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1911-1914 D304 Brunners Bread Christy Mathewson
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,581
Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. Presented is the highest-graded example of one of the key Hall of Famers from the extremely rare 25-card D304 Brunners Butter Krust brand bread (General Baking Co.) series: Christy Mathewson. This is a stunning card! It is also one of Mathewson's rarest, most unusual, and striking vintage cards. Issued by a bakery in the Buffalo, New York, area, D304s 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 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. In recent years collectors have shown a growing appreciation for the mystique of the rarest vintage-card issues. D304s certainly fall into this category, and have always been appreciated but are rarely offered. D304 sets were issued in 1911, 1912, 1913, and 1914. This is a very sharp-looking card, crisp and clean, with brilliant colors, beautifully centered, and with four strong, square corners. This is an extraordinarily attractive ultra high-grade example, the highest ever graded by SGC (with only one other graded at this level) of one of Mathewson's most striking cards from this rare and classic prewar food issue. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000+. SOLD FOR $5,581
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