1910 PUNCH CIGARROS P. (PETE) HILL SGC A (AUTHENTIC) WITHOUT BACKING (RICHARD MERKIN COLLECTION).
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 1:10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Auction #204 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1446 in auction 204
1.25x1-7/8" Cuban card from the fabled Punch Cigars series which is among the most popular and sought after of all Cuban series based on its age, rarity and line-up. The scarcity of this set in part is based on an album that was available only by turning in a full set of cards. 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. Glossy portrait photo with text at bottom "Habana 1910 P. Hill L.F." Cards in this set were originally issued with the photo pasted onto a cardboard backing. Only a very small percentage of cards from this set exist with the backing and all graded Punch cards w/o backing are classified as "A" authentic. This is one of the key cards in the set. Sharp image. Hill was a giant among "Giants", starring with legendary clubs such as the Cuban X Giants, Philadelphia Giants, Leland Giants and Chicago American Giants. Playing alongside baseball greats Rube Foster, Pop Lloyd and Bruce Petway, Hill captained the legendary Leland Giants of 1910, credited with a record of 123 wins and just six losses. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame in 2006. Designated by SGC as being from the "Richard Merkin Collection" and comes with Hake's COA.
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