Lot # 1: 1948-49 Empresa Comercial Sport card of Negro Leaguer Verdell Mathis (his only card)

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Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 13 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Auction #30",
which ran from 8/22/2021 7:00 PM to
8/29/2021 12:05 AM

1948-49 Empresa Comercial Sport cards are among the rarest of all Venezuelan baseball card issues. There are only three examples known of each card. They measure around 2.25" by 2.75" and are on a thicker, higher quality card stock than most Latin American cards. The backs are blank.

This lot features the great Negro Leaguer, Verdell Mathis pictured as a member of the Vargas team in the Venezuelan League. It lists his name as "Jhonny Wittig," however it is clearly Mathis who pitched for the Vargas team that year. They did get his position correct. Mathis is one of the best lefties in Negro League history, and one of the best pitchers of the 1940s. He does not get the credit he deserves. This is his one and only card. There are three examples of it, with this being the nicest of the three.

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