Comments: Seven years ago I picked
up a raw tribute card of Lloyd, a 2001 Fleer Stitches of the Game,
and thought it would be decades before I picked up a card contemporary
to the great Negro Leaguers career. That all changed in February,
2011 by pure chance. It was a late, late night and I was just
surfing the net. I went to the Old Cardboard website and looked
at the Calendar to get an idea of upcoming auctions. There was
one ongoing that night. Quickly, I went to the site and started
browsing the lots. The first page was mainly pins, but Page 2
had some amazing Cuban sports memorabilia. And, there it was an
original 1923-4 Tomas Gutierrez album. The next lot - an original
Pop Lloyd - from the same legendary set. The color was fantastic
but it was only graded Authentic by SGC (no numerical grade).
Based on the bright, white color I assumed it was restored or
perhaps trimmed - bottom edge. I quickly registered and hoped
it wasn't a lengthy approval process. Most of the lots had already
closed. It was meant to be because I received my login info and
placed a true "last second" bid. Within 30 minutes the auction
was over and the card was mine. Unbelievable card! There's likely
less than ten of these in existence and it gets better.
This card comes from the collection of Richard Merkin, who passed
away in September, 2009. He was an artist, raconteur, bon vivant
and spirit, appearing on The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts
Club Band cover. The man was an avid collector of Cuban Baseball
memorabilia and it's nice to own this item after him.
UPDATE: Was following the Heritage Auction ending 08/27/2016 and a SGC 60 closed for $14,937.50 with juice. Really would have loved the upgrade but couldn't pull the trigger. It's such an amazing card and the buyer really got a steal. Here's the auction link.