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1911-1914 D304 Brunners Bread Ty Cobb
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $4,993.75
Stunning example of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb, the key card from the extremely rare 25-card D304 Brunners Butter Krust brand bread (General Baking Co.) series, encapsulated AUTH by SGC. (Because the card has a very slight trim along the bottom border, SGC could not assign a numerical grade to the card.) This is one of Ty Cobb's rarest and most striking cards. Issued by a bakery in the Buffalo, New York, area, these cards are known with five different back styles (Brunners, Butter Krust, General Baking Co., Weber Bakery, and Martens 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. The offered card is extremely bright, crisp, and clean, both front and back, with vibrant colors, four square corners and perfect centering. At a glance, even under close inspection, the card has a strong Excellent appearance, but examination of the bottom border (more so from the reverse) reveals a slight trim that is the reason SGC could not assign a numerical grade. We do not believe anyone trimmed this card to improve its appearance or value. The fact that the cut along the bottom border is at a slight angle, and also that we detect a hint of an irregular cut along the right side, strongly suggests that this card may have long ago been handcut from a sheet. This is a very attractive example, and, without reference to its grade, perhaps the very best we have ever seen, of one of Ty Cobb’s rarest and most majestic cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $4,993.75
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