Lot # 52: 1923-24 Nacionales Cigarros #43 Cristobal Torriente (HOF) - SGC GD 2

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Item was in Auction "Fall, 2023 Premier Auction",
which ran from 11/5/2023 12:00 AM to
11/25/2023 9:00 PM

One of 40 baseball subjects featured in this 1920s Cuban issue, this card of Hall of Fame outfielder Cristobal Torriente has eye appeal that far surpasses the technical grade.  Some light toning and edge chipping are visible on the card front, but the reverse is the primary culprit, in the form of adhesive staining that is a telltale sign that the card was once mounted in the album that was issued to contain the much larger set (which also included athletes from other sports, as well as actors, actresses, and more).  Torriente won two batting titles in the Cuban winter league and played a nine-game series against the New York Giants in 1920.  During the series, Torriente outhit Babe Ruth, who was playing on the Giants' roster for the series.  Torriente was one of the greatest ballplayers to hail from Cuba, and was part of the introductory class of the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame.  Despite the lower grade, the rarity of this card is such that just three examples have been graded higher by SGC.  An outstanding and very rare example of one of Cuban baseball's greatest players, and a Hall of Famer.

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