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Ted Lyons
(b. December 28, 1900 - d. July 25, 1986)
Ted Lyons had the misfortune of pitching for the White Sox during some of the worst years in the history of the franchise. Inducted in 1955, he won 260 games lifetime, with 356 complete games and 27 shutouts. He led the AL in shutouts twice and wins twice. In 1942, he led the AL with a 2.10 ERA. At age 42, he served three years in the Marines during World War II, then returned to baseball for one last season in 1946, going 1-4 despite a 2.32 ERA. He managed the Sox through '48.
Inducted in 1955
1924 Diaz Cigarettes Ted Lyons #50 PSA 4 VG-EX
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Comments: From what I can tell, this is the only known copy of Lyons' rookie card. I have not seen another or heard of one. A lot of folks have tried to pry this one away from me - no sale. I love this one. Before I had it slabbed by PSA it still smelled like a fine cigar. Now, that's all sealed away inside the little plastic case.

UPDATE: Up until June, 2014 I thought my Lyons rookie was the only copy around. Throughout the month an eBay seller had been listing several '24 Diaz cards and I was hoping the listings wouldn't include another. Well, my wishes didn't last. A nice example popped up and ended with a final bid of $1551.56 on July 4th. To make things worse, the winning bidder posted the card in a thread on Net54 and another collector posted a picture of their example for comparison - a SGC 30. So, there's atleast three copies out there....oh well.

Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1924
ACC Set Designation:
Set Name: Diaz Cigarros
Country: Cuba
Description: Tomas Gutierrez, a Cuban tobacco company that specialized in Cuban League baseball cards, expanded northward to offer this early 1920s set of Major League stars. Because they were printed in Cuba and feature only pitchers, the 1924 Diaz Cigarette cards are among the rarest and most intriguing of all tobacco issues. Produced in Havana for the Diaz brand, the black-and-white cards measure 1-3/4" X 2-1/2" and were printed on a semi-gloss stock. The player's name and position are listed at the bottom of the card, while his team and league appear at the top. According to the card backs, printed in Spanish, the set consists of 136 cards - all major league pitchers. But to date many examples have yet to be discovered, and several never played in the major leagues.