1911-1914 D304 Brunners Bread Christy Mathewson

Sold For: $2,040

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 657

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Presented is one of the key Hall of Famers from the extremely rare 25-card D304 Brunners Butter Krust brand bread (General Baking Co.) series: Christy Mathewson. This is, of course, one of Christy Mathewson's rarest cards. It is also one of Mathewson's most unusual and striking cards. Issued by a bakery in the Buffalo, New York, area, these cards are known with five different back styles (Brunners, Butter Krust, General Baking Co., Weber Bakery, and Martens Bakery). Similar in design to tobacco and candy cards of the era, Brunners measure slightly larger than T206s, at 1.75 x 2.5 inches, and while not “on the radar” of most collectors, 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. In recent years collectors have shown a growing appreciation for the mystique of the rarest vintage-card issues. D304s certainly fall into this category, and have always been appreciated but are rarely offered. D304s were issued in 1911, 1912, 1913, and 1914. Bright and crisp, perfectly centered, with brilliant colors, and evenly rounded corners. The card has been downgraded by SGC due to a couple of tiny spots of paper loss in the background. This is a very attractive lower grade example of one of Mathewson's most striking cards from this rare prewar food issue. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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