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1911-1914 D304 Martens Bakery Eddie Collins SGC NM+ 86
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $7,110.00
Graded NM+ 86 by SGC. Extraordinary ultra high-grade D304 Eddie Collins with the extremely rare Martens Bakery advertising reverse. 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 many collectors, they 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 particular example originates from a remarkable legendary find presented by REA in 2006 and 2007 of incredibly high-grade D304 Martens Bakery cards that were discovered perfectly preserved in the pages of a 1914-era book. They had literally not seen the light of day since 1914! A total of six cards comprised the entire find. Two were sold in 2006; the remaining four in 2007. These few cards are by far the finest D304 Martens Bakery examples in existence (and are possibly the finest D304 examples with any advertising backs in existence). Of the 508 D304s evaluated by SGC to date (twenty-three of which feature Martens Bakery advertising), only four with any advertising back have ever graded NM+ 86 or higher (three of the cards, including this one, were part of the find). This card is perfectly centered, with four sharp corners, a virtually flawless image set against a brilliant yellow background, and a flawless reverse with bold black printing. It is absolutely pristine and in every way deserving of its extremely high grade. This is a very rare and stunning card in outstanding high grade which would serve as a tremendous addition to any prewar, type-card, or Hall of Fame collection. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $7,110.00
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