1916 D303 Mothers' Bread Honus Wagner Batting

Sold For: $7,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 912

Item Year: 1916

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. This is the ONLY example of Honus Wagner from the D303 Mothers' Bread series graded by SGC! Issued in 1916 by the New Orleans branch of the General Baking Company, these cards are identical in design to the E106 American Caramels and the D303 General Baking Co. sets, but they feature an advertisement for Mothers' Bread of New Orleans, LA, on the reverse. Mothers' Bread cards are so rare they are totally “off the radar” of most collectors. There is no question that they are considerably rarer than the related General Baking or American Caramel issues. The Standard Catalog checklist for this set is incomplete and continues to be a work in progress. All Mothers' Bread cards are extremely rare, but an example of Hall of Famer Honus Wagner is naturally even more noteworthy and desirable. The offered example presents with near-perfect centering, vibrant colors, outstanding surface gloss, and evenly rounded corners. A few light creases, along with a bit of paper loss on the reverse account for the modest assigned grade. The reverse has a boldly printed advertisement. This very attractive example of Honus Wagner from this rare prewar food issue would be a key addition to any rare Hall of Fame, D303 Mothers' Bread, or Honus Wagner collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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