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1945-1946 Caramelo Deportivo Martin DiHigo and Raymond Brown
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $1,057.50
Collection of two key Hall of Famers from the 1945-1946 Cuban Caramelo Deportivo baseball-card set. Featuring players from the Cuban Winter League, this set is of great significance as it is one of the few sets of the era to include many Negro League stars. These cards were issued with Caramelo Deportivo ("Sporting Caramels") in Cuba. Because they are printed on thin stock, Carmelo Deportivos damage easily. Presented are two of the key cards in the set of Negro League stars who are now members of the Baseball Hall of Fame: 1) Martin Dihigo (graded GOOD 30 by SGC). Dihigo played every position, and is considered by many to be the best all-around player to ever take the field. Dihigo is one of baseball's greatest legends. He has the distinction of being a member of three Baseball Hall of Fames (U.S., Cuba, and Mexico). 2) Ray Brown (graded G-VG 2.5 by GAI), featured with Alemendares. Brown was the ace of the Homestead Grays pitching staff, playing for the Grays for seventeen seasons, including all of their nine straight championship seasons from 1937 to 1945. Brown won twenty-eight straight games from 1936-1937. Like Dandridge, Brown had a lengthy career in Latin America, including five years in Cuba. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. Both cards have wear to the backs including some loss of lettering that is typical for these cards, and related to the fact that they were intended to be mounted into albums. The Caramelo Deportivo set was virtually unknown until just a few years ago and, because of the players included, is one of the most interesting baseball card sets ever issued. Total 2 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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