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Lot # 705 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1945-1946 Caramelo Deportivo Cuban Baseball Near-Complete Set (95/100)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $823

Near-complete set of 95 of the 100 cards from the 1945-1946 Caramelo Deportivo Cuban Baseball series. One of the very few sets to include Hall of Famers Martin DiHigo, Willard Brown, and many other Negro League stars! Missing only five cards for completion (#25 Dandridge, 27 Minoso, 64, 66, and the virtually impossible chase card #73 Reyes). 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, Carmelo Deportivos damage easily. The condition technically ranges from Fair to Good (includes a few slightly lesser). Many cards have light paper loss to the reverse. This is common for this issue, which was intended to be glued into an album, and is the result of being glued in and later removed. Keys: #8 Marsans (Gd), 30 Brown (HOF, SGC FAIR 20), 55 Luque (Fr), and 65 DiHigo (HOF, PSA PR 1). Note: One of the missing cards, #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. Total: 95 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $823

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