Well, I learned something today…

Sometimes you can’t take yourself too seriously.  I was writing this post because I was so excited that I picked up a 1948 Leaf Chuck Bednarik rookies for a REALLY good price!


I know that “too good to be true” is something to stay away from in the hobby.  Sometimes, you’re just so excited that it doesn’t register.  Totally ecstatic, I left the shop and headed home.  Then, as I started this post, I realized something.  It took me a few minutes to figure it out, but I did.  The card wasn’t a 1948 Leaf Rookie.  It was the 1949.

o rly.

Yes, really.

How could I not realize this?  Ignorance.  I checked eBay and it sure looked like the 1948 on my phone.  Even when I got home and did some more research, I still thought it was the 1948.  I did notice that one sold on eBay went for a lot less than the others.  The reason, it was the 1949.  Below is the card that I picked up today.  Don’t get me wrong at all, I’m still really happy to have it.

1949 Leaf #134 Chuck Bednarik
1949 Leaf #134 Chuck Bednarik (back)

Remember that picture.  That’s how I made the mistake.  Here is an image of the 1948 Bednarik.

1948 Leaf Bednarik

I was completely unaware that they had the same image.  The color of the card is obviously different.  The 1948 has a white border (and perhaps card stock).  The 1949 is more of a brown/wheat color.  The numbers are different, so that is completely my fail.

Sometimes you have to live and learn.  Or do more research.  I’m still happy with the pickup, though.




3 thoughts on “Well, I learned something today…

  1. I got it in and it was a reprint! lol research is important! Well i am happy to announce I just picked up my first graded 49 bednarik!! Paid $150 for it, it is a PSA 4. I am so stoked! Nice card!


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