This incredible lot comes with quite a backstory. In February, 2021, I sent 400 cards in to PSA for grading. 395 of them were either 1945-46 Caramelo Deportivo, or 1946-47 Propagandas Montiel. 239 of them were from the 1945-46 Caramelo Deportivo set, which I've been collecting for 25 years. In fact, the reason any of the grading companies are able to grade these cards is because I got them checklisted and put into the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards back in 2002. I've probably had at least 20 to 25 examples of each card go through my hands throughout the years. Each time, I would pull the best examples aside and keep them for myself, continually upgrading. I finally decided to send some in to PSA to get graded, figuring I'd absolutely blow up the pop report with all of these high grade examples. Prior to my order, PSA had graded 805 cards from the set. Here were the populations of grades 3 and higher, prior to my order:
3 - 35
3.5 - 1
4 - 8
5 - 1
So I knew the pop report was about to DRASTICALLY change. There would be tons of 3s, a bunch of 4s, a few 5s, maybe even the first 6! My order would represents 23% of the total population. Here are the results of my order, which took nearly two years to grade:
3 - 2
3.5 - 0
4 - 0
5 - 0
134 of the cards came back PSA 1s. I have an example of a PSA 4 (not sent in by me) and started comparing the cards to this 4. There were 25-30 1s as good or better than that 4. I started looking at each card in detail under magnification and couldn't understand any of the grades. They seemed almost random, like they were rushing through the order to get through the backlog (mine was one of very last backlogged orders to be filled) and just started assigning numbers at random. There had to have been some mistake. I sent 184 of the cards back to PSA for review, along with my PSA 4 for comparison, as well as a thumb drive with front and back scans of nearly all of the 35 PSA 3s they'd graded, 6 of the 8 PSA 4s, and the one PSA 5. I also included a spreadsheet of each individual card, with serial numbers, and what the actual graded should be, based on their previous grading standards. They sent all of them back to me, without changing a single grade. They said they stood by ALL of their grades.
Which brings us to this amazing lot. When I got these two cards back, due to my inexperience with Cuban baseball cards, I mistakenly thought PSA had accidentally put card #80 Hector Arago in the holder for card #93 Ramon Bragaña. And I thought they had also accidentally put card #93 Ramon Bragaña in the holder for card #80 Hector Arago. When I sent the cards back to PSA, I even put sticky notes on each card letting them know about what I thought had simply been their mistake, figuring they'd put the cards in the correct holders. I was unprepared for what happened next. UPON REVIEW, PSA stood by every card they had graded, including these two! Meaning that this was a brand new hobby discovery! I was now the proud owner of the only Ramon Bragaña variation of the Hector Arago card, as well as the only Hector Arago variation of the Ramon Bragaña card! In the history of the hobby, no other examples of either card has ever surfaced, making both of them 1 of 1s.
This is a one of kind opportunity to pick up some of the rarest cards in the hobby, not just graded by PSA, but double-graded by PSA and guaranteed after reviewing them for the second time! So bid with confidence knowing that PSA stands by these cards. PSA: A company you can trust. After all, the "P" stands for "Professional."
NOTE: Lot comes with original post-it notes as seen by PSA.