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D303 General Baking - should be 1915 (not 1914), and other D303 thoughts

November 22 2001 at 5:23 AM
Plastic Dog  (no login)

 
Here are some various thoughts on the D303 General Baking and Mother's Bread cards:

As to location of printing of General Baking: I remember reading an older issue of the Standard Catalog which indicated that General Baking was located in Buffalo. However, there was a New Orleans dealer (MARKMAN on EBay) who purchased a single collection of close to 1000 New Orleans cards from the 1910s and sold some of them earlier this year on EBay. There were Kotton, Victory, Coupon, Weil Baking, and a number of other cards specific to New Orleans/Louisiana. Part of this collection included quite a few D303 and D304 General Baking cards, which were clearly collected by the original owner, who lived in New Orleans. I asked this question on the Full Count Board, and no one was certain whether the General Baking cards were printed in Louisiana or printed in New York and distributed in Louisiana. If Mother's Bread was indeed printed in Louisiana later on, I would bet that the General Baking cards were printed there as well. (And if they were printed in both Buffalo and Louisiana, could that account for any of the differences such as the blue vs. green background Bender cards? In fact, do both versions actually exist in the General Baking, or was that just an extrapolation based on known variants in the E106 set?)

As to date of issue of the General Baking: I purchased from the seller mentioned above the Bender and Jacklitsh cards - both of which indicate Baltimore of the Federal League. Bender only played for Baltimore in the 1915 season. He was still on the Philadelphia A's in 1914, and he is represented as a member of the Phillies in 1916 sets such as BF2. That would seem to indicate that General Baking cards were issued (at least in part) in 1915. If the checklist on page 90 of Lew Lipset's Encyclopedia is complete, Bender does not appear on any Philadelphia A's cards in the D303 set, which would seem to exclude a 1914 issue. That would seem to limit the set to 1915. That is, at least in part, the same reasoning that was used to date the E106 and T214 sets to 1915. The Standard Catalog and other guides list the set as a 1914 issue, and should probably be updated.

As for the Mother's Bread cards: Are there any known Federal League players? With what team is Bender listed? (Makes it pretty easy to distinguish between 1914, 15, and 16) It seems likely that the Mother's Bread were issued after 1915, probably 1916. However, the previous assertion by MW that Marquard on Brooklyn means that it would have to be 1916 or later is incorrect, as Marquard played on both New York and Brooklyn in 1915. See the following link: http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/marquru01.shtml

But unless there are Federal League Mother's Bread cards, they would almost have to be issued in 1916 or later.

Also, it doesn't seem that the Mother's Bread cards parallel the Tango Eggs all that well (in fact, the errors in the Tango Eggs set seem unique to it alone, such as the Weaver/Tinker card). Plus the finish and printing of the two sets is much different. In fact, are there any other sets printed with as low a quality as the D303 General Baking? Or does that not really matter? Not sure on that one. Anyway, maybe if the T216 set was correctly broken up into multiple subsets like Lipset's Encyclopedia and the Standard Catalog suggest, then one of those subsets might parallel the 1915 D303 General Baking, and another might parallel the 1916 D303-2 Mother's Bread. Just a thought.

Anyway, it seems apparent that someone should redo the checklists for the Louisiana issues during these years (I include both the General Baking and Mother's Bread in this group). As a start, somebody in New Orleans should stop by MARKMAN's shop and catalog what he has left (several hundred I believe), and get copies of the scans that he used to list the cards that he already sold (if he still has them). [And then buy what he has left and send us all a vintage New Orleans card for Christmas; sorry, I'm digressing.] I really don't know jack about these card sets first-hand, but somebody out there must have a sizable collection that could answer many of these questions.

Regards,
Tom

 
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1916 Mothers' Bread Series

November 23 2001, 1:24 PM 

Tom –

My assertion that the Mothers’ Bread Series is from 1916 or later is absolutely correct. Since Rube Marquard was traded to Brooklyn during the last part of the 1915 season, it logically follows that a card produced during the following season (1916) would include either his likeness or statistics from the previous year. This was a common practice in the manufacture of baseball cards and is still done today.

Besides, Tom, do you really believe that a company would produce an issue with the intention of distributing it during the end of the season rather than the beginning? From a marketing standpoint, distribution during September and October of 1915, and possibly into the cold winter months when baseball was not being played, would make no logical sense (Marquard was claimed from waivers by Brooklyn on August 31).

Furthermore, Brooklyn finished 10 games out of first place and had no chance of winning the pennant; however, in 1916, Brooklyn won the pennant and played Boston in the World Series. A 1916 Mothers’ Bread card of Marquard on Brooklyn would make a lot of sense – a 1915 Brooklyn card would not.

Also, you are incorrect when you write that the finish and printing of the two sets (Tango Eggs and Mothers’ Bread) is much different. In fact, they are exactly the same. This is the reason why some collectors have speculated that the two sets comprise the same players.

Finally, the Mothers’ Bread Series is not designated as D303-2. That was simply an arbitrary assignment by me.

 
 

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Can I get a scan of a general Baking card

November 24 2001, 4:19 PM 

Hi, I recently picked up 2 General Baking cards that were said to be reprints. One has a Weber back, the other has a Brunners back. They sure look old. I would like to know how I can tell that they are reprints. My email is listed.

Thats for the link to baseball-reference.

Lee

 
 

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baseball card link

November 24 2001, 4:32 PM 

FYI: I did not insert the above "baseball card" advertising link. It was administratively added after my post.

 
 
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