1923-1924 Nacionales Cigarettes #43 Cristobal Torriente

Sold For: $3,555

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 402

Item Year: 1923

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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1923-1924 Nacionales Tobacco card of Hall of Famer Cristobal Torriente. One of the rarest of all Cuban card issues is the Nacionales Tobacco set issued in 1923-1924. Of special note with this set is the inclusion of many Negro Leaguers who played in the Cuban Winter League, including several major Negro League stars who appear in very few sets. Offered is one of the key highlight cards from this rare set, one of only several examples known to exist of Cristobal Torriente, featuring him as a member of the "Habana B.B.C." Nacionales cards feature striking real-photo style images with advertising on reverse. This card is an extremely pleasing technically low-grade example, with outstanding photo quality (which can vary from card to card in this series). This card has a tear on the right portion of the card and major back damage and therefore has been encapsulated as "Authentic" by SGC as opposed to being assigned a numerical grade. Very attractive low-grade example of this extremely rare issue featuring one of the all-time great Negro League Hall of Famers. Difficult to value in any condition due to its extreme rarity. One of the few cards ever issued of Cristobal Torriente, who was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Negro Leagues Committee in 2006, which naturally gives this card a special significance to HOF collectors. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $3,555


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