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1911-1914 D304 Brunner's Bread Ty Cobb (Lionel Carter Collection)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $9,000
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Extremely attractive mid-grade example of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb, the key card from the extremely rare 25-card D304 Brunner's Butter Krust brand bread (General Baking Co.) series. This is one of Ty Cobb's rarest and most striking cards, and is universally recognized, with good reason, as one of the great classics of all vintage cards. Issued by a bakery in the Buffalo, New York, area, D304s are known with five different back styles (Brunner's, Butter Krust, General Baking Co., Weber Bakery, and Marten's Bakery). Similar in design to tobacco and candy cards of the era, Brunners measure slightly larger than T206s, at 1.75 x 2.5 inches, and 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. This is a very sharp-looking card in all respects with extraordinary eye-appeal, brilliant colors, flawless registration, and four square corners with only the slightest hint of wear (slightly more in the lower right). Centered ever-so-slightly to the bottom. The back of the card features advertising for Butter Krust brand bread, which is boldly printed in green. A very faint surface crease near the end of Cobb's bat is responsible for the card not receiving a higher grade. This flaw does not break through to the back, and even with it, we would grade the card slightly higher than SGC. The card certainly has an overall visual appearance consistent with Vg-Ex to Ex examples we have seen. Pedigreed from the Lionel Carter Collection. This is an outstanding and beautiful example of one of Ty Cobb’s and all of card collecting's rarest, most majestic, and revered prewar cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $9,000
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