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1911 D304 Brunners Butter Krust Ty Cobb PSA EX 5 - A Newly Discovered Example! ...

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

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Watch our video about this lot! 1911 D304 Brunners Butter Krust Ty Cobb PSA EX 5 - A Newly Discovered Example! The most sought-after entry from a short-lived, regionally focused, and very rare production, this visually engaging memento of Ty Cobb is an undisputed highlight within any vintage collection. It holds court as a most prized piece in a Cobb specific assembly. As inherently perishable as the "Butter Krust" loaves they once accompanied, the colorful D304's have few peers in the industry in terms of elusiveness or mystique. The series' personality is endearing -- on how many other cards is Ty Cobb actually smiling? Its artful employment of color makes the viewer wish that the products of General Baking Co. had been much more widely distributed, way back when. Only a substantial rewriting of history, though, could alter the facts: relatively few General Baking cards survived breakfast-table sessions in the Buffalo, New York area during the 1911-14 era, and only a tiny fraction of those that did endure picture the legendary Cobb.

As far as condition goes, this example has few faults. An area of surface soiling on Cobb's jersey and a very faint surface bend (as seen only on the reverse along the top) account for the PSA EX 5 grade. Corner quality is more in line with a card bearing a higher technical assessment, and the same goes for coloring and centering. A largely untouched exemplar, this came to Heritage from outside the traditional hobby population after serving as a treasured token passed down for three generations. The D304 Cobb presented here is one of a pair at the excellent level with one lone copy documented at a higher tier.

The card's PSA census accounts for just a dozen total submissions encompassing a quartet of General Baking brands. The piece's delicate cardstock betrays trace evidence of handling, careless treatment while riding with its package's original cargo and, clearly, it has experienced no mishaps since. The obverse discloses a beautiful player image with all hues brightly expressed and well-defined. Centering has been accomplished with precision between snow-white borders, and the back is uncommonly clean save for a trio of light product spot stains. This is one of the most sought after Cobb card collectibles and a formidable example few others could challenge.

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