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1911 D359 Rochester Baking Complete SGC-Graded Set (18)
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $9,480.00
Presented is a complete set of eighteen rare D359 Rochester Baking cards, highlighted by five Hall of Famers, all graded and encapsulated by SGC (submitted by REA). These cards were among the highlights of a very substantial, totally untouched collection of 1910-era tobacco cards consigned to this auction (all cards from this collection appear in several lots throughout the auction), which was saved for decades by the family of the original owner. All of these cards have been very harshly graded due to minor back damage (from scrapbook removal) and have a much stronger appearance than the modest SGC-assigned grades. D359 is a classic set featuring Connie Mack's World Champion Athletics, and is very closely related to the legendary T208 Fireside Tobacco series. This is only the second complete D359 set we have ever offered (the first set REA offered was in 2010; it sold for $22,325). The SGC grades are as follows: Seven FAIR 20: Baker (HOF, perfectly centered, with flawless registration, and downgraded from Excellent due to paper residue on the reverse), Davis, Hartsel, Mack (HOF, bright and clean with evenly rounded corners, and no top border), Murphy, Plank (HOF, bright and clean with a striking blue background, and downgraded from Excellent due to paper residue on the reverse), and Strunk. Nine POOR 10: Barry, Bender (HOF, centered 5/95 T/B, with a striking image set against a bold red background), Collins (HOF, the card appears Excellent from the front, downgraded due to paper loss on reverse), Krause, Lapp, Livingston, Lord, Morgan, and Oldring. Two SGC Authentic: Dygert (trimmed) and Thomas (trimmed). D359s are among the rarest of all 1910-era issues. This early bakery series was regionally issued only in the Rochester, New York, area, circa 1911. Produced to commemorate the Athletics’ 1910 Championship season, the set features exclusively Athletics, including manager Connie Mack. Four different companies (Rochester Baking, Williams Baking, Cullivan’s Fireside Tobacco, and blank-backed versions catalogued as E104-1 Nadja) issued cards featuring the same portrait images of the Philadelphia Athletics. The cards measure 1-1/2 x 2-5/8 inches, which is the standard size for tobacco and candy issues, but are considerably rarer than most 1910-era “E” and “T” card issues. This is a very attractive complete set of one of the rarest, most distinctive, and noteworthy of all prewar food cards. Total: 18 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $9,480.00
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