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1909 Detroit Tigers Cabanas Tobacco Cards (3) Plus Booklet
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $928.00
Collection of three incredibly rare tobacco cards of Detroit Tiger players issued in 1909 by Cabanas brand cigarettes in Cuba: Edgar Willets, P. (Fr-Gd, creased but still very presentable); George Moriarty, 3rd B. (no lower and right border, very possibly due to miscut or poor period hand cut from sheet, otherwise Vg-Ex/Ex with no creases, very clean); and umpire Frank "Silk" O'Laughlin (Vg). This set was issued in conjunction with a post-season visit to Cuba by the A. L. Champion Detroit Tigers. Also issued were cards of players from the Almendares B.B.C. and the Habana B.B.C. All three cards have clean backs with bold blue printing. The backs of the cards have advertising in Spanish which translated reads "The best way to form a valuable collection of baseball cards of the Cuban and foreign players is to smoke Cabanas." The subset of twelve Detroit Tigers is one of the rarest of all baseball card issues of any type from any era. In fact, these three cards are the first examples we have ever seen. When the Tigers traveled to Cuba for this early series of exhibition games, they did so without Cobb and Crawford, which is why those two stars are not included in the set, and also probably why the Tigers lost eight of the twelve games they played. The three cards are accompanied by an equally rare 32-page Detroit Tigers souvenir tour book (3.25 x 6.75 inches), published by Harris Brothers Sporting Goods of Havana and written entirely in Spanish, entitled Souvenir De La Visita Del "Detroit" Habana, Noviembre 1909, which provides extremely detailed accounts of the entire tour including box scores of all games. The souvenir book is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total 4 items (3 cards plus publication). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $928.00
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