1921 Tip Top Bread Baltimore Orioles Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Tip Top Bread Baltimore Orioles
Year 1921
Size 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Images Sepia
Type Bakery
Number in Set
18

1921 Tip Top Bread Baltimore Orioles Overview

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Issues such as the 1921 Tip Top Bread set continue to provide proof of more uncatalogued pre-war cards still out there to find. Not known to the general public until Huggins and Scott auctioned some back in 2009, this is a set that is relatively new to collectors.

In 1921, Tip Top Bread included a set of Baltimore Orioles cards in its products. Heritage Auctions says the cards were produced for use by White’s Bakery in Baltimore.

The cards feature sepia-toned images of players from the Orioles with a white/cream-colored border. The player’s name and position is printed at the bottom as are the words, “Baltimore Orioles 1921.” Backs of the cards are blank.

The set is known for producing perhaps the earliest known card of Hall of Famer Lefty Grove. Grove’s card contains a typo as he is credited as Lefty ‘Groves’ with an ‘S’ on the end. The Grove card, of course, is highly desirable. One sold back in 2013 for nearly $20,000.

1921 Tip Top Bread Baltimore Orioles Checklist

Below are the known cards in the set. Huggins and Scott found 14 cards and, later, four more in 2013.

  1. James Aitcheson
  2. Max Bishop
  3. Rufus Clarke
  4. Ducky Davis
  5. Jack Dunn
  6. Ben Egan
  7. Harry Frank
  8. Lefty Grove (spelled Groves)
  9. Bill Holden
  10. Merwin Jacobson
  11. Rudy Kneisch
  12. Otis Lawry
  13. Jimmy Lyston
  14. Fritz Maisel
  15. Lefty Matthews
  16. Jimmy Murphy
  17. Jack Ogden
  18. Jim Sullivan

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