Chronicling my quest to build a 1948-1949 Leaf Baseball set.
PLAYER: Larry Jensen ... well, actually it was Larry Jansen. This first of many spelling errors to be included in the set with several of them corrected. Jansen doesn't appear to have received a corrected version on the checklist.
CARD NO.: 56
TEAM: New York Giants
OF NOTE: This is my first 48-49 Leaf card in my quest to build the set. I do have several copies of Andy Pafko's card but that I already have. Jansen was probably the best pitcher from the late 1940's that you probably aren't familiar. His rookie year in 1947 included a 21-5 record and a second-place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting. He went 23-11 in 1951, was named an All-Star and received MVP votes. He would later becoming a pitching coach for the Giants and would shepard the early career of Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal. Jansen was included in just about every important post-war set including 1947 Bond Bread, 1948-1954 Bowman, and 1951-1952 Topps.
CARD PRICE: $6.77 eBay delivered.
TOTAL SET PRICE SO FAR: $6.77
SET PROGRESS: 2/98 or two percent complete.