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The D304 General Baking Co. series, issued between 1911 and 1914 by the Buffalo, NY-area baking company, is one of the hobby's most rare and desirable vintage bakery issues.  Commonly called "Brunners Bread" cards today, the set actually features five different back varieties (Brunners Bread, Butter Krust Bread, General Baking Company, Weber Bakery, and Martens Bakery).  Largely due to the size of the cards but also due to the issue's striking images and more regionalized distribution, this issue is one of the more unique issues of its era.

Unlike other baseball issues of the day, which often shared poses or images across multiple sets, the poses and illustrations in the D304 set are found only in this issue.  The D304 issue is also significantly more rare than the popular tobacco issues of the era, with its key cards rarely becoming available for sale in the hobby.  The 25 cards from this issue are a rarity, and we are proud to offer a large assortment of cards from the set in our inaugural auction.

Presented is a beautiful example of Hall of Famer "Chief" Bender of the Philadelphia Athletics.  One of the era's most popular players, the pitcher's D304 card is one of the set's 12 Hall of Famers.  The high concentration of Hall of Famers is one of the reasons why the D304 cards are so highly sought-after today.  This Bender presents very well for the grade, its major flaw being a purple ink stamp on the card's reverse.  The rest of the card presents more in the G range, with soft, rounded corners and moderate but light creasing across the center of the card (which does not appear to penetrate the card to the back).   Boasting crisp color and a strong image, this is an excellent example of a scarce Hall of Famer from a very rare set.

Population Data:
SGC Population: 10 total graded, 3 at this level, 2 higher
PSA Population: 8 total graded, none at this level, 7 higher
1911-14 D304 Brunners Bread Charles Chief Bender (HOF) - SGC FAIR 201911-14 D304 Brunners Bread Charles Chief Bender (HOF) - SGC FAIR 20
1911-14 D304 Brunners Bread Charles "Chief" Bender (HOF) - SGC FAIR 20
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Auction closed on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
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