1911-1914 D304 Brunners Bread SGC-Graded Collection (5)

Sold For: $1,920

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 658

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Collection of five D304 Brunners Bread cards from the set, highlighted by Hall of Famer Rube Marquard, each graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). Issued by a bakery in the Buffalo, New York, area, D304s are actually 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 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. D304 sets were issued in 1911, 1912, 1913, and 1914. This collection consists of the following: Bell (GOOD+ 35), Fletcher (VG+ 45), Marquard (HOF, VG 40), Merkle (GOOD 30), and Shafer (VG 40). Almost all of these cards have an appearance superior to their assigned grades, downgraded mainly due to light wrinkles, and each is well centered (except for Merkle, which is centered to the right). All the cards in this set have Brunners advertising on the backs. This is an extremely attractive lot from this very distinctive, and rare, prewar food issue. Total: 5 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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