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1931 Doble Aguila #191 Concordia vs. York Featuring Martin Dihigo (Hilldale) SGC EX 60 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $4,500

Extremely rare Venezuelan card of Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo from the 1931 Doble Aguila series. Issued by tobacco manufacturer E. Quintana, these cards measure 1.75 by 2.75 inches and feature various scenes from baseball, boxing, and other sports. These cards are very rarely encountered and have not yet been fully cataloged. Martin Dihigo, one of the most important Negro Leaguers ever to play the game, is featured prominently in this set, with five different cards bearing his likeness. This particular card is the most significant of the five, however, as it depicts Dihigo in a base-running action shot with his team name (Hilldale) visible on his jersey. Cards from this era most often depict Negro League players in generic uniforms making the presence of the team name, especially on a player of Dihigo's stature, especially rare and desirable. This is a tremendous example of this card, which has been graded EX 60 by SGC and is the only example graded at this level with none higher. Crisp and clean, both front and back, with excellent centering, a bold image, and strong corners displaying light touches of wear. Negro League collectibles were, for a very long time, significantly underappreciated within the hobby but have recently drawn increased well-deserved interest and attention. Many of these collectibles, especially trading cards, are significantly rarer than those of their Major League counterparts. As a point of reference, we have only ever offered one other example of this card, graded FAIR 20, which appeared as Lot #315 in REA's Spring 2013 auction and realized $5,036. The market will dictate the value of this card, but we cannot overstate its rarity and significance as a Negro League, Hall of Fame, and Martin Dihigo collectible. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,500

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