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Lot # 880 (880 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

Extremely Rare 1946-1947 Propagandas Montiel Uncut Sheet with Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, and Williams

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,600

Presented is an incredible uncut 58-card sheet from the 1946-1947 Propagandas Montiel issue. This is the only uncut sheet that we have ever seen, and we have not been able to confirm the existence of any others. This sheet may be unique! This fascinating Cuban set was issued with packages of Propagandas Montiel caramel. The set includes Major League ballplayers (both current and old-timers), Florida International League players (minor league), a handful of Cuban League players, a few wrestlers, as well as a selection of boxers past and present. There are few sets from any era which have more stars than this unusual late 1940s issue. Measuring approximately 18.5 x 24.5 inches, the sheet is produced on extremely thin paper stock and features fifty-eight final production cards arranged in four rows of eleven cards each with two rows of seven cards each directly underneath (oriented a different way so as to maximize the space). The backs are completely printed. Among the fifty-eight cards featured on the sheet are individual cards of baseball Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Joe Dimaggio, and Ty Cobb as well as legendary boxers Jack Johnson, James Jeffries, Jack Dempsey, John Sullivan, James Corbett, and Max Schmeling. The sheet maintains an Excellent overall display value, but does have some condition flaws visible, including minor edge tears and scattered light creases. It has also been neatly folded in fourths for easy display over the years (which very likely contributed to its bright and crisp display value). All of these flaws are commonly found on uncut sheets of any size from any era, but the stock on which this sheet is printed makes it especially vulnerable to wear and tear. This is a remarkable surviving uncut sheet of this fascinating and scarce Cuban card issue, with extraordinary display value, that would be a significant addition to even the most advanced collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,600


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