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1911 (D359-Related) D73 Rochester Baking "The Mail of All Nations" Near-Complete SGC-Graded Set (44/48)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $474
Near-complete set of 44 of the 48 cards in the D73 "The Mail of All Nations" set, entirely graded and encapsulated by SGC. This is a fascinating set featuring colorful illustrations of mail carriers delivering mail throughout the world. An illustration of a canceled postage stamp from the featured country appears in the lower left corner of each card. Issued with Gibson and Perfecto Bread, produced by the Rochester Baking Company. It is interesting to note that Gibson and Perfecto Bread is the very same product with which D359 Rochester Baking Philadelphia A's World Champions cards were issued. The reverse of each D359, which is among the rarest and most highly prized of all 1910-era baseball card issues, advertised that a complete set of baseball players (eighteen total) could be sent to the manufacturer in exchange for a complete set of these "Mail of All Nations" cards or a megaphone. Today, that might not be a fair trade in monetary terms, as the D359 baseball set is worth many thousands of dollars (in 2010, for example, we sold a set for $22,325), but we suspect that "The Mail of All Nations" cards compare very favorably in terms of rarity! This is the first group of D73s we have ever had. The SGC grading composite includes five EX 60s, five VG/EX+ 55s, eight VG/EX 50s, five VG+ 45s, ten VG 40s, five GOOD 35s, four GOOD 30s, one FAIR 20, and one Authentic. Extremely attractive near-complete set of this extremely rare nonsport issue with an unusual connection to one of 1910-era baseball-card collecting's most highly regarded sets. Total: 44 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $474
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