1931 Doble Aguila #191 Concordia vs. York Featuring Martin Dihigo (Hilldale)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,036.25
Extremely rare Venezuelan card of Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo from the 1931 Doble Aguila series. Issued by tobacco manufacturer E. Quintana, these cards measure 1.75 by 2.75 inches and feature various scenes from baseball, boxing, and other sports. These cards are very rarely encountered and have not yet been fully cataloged. Martin Dihigo, one of the most important Negro Leaguers ever to play the game, is featured prominently in this set with five different cards bearing his likeness. This particular card is the most significant of the five, however, as it depicts Dihigo in a base-running action shot with his team name (Hilldale) visible on his jersey. Cards from this era most often depict Negro League players in generic uniforms making the presence of the team name, especially on a player of Dihigo's stature, especially rare and desirable. This card has been graded FAIR 20 by SGC due to creases visible on the card front. The important central image is largely unaffected. The card is well-centered with even wear to the corners, and the reverse is clean. This is the only example of this card graded by either PSA or SGC. Negro League collectibles were, for a very long time, significantly underappreciated within the hobby but have recently drawn increased well-deserved interest and attention. Many of these collectibles, especially trading cards, are significantly rarer than those of their Major League counterparts. Undoubtedly, if only one example of a Goudey featuring a Major League Hall of Famer was known, it would command a tremendous price. The market will dictate the value of this card, but we cannot overstate its rarity and significance as a Negro League, Hall of Fame, and Martin Dihigo collectible. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $5,036.25