1947 D323 Tip Top Bread Collection (53)

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1107

Item Year: 1947

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Collection of fifty-three cards (42 different) 1947 Tip Top Bread cards, highlighted by two examples of Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter. The 1947 Tip Top Bread set is one of the most difficult-to-complete of all regional issues. In addition to being issued only one card per loaf of bread, the set is all the more difficult to complete as it is really composed of eleven different regionally-issued team subsets. The Cardinals were issued only in St. Louis; the Cubs were issued only in Chicago, etc. The 1947 Tip Top Bread set is composed of players from eleven different teams (Red Sox, White Sox, Tigers, Yankees, Browns, Braves, Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, and Cardinals). Some teams are far more difficult to locate than others. In the early days of organized collecting, Tip Top Bread cards were a favorite of extremely advanced collectors due to their rarity, the challenge they presented to collect, and the fact that many players appeared in few (in some cases no) other sets. For some reason, Tip Tops have not appreciated as much as many other cards since the 1970s. Perhaps the reason is that the reprints of this set that have been produced are difficult for some to distinguish from real cards, or maybe it is that they cannot be found in Mint condition in a modern collecting world that values grading so highly, or simply that regional issues do not have the same high degree of focus for as many advanced collections in the modern era. But they are as rare and as significant as ever! A substantial collection such as this is very rarely seen. Condition is very respectable for Tip Tops (which due to their method of issue are rarely found in high grade): Condition is 15% Ex (including a couple Ex-Mt), 13% Vg-Ex, 44% Gd to Vg, and 28% Fr (including a few Pr). Keys: Garagiola (Vg-Ex+), Marion (Fr), and two Slaughter (Ex and Vg). This is a very substantial collection of this scarce 1940s regional issue. Total: 53 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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