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1944-1954 Cuban Baseball League Periodical and Photo Collection
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $120
Collection of eight periodicals and three photos, each relating to Cuban baseball. Periodicals (8). All of the books were issued in Cuba and are written in Spanish. 1) 1948 Quien es Quien en el Base Baball en Cuba (Who's Who in Cuban Base Ball). Soft-cover (5.75 x 8.75 inches). 156 pages. Fr-Gd, with heavy staining to the covers and many of the interior pages. 2-4) Three soft-cover Cuban baseball guides (Guia de Base Ball) issued by Esso. These guides (approximately 4.5 x 6.5 inches) were distributed free to gas-station customers. The years represented here are 1946 (Vg), 1948 (Vg), and 1954 (Gd-Vg). 5) Cuban baseball rule book (Reglas Oficiales de Base Ball 1954). This soft-cover booklet (4.25 x 5.75 inches) was issued as a promotional giveaway by "Cubana de Aviacion," as noted on the front cover. Gd-Vg. 6-8) Three small, soft-cover Cuban baseball record booklets (each approximately 4.25 x 3 inches) issued as promotional giveaways by local beer companies. Two were issued by "Cerveza Polar" (1950-1951 and 1955-1956 seasons, respectively) and the other, for the 1956-1957 season, by "Cerveza Cristal." Vg-Ex overall. Photos (3): 1) Circa 1944 New York Giants team photo, including Napoleon Reyes, Adolfo Luque (coach), Mel Ott (player/manager), Carl Hubbell, and Gus Mancuso. Appears to be trimmed to its approximate dimensions of 8.75 x 5.5 inches (Gd). 2) Undated Cuban news photo (10 x 7.5 inches) picturing Napoleon Reyes posing in the dugout with two "Cubanos" players. The written notation on the reverse reads "Napoleon Reyes instructor de la academia de B. B. de los Cubans, con los pitchers Rasseffnceber y Charles Harris." A stamp reading "RFM Fotos Habana" also appears on the reverse. (Ex). 3) Small Cuban news photo picturing three members of the World Champion New York Giants: Ruben Gomez, Dusty Rhodes, and Hoyt Wilhelm. Date stamped "2-Oct 1954" on the reverse. A paper caption, printed in Spanish, remains affixed to the reverse. Trimmed to its current dimensions of 4.75 x 3.75 inches. (Vg). Total: 11 items (8 publications and 3 photos). Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $120
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