Thursday, February 03, 2011

Wow! This Cobb is Rare.

Cuban Baseball cards are some of the more rare and scarce issues that exist in the hobby. They are seldom found as most have either been discarded over the years due to weather or a certain revolution that brought in a Baseball playing-beard wearing ruler. It would be hard to imagine that the political conditions there would bode well for Baseball memorabilia. Of course, fandom knows no bounds. So, who knows? There could be thousands of Cubans flipping through papa's albums of vintage Baseball memories waiting for the opening up of the nation to realize their capitalist worth.

The below card, recently sold by Hake's Auctions, is an example of one of the earliest issues from the island. It was created in 1910 by Punch Cigarros (Cigarettes). They are small sepia tone photographs often glued onto a cardboard backing. In fact, most cards from this set found today do not have the cardboard backing.

This particular set is particularly notable since it includes many MLB players. From the auction description:
Issued contemporary with a visit by the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's for an exhibition series of games in Cuba between Nov. 10 and Dec. 5, 1910.
Also, this Cobb below is only one of two known to exist in the hobby. Even in it's decrepit condition it sold for $13,773.32.

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