1911 D359 Rochester Baking Complete SGC-Graded Set (18)

Sold For: $22,325

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 214

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is a complete set of eighteen rare D359 Rochester Baking cards, highlighted by four Hall of Famers, all graded and encapsulated by SGC. This is an incredible set, featuring Connie Mack's World Champion Athletics, that is very closely related to the legendary T208 Fireside Tobacco series. This is the first complete D359 set we have ever seen, let alone presented at auction. The SGC grades are as follows: Four EX 60: Lapp, Livingston, Oldring, and Plank (HOF, bright and clean with a striking blue background, and a light crease near the top edge on the reverse). Seven VG/EX 50: Baker (HOF, centered 10/90 T/B, with flawless registration, and miscut along the top on the reverse), Bender (HOF, very well centered with a striking image set against a bold red background), Dygert, Krause, Lord, Strunk, and Thomas. Two VG 40: Mack (HOF, Williams Baking card - bright and clean with evenly rounded corners, and well centered), and Morgan. Two GOOD 30: Barry and Murphy. One FAIR 20: Hartsel. One POOR 10: Davis. One SGC Auth: Collins (HOF, 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 exclusively features 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 $22,325

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