Cubans in Baseball Cards
As in the United States, Cuban Baseball Cards began as Trade Cards, Cabinet Photos, and promotional giveaways with Tobacco products. Cuban Baseball Cards are some of the rarest cards providing some of the only cards examples of great Negro League legends like the Martin Dihigo, Jose Mendez, John Henry Lloyd, Oscar Charleston and Ray Dandridge. In addition many Cuban born players have appeared in American, Canadian, Japanese, and Latin American Baseball card sets.

Armando Marsans

Martin Dihigo

Angel Fleitas


Pedro Formental

Luis Padron

Willy Miranda

Cristobal Torriente


Post 1940





Top 20


United States/Canada:

Japan1Japan: Pictured here is a Japanese Baseball Card of Roberto "Chico" Barbon, who was the first Cuban to play in Japan (1955 to 1964). Other Cubans who have played in Japan include Ozzie Canseco, Orestes Destrade, Chico Fernandez, Tony Gonzalez, Roman Mejias and Zoilo Versalles. The latest to go is Juan Carlos Muņiz.


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Cubans in U.S. Cards:
Pre-1980 by Alpha Order
Pre-1980 by Year of Card
Post-1980 by Alpha Order
Top 20 US and Cuban Cards
and Most Wanted

John Henry Lloyd

DominLatin Baseball Cards: In addition to Venezuela Baseball card sets picturing Cuban baseball players have been produced in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Nicaragua. Little is known about the rare card sets made in these Latin American countries during the 1950s and 1960s. Several Cubans are included in these sets. Pictured here is a Dominican Republic card of the great Martin Dihigo (Courtesy of Ryan Christoff). More recently card sets have been produced covering the Winter Leagues in Latin nations.

This 1910 Punch
John Henry Lloyd Cuban baseball card, from the Richard Merkin Collection, sold at the March 21, 2012 Hake’s Americana and Collectibles Auction for $94,875

Venez53Venezuelan Baseball Cards: Venezuela produced card sets in 1916, 1931-34, 1943, 1948 and 1935. In the years 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966-68 Topps produced sets of baseball cards for the Venezuelan market. Additionaly in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s several baseball card sets where produced. Included in these sets were many Cuban ballplayers. More recently some cards of Cubans can be found in modern Venezuelan baseball card sets. Pictured here is card of Cuban Pedro Pages from a rare 1953 set (Courtesy of Rafael Lairet).

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