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1911-1914 D304 Butter Krust Bread Ty Cobb
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $11,850
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC (submitted by REA). Presented is an exceptionally attractive example of Ty Cobb, the key card from the D304 Butter Krust Bread bakery-card set. Similar in design to tobacco and candy cards of the era, D304s measure slightly larger than T206s, at 1.75 x 2.5 inches, and while not "on the radar" of most collectors, are actually considerably rarer than most 1910-era "E" and "T" card issues. The fronts feature very attractive full-color illustrations, each of which is unique to this issue. Issued by a bakery in the Buffalo, New York, area, D304s are actually known with five different back styles (Brunners, Butter Krust, General Baking Co., Weber Bakery, and Martens Bakery). This is a very attractive card, with a far superior appearance at a glance than suggested by its technically accurate assigned grade. Bright and crisp with strong colors, flawless registration, even wear to the corners, and outstanding centering (very slightly to the bottom). A few light wrinkles are present in the bottom portion of the card. The Butter Krust reverse is boldly printed, with light toning and two small spots of paper loss (away from the advertisement) responsible for the downgrade. This is a very attractive example of one of Ty Cobb’s and all of card collecting's rarest, most majestic, and revered prewar cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $11,850
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