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1924 Aguilitas Cigars Second Series #870 John Henry "Pop" Lloyd
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75
Graded PR-FR 1 by PSA. Rare 1924-1925 Aguilitas Segundas tobacco card of Hall of Famer John Henry “Pop” Lloyd. This is one of the key highlight cards from this rare set, and one of only several examples known to exist of "Pop" Lloyd, featuring him as a member of the Havana baseball club in the Cuban Winter League. It is interesting to note that on this card Lloyd is misidentified as “Sam” Lloyd. This is definitely John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, and this card represents one of the very few contemporary cards ever issued of legendary Hall of Famer "Pop" Lloyd. Lloyd played a total of twelve winter seasons in Cuba, hitting .321 lifetime. He is widely considered the best black player of the dead-ball era. Often hitting at or near the .400 mark, his career spanned twenty-six seasons. As player-manager for the 1923 Hilldale team, the first season of the Eastern Colored League, Lloyd hit .418 and led the team to the pennant. Lloyd was often referred to as the "Black Wagner" because of his rare ability to combine speed and power. When asked about this, Wagner was quoted as replying "I am honored to have John Lloyd called the Black Wagner. It's a privilege to have been compared to him." Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977. The lower right portion of the card (25% of the card) and some of the top right edge has surface emulsion loss, common to the issue, which appears white and is somewhat of a distraction, but still does not affect the sharp portrait image in the center. The reverse is clean with just light, even toning and bold black print. A very presentable low-grade example of this extremely rare issue featuring one of the all-time great Negro League Hall of Famers. This is the first example of this extremely rare and significant card of John Henry "Pop" Lloyd that we have ever seen or offered. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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