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Old 04-03-2009, 08:06 PM
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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

It was the Summer of '47....my sister and I carefully opened up Homogenized Bond Bread packages, for a Joe DiMaggio, a Ted Williams,
a Stan Musial, or the new rookie sensation....a Jackie Robinson BB card. Our Mom couldn't buy enough of the Bond Bread loafs. So, we
had our Dad buying Bond Bread for his restaurant and our Aunt buying Bond Bread. In the Fall of 1947, we experienced one of the most
exciting World Series ever played. 1947 was a tremendous year for BB, and a great start for me in the wonderful life-long hobby of col-
lecting BB cards. These B/W cards were really popular with the kids in our neighborhood. By trading & sharing our collections with each
other, we eventually realized that there were no more than 44 BB players and 4 Boxers in a complete set.


1947 Homogenized BOND BREAD wrapper


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Many cards in this set are the very 1st (or rookie) cards issued of the players. Shown here are the 1st cards of Yogi Berra, Stan Musial,
Jackie Pobinson, Gil Hodges, Ralph Kiner and Bobby Thomson.

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This set has been the source of much confusion in the hobby for many years. The only true 1947 Bond Bread cards are these 48 in this
general set and the Jackie Robinson set. All of which have beveled (or ROUNDED) corners in order to fit into the bread loaf packages.
Unfortunately, other issues that resemble the Bond Bread cards that were issued after 1947 and were never packaged in Bond Bread loafs
have been mis-identified as "1947 Bond Bread" cards. Grading Co. have been most guilty of erroneously labeling these SQUARE "imposters".

Shown here are two cards from the 1949 (unknown) issue which includes 24 of the BB players depicted in the 1947 Bond Bread issue and
an additional BB player (or 2). Also, many of the popular Movie Stars of that era were included. These cards may have been printed by the
same firm that printed the 1947 set. However, their SQUARE corners and their inferior cardboard stock belie the fact that these cards are
NOT related to the "1947 Bond Bread" issue.
A recent find of many of these SQUARE cards (BB and Movie Stars) suggest a 1949 issue date since Walker Cooper is depicted in this col-
lection as a NY Giant (Cooper was traded to Cinci in the Summer of '49).


1949 (unknown) issue

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A 1947 Bond Bread Team/checklist will follow in the next post here.


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Posted By: Jim Thierfelder

Great post Ted, very informative.

The Bond bread cards are a little before my time but I always enjoy hearing stories about collecting before collecting was big business.

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Posted By: Mark Tylicki

Great stuff Ted

Here's one of the Exhibit size issues labeled as a Bond Bread...

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Here is the Walker Cooper card that I noted in the initial post here. It was never included
in the original 1947 Bond Bread (ROUND cornered cards) issue. And, this fact tells us that
indeed there was a subsequent (SQUARE cornered cards) issue....totally unrelated to the
1947 Bond Bread issue.

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Another factor telling us that these 2 issues (the 1947 and the "1949") are unrelated....is
why are all 48 original cards not available in the SQUARE version ?

Only 24 of the BB cards and two of the Boxing cards from the 1947 set are in the SQUARE
version. And, added in the SQUARE version was Walker Cooper.

I do not claim to be an expert regarding these SQUARE cards. They are a real "mystery" to
most in the hobby. And, I do not know of anyone that can solve this mystery.

Any new thoughts on this subject are greatly appreciated.


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Posted By: Dan Paradis

Excellent post Ted. Here's the few Bond Bread cards I have:

Dan


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Posted By: Sean C

I've always wanted to know more about these cards, and specifically about the Robinson cards. I remember back in the late 80's, early 90's there was a reported big find of the square corner cards that were being sold through SCD and other hobby magazines. You can still usually find them for less than $100 or so. Were they legit, or just reprints?

While checking for an image of it on eBay, I did find this even more interesting card:

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It's the same image as the Robinson I was referring to above, I've never seen or heard about it before (the cut or the image on the back. Does anyone have any info about it?

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Listed here are the 44 BB cards in this set by Teams and the 4 Boxers

NEW YORK GIANTS
-------------------
JOHNNY MIZE
SID GORDON
LARRY JANSEN
SHELDON JONES
BUDDY KERR
WHITEY LOCKMAN
WILLARD MARSHALL
BOBBY THOMSON

BROOKLYN DODGERS
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JACKIE ROBINSON
REX BARNEY
RALPH BRANCA
BRUCE EDWARDS
CARL FURILLO
JOE HATTEN
GIL HODGES
PEE WEE REESE


NEW YORK YANKEES
--------------------
JOE DiMAGGIO
LARRY BERRA
JOE GORDON
CHARLIE KELLER
JOHNNY LINDELL
PHIL RIZZUTO
AARON ROBINSON

BOSTON RED SOX
------------------
TED WILLIAMS
DOM DIMAGGIO
BOBBY DOERR
JOHNNY PESKY

CLEVELAND INDIANS
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BOB FELLER
LOU BOUDREAU
KEN KELTNER
BIRDIE TEBBETTS

ST LOUIS CARDINALS
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STAN MUSIAL
HARRY BRECHEEN
ENOS SLAUGHTER

BOSTON BRAVES
-----------------
JOHNNY SAIN
BOB ELLIOTT
TOMMY HOLMES

CINCINNATI REDS
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EWELL BLACKWELL
JOHNNY VANDERMEER

CHICAGO CUBS
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ANDY PAFKO

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS
--------------------------
EDDIE JOOST

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
-------------------------
DEL ENNIS

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
----------------------
RALPH KINER

ST LOUIS BROWNS
-------------------
VERN STEPHENS


BOXERS
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PRIMO CARNERA
MARCEL CERDAN
JAKE LAMOTTA
JOE LOUIS


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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

There is a significant difference in the cardboard stock used in the original 1947 Bond Bread cards
vs. the subsequent (unknown series) of SQUARE cards. When you compare these cards, you'll im-
mmediately notice......

1....the 1947 cards are slightly thicker

2....there is a faint gloss on the 1947 cards and not on the other cards

3....the contrast on the 1947 cards is superior to the other cards

4....the backs of the 1947 cards have retained their original white color.....while the backs of the
other cards have a "toned" effect.


...................1947 BOND BREAD..................................SQUARE cards

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Posted By: boxingcardman

Although Primo Carnera was the world heavyweight champ in the 1930s, technically, the card in this set is a wrestling card since he is shown in his wrestling garb. Doesn't make a difference on pricing; he is still collected as a boxer.

Hate to cause confusion, but the cards were sold in 4 boxes of 12 each as "Sports Star Subjects". I have a scan of the cards in the boxes from some auction years ago (don't recall which one). The front cards on the boxes are DiMaggio, Hodges, Slaughter and Robinson.

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Thanks MARK....DAN....SEAN....for the great scans of your cards.


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