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1972 to 1983 Venezuelan League Set Collection (6) - All in Original Albums! (1,678 Cards/Stickers)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,600

Fascinating collection of six extremely scarce Venezuelan card/sticker sets issued between 1972 and 1983. Five of the sets feature Major League and Venezuelan stars who participated in the Venezuelan Winter League. The sixth set is a historical documentation of the game of baseball, featuring many exceptional nineteenth-century team photos, woodcuts, and player images, recreated in sticker form. This is the first time we have seen many of these cards. Only three of the sets are cataloged in The Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. While information about the early 1980s sets does exist online, we have found no reference to the History of Baseball set anywhere, including trying to locate even a single sample card from the set. It is safe to say that the collection offered here could not very easily be replicated! This collection is result of many years of collecting by our consignor, an extremely advanced longtime collector of many decades.

This collection consists of the following: 1) 1972-1973 Venezuelan League Stickers: Near-complete set consisting of 245 out of 249 cards housed in the original album designed for the set. The album is in extremely modest condition, with the front and back covers entirely detached from the remaining pages (and each other). Each cover displays advanced creasing and small pieces missing. The interior pages display fraying and minor tearing (the first page is missing the top row). The interior cards are bright and crisp, with an overall Excellent or better display value, although many would technically grade lesser due to light creasing. 2) 1974-1975 Venezuelan League Stickers: Complete 275-card set housed in the original album designed for the set. Each sticker is mounted to its appropriate spot in the album. The album is in Very Good condition, with minor tearing and fraying along the binding and edges. A heavy vertical crease is present on the front and back covers, and a past owner has penned his name and address on the inside back cover. The interior cards are bright and crisp, with an overall Excellent to Near Mint display value, although many would technically grade lesser due to creasing or staining (both extremely common to these thin-stock cards). 3) 1976-1977 Venezuelan League Stickers: Complete 330-card set housed in the original album designed for the set. Each sticker is mounted to its appropriate spot in the album. The album is in modest condition, with advanced creasing visible on the front and back covers and fraying at the corners. The interior cards are bright and crisp, with an overall Excellent or better display value, although many would technically grade lesser due to light creasing. 4) 1977 La Historia del Beisbol con Juan Vene Stickers: Near-complete set consisting of 264 out of 275 cards housed in the original album designed for the set. The album is in extremely modest condition, with the front and back covers entirely detached from the remaining pages and several heavy tears repaired with tape. The interior pages display fraying along the edges and some light staining. The interior cards are bright and crisp, with an Excellent display value, although many would technically grade lesser due to creasing. 5) 1980-1981 Venezuelan League Stickers: Complete 288-card set housed in the original album designed for the set. Each sticker is mounted to its appropriate spot in the album. The album is in Very Good to Excellent condition, with minor fraying along the binding and edges. The interior cards are bright and crisp, with an overall Excellent to Near Mint display value, although some would technically grade lesser due to very light creasing. This set is noted for its inclusion of the first card of future Major League star Andres Galarraga. 6) 1981-1983 Venezuelan League Stickers: Near-complete set consisting of 276 out of 288 cards housed in the original album designed for the set. The album is in modest condition, with the front and back covers detached from the remaining pages and displaying advanced creasing and tearing. The interior cards are bright and crisp, with an overall Excellent to Near Mint display value, although some would technically grade lesser due to very light creasing or visible album residue.

This is a tremendous and extremely comprehensive offering of these overlooked modern rarities that we have never before seen as a group of sets in complete or near-complete form and will likely never see again. This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire six extremely scarce complete or near-complete sets of these rare Venezuelan issues. Total: 6 sets in original albums (1,678 cards/stickers). Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $6,600


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