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    1928 Tabacalera La Morena Babe Ruth & Ty Cobb #105 SGC VG 3 - The Only SGC/PSA Graded Example! 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.

    From a new to the hobby collection and one that traveled thousands of miles from El Salvador, we offer the first example confirmed from the rare Tabacalera La Morena series from 1928. This auction will feature 160 different cards of the set including a complete run of cards #'s 95 through 120 featuring American baseball and some of its greatest players. It is believed to be a 200-card promotion showcasing multiple sports and events. In addition to 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 hand colored cementing visual appeal. The backs translate, "Gift from the tobacco company La Morena. to our champion consumers."

    One will find no shortage of suitors for a singular card featuring a Home Run and Hits King unencumbered by an asterisk. In 2015, Heritage Auctions sold an example with the "Sociedade Industrail" brand for $23,900.00. Graded SGC VG 3. This is the only example found on the SGC & PSA census combined.


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    July, 2020
    30th-31st Thursday-Friday
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