Rare 1916 Baseball Photo Brings $32,811

Bullet Joe Rogan.  Dobie Moore.  Oscar “Heavy” Johnson.  Three names familiar to Negro League historians were featured on a rare 1916 baseball photograph that sold for $32,811 at Hake’s Auction last week.

1916 "Wreckers" photoThe large, framed photo depicted the 14-man squad of the 25th infantry “Wreckers”.  The black and white photo drerw 30 bids.  It was part of the well-known Richard Merkin Collection that included dozens of rare baseball cards and memorabilia.

Another framed photo, this one featuring the 1918 Negro League Chicago Amercans, found a new home for $10,548, while a Cuban News Service Josh Gibson photo from 1938 sold for $10,258.

Ty Cobb Punch tobacco cardOne of the most rare Hall of Famer cards ever issued, a 1910 Punch Cigarros Ty Cobb, graded SGC Authentic, also found strong interest from those intrigued by Cuban baseball cards and rarities.  It sold for $13,773.

The Punch Cigarros cards were issued around the time of a visit to Cuba by the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A’s for a series of exhibition games between Nov. 10 and Dec. 5, 1910. Unlike the previous year,   Cobb made the trip with other Tigers legends and was honored with the image card.

A rare complete collection of 1950-51 Toleteros and Toleteros in action in a 22-page album, sold for $13,925.

Markin assembled what York, Pa.-based Hake’s calls “the finest collection of such cards the hobby has ever seen”.

Other items from the collection will be sold later this year.

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