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1945-1946 Caramelo Deportivo Cuban Baseball Card Set Minus 1 (99/100)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $948.00
Complete set of 100 minus only a single card (#73 Reyes) for completion. This is one of the most fascinating sets of the 1940s. This set was issued with Caramelo Deportivo ("Sporting Caramels") in Cuba and features players from the Cuban Winter League. It is one of the few sets of the era to include many Negro League stars. The set also features many future Major League stars. Because they are printed on thin stock, Caramelo Deportivos damage easily. This set is far from Mint condition, but is far above average. The condition ranges from Poor to Vg-Ex averaging Gd/Vg throughout, with many cards appearing at a glance to be in better condition but displaying light creases upon closer inspection. For many sets, this condition might not sound special, but for this fragile issue, it is very respectable, and would not be an easy task to duplicate. Cards from this issue, which were intended to be glued into an album, are often found with paper loss on the reverse from being glued in and then removed. Many of these cards appear to never have been pasted in an album or were carefully soaked out at one time as the important text is undisturbed on almost all of the card backs. Keys: #8 Marsans (Gd/Vg), 25 Dandridge (Vg), 27 Minoso (Gd), 55 Luque (Fr), and 65 DiHigo (Pr). Note: The missing card #73 is generally not considered part of the set. It was not issued in packs and was available only to collectors who assembled 99 different cards, pasted them in an album, and brought the album to the factory. A company representative would then paste the missing card #73 directly into the album. This set includes a collector's album in Poor to Fair condition. The front cover displays well with its original bright colors, and the interior pages are clean overall, showing evidence of the cards having been soaked out from their mounts. The album binding has loosened and fraying is visible on the edges of the extremely fragile pages. Two vertical folds are visible on the front and back covers. Though it receives little attention, possibly because this set was virtually unknown until just a few years ago and because they are rarely found in high grade, this is one of the most interesting baseball-card sets ever issued! Total: 99 cards and one album. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $948.00
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