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1909-1928 Cuban Baseball-Card Collection (80 cards)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,703

Outstanding collection of eighty Cuban baseball cards from the 1920s (except two from 1909), representing eight rare and significant Cuban card issues, highlighted by such players as Armando Marsans and Adolfo Luque, and including several major Negro League stars who appear in very few sets. This collection was assembled by legendary card-collecting pioneer Joe Pelaez, who though he was primarily an extremely advanced collector of U.S. tobacco cards, was very proud of his Cuban heritage and so was motivated by this to assemble over the years a small high-quality representative collection of rare Cuban cards. 1) 1909 Cabañas (2 cards): Garcia (Vg) and O'Laughlin (umpire, Pr). 2) 1923-1924 Billiken Cigarettes (9 cards): Abreu (Pr), Acostica (Pr), Crespo (Pr), Cueto (Gd-Vg), Fernandez (Pr), Morin (Pr), Portuondo (Pr), Quintana (Fr), and Rojo (Fr). 3) 1923-1924 Nacionales (15 cards): #11 double-player pose (Vg), 15 Forinozo (Gd), 24 O. Rodriguez (Gd-Vg), 25 J. Rodriquez (Ex), 26 P. Gonzalez (Pr), 30 Ramos (Gd), 36 Marsans (Pr), 38 Luque (Pr), 40 Manzanillo (Pr), 45 Acosta (trimmed), 48 Calvo (back damage, otherwise Ex), 53 Sirike/umpire (Ex), 54 Magriñat/umpire (Vg-Ex), 55 Quintana (trimmed), and 60 Perico el Mono/mascot (Vg-Ex/Ex). 4) 1923-1924 Tomás Gutiérrez (2 cards): #32 Fuhr (Gd) and 52 Deberry (Vg). 5) 1924-1925 Aguilitas “Segundas” (16 cards): #841 Mesa (back damage, otherwise Nr/Mt), 844 Acosta (Ex), 845 Ramos (Gd), 848 Boada (Pr), 851 Morin (top clipped), 856 Palmero (bottom right portion missing), 861 Ramos (Nr/Mt), 864 Fernandez (two small punch holes, otherwise Nr/Mt), 866 Krueger (name mispelled Cruje, Fr-Gd), 867 Parrado (Vg), 875 Duncan (Gd-Vg), 876 Rodriguez (Pr), two 877 Lopez (name mispelled Lopito, Gd and Pr), 895 Tuero (Pr), and 898 Petty (name mispelled Peter, Pr). 6) 1926-1927 Aguilitas (29 cards): #751 Hernandez (Vg), 752 Fernandez (Gd), 756 Torres (Gd), 759 Calvo (Gd), 761 Palmero (Fr), 763 Mesa (Gd), 769 Zarza (Gd), two 771 Rios (Gd and one with promotional back, Fr-Gd), 776 J. Rodriguez (Vg-Ex), 776 L. Rodriguez (Vg), 777 Luque (Pr), 782 Cabrera (Vg/Vg-Ex), 782 Blanco (Nr/Mt), 787 Portuondo (Gd), 791 Navarro (Pr), 796 Quintana (Gd), 817 Levis (Pr), 819 Atan (#769 on back, Gd), 821 Perez (Pr), 822 Fabre (Gd), 823 Jimenez (Vg/Vg-Ex), 836 Dreke (Pr-Fr), 838 Echarri (Fr-Gd), two 839 Angel (Gd and Pr), 841 Estrada (Fr), 847 Puig (Gd), and 849 Alvarez (Gd). 7) 1927-1928 Mallorquina (1 card): #5 Marcelle (Vg). 8) 1928 Aguilitas (6 cards): #465 Seigle (borders cut off and reattached with tape), 487 Cubillas (Gd), 503 Y. Balleste (Nr/Mt), 509 F. Balleste (Ex-Mt), 530 Picazo (Ex), and 552 Mencio (Ex-Mt). From the Joe Pelaez Collection. Total: 80 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++.


SOLD FOR $7,703


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