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Lot # 507 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1924 Aguilitas Cigars Second Series #869 Oscar Charleston

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $5,287.50

Addendum: We have been informed by vintage Cuban card expert Ryan Christoff (who really knows what he is talking about!) that while the production quality of cards from this set varies greatly, and the cards from this set can naturally vary in size, in his opinion this card has long ago been slightly trimmed along the bottom border.

Please note that Graded PR-FR 1 by PSA. Extremely rare 1924-1925 Aguilitas Segundas tobacco card of Hall of Famer Oscar Charleston. One of the rarest of all Cuban card issues is the Aguilitas Segundas tobacco set issued in 1924-1925. Of special note, this set included many Negro Leaguers who played in the Cuban Winter League, including several major Negro League stars that appear in very few sets. Offered is the key highlight card from this rare set, one of only several examples known to exist of Oscar Charleston, featuring him as a member of the "Almendares." These cards feature striking real-photo style portrait images with advertising on reverse. Charleston hit .361 lifetime during his nine years playing baseball in Cuba. His career in the Negro Leagues spanned forty years with fourteen different teams, as a player and manager, beginning with the Indianapolis ABC's in 1915 during the dead ball-era, and ending in 1954 upon his death, at which time he was managing the Indianapolis Clowns in the fading post-integration years of the Negro American League. Charleston played with many of the greatest teams in the history of the Negro Leagues, and is credited with a .357 lifetime average. He is considered by most historians to be the best player in Negro League history. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976. This outstanding rarity is exceptionally clean and attractive, with superb photo quality (which can vary from card to card in this series). Technically graded Pr-Fr due to a tiny punch-hole above his head (this small hole, we are told, is actually the result of a bug, and is very common to the issue), otherwise the card has a far superior Excellent appearance. This is the first example of this extremely rare and significant card of Oscar Charleston that we have ever seen or offered. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,287.50

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