1947 Jackie Robinson and Yogi Berra Rookie Bread Card Collection (2)

Sold For: $1,763

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 567

Item Year: 1947

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Two high-quality Hall of Famers, both dating from 1947, from two different highly regarded food issues. Each card represents the player's true rookie card, respectively. 1) 1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson: Portrait (SGC EX/NM 80). Bright, crisp, clean example of one of the truly great Jackie Robinson cards, and one that in our opinion is a classic that is deserving of a place of honor in any world-class card collection. This card has a unique design in the thirteen-card 1947 Jackie Robinson Bond Bread set. This is the only card in the set that features a biography along with advertising on the reverse. In the 1970s a find of approximately seventy-five high-grade examples of this card "walked in" at a New York convention. This card is almost certainly from that find. The father of the gentleman who had the cards (and sold them at the show) owned a grocery store in the 1940s, and brought the cards home for his son who was then a youngster. Because of this long-ago find and accompanying story, we have always thought that this uniquely designed card in the set may have been given out at stores directly by grocers at the checkout counter, as a special advertising vehicle when the set was announced, as opposed to being issued one card per loaf (as was the case with the other twelve cards in the set, each of which has advertising-only reverses). 2) 1947 Tip Top Bread: Larry Berra (PSA EX-MT 6). Perfectly clean, both front and back, strong corners with only the slightest hint of light, even corner wear). Only one example is graded higher! This is an outstanding uncirculated example of the undisputed Yogi Berra rookie card! Tip Top Bread cards generally are not found in such high grade. Many years ago a small find of New York player Tip Top Bread cards surfaced (completely unrelated to the Jackie Robinson card find) that obviously had never been packaged with bread and were in remarkable condition for Tip Tops. This card is also likely a "find" card from that discovery. This is a very attractive pair of extremely significant high-grade Hall of Famers, each arguably an undervalued gem, from two of the rarest and most popular 1940s food issues. Total 2 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,763

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