Sir Raffles Art History

Vintage Santos and Handmade Baseball Cards

Charles Mandel
Charles Mandel


Shop on Etsy for Santos and tribal art.

Baseball fans:  go to Helmar Brewing!  You will not be disappointed!

Charles Mandel has collecting in his blood! By the age of 10 years, he already collected little wood sculptures of animals, painted rocks, baseball cards and autographs (including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig!). A trip to Europe during High School wet his appetite for travel. He started by exploring the United States, then on to Europe and Asia.

His Asian experiences led to an avid interest in tribal art, with Indonesia and Singapore as favorite haunts. Now the focus has moved to old European and Philippine Santos. His shop on Etsy offers a beautiful selection of  vintage wood carvings and other collectibles.


Sir Raffles Art History - Charles Mandel with his son.
Sir Raffles Art History – Charles Mandel with his son.

The name, Sir Raffles, pays tribute to a naturalist who was an active agent in the far East for British in the early 1800’s. He founded Singapore, instituted progressive policies (including anti-slavery), allowed freedom of religion and free trade, and refrained from imposing Western practices during his and later founded the London Zoo.


Charles also has a shop on eBay where he sells baseball cards that he and his team make by hand.

Go to Helmar Brewing to learn all about it!



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