1911-1914 D304 Martens Bakery J. Frank Baker SGC NM/MT+ 92 - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $3,900

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 656

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded NM/MT+ 92 by SGC. The D304 set is usually associated with advertising on the reverses for Brunners Bread, Butter Krust, and General Baking. Presented is an incredibly stunning ultra high-grade example of Hall of Famer Frank Baker from the D304 series, which features the extremely rare Martens Bakery advertising on its reverse. This example was the prize of a now legendary six-card find of high-grade Martens Bakery cards which were discovered by our consignor literally tucked within the pages of a book from the 1914 era! All were sold at REA in 2006 and 2007 (this card was one of the four cards offered as Lot 296 in 2007, which together at that time sold for $32,312). The cards had been protected for decades from all elements, perfectly preserved within the confines of the book. This explains how this card happened to have survived in such extraordinary condition. This card is a blazer! It is crisp and clean, with bright colors, flawless registration, four razor-sharp corners, and virtually perfect centering. Perfectly clean reverse with bold black printing. 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 most 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 is a very rare and unusual card of Hall of Famer Frank Baker in outstanding high grade. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.

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