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Lot # 305 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911-1914 D304 Brunners Bread Near-Complete SGC-Graded Set (21/25)

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $7,703

This near-complete set of D304 Brunners Bread is comprised of twenty-one of the twenty-five cards in the set, including eight Hall of Famers, highlighted by Christy Mathewson. The entire near-set has been graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). This collection of twenty-one cards is missing only the following four cards for completion: Cobb, Lajoie, Wagner, and Young (all offered as separate lots in the auction). 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). 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. 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 beautiful mid-grade set (minus 4), which are very rarely offered in set or near-set form, and almost all of these cards have an appearance far superior to their assigned grades. This near-set has been very carefully assembled by an extremely dedicated collector over a period of many years, and represents a tremendous collecting achievement. All the cards in this set have Brunners advertising on the backs (unless otherwise noted). The SGC condition report is as follows: Two VG/EX 50: Crawford (HOF; General Baking) and Merkle. Five VG 40: Bender (HOF; Weber Bakery), Chance/Chicago (HOF), O'Toole, Rucker, and Shafer. Two GOOD 30: Baker (HOF) and Bell. Nine FAIR 20: Collins (HOF; Butter Krust), Crandall/NY, Evers/Chicago (HOF), Fletcher (General Baking), Herzog/NY, Marquard (HOF), Mathewson (HOF), Meyers (General Baking), and Tenney. Three POOR 10: Barry, Chase/NY, and Kelly. This is an extremely attractive set (minus 4 cards) of this very distinctive prewar food issue, representing a rare and significant collecting opportunity. Total: 21 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $7,703


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