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    1928 Tabacalera La Morena Babe Ruth & Ty Cobb #105 SGC VG/EX+ 4.5 - Only the Second Graded Example. Sometimes lightening does strike twice. Another new to the hobby find and one that traveled thousands of miles from El Salvador. Heritage had the opportunity to offer the first example confirmed from the rare Tabacalera La Morena series from 1928 and now we have the second. It is believed to be a 200-card promotion showcasing multiple sports and sporting events. In addition to a run of cards featuring American baseball there are cards dedicated to track & field, tennis, soccer (football), and boxing with many about the 1928 Olympics. The set is "real photo" format with cards with unique hand coloring that cements there visual appeal. The backs translate, "Gift from the tobacco company La Morena. to our champion consumers."

    This image is not just a snapshot of two baseball legends. One was a gregarious, free-swinging slugger who exemplified the new "live" baseball style. The other was a seething vessel of slap-and-sprint determination and king of a fading era. Each rode a distinctly different path to the gates of Cooperstown and the upper echelon of the baseball pantheon. None was immune to scandal, with Cobb nearly relegated to a shared room in baseball purgatory with Shoeless Joe by a 1926 gambling scandal, and Ruth missing most of the 1925 season for maladies alternately identified in low whispers of alcoholism and social indiscretion. Yet each is properly identified as a resident upon the short list of greatest ballplayers ever, and passionate loved and admired. Their legacy ensured by their appearance as members of the Hall of Fame's inaugural class.

    One will find no shortage of suitors for a singular card featuring baseball royalty in a Home Run King and a Hits King unencumbered by an asterisk. In 2015, Heritage Auctions sold an example with the "Sociedade Industrail" brand for $23,900.00. The first card sold in July 2020 for $16,300 and was graded VG 3. Graded SGC VG-EX+ 4.5. This is only the second example graded by SGC with none found on the PSA census!


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    10th-13th Thursday-Sunday
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