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1924 Aguilitas Cigars Second Series #869 Oscar Charleston
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $8,225
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Extremely rare 1924-1925 Aguilitas Segundas tobacco card of Hall of Famer Oscar Charleston. One of the rarest of all Cuban card issues is the Aguilitas Segundas tobacco set issued in 1924-1925. Of special note, this set included many Negro Leaguers who played in the Cuban Winter League, including several major Negro League stars that appear in very few sets. Offered is the key highlight card from this rare set, and one of only a handful of examples known to exist of Oscar Charleston, featuring him as a member of the "Almendares." These cards feature striking real-photo style portrait images with advertising on the reverse. Charleston hit .361 lifetime during his nine years playing baseball in Cuba. His career in the Negro Leagues spanned forty years with fourteen different teams, as a player and manager, beginning with the Indianapolis ABC's in 1915 during the dead ball-era, and ending in 1954 upon his death, at which time he was managing the Indianapolis Clowns in the fading post-integration years of the Negro American League. Charleston played with many of the greatest teams in the history of the Negro Leagues, and is credited with a .357 lifetime average. He is considered by most historians to be the best player in Negro League history. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976. This outstanding rarity is exceptionally clean and attractive, with superb photo quality (which can vary from card to card in this series), and a crease above Oscar's head. The reverse is clean with just a hint of staining (probably from long ago being glued into an album and later removed, which is often seen with this issue) and bold black print. This is only the second example of this extremely rare and significant card of Oscar Charleston that we have ever offered and it is also the best. (The other example, in lesser grade, appeared as Lot 507 in REA's May 2008 auction, and realized $5,287.) Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000+.
SOLD FOR $8,225
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