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