Only Two Known In Existence! Fresh from the small Western Maryland community of Lonaconing, Robert Moses Lefty Grove rose to prominence by winning 25 contests for the 1921 Baltimore Orioles. The twenty-one year old hurler anchored the pitching staff for the International League squad which went 119-47 and is often considered among the greatest minor league teams of all-time. Graded 30 Good 2 by SGC. The offered 1921 White’s Bakery Tip Top Bread Baltimore Orioles Lefty Grove rookie card is the highest graded of only two known and is among the most important minor league cards in hobby history. The southpaw whose surname is identified as Groves(s) peers into his Hall of Fame future on this sepia-toned image. The blank-backed specimen is postcard sized and is printed on thin paper stock. Displays a combination of obverse creasing and other general wear commensurate with its technical assessment. How many of these can possibly exist? More on our website.
A comparison of SGC and PSA population reports of other select pre-war Hall of Famer and star minor league cards:
1921 White's Bakery Tip Top Bread Baltimore Orioles Lefty Grove: (2 cards) with SGC: (2 graded) and PSA: (none graded);
1910 T210 Old Mill Red Borders Joe Jackson: (16 cards) with SGC: (8 graded) and PSA: (8 graded);
1910 T210 Old Mill Red Borders Casey Stengel: (11 cards) with SGC: (4 graded) and PSA: (7 graded);
1914 Baltimore News Orioles Babe Ruth: (7 cards) with SGC: (4 graded) and PSA: (3 graded);
A reliable Maryland-based collector has supplied proof that this card originated from the Tip Top Bread brand and was part of a series inserted into loafs of product in the Baltimore area. The scans of the advertisement are for reference only and not included.