Lot # 63: 1945-46 Caramelo Deportivo #27 Orestes Minoso (HOF - Pre Rookie) - PSA FR 1.5

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One of baseball's more underrated players, Orestes Minoso was finally enshrined in the Hall of Fame this past year by the Golden Days Era Committee.  Minoso was a star in the Cuban Leagues, the Negro Leagues and the Major Leagues and by playing in a 1980 game with the Chicago White Sox became only the second player in the history of the game to play in five decades, and was the fourth oldest to play in the majors.  Minoso collected 1,963 hits in 17 major league seasons with a lifetime .298 batting average, and played four seasons in the Cuban and Negro Leagues prior to making his debut with the Indians in 1949.  This card, from the extremely condition-sensitive Caramelo Deportivo issue, has been graded FR 1.5 by PSA with surface wear on the reverse, likely from scrapbook removal, having faded or scratched away some of the type.  Additional surface wear is evident on the card front, a condition issue common to most Caramelo Deportivo cards.  An outstanding example of a card of Minoso issued years before his "rookie" card.

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