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1945-1946 Caramelo Deportivo Cuban Baseball Card Set Minus 1 (99/100)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,762.50
Complete set of 100 minus only a single card (the virtually impossible #73 Reyes chase card) 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. As intended, all the cards have been mounted in an album, a very common practice with these cards as the album was issued specifically for that purpose. It is our understanding that these cards can be removed by a professional if desired. In the past we have found that many examples from this set that we have seen do, in fact, have remnants on their reverses from having been removed from albums. This is the first set we have ever seen presented mounted in its original album as intended. We've never even seen the album before, which itself is a very interesting item and very substantial. The album is in overall Very Good condition. Without reference to the mounting, the cards range in condition from Gd to Ex with a few exceptions (averaging Vg). 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. The fact that these cards have been protected in the confines of the album is no doubt responsible for their surviving in such nice condition. Keys: #8 Marsans (Gd), 25 Dandridge RC (HOF, Vg-Ex), 27 Minoso RC (Vg), 30 Brown (HOF, Vg), 55 Luque (Vg), 65 DiHigo (HOF, Vg). 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. In place of the missing Reyes card someone has glued a trimmed example of #24 Reyes from the 1946-1947 Propogandas Montiel set into the reserved place setting for card #73. 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 $400. Estimate $800/$1,200+. SOLD FOR $1,762.50
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