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1945-1949 Negro League Hall of Fame Card Collection (4)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,410
Presented is a collection of four 1940s vintage cards from sets issued in Cuba and Puerto Rico, featuring Negro League legends who are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, each graded and encapsulated by SGC (except one PSA): 1) 1945-1946 Caramelo Deportivo #30 Ray Brown (graded GOOD 2 by PSA), 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 to 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. 2) 1945-1946 Caramelo Deportivo #65 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). 3) 1949-1950 Acebo Ray Dandridge (graded FAIR 20 by SGC). Dandridge is considered one of the best fielding third basemen of all time. Records credit him with a .355 lifetime average in the Negro Leagues, during a ten-year career spent primarily with the Newark Eagles. Dandridge played extensively in Latin America, including eleven years in Cuba and ten years in Mexico, where he became a legend. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987. 4) 1949-1950 Toleteros #28 Willard Brown (graded POOR 10 by SGC). Willard Brown enjoyed the reputation as one of the most feared sluggers in Negro League history. Perhaps the greatest testament to his hitting prowess is the fact that Josh Gibson himself bestowed Brown with the nickname “Home Run.” Brown starred with the Monarchs for fourteen seasons between the years 1935 and 1951 (he missed time due to military service, and one year was spent in the Mexican League), leading the club to six pennants. In 1947 Brown followed in the footsteps of Jackie Robinson and briefly joined the St. Louis Browns. Although he only played in twenty-one games with the Browns, he became the first black player to hit a home run in the American League. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. Three of the 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 fourth card (Dandridge) has the number "37" written in ink on the back. Total: 4 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,410
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