1916 D303 Mothers' Bread Eddie Plank - Interesting Printing Anomaly!

Sold For: $2,280

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 671

Item Year: 1916

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Rare bakery card of Eddie Plank from the 1916 D303 Mothers' Bread set. While this is a desirable key card to the set in any condition, the offered example is particularly special for its interesting printing anomaly. This fascinating printing anomaly has resulted in a color shift on the front which has created a pronounced ghost image of Plank's head and contributed to a multitone front displaying both the purple that is common and a pinkish base color. Additionally, the color shift has caused almost the entire left border to display a bluish hue. This is a stunning anomaly, one of the most dramatic that we have ever seen and one of only a few that we have ever seen on a bakery card. This series shares designs with several closely related caramel issues (E90-1 American Caramel Company, E92 Dockman & Sons, T216 Kotton, etc.) from the same era. All Mothers' Bread cards are extremely rare, but an example of Hall of Fame pitcher Eddie Plank is especially noteworthy and desirable. This card is all the more fascinating in that it is one of the few cards featuring Plank with the St. Louis Americans. Produced by the General Baking Co. of New Orleans, the Mother's Bread series was regionally issued only in the Louisiana area. This example has evenly rounded corners, outstanding surface gloss, and centering to the left. A vertical crease at the top of the card runs into his eye. The reverse has a boldly printed advertisement. This is a fascinating example of one of the rarest of all Eddie Plank cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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