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Circa 1927 Tabacalera La Morena Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $822.50

Graded VG-EX+ 4.5 by GAI. Extremely rare circa 1927 Tabacalera La Morena Tobacco card featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, each clearly recognizable, along with other players at the plate. This is an extraordinary card. It is one of the few vintage cards featuring Ruth and Gehrig together on the same card, and it is from one of the few card sets issued circa 1927. It is also extremely rare. Few card issues of any type approach the rarity of this unusual tobacco issue, which is no doubt related to the fact that they were issued only in El Salvador. This is the key card of the set and the only example we have ever seen. Tabacalera La Morena cards feature color-tinted black-and-white photos of individual players or in-action game scenes with Spanish captions on the reverse briefly identifying the player(s) or game-in-progress scene featured on the front. The photographs used are unique to the set. Advertising at the bottom of the reverse of each card translates to read "Courtesy of Rich Brown Tobacco, the Champion among Consumers." The reverse also has the card number ("No. 116") and text which (translated) reads simply "Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth on the baseball field." This is a fascinating circa 1927 tobacco-card rarity featuring Ruth and Gehrig together, dating from the height of their fame. The card is bright, crisp, and clean, technically grading Vg-Ex due to a tiny diagonal corner crease in the upper right, but otherwise in Ex-Mt condition. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $822.50

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