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1950 Drake's Cookies Find of 98 Cards: Near-Complete Set (28/36) Plus 70 Duplicates!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $6,518

Extraordinary and unprecedented newly discovered find of 1950 Drake's Cookies cards. The entire find of 98 cards is presented in this lot. Included is a near-complete set of 1950 Drake's Cookies consisting of twenty-eight different of the thirty-six cards in the set, plus an incredible seventy duplicates. A total of twenty-four cards of Hall of Famers are included in this count. Drake's Cookies cards are never seen in such quantity, and this find is by far the largest collection of cards from this issue that we have ever handled or seen or even heard of surfacing at a single time. This collection of cards is particularly interesting as it was consigned by the family of a bakery delivery driver who acquired these cards in 1950 as part of his work and stored them away for decades. The entire stack was very likely either a small portion of a much larger quantity of samples he was given to distribute, or a stack that was put aside due to printing-quality control issues. We will never know the details, but it is fascinating to know that there is an explanation for the existence of this seemingly impossible quantity of 1950 Drake's Cookie cards! When this set was issued, television was still a relatively new medium. One of these "TV Baseball Series" cards was inserted in each box of Drake's Oatmeal or Jumble Cookies. Because of how they were issued (regionally, one card per box, and with cookies to kids), condition has always been a problem with Drakes in general. Based on the provenance of this group, it is safe to assume that the offered cards did not ever see the inside of cookie packages. All the cards are crisp with little to no visible wear against the condition-sensitive black borders. The only notable condition flaw, and one which affects almost all of the cards to some degree, is heavy ink blotting visible on the fronts and backs (apparently due to the use of too much ink when printed) which has caused issues with the image clarity on many cards. Clearly, the printing issue affects visual appeal and hence value, yet this is still an enormously interesting group of cards. Without reference to this issue, most of the cards range in grade from Ex to Nr/Mt with approximately a dozen lesser. The collection consists of the following: Six #1, five #2, two #3, two #4, two #5 Snider, eight #7, three #8, five #9, one #11 Hodges, five #12, nine #13 Doerr, two #14 Spahn, one #15, two #16, three #17, six #18, eight #19 Reese, one #20, two #21, four #22, six #28, five #29, one #30, two #31, #32, two #34, one #35, and three #36 Slaughter. This find represents a unique opportunity to acquire an incredibly sizable quantity of Drake's Cookie cards, including a near-complete set of this classic 1950s regional food issue. Total: 98 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $6,518

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