1910 PUNCH CIGARROS JOHN HENRY LLOYD SGC A (AUTHENTIC) WITHOUT BACKING (RICHARD MERKIN COLLECTION).
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 2:10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Auction #205 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1426 in auction 205
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 Lloyd SS." 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 the backing are classified as "A" authentic. This is one of the key cards in the set and highly sought after. By comparison, the "key card" for Pete Hill sold in our last auction for $64,936. Tiny 1/16" insect hole to the left of his head not at all affecting image which remains distinct. "Pop" Lloyd is rated by Bill James as one of the top 30 baseball players of all time and was known as the "Black Wagner" as a comparison to Honus Wagner. Inducted into the National Baseball HOF in 1977. A rare opportunity to obtain this legend's Punch card. Designated by SGC as being from the "Richard Merkin Collection" and comes with Hake's COA.
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