The 85-card Tomas Gutierrez set was the largest Cuban baseball issue of the 1920s and is also one of the most scarce. Very desirable due largely to the presence of a good number of Negro League players, the card images were printed in brown ink, sometimes with black backs.
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, John Henry "Pop" Lloyd is considered the greatest shortstop in Negro Leagues history, and legend has it that no less a player than Babe Ruth considered Lloyd to be the greatest baseball player ever. During his playing days, Lloyd was nicknamed "The Black Wagner," to which the legendary Honus Wagner responded "It's an honor to be compared to him." Lloyd posted a lifetime batting average above .337 across 26 seasons, playing well into his 40s with at least 12 teams and managing four. Known as a great leader and baseball mind, he became one of the Negro Leagues' greatest management. Upon his retirement, he devoted much of his energy to youth baseball, where his efforts continue to be recognized today, particularly in Atlantic City, where he lived upon his retirement.
One of the key cards to this difficult issue, the card has been graded FAIR 1.5 by SGC, visible wear at the top edge with a pronounced crease. Corner rounding is evident, as is surface wear, as is the case with most Cuban cards, which are typically found in collector grades. An outstanding card, one of the most important cards from a very difficult issue.