1948 Leaf Joe DiMaggio baseball card
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1948 Leaf Joe DiMaggio baseball card
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Joe DiMaggio, the "Yankee Clipper", was a 3-time MVP winner and 13-time All-Star. He was the only player to be selected for the All-Star Game in every season he played. At the time of his retirement, he had the fifth-most career home runs (361) and sixth-highest slugging percentage (.579) in history. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15–July 16, 1941), a record which still stands and is considered by many the greatest feat in all of sports. A 1969 poll conducted to coincide with the centennial of professional baseball voted him the sport's greatest living player. Joe DiMaggio's number 5 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1952. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

Touted by sportswriters as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Shoeless Joe Jackson rolled into one, he made his major league debut on May 3, 1936, batting ahead of Lou Gehrig. The Yankees had not been to the World Series since 1932, but, thanks in large part to their sensational rookie, they won the next four Fall Classics. In total, DiMaggio led the Yankees to nine titles in 13 years. On February 7, 1949, DiMaggio signed a contract worth 100 thousand dollars and became the first baseball player to break a hundred thousand in earnings. He was still regarded as the game's best, and hardest working player. Joe's brothers, Dom and Vince, also played professional baseball.

Off the field, DiMaggio will perhaps always be best known for his short-lived and volatile marriage to Hollywood film legend Marilyn Monroe.

Presented here is card #1 in the 1948 Leaf baseball card set, Joe DiMaggio, preserved in near mint condition and authenticated by PSA. The 1948 Leaf baseball card set has been considered by connoisseurs a pop "art form" unto itself; an entire set of 1948 Leafs was on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art in the mid-nineties.
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Product ID 215
Category Art, Ephemera, Sports
Circa 1948
Condition authenticated by PSA [Professional Sports Authenticators] and graded "7" [near mint]
Price 7500.00

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