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    2002 Fidel Castro Multi-Signed Baseball.
    Update: A PSA Full LOA is included with this lot

    There's a long-standing myth that Castro was once granted a Major League try-out, and that the island nation of Cuba might have traveled a far different path had he made the cut, but in point of fact the communist dictator made it no further than intramural competition for the University of Havana before overthrowing the government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Certainly his affection for the American national pastime was authentic, however, and the tiny country continues to produce baseball talent disproportionate to its population. Perhaps no nation on earth is more single-mindedly dedicated to the sport.

    As such, Castro has long been prized among single signed baseball collectors, and the Cuban leader's decision over a decade ago to cease signing that medium has made offerings ever rarer. Often those that do arise are of questionable legitimacy, a trend that the offered specimen bucks in a most unique way. This Rawlings baseball was signed for a former Major Leaguer in 2002. Castro's 8/10 blue ballpoint signature occupies a side panel while the encounter is notated on the opposite side: "6/3/2002 Estadio Latino America La Habana, Cuba." Another signature graces the sweet spot while a third is on another panel. Full LOA from SGC Authentic. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 7
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