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1945-46 Caramelo Deportivo Cuban Baseball Card Set Minus 1 (99/100)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,300.00
Complete set of 100 minus only a single card (#73 Reyes) for completion. This is one of the most fascinating sets of the 1940s. This set was issued with Caramelo Deportivo ("Sporting Caramels") in Cuba and features players from the Cuban Winter League. It is one of the few sets of the era to include many Negro League stars. The set also includes many future Major League stars. Because they are printed on thin stock, Carmelo Deportivos damage easily. This set is far from Mint condition, but is far above average. The condition ranges from Good to Vg-Ex (includes a few Ex). For many sets, that might not sound special, but for this fragile issue, it is very respectable, and would not be an easy task to duplicate. This set has been carefully assembled with great effort by collecting's leading Cuban card specialist, who chose the best from among a selection of at least six or seven examples of each card. Many cards have light paper loss to the reverse. This is common for this issue, which was intended to be glued into an album, and is the result of being glued in and later removed. Keys: #8 Marsans (Gd), 25 Dandridge (front Ex, some paper loss to reverse), 27 Minoso (Vg), 55 Luque (miscut 0/100 T/B otherwise Vg-Ex), 65 DiHigo (Vg-Ex). Note: The missing card #73 is generally not considered part of the set. It was not issued in packs and was available only to collectors who assembled 99 different cards, pasted them in an album, and brought the album to the factory. A company representative would then paste the missing card #73 directly into the album. Though it receives little attention, possibly because this set was virtually unknown until just a few years ago and because they are rarely found in high grade, this is one of the most interesting baseball card sets ever issued. Total 99 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,300.00
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