1949 Bowman
#224 Satchell Paige

This 1949 issue featuring legendary Hall-of-Fame pitcher Satchell Paige marks Paige's only appearance on a Bowman card, and is one of just three standard issue cards to feature Paige during his playing days. A part of the scarce high-number series, this is one of the most important and valuable issues within the 1949 Bowman set.

Paige enjoyed an almost mythical career in baseball. The majority of his years were spent pitching in the Negro Leagues (1926-1947, 1950), where he won a Negro League World Series championship with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1942, and was named to five All Star teams. He pitched in major league baseball in 1948-49, 1951-53, and in one game in 1965. He won a World Series championship as a member of the Cleveland Indians in 1948. Paige was the oldest rookie (42 years old) to play in major league baseball, and was the first Negro League player elected to the Hall-of-Fame. Paige's confident, enthusiastic personality made him a fan favorite throughout his storied career.

Graded MINT 9 by PSA, the offered card is a world-class example! It is very well-centered, with attractive vintage-white borders, sharp corners, a pristine satiny surface, rich bold aqua-green background coloration, and a stunning portrait of Satchell Paige. This copy has a wonderfully balanced and exceptionally clean look to it.

Sold in 2014