1928 Tabacalera La Morena Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Tabacalera La Morena
Year 1928
Size 1 7/8″ x 2 3/8″
Images Black and White with added Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set

1928 Tabacalera La Morena Overview


The 1928 Tabacalera La Morena set is a Spanish issue featuring various athletes. Included are several baseball cards, including Babe Ruth and a card of both Ruth and teammate Lou Gehrig. Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and John McGraw are also in the release.

Overall, the cards have a weird, distinctive look. Fronts of the cards feature actual photographs and are printed in black and white with spots of color. Backs include some Spanish text as well as the player’s name and card number. The cards are believed to be printed in El Salvador.

Of note is a dual card of Ruth and Gehrig. As described by the Mile High Card Company, this may be the only card with an actual picture featuring the two together from their playing days. The two are featured several times in this set.

In addition to baseball, other athletes are featured, including tennis players such as Bill Tilden, Suzanne Lenglen, Helen Wills, and Rene Lacoste. Their cards are numbered 184 through 187.

The set has the same checklist as the 1928 Sociedade Industrial dos Tabacos de Angola set. The only difference between the two is that this set has color tints added while that one is purely black and white.

1928 Tabacalera La Morena Checklist

While the cards are numbered on the backs, it is unknown how many different cards exist in the set. As Mile High suggests in that link above, American baseball subjects all fall between No. 96 and 120, potentially making the American baseball subset a 25-card issue.

No. 96 St. Louis Cardinals
No. 97 Everett Scott
No. 98 Babe Ruth
No. 99 Washington
No. 100 Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig
No. 101 George Kelly
No. 102 Unknown
No. 103 Earl Webb
No. 104 Herb Pennock
No. 105 Babe Ruth/Ty Cobb
No. 106 Jim Bottomley
No. 107 Christy Mathewson/John McGraw
No. 108 New York Giants Players
No. 109 John McGraw
No. 110 Ullman
No. 111 Phil Todt/Dudley Lee
No. 112 New York Baseball
No. 113 Giants vs. White Sox
No. 114 Cardinals vs. Robins
No. 115 Pirates vs. Yankees
No. 116 Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig
No. 117 Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig (or other Yankees player)
No. 118 Rabbit Maranville
No. 119 George Harper
No. 120 Cardinals vs. Robins

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