Lot # 7: 1950 Uncatalogued Jim LaMarque (Negro Leagues) Bromide—Ft. Wayne Capeharts—Only 2 Known

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Item was in Auction "Auction 65 Ended 3/18/2023",
which ran from 2/27/2023 5:00 PM to
3/18/2023 11:00 PM

Jim LaMarque was a top hurler in the Negro American League during the 1940s.  According to some sources, he led the league in wins during the 1947, 1948 and 1949 seasons while pitching for the famous Kansas City Monarchs team. 

During the 1950 season, LaMarque joined the semi-pro Fort Wayne Capeharts.  The Capeharts were in the midst of preparing to defend their 1949 National Semi-Pro Baseball Championship.  Many of the players were working at other jobs and could not join the team for the tournament.  Thus, several new players were added, including LaMarque and future MLB player Pat Scantlebury.  The Capeharts won the tournament and were then invited to Japan to play in the "1st Inter-Hemispheric Series". 

This baseball card was part of a set produced in honor of the series.  LaMarque is depicted in his Capeharts uniform, with his name printed in Japanese at upper right.  This Capeharts card set was unknown to the hobby until December 2022.  At this point, this card is one of only two examples known to exist.

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Size:  1 5/8" x 2 1/4"

Condition:  Ex, but it is oversized and contains small portions of adjacent cards from the original uncut sheet at right and at bottom.

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