1947 Bond Bread Set (D305) and Checklist

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Title Bond Bread (D305)
Year 1947
Size 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
Images Black and White
Type Bakery
Number in Set

1947 Bond Bread Set Overview

1947 Bond Bread D305 Joe Louis BoxingD305 1947 Bond Bread Bob ElliottThis black and white set is one of the most popular early baseball card sets following the end of World War II. The set is listed in the American Card Catalog as D305.

These cards are a bit larger than many pre-war issues, measuring just a little narrower than today’s standard 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ cards. The cards are black and white with replica signatures on the front and blank backs.

While this is mostly considered to be a baseball set, it’s really a multi-sport issue to some. In addition to the 44 baseball players in it, the set includes four boxers, including Joe Louis. Some may consider the boxers to be a separate set but because they have the same design as the baseball players, they are usually considered to be part of the same issue. Additionally, 48 cards was a more standard number for trading card sets as opposed to 44. Thus, it makes since to put all 48 cards together.

It should be noted that most cards have rounded corners or, perhaps more accurately, the cards have a bit of a stop sign shape cut. But a second version of the cards exists with solely square corners. Both versions exist for both the baseball players and the boxers.

Several key cards exist in the set, including Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Stan Musial, Johnny Mize, Ted Williams, and others. But the most important card in the set is no doubt the rookie card of Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier the year this set was issued. Louis is the most valuable of the boxing figures.

In addition to this set, Bond Bread created a separate 13-card set featuring only Robinson.

1947 Bond Bread Set Checklist

All are baseball players with the exception of the four boxers as noted below.

  1. Rex Barney
  2. Yogi Berra
  3. Ewell Blackwell
  4. Lou Boudreau
  5. Ralph Branca
  6. Harry Brecheen
  7. Primo Carnera
  8. Marcel Cerdan
  9. Dom DiMaggio
  10. Joe DiMaggio
  11. Bobby Doerr
  12. Bruce Edwards
  13. Bob Elliott
  14. Del Ennis
  15. Bob Feller
  16. Carl Furillo
  17. Joe Gordon
  18. Sid Gordon
  19. Joe Hatten
  20. Gil Hodges
  21. Tommy Holmes
  22. Larry Jansen
  23. Sheldon Jones
  24. Eddie Joost
  25. Charlie Keller
  26. Ken Keltner
  27. Buddy Kerr
  28. Ralph Kiner
  29. Jake LaMotta
  30. Johnny Lindell
  31. Whitey Lockman
  32. Joe Louis
  33. Willard Marshall
  34. Johnny Mize
  35. Stan Musial
  36. Andy Pafko
  37. Johnny Pesky
  38. Pee Wee Reese
  39. Phil Rizzuto
  40. Aaron Robinson
  41. Jackie Robinson
  42. Johnny Sain
  43. Enos Slaughter
  44. Vern Stephens
  45. George Tebbetts
  46. Bobby Thomson
  47. Johnny Vander Meer
  48. Ted Williams

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