1949 Colts Silber's Bakery Y.A. Tittle (Pre-Rookie Card)
The crown jewel of a rare, locally produced set of football cards depicting the Baltimore Colts. This trading card showcases the legendary Y.A. Tittle in the midst of his three-year stint with the team prior to his blossoming with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. In the Fall of 1949, Silber’s Bakery, with its factory on Monroe Street, issued cards of at least 17 players as part of a promotional campaign at its eight “Charm City” locations. This is believed to be one of only three examples of this Tittle card, and only seven copies of five different players have ever been judged by SGC (none graded by PSA). The rounded card features a black and white photo on the front with other bio facts such as position (quarterback), height (6-0), weight (190), college (LSU) and team (Colts). Flip the card over and you'll find contest rules and a partial schedule listing the team’s six home dates. There is also a block letter "S," which was part of a promotion that allowed collectors to spell out SILBERS and win a signed team football. Reportedly, the contest was rigged as no cards had the letter E on the backs. Rumor has it that a collector who possessed one of these Tittle cards showed it to the Hall of Famer and he was awestruck having no knowledge such a card even existed. This pioneering piece is essentially Tittle's rookie card, and therefore is a highly coveted item. The SGC Population Report can be read here: https://sgclegacy.com/registrymain.aspx
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