Fidel Castro and Derek Jeter Keep The Little Sun Card Company Relevant

At one time there was a small card company located in Monrovia, CA called Little Sun.  They pumped out mainly baseball card sets between 1988 and 1992.  Along with Upper Deck, Little Sun is one of the first manufacturers to include randomly inserted autographs within their products.  The first Little Sun autographed cards can be found in their 1991 High School Prospects set.  Shawn Estes, Cliff Floyd, Benji Gil, and Al Shirley all have autographs in there.  Each one is limited to (500) copies.  Of all the sets they issued, their final one gets the most attention.  The 1992 High School Prospects set not only includes a Derek Jeter base card, but an autograph as well.  An unsigned Proof also exists.  Those three Derek Jeter cards are highly sought after.  Collectors are willing to spend big money for them.  Other autographs include Jason Kendall, Dave Landaker, and Chad Roper.  Each of these autographs has a (250) copy print run.  You could say that Little Sun went out with a bang with this set.  Derek Jeter is pretty much the only thing keeping the Little Sun name relevant these days.

Early on in Little Sun’s card making career, they came out with a minor league product.  The set is called 1988 Little Sun Minor League Legends.  It only features (11) cards – Checklist #1, Pete Gray #2, Ike Boone #3, Lou Novikoff #4, Luke Easter #5, Steve Bilko #6, Frank Shellenback #7, Smead Jolley #8, Jigger Statz #9, Joe Hauser #10, and Fidel Castro #11.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has a card in here.  Castro was a great athlete who enjoyed playing baseball.  The Washington Senators once held tryouts for Cuban players, but he wasn’t offered a contract.  After he came to power, Castro would occasionally pitch an exhibition game for the Barbudos.  Despite the opposing team always hitting strongly against him, nobody would dare pull Fidel Castro from the game.  Over the years, Castro has popped-up in various products.  Topps even made a few cut signatures of him.  While attending the 2016 National, Iconic Auctions had a Fidel Castro signed baseball on display.

Like most of Little Sun’s sets, this one doesn’t hold much value.  You can easily find the cards for dirt cheap.  I like the artwork.  It reminds me of those Diamond Stars cards from the 1930’s.  National Chicle also comes to mind.  Artist Michael Guccione did all of the artwork for these cards.

Castro ’15 Topps Supreme Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Ryan Gluesing on being the lucky winner of the Miguel Castro 2015 Topps Supreme Green Parallel RC Auto #’ed/50.  Once Ryan Gluesing sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Castro ’15 Topps Supreme Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Miguel Castro 2015 Topps Supreme Green Parallel RC Auto #’ed/50.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 16, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
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  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

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Free Speech at it’s finest – Fidel Castro Cut Signature

This morning I woke up to check my eBay auctions and decided to see what was at the eBay Pulse page.  Under the card section I find that someone is selling the 2007 Topps Allen and Ginter Fidel Castro 1/1 Cut Signature.  This is the second time that I have seen this card up for sale and it looks a bit different this time.  It looks like people have written what they think of Castro all over the card.  This is a great example of free speech.  The funny thing is that it hasn’t hurt the value of the card.  Currently, it has one bid on it for $2,000.00.  All of the money is going towards a Center for a Free Cuba.  I think what they did to the card is great.  I just hope they don’t do that to any other cut signatures.