 19 32 7

The 1949 Leaf football card set is a subset of the 1948 Leaf set, but with the card backs and numbers changed. The 1948 set contains both NFL and college players, but the 1949 set contains just NFL players. There are 98 cards in the 1948 Leaf set, so it would have fit evenly on two sheets. Though I have not seen a picture of an uncut 1948 Leaf sheet, I believe that the front of the first sheet of 1948 Leaf cards resembled this 1949 sheet. It appears to me that, in 1949, Leaf started with the first sheet of 1948 cards, replaced the cards of college players with NFL players from the second 1948 sheet, and changed the backs of the cards. For details, see my 1948 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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