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1945-1946 Caramelo Deportivo Cuban Baseball Card Set Minus 1 (99/100)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,175
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, Caramelo 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 only the second set we have ever seen presented mounted in its original album as intended. The album is in overall Fair 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), 27 Minoso RC (Vg), 30 Brown (HOF, Vg), 55 Luque (Gd), 65 DiHigo (HOF, Pr). 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. 2) Also included is a 1943 Ambrosia Amateur Cuban Baseball album with 152 cards mounted in the original album as intended. The album grades Fair and without reference to the mounting the cards range from Gd to Ex with a few exceptions (averaging Vg). Total 251 cards (99 Caramelo Deportivo cards and 152 Ambrosia cards). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,175
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